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Careers for Slavic Majors & Minors

What can you do with a degree in Russian or Eastern European Languages & Literatures?

Our alumni graduate with proficiency in Slavic languages and more. By studying Slavic languages and cultures, they gain a transformed view of the world, and the skills and confidence to find success across the globe.

Employers value our alumni for their intercultural competency, ability to communicate persuasively, willingness to tackle difficult challenges and composure in unfamiliar situations. These same skills aid alumni who pursue graduate education — whether in the same field or professional programs like law or foreign service.

Sample Alumni Job Titles Sample Alumni Employers
  • Director of Emergency Response
  • Executive Officer
  • IT Project Manager
  • Judge
  • Machine Learning Specialist
  • Nurse
  • Professor
  • Rural Advocacy Coordinator
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • US Ambassador
  • Adobe Systems
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Amazon
  • Google
  • HBO
  • National Endowment for Democracy
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Seattle Public Schools
  • US Army
  • US Department of State

Alumni Profiles

Read our graduates’ profiles to see some of the career paths our alumni have pursued:

  • There's a Job for That! - Take a quick quiz (only three questions!) to learn what College of Arts & Sciences alumni with similar interests have done since graduating.
  • UW LinkedIn — See career trajectories of UW graduates who studied Slavic Languages & Literatures as well as other fields.
  • Department Newsletter — Read the latest news from our alumni in our department newsletter
  • Alumni News


Our department partners with the Polish Home Association to offer unique internships to UW students. Students work for the association or other affiliated organizations and earn academic credit while gaining hands-on experience.

Career & Job Resources

University of Washington offers diverse resources to help students build the skills to launch their careers:

  • C21: Center for 21st Century Liberal Learning — Offers immersive learning experiences, partnerships both on campus and in the community, and a network of mentors to help guide students in the College of Arts and Sciences on the pathway toward selecting a major and preparing for a career after college.
  • Career & Internship Center — Educates and supports students as they explore and choose academic majors and career options, obtain and reflect upon career-related experiences, and develop professional presence and essential skills for workplace success.
  • Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center — Coordinates and connects students to community-based experiences in and around Seattle.

We’ve also assembled some advice for our majors: