Russian Dept. Director: Kristine Shmakov | Sylvania CT 219 | 971-722-4841

Why Study Russian?


There are more than 140,000 Russian-speaking immigrants in Oregon and Washington. The U.S. Census indicates that the Pacific Northwest has had the greatest influx of Russian-speaking immigrants anywhere in the nation over the last 10 years, making Russian one of the most commonly spoken languages in the region.

Russian is the second most sought-out language by employers in Oregon and Washington.

Russian has been designated a language of "critical need" by the U.S. government.

Transferable Credits

Although PCC does not offer a degree in Russian, the classes are lower division collegiate courses that transfer to a four-year college or university. Russian courses may transfer as:

  • Elective credits
  • Program requirement credits; and/or
  • Graduation requirements for the receiving institution

Students are always encouraged to check with the receiving institution, your PCC academic advisor and the University Transfer website for the most accurate and timely transfer requirement information.

Why Study Russian at PCC?

The Russian program at PCC boasts the largest enrollment in the state for first and second year courses. All PCC Russian courses are taught using an immersion method. The object of all Russian courses at PCC is to help students develop communicative competence and proficiency in comprehension, speaking, reading and writing Russian, as well as cultural awareness.

Russian classes at PCC feature:

  • Language immersion with emphasis on speaking skills.
  • Relaxed, fun classroom environment.
  • Instructors with Masters degrees, native/near-native fluency and more than 15 years of teaching experience.
  • Full integration of speaking, grammar, writing, listening and culture at every level.
  • Partner and small group activities during class every day.
  • Inexpensive, instructor-written textbooks — just $50 for a full year.
  • Free Russian tutors, active student Russian club, volunteer opportunities within the Russian-speaking community.
  • Classrooms with computer podium, large screen and stereo system for viewing videos, as well as a new language computer lab for student and class use.
  • Course Web pages with online activities for extra practice.

What's Next?

  1. Apply for admission to PCC.
  2. Meet with an academic advisor.