Russian Area Studies

The Russian program imparts in students the skills, knowledge and qualities necessary to communicate and interact in Russian-speaking cultures around the world.

Courses range from language and grammar to literature and film, and courses from around campus can be brought together for an area studies minor. All entering freshmen must receive language placement for languages with which they have prior experience to determine their beginning course level for that language.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.


Speaking Russian allows you to stand out from the crowd on any job application; it is a critical language (defined by the U.S. State Department), so it also can mean a salary bump or preferential employment with certain government agencies.

Possible careers: teacher, journalist, diplomat, law enforcement, government agencies, international law, banking, patent attorney, international science researcher, translator, and more.

Russian Area Studies Faculty

Buba Misawa

International Studies Department Chair

Buba Misawa, Ph.D.

Buba Misawa, Ph.D is a professor of Political Science and is the Chair of the Department of Political Science. He is also the Director of International Studies at Washington & Jefferson College.


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