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Russian Languages Program

The Russian studies program will teach you how to speak, understand, read and write in a cultural context.

Students can choose to earn an Associate in Arts and follow the Russian Transfer Pathway or take Russian courses to meet general education requirements.

COD offers Russian courses in the traditional format where classes meet weekly and student have the opportunity to interact with an instructor and their peers. Students will take courses in both elementary and intermediate Russian. 

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Determine Your Path

A Russian skill can help you become an entrepreneur and advance in the scientific and technological fields.

College of DuPage offers a world of educational opportunities in your own backyard. At COD, you'll find:

  •  Dedicated instructors with years of professional experience.
  • Instruction utilizing our state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Affordable courses to help you achieve success without creating overwhelming debt or draining your savings account.
  • Small class sizes to ensure you receive personalized attention.

Russian Transfer Pathway

The Russian Transfer Pathway, Associate in Arts represents a typical course schedule or sequence for a student planning to complete the Associate in Arts degree within two years, then transfer and major in a specific discipline. 

The study of Russian offers many benefits including:

  1. Become an Entrepreneur
    Russia is one of the largest producers of natural resources including petroleum, diamonds, gold, silver, and platinum. Russia has the second largest oil reserves after Saudi Arabia and is the second largest steel producer. There is also an enormous market for U.S. good and services. With Russian skills, you can work with American businesses trying to get into the Russian markets. There are also many Russian entrepreneurs with international economics experience who are willing to work with non-Russian business partners.
  2. Relations with Russia
    The U.S. wants to keep relations good on a diplomatic scale with Russia. They will be more likely to hire graduates who can speak and understand the Russian languages. This will give you the edge in the job market. The US is also promoting an academic relationship with Russia, so there are many opportunities to study in Russia.
  3. Get Ahead in Science and Technology
    Are you planning to study or work in science or technology fields? Russian is an important language. Russian has the second highest number of articles published on science and technology, only behind English. Also, if you want to be an astronaut, NASA relies on the Russian space agency to transport them to the International Space Station.
  4. Rich Cultural and Geographic History
    Russian cultural heritage is known throughout the world, from writers such as Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn and Dostoevsky, musicians such as Tchaikovsky, dancers such as Anna Pavlova, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. If you travel to Russia you can appreciate the natural beauty of Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake on the planet and you can take a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway!
  5. Easier Language to Learn
    The Cyrillic alphabet can be learned in one week. It’s easier to pronounce words in Russian than either Spanish or English because Russian is more phonetic. Russian also has a set of rules with few exceptions, so it’s easier to figure out what words mean. Studying Russian can also help with English grammar and writing skills. Students who study Russian have a high rate of acceptance in law school, business school, and medical school.

Get Started Today

The first step to getting started in Russian Languages program is to apply for admission.

Academic and Career Pathways give you a roadmap to achieving your career goals. Follow a pathway based on your degree that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

Students who complete courses in any of the Foreign Languages disciplines will:

  • Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes
  • Interact with cultural competence and understanding
  • Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations
  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence
  • Communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world

College of DuPage has several languages transfer agreements in place with four-year colleges and universities to save you time, money and make the transfer process easier.

Many of these agreements with other colleges and universities have specific course requirements and a pre-determined course plan that needs to be followed to be eligible to transfer. Contact a program faculty member or academic advisor to learn more as course requirements vary by institution.


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