Majors: Russian, Russian Studies
Students at Cornell College study Russian for a variety of reasons. Some have read works of literature in translation by writers such as Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, or Solzhenitsyn, and want to learn the language of these literary giants. Others possess a keen interest in Russian history or politics. Many have met visitors or immigrants from Russia and those interactions have fueled a desire to learn the language.
Most students who study Russian at Cornell College start from scratch with RUS 101, which is generally offered in February each year. By the end of the first week of the block students know the alphabet and are able to make simple statements and conduct very basic conversations. The focus in the first several courses is on practical vocabulary so that students can handle everyday situations, such as talking about self, family, interests, and daily activities.