Maybe you have dreamed of reading Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment in its original language and then scrolling down Nevsky Prospekt, exploring the same streets Raskolnikov frequented. Or perhaps you want to visit Moscow to see for yourself what makes this city the heart and soul of Mother Russia.
Maybe the alluring Trans-Siberian Railway beckons you. You may be a descendant of Russian immigrants who would like to trace your family history. You might be an aspiring musician who loves Russian classical music and wants to be able to appreciate Tchaikovsky's operas in their original language. Or you might be motivated by business; possibly your company is opening a branch in Russia, and you will have to travel there frequently to work with new colleagues. Whatever the reason, be it cultural curiosity, family roots, or professional development, learning Russian is a decision you won't regret. In fact, mastering this language will bring about a sense of accomplishment and pride. As you begin to unravel the intricacies of the Russian language, you will learn how Russians perceive themselves and the world around them.
Last but not least, Russian is among the last commonly taught languages in the United States making this language a great choice if you are looking for a road less traveled. If you need to fill a prerequisite for your history major, or you want to diversify your philosophy or literature studies, this course could be the right fit.
Congratulate yourself on your adventurous spirit and prepare to embark on a new and exciting journey!