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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Russian Area Studies

Program Offerings

Academic Division: College

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Academic Programs: Course Offerings:

Example Career Outcomes

  • Business
  • Graduate School
  • Law
  • Linguistics

The purpose of the Russian Area Studies (RAS) Program is to offer students, through its academic major and co-curricular offerings, an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to studying Russian civilization. The RAS Program has been designed to provide the theoretical and practical background needed for either post-graduate study in a number of fields or for successful pursuit of a career immediately upon graduation.

Program Highlights

  • Russian-language classes are small in size, and each year a teacher is recruited from Russia to assist in the instruction.
  • Based on the premise that students ought to experience Russia directly in order to understand it well, the RAS Program encourages study in Russia. Most RAS major study for at least one term in Russia, mainly in St. Petersburg or Moscow.
  • Exceptional students may pursue an honors program, which requires a thesis based upon original research.
  • Co-curricular features of the RAS program include: a highly developed multi-media language center, Russian library collections for student and faculty research, and daily television transmission from Russia, as well as occasional Russian films, guest lectures, and concerts. The presence on campus of students from Russia also enhances the program.
  • Recent graduates of the program have followed a wide variety of career paths. Several have completed doctoral degrees in Slavic languages and linguistics, Russian history, law, and political science. Others have worked for private firms and NGOs in Russia.