Department of Romance, German & Slavic Languages & Literatures
801 22nd Street, NW, Phillips Hall 513
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6330
Fax: (202) 994-9126

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. 

Russian Rock

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:

  • Kelsey McPherson (2011) is a Middlebury graduate student in Irkutsk.
  • Alexandra Fisher (2011) is now a participant in the prestigious St. Petersburg Flagship program.
  • 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) is 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
(202) 994-7081

Director of Russian Literature
Professor Peter Rollberg
(202) 994-7084