Department of Russian Studies
The Department of Russian Studies welcomes students with the following interests and qualities:
- Those students who are interested in Russian language, culture and history.
- Those students who have both the courage to make mistakes and the willingness to utilize them in the learning of a foreign language.
- Those students who can embrace various existing ways of thinking, as well as accept new and different customs with an open mind.
Russia is a country with a long history of culture, ideas, and art, and it is always changing. It exists across the Sea of Japan and is attracting more and more attention as a result of its recent growth.
The Department of Russian Studies allows a student to specialize in Russian, a language which has various inflections, unlike English. The Department utilizes native teachers, and classes are composed of small numbers of students. Grammar and pronunciation are the foundation to the study of Russian, and they are harmonized through reading and conversation.
In the first grade, students learn the alphabet, basic grammar and conversation. Then in the second grade, they develop a fundamental understanding of reading and writing. In the third and fourth grades, students read and translate Russian literature, newspapers, and magazines.
By the time they graduate from the Department of Russian Studies, students will have been able to embrace all aspects of Russian language, literature, and culture.
During the first two years of study, the aim is to learn the grammar that is essential to correctly understanding Russian. We also offer classes that focus on sound in order to accustom students to Russian rhythm and intonation, which enables them to understand basic spoken Russian. Then, during the final two years of study, the aim is for students to acquire a stronger sense of the Russian language through reading various kinds of texts, through two different methods. One method explores the differences between spoken language and written language in terms of grammar and style. The other method explores the similarities and differences between the forms of journalism and literature. Additionally, classes about Eastern European countries adjacent to Russia, as well as Caucasian and Central Asian culture, history, and society classes are offered.