Russian and East European Studies Program

Reasons, Skills, and Careers 

Russian and East European Studies Program excels at creating links between ideas, cultures, art forms and people: a great preparation for a globalized world. Graduates with multi-lingual capabilities have skills to work in a variety of fields where production and interpretation of language from a cultural standpoint is central such as: business, communications, government and public service, diplomacy, international security, foreign aid, international law and education.

Why study Russian?

- 277 million people speak Russian. It is the 5th most spoken language worldwide
- Russian is identified as a vital language for the future of the U.S.A. by the following U.S. agencies: U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Department of the Interior
- Financial incentives for government and police employees who know the Russian language
- Discover new cultures and travel the world
- Be entrepreneurial and discover new markets
- Be unique and smart
- Find new friends
- If you are of East European origin, understand better your family backgroung
- Satisfy General Education requirements in Second Language, Culture and Diversity, Communication, and Arts and Humanities
- Sometimes you may not know when and for what reason you may need to speak Russian. Watch this video - it is quite inspiring:

What famous people say about Russian?

“Russian writers have helped us understand the complexity of the human experience and recognize eternal truths. Russian painters, composers and dancers have introduced us to new forms of beauty. Russian scientists have cured disease, sought new frontiers of progress and helped us go to space” (Barack Obama, President of the U.S.A.)


“I love speaking Russian. It's very, very hard. I find it a very interesting sound because it can be so hard and strong and also very sensual and very beautiful” (Angelina Jolie, Actress)

Our Program and General Education Points

Upon finishing requirements for a minor or major in Russian and East European Studies, you will accumulate the following General Education Points

- SECOND LANGUAGE > 2 (out of 2 required)
- CULTURE AND DIVERSITY > 3 (out of 3 possible from one discipline)
- COMMUNICATION > 3 (out of 3 possible from one discipline)
- ARTS AND HUMANITIES > 3 (out of 3 possible from one discipline)

What can I do with a degree in Russian and East European Studies?

- Language specialist
- Communications
- Education
- Translator
- Tourism/hospitality
- Judicial interpreter
- Foreign correspondent
- Policy analyst
- Non-profit sector
- Health care sector
- Human resources
- Law
- Social work and social services
- Journalism
- Human rights advocacy
- College and University teaching
- Writing
- Political analysis/politics
- Film-making
- Non-governmental organizations
- Advertising
- Editing and publishing
- Management
- Law enforcement
- Counseling
- Government
- Public relations
- Fund-raising
- Immigration advocacy
- Education
- Performing Arts
- Business

Skills acquired studying with us are as follows:

- Communication
- Language acquistion
- Listening skills
- Cross-cultural awareness
- Creativity
- Fluency (oral and written)
- Interpretation/evaluation
- Translation
- Research skills
- Grammar and vocabulary
- Analytical skills
- Critical thinking
- Organizational skills
- Problem solving
- Synthesize/summarize