The interdisciplinary curriculum of Russian and Eastern European Studies allows students to develop an in-depth knowledge of a culturally rich and politically crucial region of the world from a variety of perspectives.
The Russian and Eastern European Studies (REES) minor enables students with an interest in the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to develop a broader and deeper understanding of the region through the study of history, culture, politics, public health, religion, art, cinema and language. The minor is designed to supplement students’ major discipline with a specific regional focus. In so doing, the program offers an opportunity for students both to gain background essential to understanding contemporary processes of political, social, and economic change and to acquire familiarity with the different ways a geographic area can be studied across a variety of disciplines.
Current events in this vibrant, conflicted, and historically rich region make the study of Russian and Eastern Europe particularly exciting and important for today’s students. Russia’s longstanding position between East and West, its extraordinary cultural heritage, and its experiences of war, revolution, and dictatorial rule across the centuries make it a fascinating object of investigation and point of comparison to the U.S. REES encourages students to appreciate the region’s dramatic past, its strategically important present, and its uncertain and contested future.
- Russian Revolution and the Arts
- Fire and Ice: Siberia in Fiction
- The Soviet Experiment, 1914-1991
- Collapse of Communism