One of our graduates, V. Bruce, answers these questions, saying:
An Arts Degree offers you, the school leaver, one of the best chances in life of becoming a well-rounded educated individual. No matter what subjects you choose, your Arts Degree will teach you to think logically, to analyse complex issues and to present your ideas clearly. These are all essential skills in your future working life whatever career you eventually choose since an Arts Degree is a stepping stone to many different careers. Above all, your Arts Degree will be fun. You will be studying a subject that fascinates you. And you will be surrounded by like-minded students who are just as keen to discuss the world's problems in a lecture hall as in the college bar.
Studying a language at third level is not just about grammar! When you study a language, you study a whole country. You will read its literature, and learn about its history, politics and culture. You will live in the country during your degree and will broaden your horizons and make many new friends. And when you graduate you will have a highly marketable skill. It is up to you what you do with that skill.
The first language of some 165 million people and of the world's largest state.
One of Europe's most important languages.
In the same family of languages as English and Irish (so there is much common ground).
Neither impossible to learn nor so very exotic and remote.
Today's post-Soviet Russia is a rapidly changing society offering unprecedented opportunities for work, study and travel for our students and graduates.
As one of our graduates says:
You will have the opportunity to study a fascinating and complex society, a literature second to none (try some now in translation), a tragic and thrilling history, as well as a challenging and beautiful language. Your classmates will not be run-of-the-mill. You will not be bored.
Sound-bites from our students:
Why did you decide to study Russian?
Polish is the language of 38 million new citizens of the European Union; it is also the language of an estimated 13 million people of Polish origin currently residing outside of Poland.
Polish is now an official EU language and the language of one of the biggest trading blocks and markets in modern Europe.
Central and Eastern European cultures have had a profound effect on the development of Western European thinking.
The changing shape of countries such as modern-day Poland, their expansion and contraction, their disappearance and partition reflect the traumas and tragedies, as much as the achievements and breakthroughs of modern European history.
Figures from a distant past, such as Dr Johann Faustus (magician) and Nicholas Copernicus (astronomer), figures from a more recent era such as Adam Mickiewicz (bard) and Marie Sklodowska-Curie (chemist) and contemporary figures, such as Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II), Lech Walesa (the legendary "Solidarity" leader) and Czeslaw Milosz (winner of Nobel prize for literature) have shaped modern European consciousness.
The Department offers:
Many people are anxious that an Arts Degree qualifies them for nothing. The experience of our graduates is in fact the reverse. Whether you end up working with your language or not, having Russian or Polish in your CV will make you noticed, 'employers respect it, because they see it must have been difficult. It makes you stand out from the crowd.'
As one of our graduates put it:
A degree in Russian will ensure that your CV never fails to get you noticed. It says you're adventurous, individualistic and ready for a challenge. It says you're talented and determined - getting a real grasp of the Russian language takes hard work and discipline. It also says you've spent time in Russia, which suggests both an open-mindedness and maturity that set you apart from other graduates (you'll have the time of your life, too). As trade and other links with Eastern Europe develop, so do the career advantages of a proficiency in Russian and other Slavic languages.
A degree with Russian will:
As very few people in the modern world start and end their working lives in the same job, or even the same line of work, an education which covers a broad spectrum of skills is the best possible preparation for the modern world. It allows graduates to carve out their own quite distinct career paths in accordance with their interests and talents.
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