Certificate of Proficiency
To be eligible for admission to the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies a student must meet the following requirements by the end of his or her sophomore year:
A student choosing to pursue a Certificate of Proficiency in Russian and Eurasian Studies must complete the normal requirements in their department as well as the following requirements of the program. The proposed course of study must be approved each term by the director. To fulfill the requirments, students must take four courses (two 200-level courses and two 300-level courses) in the following disciplines:
The undergraduate courses of interest to RES certificate students are offered by an array of departments. Some courses, not listed below, may also qualify for the certificate. Please contact Program Manager Kathleen Allen with any questions.
Course descriptions are available in the current Undergraduate Announcement, which can be found online at the Office of the Registrar.
Courses of Interest
MUS 339/SLA 311
SLA 396/ECS 397 Polish Literature on Screen
Expertise in a core language of Eurasia is central to the program. Applicable languages include Russian, Turkish, and Polish. Students whose primary language is Russian must successfully complete one Russian language course beyond 207 or otherwise achieve this level of competence. Students in the program whose focus is Turkish or Polish must complete the equivalent of the second year in that language. Native speakers and students with previous training in any of the languages of Eurasia can fulfill the language requirement by passing a placement test.
The Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies strongly encourages and supports study abroad as a way for students to gain language proficiency and actively experience the region's culture. Study abroad includes dedicated language study, internships, and research.
Students may choose to spend a semester or an entire academic year in Russia or a Eurasian country. The program maintains information and offers advice on a number of study abroad programs. For more information contact Program Manager Kathleen Allen or the University's Office of International Programs.
Other opportunities for study abroad are sometimes available. For instance, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies offered six-week intensive courses in Istanbul and St. Petersburg as part of the Global Seminars study abroad program in the summer of 2009. These seminars included study, language instruction, travel, and community service. In Istanbul, there were internship opportunities available at the conclusion of the seminar.
The undergraduate and graduate students in Russian- and Eurasian-area studies who conduct research abroad are supported by a variety of sources on campus, including the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies , Office of the Dean of the College, and various academic departments. The Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies assists in locating contacts for students throughout the many regions of Russia and Eurasia.
When feasible, students will submit senior theses on a Russian or Eurasian topic within their departmental concentration using Russian, Polish, or Turkic language materials. Alternatively, the topic may fall under comparative studies relating to Eurasia. With approval from the director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies, students majoring in one of the sciences, mathematics, or engineering whose senior thesis does not deal with a Russian or Eurasian subject may complete the program by submitting an original piece of research dealing with Russia or Eurasia (in an appendix to a study of Russian work in the given experimental field, for example). Junior independent work may also be considered.
Princeton University Library's Russian, Eurasian, and Slavic studies collections number over 300,000 volumes and are comprised of print and electronic texts, electronic databases, electronic data sets, maps, archival collections, currently published research materials in all formats, and solid historical collections in microformats. For information on these resources go to Russian Studies and Slavic Resources.
For more information contact Nina Shapiro, Slavic bibliographer at Firestone Library.
Research Focus Groups