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Russian is Central!

Everything you need to know about the Russian Program at Central Washington University!

Photo credit to Kuhnmi. "Red Squre at Night" Night shot of the famous Red Square in Moscow. The image shows the shopping mall "GUM" (left), the Saint Basil's Cathedral (center), and the Spasskaya Tower (right).

Welcome to the Russian Studies at CWU. We offer both a Major and a Minor, in small, student-centered classes. Our program offers classes on Russian language and Russian culture, history, and society. We collaborate with other departments to bring students courses on Russian film, history, literature, and political science. Russian is not only the language of the largest country in the world, but is also spoken in 15 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia by over 160 million people. Russian is designated as a critical language by the US Government, which means the demand for experts in Russian is greater than the
current supply. Consider taking Russian Studies for careers in the government, foreign service, military, journalism, international NGOs and business, education, and tourism.

Russian Major and Minor Requirements

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Photo credit to Mariano Mantel. "San Petersburgo - The church of the savior over the spilled blood." Church in St. Petersburg.


Alumni Experience

Madelyn Dunning stands in front of a Russian church

Madelyn Dunning, '16: "I graduated from Central Washington University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Russian. Studying Russian at CWU was a great experience, both academically and personally. Without a doubt, one of the best parts of my college experience was studying abroad in Moscow, Russia in Fall 2015, where I had the opportunity to put what I’d learned at CWU into practice.

So far, my Russian degree has been useful in ways I didn’t expect when I started. After graduation, I enrolled in a Master of Science program at Mercyhurst University, where my Russian degree has proven very valuable. Several of my graduate school projects have incorporated Russian language, culture, and/or history, my favorite of which was a social media analysis study on Russian tweets. Once my degree is completed, I hope to get an analyst position with the government."




Karl Vasily Watson stands outside a Russian museum that used to be a medieval castle



Karl Vasily Watson, class of 2018, is an AFROTC cadet. He received a full scholarship from ProjectGO to study advanced Russian in Narva, Estonia. He used his Russian language skills to work in a museum that used to be a real medieval castle.

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