Russian and Slavic Languages and Literatures at GW

The Russian Language and Literature program offers a major, minor, and handles language requirements for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Currently we offer a full Russian major with four years of Russian language instruction with associations with study abroad through American Councils and CIEE.

Two years of Russian in one. Satisfies 2/3 of the ESIA Language Requirement

After one year of Intensive, you can survive in country without recourse to English.
After two years, you can talk some politics.

So what can one do with a degree in Russian Language and Literature? Here is just a sample of what some of our recent graduates have done:

  • Abra Katz (2012) teaches Russian right here at GW!
  • Alexandra Fisher (2011) is a Russian/Ukrainian graduate teaching assistant at the university of Kansas.
  • Jennifer Durina (2011) and Eileen Dorfman (2009) interned at the US Embassy in Moscow.
  • Melissa Kuhlman (2009) after two years in the Peace Corps in Georgia now investigates money laundering at JPMorgan Chase Bank.
  • Matt Parelman (2009) worked at Debevoise & Plimpton's Moscow office.
  • Rebecca Stakun (2006) is completing a doctoral degree in Russian literature at the University of Kansas.
  • Jihane Dancik (2006) served as resident director of the NSEP Russian Flagship program in St. Petersburg, Russia 2007-2011.
  • Sarah Rhodin (2006) interned at the New York Times Moscow bureau in 2008.
  • Greg Salomon (2006) is a development expert at TESOL International (Russia market)
  • Carrie Diffenderfer (2005) completed the prestigious ACRT/NCEP program to reach the ACTFL Superior level in Russian. She is at the National Endowment for Democracy.
  • Chloe Feinberg (2005) is at the Center for International Science and Technology Advancement and manages international collaborative biological research projects primarily in the former Soviet Union.
  • Michelle Bienia (2003) now works for the Department of Defense.
  • John McDonough (2003) went to work for Study Group, a New York-based organization that places foreign students in U.S. institutions and from there to the London School of Economics — with proficiency is Russian, Spanish, and Chinese.
  • Bryce Bittner (2002) now works for a Washington, DC law firm with Russian-language contacts.
  • Rebekah (Jumper) Boone (2001) is a program officer for the National Endowment for Democracy Program, Assistant for the New Independent States in Washington.
  • Michael Flores (2001) became a consular officer in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
  • Leah Misbin (2000) served as a Peace Corps worker in Uglich, Yaroslavskaya oblast, Russia.

Russian Contacts

Director of Russian Language 
Professor Richard Robin
[email protected]
(202) 994-7081

Director of Russian Literature 
Professor Peter Rollberg