The main purpose of the Russian studies program within Area Studies, housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Grand Valley State University, is to give students proficiency with the Russian language, along with knowledge of the nation's history and culture.
In addition to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Russian studies, a minor is also available. Students in this program can participate in a number of study abroad programs. Visit www.gvsu.edu/pic for more details.
The Russian studies curriculum includes a set of language courses, courses about the country's history, and electives concerning other aspects of Russia. Some of the topics covered include:
There are many employment opportunities for persons with training in Russian studies. Graduates have a variety of career paths available, including jobs as:
Grand Valley offers extraordinary support for its language students.
“The Russian studies program gave me the comprehensive education needed to succeed in a major Ph.D. program and with an exciting career in international trade. The more I work in Russia, the more I am surprised to learn how often I need to reference Russian literature, history, geography, and, of course, language. In a globalized economy, knowledge workers need a competitive edge, and Grand Valley's Russian studies program did that for me.”