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Russian studies is a program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of the russian federation and its soviet, czarist, and medieval predecessors and related borderlands.
Careers for program graduates
Russian studies majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Lawyers, and judges, magistrat...Postsecondary TeachersSpecialized ManagersEducation and childcare admini...Secondary School TeachersPhysiciansSocial and Community Service M...Management AnalystsFirst-Line Supervisors of Reta...Secretaries and Administrative...Labor Relations SpecialistsSpecialized Social WorkersChief executives and legislato...Accountants and AuditorsCustomer Service Representativ...Registered NursesFinancial ManagersFirst-Line Supervisors of Non-...Project Management Specialists
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Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Current Award Levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in russian studies at each level last year.
0501001502000-1 Year CertificateBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's Cert
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all russian studies graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 52% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 85% of other programs.
Of all people with any degree in russian studies earned in the last academic year, 50% were women.
Context: Percentage women
This is a lower percentage of women than 55% of other programs.
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in area, ethnic, and civilization studies, which includes russian studies and 36 other programs.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in area, ethnic, and civilization studies have a median salary of $58,979.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 48% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 34% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
As with our salary data, this data applies to all who earned a bachelor's degree in area, ethnic, and civilization studies, which consists of 37 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 3.2%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are less likely than the bachelor's graduates of 43% other fields to be employed.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 8% of workers who earned a bachelor's in area, ethnic, and civilization studies are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Area, Ethnic, and Civilization Studies (which combines 37 programs), perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
Completions History

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Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Area Studies doing?

Below you'll see the distribution of the starting salaries and accumulated federal and private educational loans across schools that offer a program in the field area studies, which includes russian studies.

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Salary and Employment for Majors
Percentage of area, ethnic, and civilization studies bachelor's graduates who are working

Technically, about 19.1% of area, ethnic, and civilization studies graduates are currently not working, but only 3.2% are classified as "unemployed." The remaining 15.8% are "not in the workforce," and we don't know whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

Percentage working by type of employer
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Context: Unemployment rates

How does the unemployment rate for area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors compare to the rate for other majors?

Typical salaries for area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Following is the full distribution of salaries for area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary data includes people who may also have earned a graduate degree in any subject.

$56K$56K$84K$63K$61K$59K$51K$59K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitFederal governmentLocal governmentSelf Emp. IncoporatedState governmentSelf Emp. Not Incorp.Overall
Context: median salaries

How does the median (middle) salary for area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?

Gender and success for area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors

The donut shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in area, ethnic, and civilization studies.

Men (37%)
Women (63%)
Context: Gender representation

There are more female area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors than most other degrees. This chart explores the percentages of men and women across majors.

Distribution: salaries by gender

Does your gender influence your salary? If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars should be about the same.

Context: Salary inequity

For area, ethnic, and civilization studies graduates, men generally earn 15% more than women. This is better than many: 66% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

Insights from the ages of area, ethnic, and civilization studies bachelor's-holders
Salary by age

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for area, ethnic, and civilization studies graduates.

Workers with this degree
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Among all russian studies completions reported last year, 90% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 24% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in russian studies
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Professional Degree
Research Doctorate
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

About 48% area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 67% of other fields.

Distribution: area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors' salaries by education level

Explore the salary distribution of area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors by their highest degree earned. (Graduate degrees may be earned in any field.)

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We measured the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved -- see how this increase compares to other majors.

34%64%81%0%20%40%60%80%100%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

This section's data applies people who earned a bachelor's degree in area, ethnic, and civilization studies

There's a wealth of information about diversity and employment by college major using data from the American Community Survey. The data for russian studies is available for the larger area, ethnic, and civilization studies degree designation, which contains a total of 37 programs. The charts in this section only apply to people who earned a bachelor's degree in this program.

Explore Careers
Careers for area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors

Where do area, ethnic, and civilization studies majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** before the job name tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in russian studies.

Other majors that are hired by the top ten area, ethnic, and civilization studies careers

Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by area, ethnic, and civilization studies graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work, and explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!

Political Science and Gov...HistoryEnglish Language and Lite...EconomicsPsychologyBusiness Management and A...General BusinessPhilosophy and Religious ...Criminal Justice and Fire...AccountingElementary EducationGeneral EducationSpecial Needs EducationEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationLanguage and Drama Educat...Liberal ArtsBiologyMathematicsChemistryNursingPhysicsElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringMarketingComputer ScienceFinanceCommunicationsSecondary Teacher Educati...Physical and Health Educa...Biochemical SciencesHealth and Medical Prepar...Multidisciplinary or Gene...ZoologyMolecular BiologyPhysiologySocial WorkSociologyLawyers, and judges,magistrates, and similarjudicial professionalsElementary and MiddleSchool School TeachersPostsecondary TeachersSpecialized ManagersEducation and childcareadministratorsSecondary School TeachersPhysiciansSocial and CommunityService ManagersManagement AnalystsFirst-Line Supervisors ofRetail Sales WorkersAll othersTop 10 CareersTop 10 degrees hired
Where can I complete this program?
Explore schools that offer russian studies degrees and certificates

Use this list to identify high-performing schools in convenient locations that offer this program. Select the orange scatter button to see typical starting salaries and student loans by school and award level for the broad program Area Studies. (Salary data is only available for large programs.)

Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Explore russian studies graduate program details

Many schools provide information to Peterson's about their graduate programs, and Ididio has licensed that data to share with you. The full list of schools is in the first table you encountered, and here we share the data that select universities have chosen to provide. You'll find more information about these programs on each school's page under "Programs Offered" -- select any table row to see this!

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Explore similar programs

Russian Studies is part of a larger collection of programs: Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies. Is there a different program that's close to Russian Studies that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.