In an interview with the London Times on April 1, 2009, George Little, a CIA spokesman, spoke of the need for more Americans to learn Russian: "In order to accomplish our vital intelligence mission we want to market our employment opportunities to speakers of Arabic, Russian, Korean, Pashtu and Urdu. We want to emphasise to those communities that we welcome first-generation Americans to apply. They bring critical language skills and a knowledge of culture to support our intelligence mission."
USC offers exceptional opportunities for language study, with cutting edge technology in the newly-refurbished Language Center, and effective, enthusiastic, personalized instruction We provide unique programs oriented towards teaching conversational Russian. Groups are small and students receive maximum individual attention
The Department of Slavic Languages is an internationally known and respected center for Russian studies with an internationally renowned faculty. Together with colleagues from other disciplines (Theater, Cinema, Linguistics, Journalism, International Relations, and Russian cultural and area studies) the department offers a wide variety of courses in language, literature, and culture at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Contact Dr. Tatiana Akishina, Director of the Russian Language Program, at (213) 740-2737, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Russian and Asian Studies offers helpful advice on working in Russia: