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Russian students are more adventurous than most. you'll enjoy the company of people who are as curious and eager for discovery as you are. a lot of the fun f the Russian study is in the unraveling of its many mysteries. you will express yourself in sounds, symbols and concepts astonishingly different from those of English.

Stretch yourself . let our US-born faculty guide you on a great linguistic adventure!


Our principal first -year instructor, Jean Rutherford, was recognized by the Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society for the superior instruction of LSU freshmen.

Much of your first semester will be taken up with learning how to learn a language.

Russian is a subject few people take up until college. nor many high school offers it. in Russian you will not be immersed in an ocean of unfamiliar words on the first day of class. we assume you have no previous exposure to Russian and realize that it's our job to train you. we start at the beginning with the sounds and the alphabets.

our proficiency expectations are far lower than those sets for easier languages. Spanish, French, Swahili, and Haitian Creole can be mastered in about 480 hours of training. Russian requires about 720 hours for the same level of proficiency. we take the time to do it right at our pace.


we realize that five credits is a major commitment. to minimize risk to your GPA, the first year grading policy is heavily weighted toward participation. You will not be in competition with other Russian students; grades are built on the basis of points earned through the completion of the tasks. Students who stick with the program invariable succeed and earn good and excellent grades.

the key to success in our program is brief, daily assignments. These assignments are returned to you the next day. We encourage rewrites; corrected assignments with improved grades are averaged wit others. it is easy, in Russian to build a cushion of good grades to offset an occasional blown quiz or exam.



For more information please contact:

Dr. Leonard Stanton or
Ms. Jean Rutherford
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
222 Prescott Hall
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

(225)578-8514/ (225) 578-6616

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