The Russian and Eurasian track is offered to undergraduates who combine study of Russia and Eurasia 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 RES Track Requirements
1. Coursework: The certificate requires students to complete four regular courses (two 200-level courses and two 300-level courses) in the following disciplines:
- History: One upper-level course on the history of the Russian empire, the Soviet Union, or Eurasia.
- Literature: One upper-level course in the literatures of the Russia and/or Eurasia.
- Social Sciences: One course in the anthropology, sociology, politics and/or economics of Russia and/or Eurasia.
- Plus 1: One additional course from the three main subject areas or from a list of preapproved specialty courses.
2. Language Requirement: Expertise in a core language of Eurasia is central to the program. Applicable languages include Russian or Turkish. Students whose primary language of study 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 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.
3. Independent Work: Senior thesis or junior paper in the student's home department related to Russian and Eurasian studies. Students should consult with the REEES director for approval of their independent work plans.
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 Carole Frantzen with any questions.
The Russian Empire: From Peter the Great to Nicholas II
Advanced Russian Reading and Conversation I
Advanced Russian through Film
SLA 219/RES 219 (LA)
Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky: Introduction to the Great Russian Novel
SLA 345/ECS 354/COM 345/RES 345
East European Literature and Politics
SLA 416/RES 416 (LA)
SLA 421/JDS 421/COM 420/GER 421
East-Central European Jewish Biographies
HIS 564/SLA 565
East Central Europe in the 20th Century: History, Politics and Culture
The Great War in the Middle East
Advanced Russian Reading and Conversation II
SLA 220/RES 220
The Great Russian Novel and Beyond: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Others
SLA 221/RES 221
Soviet Culture, Above and Below Ground
SLA 366/ECS 356/RES 347
Eastern Europe: Culture and History
Topics in Russian Literature and Culture: Contemporary Russian Culture
SLA 416/RES 416
SOC 308/RES 308/EAS 308
Communism and Beyond: China and Russia
Course descriptions are available in the current Undergraduate Announcement, which can be found online at the Office of the Registrar.