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.
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.