The Russian Language and Literature Program offers a major and a minor, and our language and literature courses are popular with students from across the university. From studying the works of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov in their original language to exploring Russian culture through film, students develop a comprehensive understanding of Russian language and literature, past and present.

Proficiency in Russian can lead to a wide variety of career paths. Many students take the opportunity to enrich their studies with immersive study abroad programs around the world.




Career Opportunities for Russian Speakers



Alumni of the Russian program have worked at organizations and companies around the world, including:

  • JPMorgan Chase Bank
  • National Endowment for Democracy
  • Peace Corps
  • TESOL International (Russian-language market)
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of State, U.S. embassies

More Alumni Outcomes


Statue on Foggy Bottom Campus of Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet, playwright and novelist.
Statue on GW's Foggy Bottom Campus of Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet, playwright and novelist


    Russian Resources

    Language Tools

    Russian Faculty


    Rickie McPeak

    Professorial Lecturer of Russian Literature

    Peter Rollberg

    Professor of Slavic Languages, Film Studies, and International Affairs, Director of Russian Language and Literature


    Ludmila Michael

    Adjunct Professor of Russian

    Elena Ovtcharenko

    Adjunct Professor of Russian

    Anna Pechnikova

    Adjunct Professor of Russian

    Galina Shatalina

    Associate Professor of Russian, Russian Language Course Manager