She loves theatre and always asks me what plays I'm participating in during the term.Because the department is small, Russian students and professors get to know each other in this close, personal way." Morgan Holmes '11 "The size of the department also means that your Tuesday/Thursday sessions are taught by a prof, instead of a TA. What makes the deal even better is that Anna speaks not a word of English (to students, at least), so your second class will be conducted entirely in Russian. That's how good she is." Dan Callahan ‘08 "It's a strong department, the professors are great, and other amazing people are taking Russian." Ayla Grey '08 "I’m no Russian department fanatic, but I seriously think that the language requirement should just be made into a general Russian requirement." Ben Owens '07 "There is no other department at Carleton in which you can have such small classes with such strong faculty members." Roddy Theobald '06 What about the Carleton Moscow Seminar?
If you study and pay attention in class, you will do well." Laura Roberts '10 "The general consensus in my class of Russian students is that the 100 level classes were not that stressful or too much work.
I’ve found that the classroom atmosphere in all my Russian classes was pretty relaxed and jovial and I’ve found that students in Russian classes develop a family-like bond after being together after a while." Ben Owens '08 "Russian is not as difficult as they would have you believe.
Carleton's Russian Department closely adheres to the liberal arts philosophy, and I believe that it is possible to combine the Russian major with any other major and pursue any interests you may have." Brian Kilgour '11 One of the best aspects of the Russian Dept. Russian majors are challenged with intensive study in language, literature, culture, history and even economics.
Furthermore, the department, while plenty challenging on its own, encourages students to pursue interests in other fields. you can combine Russian with other academic areas; however, there are more than enough chances to bridge disciplines within the department as well.
You can look forward to dinners at Diane/Anna's house and tons of activities put on by the Language Assistant, including the Russian Table during Tuesday lunch, and Russian Tea on Thursday evenings." Dan Callahan ‘08 "If you take Russian, be prepared to do something fun in class every day like singing, watching TV clips in Russian, acting in mini plays, playing trivia, and if it turns out to be your lucky day, getting to taste Russian sweets imported directly from Moscow’s Red October chocolate factory just for the good students in Carleton’s Russian classes." Ben Owens '08 But isn’t Russian really hard?
"Russian is a fun language to study because, unlike English, it really makes sense.In Russia, you never know quite what to expect, which makes each hour, each conversation, each turn of the corner an adventure in itself." Jenny Holm ‘07 "[Unique experiences on the trip included] learning how to brew and drink a cup of Russian tea properly, getting scolded by my 80-year-old babushka whenever I came back after eleven, getting blessed by people from three different religions in one day, seeing Siberia (which is about as different as the moon is from what you’re used to, and can look an awful lot like it sometimes.)" Ben Owens '07 Can I combine study of Russian with a major in another field?I'm a big fan of language-learning, and decided to start studying Russian when I came to Carleton.Currently, we have three Russian majors--one is a double in Poli-Sci/IR and I am concentrating in Biochemistry and Pre-Medical Studies. James Jackson '11 "Taking Russian was one of my two or three favorite experiences at Carleton, and as someone who did not end up as a Russian major, I would encourage anyone to consider taking Russian even if their primary academic interests lie elsewhere." Roddy Theobald ’05 (Math) "Diane Nemec-Ignashev has been talking to me a lot about different opportunities to combine Russian and geology.Don't let your potential major decide what language you learn.One of the feature about the Carleton Russian Department is its professors' abilities to combine art/literature with politics and history.