Russia is a country rich in culture and history, with a remarkably expressive language and an even more remarkable national literature. The contribution of Russian thinkers and artists to the world of ideas has been undeniably enormous. Although its status as a modern superpower has been somewhat tenuous since the demise of the Soviet Union, Russia continues to play a major role in the course of events throughout the world.
The Russian studies program at Beloit is designed to allow students to explore this broad area of study through a multidisciplinary approach. The basic framework for the minor rests upon coursework in language, literature, history, political science, and culture. Students will begin to understand the way Russians perceive themselves and the world around them, as well as the concerns that have motivated their actions throughout the years. This approach will provide students with a more complete picture of the complex nature of this country and its people.