TCNJ offers Russian as an intensive language, for 2 units per semester for the first three semesters (RUS 151, 152, 251). First-semester Russian (RUS 151) is offered annually in the fall; second-semester Russian (RUS 152)‚ is offered annually in the spring. Third-semester Russian (RUS 251) is also offered annually in the fall, while fourth-semester Russian (RUS 252) is offered annually in the spring. RUS 252 is a 1-unit course.
In first-year Russian, we use Golosa Volume 1 by Robin, Evans-Romaine, and Shatalina, the most popular college-level textbook for first-year Russian, in its latest (5th edition), together with its extensive audio-, video-, and computer-based activities available on the web at <http://www.gwu.edu/~slavic/golosa/ >. This textbook is published by Pearson/Prentice-Hall. In second-year Russian we use Golosa Volume 2 by the same authors.
TCNJ offers a minor in Russian Studies. RUS 251 (third-semester Russian) is required for this minor. Students complete the minor by choosing from 3 other units worth of coursework; they may choose from more Russian language courses or courses in English about Russian history, literature, or culture. For information on the Russian minor, please go to the Undergraduate Bulletin (Click on ‘Humanities & Social Sciences,’ then on ‘World Languages and Cultures’ and search for ‘Requirements for the Minor’).
Students who participated in the US Department of Education UISFL funded alternative spring break program in Vladimir, Russia in March 2013 gave a presentation about the breaking of cultural stereotypes at TCNJ’s annual Celebration of Student Achievement in May 2014. Pictured from left to right: Skyeler Sudia, Michael Schiumo, Joanna Peluso, Kyriaki Christodoulou, Kathryn Wertheimer, and Lia Lumauig.
Top 10 Reasons to Study Russian
Extraordinarily Beautiful Language
|Linguists say that it is one of the most poetic languages in the world.|
|Russia: Great Study Abroad Opportunities
||We encourage students to study abroad and recommend programs through the American Council of Teachers of Russian and through the Council on International Educational Exchange. Click here to read an interview with a TCNJ alumnus who studied abroad with ACTR. See TCNJ’s Study Abroad Program for more information.|
|Russian: Success After Graduation||Students who study Russian have a high rate of acceptance for graduate study in law school, business school, medical school, and other professional programs.|
|Wanted: Russian-Language Expertise
||Commerce Department, FCC, ITC, FBI, CIA, NSA, Energy Department, State Department, among others, are all hiring!|
|Russian: Very Cool Alphabet||It has 33 letters, 10 of which are vowels, and the last letter of the alphabet looks like a backwards R, which is of course very very cool:
Click here to see the beautiful 30-second video about the Russian alphabet shown at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Dr. Alex Berg
Instructor of Russian
Office:Bliss Building 325