Russian at USMA

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  1. Prosepekt

    Prosepekt New Member

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    Does anybody have any experience with the Russian courses at West Point? I've been self-teaching for awhile and will take it at WP should I get appointed. What's it like?

    Also, I learn Classical Latin right now in high school. Is there any sort of Latin club or extra-curricular at the Academy?
     
  2. payitforward

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    Look into UNG's Summer Language Institute as well. I understand there are still ProjectGO scholarships available for Russian, Korean, Arabic and Chinese. You would live in dorms with other students in the same language in an immersive language experience for 6 weeks.

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  3. hawk

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    Russian is available, and cadets I know indicate it's fairly challenging. Yes, Chinese and Arabic are harder but also taught at a slightly slower pace.

    I believe at USMA your language pick also dictates your foreign history coursework, etc. Does at least for some majors.

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  4. 2012Cadet

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    If they continue doing it the same way as past years, you will be able to list your language preferences and whether or not you would like to start language courses plebe year (a good option if you plan on majoring in a language) when you take a language aptitude test during Beast. You should have no problem getting your preference, as most people list easier languages for their preferences. Your language choice does for the most part determine what regional world history class you take, but you could possibly get stuck with a course unrelated to your language.

    As for a Latin club, there is not currently one active here at the moment as far as I know, but don't let that stop you as you could start one up if you really wanted to and there was interest.
     
  5. RLTW

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    That was the case for my DS. He is not a language major. In HS his language study was German. At USMA they had him list his language preferences. He was told (a) he would not be allowed to take any language he has already taken (b) he would not be allowed to take any language on his preference list, and (C) he was "voluntold" to take Russian, and he did find it challenging. He got the sense that he was specifically steered to take something to additionally challenge him, yet honestly that was more a sense he got than a verbatim quote.

    All that to say, it may sometimes be hard to predict what language you will get solely based on historical studies or personal preferences.

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  6. hawk

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    Sounds very similar. General theme seems to be if you have 2-3 years of a language the next stop is an immersion course. If not ready for immersion, then a much shorter list of language options is available.

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