Russian Language and Literature

Read Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Pushkin. Watch Russian films and TV programs. Get access to countless multimedia sites. GW’s Russian program, which is one of the arts and humanities disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, takes students on a journey through Russia, from its ancient origins to present day.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Related fields include history, art history, international affairs, literature, political science, philosophy and other disciplines within the humanities.

What can I expect to learn in the Russian Language and Literature program at GW?

Russian conversation, literature, film and culture. Students who complete four years of the language plus an approved study abroad program can expect to acquire working proficiency.

What is the Russian Language and Literature community like at GW?

Russian faculty and students form a vibrant community that regularly meets for a variety of events, enjoying Russian music and food and meeting experts in Russia-related fields.

What can I do in the Russian Language and Literature field?

Russian has been identified as a critical language by the U.S. government. GW graduates have become diplomats, specialists in international law and security as well as businessmen, college professors, high school teachers, researchers, translators and travel consultants. They actively use their language skills not only in dealing with Russia but also other post-Soviet nations.

Learning Opportunities

GW serves as a hub for Russian language scholars, and Washington-based internships using Russian are also available.

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