Rev. Joseph Loya, OSA, PhD
Director, Russian Area Studies
Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Theology and Religious Studies Department
Russian Area Studies offers an unprecedented wealth of career opportunities. Relations between the Russian and American governments, businesses, professions, non-governmental organizations, and educational and cultural institutions are developing rapidly, and demand for people with language skills and a knowledge of the area is increasing.
Creation of the Russian Area Studies Concentration
With these considerations in mind, the College of Arts and Sciences at Villanova introduced the Russian Area Studies Concentration in 1996:
- to provide undergraduates with a structured, multi-disciplinary understanding of this complex region of the world and Russia's relations with other countries in the area;
- to train undergraduates who wish to pursue a professional career in Russian studies in government, academia, or business;
- to foster greater knowledge of the Russian area by preparing our students for study in Russia and by encouraging Russian citizens to visit Villanova;
- and to serve the University community and the larger community beyond campus by enhancing a knowledge and understanding of the Russian area through conferences, lectures, cultural events.