Russian Majors and Minors


William (Bill) Brady: I am an undergraduate student at UH Manoa and a Major in Russian. I also take Persian and Hawaiian and have a prior knowledge in German. I currently serve as a National Guard. At this point, I fave not formulated specific career goals but I do want to be involved in the geopolitical world. Russian has always interested me not only as the language spoken in Russia but also as a lingua franca throughout the former Soviet countries. I want to be able to work and travel for the duration of my career and Russian proficiency is a great asset.



Ekaterina (Katya) Brown: I have a double major: Japanese and Russian. In Fall 2014 I enrolled in RUSS 101 class. After I have completed my bachelor’s degree, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in International Relations. Although I do not have a specific career goal, I know that I want my job to involve both traveling and working in Japan and Russia as well as other places in the world.

Thomas (Foma) HallThomas (Foma) Hall: I am a double major in Russian and Political Sciences. I spent Fall semester 2016 in Vladivostok, Russia, as a Manoa International Exchange student, which propelled my Russian proficiency to an entirely new level. When I graduate, I intend to go on to a Master’s degree in International Relations. After that, I hope to pursue a position in the Foreign Service’s Diplomatic Corps. I’m from California, though I moved every few years, so don’t particularly call one town my home town. I moved to Hawaii from San Diego. I am engaged and have a son and a daughter, and we are all learning Russian as a family.

Katarina (Nina) TatomirovicKatarina (Nina) Tatomirovic: I am an undergraduate student at UH Manoa working towards a double major in Russian and Philosophy. I am originally from Serbia, although I have lived all over the United States, and hope to expand my horizons in Russia. There is a rich tradition of studying Russian in my family, so it was a no-brainer to me to study Russian.  As fellow Slavic nations the Serbian and the Russian cultures have many things in common but there is still so much to learn! I hope to use this knowledge and my love of the language, culture, and people, to help me pursue a career in Diplomacy and International Relations.

Martha (Mara) HollandMartha (Mara) Holland: I am an undergraduate major in Russian at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. As an aspiring linguist, I am fascinated by the Russian language, and am gladly developing a sincere appreciation for the Russian culture, folkways, literature, and arts. I have studied several other languages and found that Russian suits my career interests best. I currently work in real estate in Oahu, and the Russian degree will allow me to expand my business interests to work with the rapidly emerging and growing Russian community of investment buyers and emigres to the Hawaiian islands.


Marina Hruba

Marina Hruba:

I am an undergraduate student at University of Hawaii at Manoa, majoring is Translation and Interpretation with focus on Russian. I have been exposed to many different languages since childhood, which sparked an interest in me to pursue an education in translation and interpretation. I developed an early appreciation for the profession, inspired by my mother, who is a certified translator and interpreter with focus on Russian. Coming to UH to complete a bachelor´s degree in translation and interpretation major, Russian focus was a clear choice for me, having knowledge, background and interest in Russian language as well as history and culture. After graduation and perhaps after gaining some additional professional experience, I hope to enter a career as an interpreter and translator with a focus on Russian.

Virginia (Vera) Koday

Virginia (Vera) Koday:  During my nine-year military service, I traveled various parts of the world and met a lot of people from different cultures. Of all the cultures I have experienced, I find the Russian culture to be the most fascinating, with its complex history and beautiful traditions. I am pursuing a major in Russian Studies with a minor in Computer Science. I plan to combine this education with my previous BA in Sociology in order to pursue a career in Analytics, as there is a growing need for people with knowledge of Russia to work within areas of security and business.


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