Students choose the concentration in Slavic for a variety of reasons. Some elect to major in the department because of the general liberal arts training it offers: the rigor of learning a foreign language; the challenge of coming face to face with the big questions of life posed in the masterpieces of Russian literature; the breadth that comes from the study of a foreign culture with very different basic assumptions. Some regard the major as a way to combine their interest in Russian language, literature, and/or linguistics with work in other fields. For many, majoring in Slavic is a way to build an uncommon, intriguing profile for the job market, which sets them apart from other candidates. Slavic department graduates have gone on to business, law, medical, and journalism schools. They have continued studies in fields including literature, linguistics, history, politics, education, sociology; economics, film, environmental studies, and Russian area studies. They have gone on to careers in the creative arts — theater, writing, and other arts-related fields. With the current situation in United States/Russia relations, career opportunities are increasing.