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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 student must receive 23 credits consisting of eight credits of intermediate level Russian 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.


RUSS 2001 Intermediate Russian I
RUSS 2002 Intermediate Russian II
RUSS 2011 Interactive Intermediate Russian I (1 credit)
RUSS 2012 Interactive Intermediate Russian II (1 credit) 

Area Studies:

DIPL 4185 Foreign Policy of the Post-Soviet States
DIPL 4193 Eastern European and Post-Soviet Politics
ENGL 3401 Classical Russian Literature
ENGL 3402 Contemporary Russian Literature
HIST 3165 History of the Cold War
HIST 3246 Kievan Rus’ and Moscovy
HIST 3256 History of Imperial Russia
HIST 3257 East Central Europe
HIST 3266 Twentieth Century Russia
HIST 3276 The Transformation of Russia, 1894-1932
HIST 4290 Topics in Modern Russian History
POLS 2613 Russian Politics
RELS 2224 Eastern Christianity
RUSS 3011 Russian Conversation
RUSS 3001-3002 Advanced Russian I and II
RUSS 3031-3032 Scientific Russian I and II
RUSS 3401-3402 Introduction to Russian Literature I and II
RUSS 3301 Russian Civilization through Film
RUSS 4431-4432 Modern Russian Literature I and II
RUSS 3601 Russian Cinema
RUSS 4463 Russian Drama
RUSS 4801-4802 Studies in Russian Literature I and II 

Additional area studies electives may be accepted for credit toward the minor at the discretion of the Russian and East European Studies Program Director. No more than 9 credits of area studies electives may be taken within a single department. 

Students wishing to receive a certificate in Russian and East European Studies must complete all the requirements for the minor plus a certificate essay, a substantial work of original research produced in the course of a three credit research seminar or directed reading.

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.


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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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Marta Mestrovic Deyrup
Outreach and Humanities Librarian, Professor
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