Why learn about Russian culture? 

Russian is spoken by 170 million people as their primary language and another 120 million people speak it conversationally. Over the past three years, Russia's capital city has become home to more billionaires per capita than anywhere else in the world. Russia is an important hub for large-scale international business providing a wealth of career opportunities for those who combine their economics, business, political science background with knowledge of Russian culture.

Learn from a well-respected university

Russian courses are developed and taught by Oregon State faculty within the Department of World Languages and Cultures and feature quality, interactive content that use today's technology to help students gain competency in speaking and writing in Russian. Online students receive the same curriculum and transcripts as our on-campus students.

Students who complete first and second year Russian will be able to:

  • Use the Russian alphabet (both printed and cursive), basic nouns, pronouns, adjectives in nominative and prepositional cases, and basic verbs in present and past tense.
  • Have basic conversations on the following topics: introductions, greetings, languages, and ethnic background.
  • Write short sentences using grammar and vocabulary.
  • Read short texts using grammar and vocabulary.
  • Converse on topics such as: the weather, your hometown, giving/getting directions.
  • Manage a phone conversation.


Courses Offered

First Year Russian- 12 credits total (4 credits each)

RUS 111, RUS 112, RUS 113

Other Russian Courses (3 credits each)

RUS 231-Russian Culture

RUS 232- Russian Culture

RUS 233- Russian Culture