Russian is an East Slavic language and an official language in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. It is an unofficial, but widely spoken, language in Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and, to a lesser extent, the other countries that were once constituent republics of the Soviet Union and former participants of the Eastern Bloc. Russian belongs to the family of Indo-European languages and is one of the three living members of the East Slavic languages. Written examples of Old East Slavonic are attested from the 10th century onwards.
It is the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia and the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages. It is also the largest native language in Europe, with 144 million native speakers in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Russian is the eighth most spoken language in the world by number of native speakers and the seventh by total number of speakers. The language is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
Russian culture is the culture associated with the country of Russia and, sometimes, specifically with Russians. It has a long history and can claim a long tradition of dividend in many aspects of the arts, especially when it comes to literature and philosophy, classical music and ballet, architecture and painting, and cinema and animation, which all had considerable influence on world culture. The country also has a flavorful material culture and a tradition in technology.
To receive more information about Russian classes please contact the Department of Modern Languages at (305) 348-2851.
Faculty and Instructors
Instructor of Russian
RUS 1130 Russian I (5) Provides training in the acquisition and application of basic language skills.
RUS 1131 Russian II (5) Provides training in the acquisition and application of basic language skills.
RUS 2200 Intermediate Russian (3) Provides intermediate training in the acquisition and application of basic language skills. Prerequisites: One year prior study at college level or permission of the instructor.
RUS 2242 Russian Intermediate Conversation (3) Designed to develop different types of oral communication in Russian at the intermediate level. Prerequisites: RUS 1131 or permission of the instructor.