Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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What you will learn in this program
Russian scholars ask questions such as: How did the Slavic languages develop? Why did the Soviet Union fall? Is Russia the eastern flank of Europe or the heartland or another civilization?
Studying Russian will not only give you an opportunity to acquire one of the world’s languages and to gain systematic knowledge of its history and structure — it will also introduce you to Russia, a country with glorious and tumultuous history, fascinating culture and traditions, great literature that crosses national borders and transcends times; a country with major political influence in the world, both in the past and in the future. Besides developing valuable language skills necessary for fluent communication in Russian, you will be encouraged to practice critical and independent thinking, to challenge assumptions, including perhaps your own, and to ask important and profound questions.
As a graduate of the Russian program you will be prepared to pursue careers in diverse areas, such as the civil service, especially diplomacy, the non-profit sector, translation/interpreting, and the business world. A degree in Russian can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, education, medicine, or veterinary medicine or environmental design.
Courses you'll take:
Current Issues in Russian Culture, Russian I, Russian Literature in Translation, Topics in Russian Civilization and Thought, Introductory Russian
Admission requirements and information
Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.
Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.
Honours Degree - In-depth study of a specific topic completed under the supervision of a faculty member.
Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.
Russian culture is my irresistible hobby. I share a life-long interest in all things Russian with my students. I teach Russian language courses at all levels, as well as courses on linguistic and cultural interpretation. Russia continues to make world-class contributions to intellectual thought, art and science, and only a few of these achievements are accessible to those who do not speak Russian. Ours is a small but vibrant program—we take pride in the individual attention we give students.
Olga Mladenova, PhD — Department Head
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Amanda K. is currently head teacher at a private school in Moscow. “My degree definitely helped me get my job. Sure I teach English, but my Russian fluency has helped me develop relationships with Russian students and parents. I credit the program and faculty at UCalgary. Small class sizes made everything personable and genuine. The professors knew you on a personal level and pushed you to be the best you could be. Dr. Mladenova is still my personal mentor three years after graduation.”
Learning Russian leads to job in Moscow
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