This course consists of a three-hour block of instruction offered Wednesdays. Students are provided with lectures on Russian history prior to 1856, and important aspects of Russian culture. Emphasis is on the fundamental aspects of Russian culture, including the Orthodox church, collectivism, and the general formation of the Russian worldview. Students participate in small group discussions and interact with the instructor. This course emphasizes the major historical and cultural developments which have the greatest bearing upon work or ministry among Russian-speakers. Course work includes a reading schedule, written assignments and projects, in-class participation in discussions, and mid-term and final examinations.