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Russian and Eastern European Studies

Russian and Eastern European Studies: Self-Designed Major, Self-Designed Minor

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. 

Program Highlights

Student minoring in Russian and Eastern European Studies must take six courses offered through the program, from at least three different departments, such as history, Modern Languages and Literatures, and political science. Commonly offered courses include: 
  • Russian Revolution and the Arts
  • Fire and Ice: Siberia in Fiction
  • The Soviet Experiment, 1914-1991
  • Collapse of Communism
 REES can also be pursued as a regional focus within the popular International Studies major. There, students must complete the study of Russian language through the 200 level and take four approved REES courses, at least one of which must be in history, in addition to fulfilling the other International Studies major requirements. 

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