|Field of Study:||Russian Language and Literature
|Description:||Russian is spoken by nearly 150 million people in the Russian Federation; it is also the lingua franca of many who live in the countries that used to be a part of the Soviet Union. The Russian Federation remains the largest country in the world (followed by Canada, with which it shares very similar climates, landscapes and natural resources). A knowledge of Russian can open doors for you to study or work in a variety of fields in Russia. A knowledge of Russian can also be an important key to accessing wide-ranging professional opportunities in a variety of fields, many of them of importance in the economy of Canada and Southern Alberta in particular. Even when knowledge and skill in Russian may not be directly required in these professions, if you do know Russian, you will often find unexpected opportunities to use it in interesting and rewarding ways. To study Russian is to study a culture that, for more than a century and half, has had a profound effect far beyond its national borders. While, for many, the major impact of Russia and Russians in the 20th century has been perceived as primarily political, Russians have made significant contributions in a wide variety of fields, including the visual and musical arts, science and technology to name just two broad areas. Not for nothing is Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace considered by many North Americans as the quintessential summer reading that they spend a lifetime not getting around to. Where would the world's ballet companies be without the Tchaikovsky ballets, especially Swan Lake and The Nutcracker? If you study Russian, you will acquire a greater understanding of and appreciation for this culture; if you study Russian, you will create for yourself the potential for experiencing this culture, to some small degree, from the inside out. The Co-op program allows you to alternate in-school learning with 12 to 16 months of full-time paid work experience.
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