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Russian and East European Studies

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 pursuing a certificate 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 our study abroad program in St. Petersburg.



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.

RUSS 1001-1002 Elementary Russian I-II (6 credits)
RUSS 2001-2002 Intermediate Russian I-II (6 credits)
RUSS 1011-1012 Elementary Interactive Russian I-II (2 credits)
RUSS 2011-2012 Intermediate Interactive Russian I-II (2 credits)
A program essay (the equivalent of a senior paper) must be submitted on a topic approved by the director and written under the supervision of a faculty member involved in the program. Normally this requirement is satisfied by taking supervised research in the department of each student's majors.
Area Study Courses
Students must elect 15 credits from the following list.
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 Muscovy
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 topics and courses may be approved for credit toward the certificate at the discretion of the program director.

Faculty Listing

Our faculty conduct internationally recognized research and innovative, technologically-enhanced instruction. Grounded in practical experience but exploring the frontiers of their disciplines, they define the nature academic excellence.


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José Manuel Prieto
Associate Professor of Spanish
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Marta Deyrup
Marta Mestrovic Deyrup
Outreach and Humanities Librarian, Professor
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Margarita Balmaceda
Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations
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Anna Kuchta
Senior Faculty Associate of Russian
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