Spring Semester, 2014

“Russia Today” is an inter-disciplinary class—drawing primary instructors from the Departments of Political Science and Modern Languages—which depicts and prepares students to analyze the monumental changes that have and are taking place in the geopolitical space of the former Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.). This course includes an overview of the region’s geography, history, political development, Russian language and literature, and various facets of life in Russia and the former U.S.S.R. including societal institutions and changes, economic forces, and political futures for this strategically important area.

The course syllabus is available in pdf form here.

News and blogs covering recent events in Kiev, Ukraine




POLS/RUSS Pre-Course Survey

Here is a copy of the pre-course survey, due Friday 1/31.

Study Abroad in Russia

View this slideshow to find out about Study Abroad programs and scholarships.

Русский алфавит

Click here to view the Russian Cyrillic ALPHABET.

Click here to learn the Russian Cyrillic LETTERS and their SOUNDS (page 1).

Click here to learn the Russian Cyrillic LETTERS and their SOUNDS (page 2).

Click here to practice READING and PRONOUNCING the Russian Cyrillic Alphabet.

Click here for REVIEW and a tutorial on WRITING CURSIVE Russian.

Click here for more READING and CURSIVE WRITING practice.

Here are some more links and useful language tools:

Online Russian keyboard

Practice the alphabet and learn basic vocabulary

Multitran online Russian dictionary

Study Russian online

Another versatile learning tool