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Russian and East European Studies

The Russian and East European Studies Program brings together students and faculty from a range of different disciplines around a common interest in the cultures, languages, history and political institutions of Eastern Europe and the territories of the former USSR. Students minoring in the program receive a comprehensive interdisciplinary training preparing them for a life-long engagement with this intriguing and important region. In addition to the academic offerings students in the program will have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of cultural activities including lectures, forums, films, field trips and study abroad programs.



Course Requirements

To complete the minor, students must complete 16 credits of Russian language courses and 15 credits of area studies courses drawn from the list below. The language requirement may be waived for students passing an advanced level proficiency exam in a major Slavic or East European language.


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

RUSS 1001-1002 Elementary Russian I and II (3 credits each)
RUSS 2001-2002 Intermediate Russian I and II (3 credits each)
RUSS 1011-2012 Interactive Russian -- Elementary I-II; Intermediate I-II (four, 1 credit courses)

Area Studies: 15 credits from the following list.

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 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

For more information on the Certificate in Russian and East European Studies, go here.

Faculty Listing

The faculty associated with the Russian and East European Studies program come from many different academic areas on campus, including the Departments of English, History, Languages, Literatures and Cultures and Religion as well as from the School of Diplomacy and International Studies.


Nathaniel Knight posing
Nathaniel Knight
Professor of History, Director of Russian and East European Studies Program
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Maxim Matusevich
Professor and Department Chair
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