University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of German and Russian

Rewarding Careers

Graduates of the Department have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • Peace Corps
  • Foreign Service
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Foreign News Analyst
  • Attorney
  • University Professor
  • Secondary School Teacher

See our detailed list of German alumni careers(.pdf) and Russian alumni careers(.pdf).

Careers in German and Russian

Majoring in German or Russian (sometimes combined with a double-major in Political Science, Economics, History, Business, Global Studies) gives our students a global perspective and the ability to communicate internationally with linguistic and cultural understanding. German and Russian majors and minors can move on to successful careers in government (Foreign Service, State Department), business, international law, news media (both print and broadcast journalism), teaching, publishing, international financial institutions, the travel industry, international non-profits, or translation work. Many students also go on to earn advanced degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) and have become German or Russian teachers at the high school or university level.

Featured Alumni

Renée Lariviere '07

Bachelor of Arts - Russian and East European Studies, Political Science; Double Major

Renée LariviereI studied Political Science and Russian Area Studies at the University of Vermont. Upon my graduation in 2007, I began a Master’s program in International Relations, with a regional focus on Europe and Eurasia at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. My UVM education has helped me in the pursuit of my future goals, namely to join the Foreign Service. I have had the opportunity to intern at the U.S. Embassies in Astana, Kazakhstan and Moscow, Russia.

My internship in Russia was particularly rewarding, I worked closely with the post's refugee coordinator and was able to interact a great deal with the international community on humanitarian issues in the North Caucasus, a region I developed an interest in while studying at UVM. I have also served with the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and am currently employed through a federal Student Temporary Employment Program with the Department. Without the language and academic skills that I gained at UVM, I doubt that I would have been a competitive candidate for the positions I have held.

Brittany Seraphin '08

Bachelor of Arts - Russian Major; Political Science Minor

Brittany Seraphin I was honored as the 2008 Outstanding Graduating Senior in Russian. While attending UVM, I was given approval by the German and Russian department to study abroad at Chelyabinsk State University for two academic semesters, and was provided a scholarship to do so.

I have gone on to participate in the 2008-2009 ACTR [American Council of Teachers of Russian] Domestic Flagship program at the University of Maryland, as well as the ACTR academic year program in Moscow, Russia. I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Russian language and literature in the near future.

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