Russian is the language of a major world power. It is also the common language of many millions of people in the fifteen countries of the Former Soviet Union, which cover a large part of Asia, making it the 6th most spoken language in the world.
It is the basis of a unique culture of literature, music, film, drama and opera and the language of a large body of scientific literature. It is also the language of a large immigrant community in Australia. It has become one of the top two languages in space.
The Russian program provides the linguistic grounding on which students may build a familiarity with that rich cultural and scientific tradition.