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Russian and East European Studies

Russian and East European Studies

The Russian and East European Studies Program (REESP) brings together faculty and students from a variety of fields to pursue a common interest in the cultures, history, languages and political institutions of Eastern and Central Europe and the successor states to the USSR. Through our Certificate Program, we aim to provide a rigorous and comprehensive liberal arts training, preparing our students for continuing engagement with Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe throughout their careers. In addition, we serve as a culture resource by sponsoring lectures, field trips, symposia, films and other events. The Russian and East European Studies Program welcomes anyone who is interested in participating in its activities.



Program Requirements

The program includes a minimum of 30 credits in language and area studies courses. The basic program consists of 12 credits in Russian language (or a proficiency examination in another language of Eastern Europe), 15 credits in area courses, and a 3-credit program essay.

Certificate Essay
3 credits usually taken as a directed reading or senior seminar in the student's major field resulting in a substantial work of original scholarship.

The following Russian language courses, 16 credits, or demonstration of advanced proficiency in another language of Eastern Europe:

RUSS 1001-1002 Elementary Russian I and II (3 credits each)
RUSS 1101-1102 Intermediate Russian I and II (3 credits each)
RUSS 1011-1112 Interactive Russian — Elementary I-II; Intermediate I-II (1 credit each)

Area Studies
15 credits from the following list. Not more than nine credits may be taken from a single department. Additional courses may be approved for credit towards the Certificate at the discretion of the Program Director.
ANTH 3301 Peoples and Cultures of Eurasia
DIPL 4185 Foreign Policy of Post-Soviet States
ENGL 3401 Classical Russian Literature
ENGL 3402 Contemporary Russian Literature
HIST 2246 Kievan Rus' and Muscovy
HIST 2256 History of Imperial Russia
HIST 2257 East Central Europe
HIST 2266 Twentieth Century Russia
HIST 2276 The Transformation of Russia, 1894-1932
HIST 2290 Topics in Modern Russian History
HIST 3160 Totalitarianism
HIST 3165 History of the Cold War
HIST 3258 Eurasian Frontier in Russian History
HIST 3268 History of Ukraine
POLS 2613 The Politics of Soviet Union and its Successor States
POLS 2713 Foreign Policy of the Soviet Union and its Successor States
POLS 3614 Theory and Politics of Communist Systems
RELS 2224 Eastern Christianity OR
REL 2241 Introduction to Ecumenism
RUSS 3011 Russian Conversation
RUSS 3001-3002 Advanced Russian I and II
RUSS 3031-3032 Scientific Russian I and II
RUSS 3401-3402 Intro to Russian Literature I and II
RUSS 3305 Russian Civilization through Film
RUSS 2313-2314 Modern Russian Literature I and II
RUSS 3601 Russian Cinema
RUSS 4463 Russian Drama
RUSS 4081-4082 Studies in Russian Literature I and II

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Nathaniel Knight
Professor of History, Director of Russian and East European Studies Program
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