What can I do with a Russian major?

The achievements of our alumni provide the best examples of the possibilities a degree in Russian may bring. Recent alumni include Watson Fellows, Fulbright Scholars (Research Grants and English Teaching Assistantships), a Critical Language Scholarship recipient, Peace Corps volunteers, Biehl Research Grant recipients, lawyers, doctors, public servants, artists, educators, a journalist, and an Orthodox priest. Several hold or are pursuing a Ph.D. Alumni have also developed and participated in a variety of volunteer service projects in Russia and Eurasia. They have held internships at Newsweek, the Moscow Bureau of the New York Times, St. Petersburg State University, the St. Petersburg Times and worked as Russian camp counselors and teachers of English as a second language.

Nathan Bourne

After graduating in 2011, Nathan spent a year teaching English in the Republic of Georgia and travelling around the region, from the coast of the Black Sea to the mountains of Nagorno-Karabakh. Moving through those different spaces, Russian allowed him to connect, communicate, and collect a rich diversity of stories. Nathan is currently a student at Yale Divinity School, pursuing ordination in the Episcopal Church. While Russian may not be a part of his everyday life, he draws on it regularly and often in unexpected ways - e-mails to friends made while travelling abroad, lending nuance to a classroom discussion of a Mandelstam poem, using examples from his travels in sermons, or showing hospitality to a new acquaintance by connecting with them in their native language. Russian opened him up to a whole array of new experiences and exposed him to cultural and literary traditions that have and continue to influence self-understanding and sense of vocation.

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