WHY STUDY RUSSIAN?
The reasons for studying a Slavic language and culture are as unique and diverse as you are. As regions of the former Soviet Union spread their political and economic wings, the number and variety of career paths available to students of Slavic languages and cultures is constantly expanding. On any given day, in fact, you can find dozens of nurses, farmers, business professionals, artists, teachers, construction workers, funeral parlor owners, adoption workers, missionaries, entertainment entourages, athletes and school children traveling between the US and the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Each year, thousands of US citizens find satisfying and profitable work for which knowledge of a Slavic language and culture is critical. Hundreds of law firms, consulting agencies and accounting groups have opened offices in these countries, including such big names as Ernst and Young and Andersen Consulting. High-tech computer, energy, and communications suppliers such as Cray Research, Apple Computer, AT&T and Mobil are well-established in these areas, as well. The United States Embassy, Peace Corps, and scores of city governments and Sister City programs offer exciting and profitable opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds, from teaching English as a Second language, to organizing and participating in small business and academic exchanges. Food and other service industries–including Ben and Jerry’s, Pizza Hut, M&M Mars, Phillip Morris, and nearly every other nationally dominant chain from US and Europe — are now well established in these countries. Similarly, the number of charitable, religious, academic, and political organizations with ties to these regions has grown beyond enumeration. All of these companies, institutions, and organizations need individuals whose lists of talents include familiarity with at least one Slavic language and culture.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Russian Flagship Program is a federally funded program that provides opportunities for undergraduate students of any major to reach a professional level of competence in Russian by graduation. The program not only strives to increase students' Russian language proficiency and intercultural competencies, but also links students’ intensive language study with their other academic interests and professional aspirations. The program welcomes applications from undergraduates of all majors and at any level of prior experience in Russian.
The Russian Flagship Program is a collaborative initiative of the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic and the Language Institute, with the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia and the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition, funded by The Language Flagship, a public/private partnership sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP).
In addition to study abroad opportunities, UW-Madison students of Russian can live in Russkii Dom, a residential learning community in Adams Hall. Residents benefit from the support of a community of like-minded students who share their interest in Russian language and culture.
Career Opportunities for Russian Majors
Broadcasting Board of Governors
NSA / CIA
Dept. of Defense
Nuclear Reg. Commission
Dept. of Agriculture
Export Import Bank
Intl. Trade Com.
Exxon / Mobil
International Resettlement Agencies
ACTR / ACCELS
Mother & Child
Women’s Crisis Center of St. Pbg .