Rapid political, social, economic and technological changes have sharply increased global interdependence and the need for exchange of information, person-to-person contacts and a more thorough understanding of foreign cultures. The study of Russia is critical, given its pivotal geopolitical position, its voice in world politics, and its role in world science and engineering. Russian studies enrich key strategic TU commitments to its internationalization mission, and in particular to energy studies, cybersecurity, information studies, security studies and international politics.
Drawing on its outstanding faculty and teaching resources, The University of Tulsa offers an interdisciplinary major in Russian Studies comprised of 33 hours of coursework in Russian language, literature and culture, history and politics. The major provides students with a knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary Russia, as well as the ability to use the Russian language. Students have the opportunity to live and study for a summer, a semester or a year in Russia. The Russian Studies major can be combined with many other majors in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as with the program in International Business in the Collins College of Business.
- Command the Russian language sufficiently to hold a near-professional conversation with native speakers.
- Apply Russian language in conversation sufficient to interact with a native speaker.
- Apply Russian language in writing sufficient to interact with a native reader.
- Apply other Russian linguistic and cultural operations to successfully interact with native culture.
- Competently demonstrate critical understanding of core components of the Russian tradition in cultural interaction.
- Demonstrate critical engagement with basic traditions and tensions in culture, literature, history, or politics.
- Understand and demonstrate how command of Russian culture, literature, history, or politics in appropriate ethical and professional behavior.
- Research and develop opportunities and resources for Russian studies uses after graduation.