Russia is the largest country in the world and an important player in the global economy and politics. The United States government has classified Russian as one of the “critical languages,” demonstrating the need for experts on Russia.
The Russian studies (RST) minor is for the students who want to learn about the rich and fascinating history and culture of Russia, which is home to over 185 ethnic groups. As an interdisciplinary minor, RST can perfectly complement many majors. Students in this program can participate in a number of study abroad programs. Visit www.gvsu.edu/pic for more details.
Coursework is offered in a variety of subjects, including:
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.”