Peter-Pavel's Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia, lit up at night


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.


Statement on the War in Ukraine

The Department of Romance, German, and Slavic Languages and Literatures joins the global academic community in strongly condemning Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. We grieve for the victims of this war and we are devastated by the violent destruction unleashed by it. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and with all those in Russia and worldwide who oppose this unprovoked war of aggression and who brave their lives to defend democratic values.




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


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


Russian Faculty