The REES minor is particularly well-suited for upperclass students whose interests evolve over time, or who discover the field unexpectedly, after declaring a major, or who wish to give various courses they have taken greater coherence by building a minor curriculum around them.

Students interested in the REES program are encouraged to meet with the head of REES prior to submitting an application, in order to discuss proposed plans of study and shape an individualized curriculum.


1. Students must complete at least six courses from at least three different fields with the important note that language classes and literature classes taught in English within the same department are allowed to count as if they were from different fields. (In other words, an English-language course in Russian literature can count separately from Russian language study.)

2. The REES minor does not require language, but language study is strongly encouraged. Language courses in Russian Studies, German Studies, or any relevant language from eastern Europe can count toward the minor. 

3. Maymesters and Study Abroad courses can count with approval from the head of REES and the director of CIS.

4. Classes that involve a significant component of work (such as a major assignment or research
project) in a REES-relevant topic or area may count with the approval of both the course instructor and the head of REES.

As with every minor at Holy Cross, only two courses are allowed to double count for both a major and a minor program.


A REES major requires 10 courses (if double-majoring) or 14 courses (if a single major). Students should be prepared to address how their choice of major fits their intellectual experience and future plans.