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Russian Language and Literature

First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
What to do with a degree in Russian Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature Web Sites
Graduate School Information


The Russian program at Brandeis, within the department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literatures, offers students unique opportunities for the study of Russian language, culture, and literature.  Courses enable students to acquire intermediate to advanced level of language proficiency and a strong background in Russian culture and literature. Brandeis offers a host of extracurricular opportunities for majors, minors, and students interested in Russian language and culture. The Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages and Literature also sponsors regular functions and events.

The department web site also contains career-related resources such as “Russian in Your Career” found in “Why Study Russian?,” information about studying abroad, and a News and Events section through which students learn about Russia-related academic offerings and special opportunities as well as current events

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Russian Language and Literature alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Russian Language and Literature major at Brandeis.

Russian Language and Literature Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Rusian language and literature major at Brandeis.

Year Company Position Industry
2014 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP Litigation Paralegal Law
2013 Transparency International and Research Assistant at American Bar Foundation Peer Reviewer Law
2012 Intel Corporation Software Engineer Computer Software
2012 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellow International Affairs
2011 ZocDoc Operations Associate Internet
2010 Freelance Copywriter Communications
2010 Johns Hopkins Hospital Registered Nurse Health Care
2010 Hunter College Grad Student - Elementary Education Education
2006 Centerpoint Advisors Financial Advisor Finance & Banking

What to Do with a Degree in Russian Language and Literature (.pdf)

You may also wish to explore the career information related to degrees in international studies and the study of foreign languages.

In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

Russian Language and Literature Web Sites

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.


  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.


  • Anthropology
  • Communications
  • Foreign languages
  • Geography
  • History and archaeology
  • Media
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

Sample of Possible Occupations

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