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Russian Language Courses

Russian continues to be a language of global importance. Millions speak it as their first language across the former Soviet Union, making it one of the few languages used natively in two continents. The U.S. government has designated Russian a "critical language" for national security and economic competitiveness. Students majoring in the arts, humanities, and sciences have successfully completed coursework in Russian at WKU.


If you take on the challenge of learning the language of the largest country in the world, you will become immersed in an extraordinary history and culture. Tchaikovsky, Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Kandinsky, and even Yul Brynner—they all wrote and spoke Russian. Russians have been at the forefront of classical music, ballet, and art for centuries, and you can become part of it!

RUSS 101 Elementary Russian I

RUSS 102 Elementary Russian II

RUSS 201 Intermediate Russian I

RUSS 202 Intermediate Russian II


Refer to the WKU Course Catalog for the most up-to-date course information.

Students who have studied Japanese show a commitment to the language and are likely to be more competitive for these prestigious awards for intensive language study abroad.


Apply for a Critical Languages Scholarship

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Russian Club

The Russian Club meets several times each semester for movies, meals, parties, and even goes to occasional concerts and off-campus events. Joining the club is a great way to find friends with similar interests while continuing to learn about Russian language and culture. Contact Russian Club Advisor Ekaterina Myakshina for more information.



Minor in Russian and East European Studies

This interdisciplinary minor is designed with two main goals in mind. The first is to familiarize students with the most significant political and economic issues facing both Russia and the states of Eastern Europe. The second is to provide students a foundation for effective communication in Russian.

Because of Russia’s dominant global role, it is essential that students become familiar with Russia and its language. With Russian being the language of approximately 250 million people, students minoring in REES will study one of the major languages of the world. Furthermore, Russian is recognized as a Critical Language by the US Departments of State and Defense.


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Russia City Scape




Ready to get started studying Russian at WKU? Professor Ekaterina Myakshina, coordinates the Russian curriculum at WKU.
Contact her for questions about placement, departmental exams, and study abroad options.






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