About the program

The Ferrum College major in Russian provides students fluency in oral and written communication, the ability to read, understand, and analyze Russian literature and an understanding of Russian culture. The program is enhanced by an ongoing program which brings students from Pskov, Russia to study at Ferrum and provides internship and study opportunities for Ferrum students in Pskov.

Coursework in Russian

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Russian, and includes courses such as:

  • Elementary Russian
  • Intermediate Russian
  • Advanced Grammar
  • Russian Literature
  • Russian Culture

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Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Russian:

  • Russian Club

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Experiential & hands-on learning opportunities

International Opportunities: Ferrum College enjoys a unique relationship with the Pskov Pedagogical Institute in Pskov, Russia. This program brings a Pskov student each semester to the Ferrum campus. In return, Ferrum students take advantage of both short and long term internships and study opportunities in Pskov, including work in orphanages, on restoration projects, and participation in specially designed classes at the Pedagogical Institute.

Travel: Short-term travel opportunities to Russia are available under the leadership of Professor Sasha Saari.

Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.

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What can I be with a major in Russian?

A major in Russian leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields. For example:

  • You could be a(n) ... CAPTIONTHIS
  • Teacher of Russian
  • Foreign News Journalist
  • Tour Organizer
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officer
  • International Trade Specialist

Did you know: American astronauts are required to have some knowledge of Russian?

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Recent Russian graduates and their careers

Ferrum graduates credit their program of study for landing jobs or other opportunities in their fields.

Ferrum Graduates have used their Russian studies to pursue graduate degrees, to pursue further language training with the United States military, or to secure employment with various Federal agencies or corporations.

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Russian Faculty

Rachel Stauffer
Assistant Professor of Russian
Program Coordinator of Russian
Ph.D., University of Virginia
(540) 365-4331

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