Alumni Stories

  • Class of 2016, Major: Russian language, literature, and culture / Minor: history; currently a PhD student at UCLA. "I entered University of Illinois’s Slavic program without any knowledge of Russian or other Slavic languages. Although I came from a Russian-Ukrainian background, I did not have the...
  • Class of 2011, Russian major, Dobro Slovo Member; currently a Tajikistan Desk Officer, U.S. Department of State. "For me, the language component of the Russian major was key. Studying Russian at Illinois and abroad gave me the opportunity to learn not only the grammar and syntax, but also the...
  • Class of 2011, double major in Russian and Rhetoric; currently a reporter for Stars and Stripes. "I started out at Illinois as a Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies major, thinking I'd combine it with my interest in economics or history, but I quickly found that I enjoyed the...