The East European Cultures and Societies (EECS) track is offered to undergraduates who combine study of Eastern Europe with any other departmental major. Students who fulfill the requirements of the program receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies upon graduation.
The EECS Track Requirements:
1. Coursework: The certificate requires students to complete:
- one gateway course
- four regular courses
The four courses can be chosen from the fields of literature, art, history, anthropology, politics, economics (two courses in one of these fields are permitted if a student concentrates in that field). The gateway course will be the Eastern European survey course, offered every second year. Students can concentrate in any subject that would cover more than one country of the region. (Specializing in one country is acceptable with the approval of the program director.) These courses cannot be counted for more than one certificate program.
2. Language Requirement: Expertise in a core language of Eastern Europe is central to the program. The language component of the track requires one year of any language of the region. Applicable languages include Czech, Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian, and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian. Native speakers and students with previous training in any of the languages of Eurasia can fulfill the language requirement by demonstrating intermediate proficiency on a placement examination.
3. Independent Work: A senior thesis or junior paper in the student's home department related to Eastern Europe. Students should consult with the REEES director for approval of their independent work plans.