College of Arts & Sciences
Russian and East European Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences offers an undergraduate certificate program on Russia and East Europe, a broad multidisciplinary course of study leading to a certificate of proficiency in Russian and East European studies.

With a broad liberal arts background, students will gain a well-planned, comprehensive introduction to Russia and Eastern Europe, including the fundamentals of the Russian language and the history, literature, politics and economies of the region.

The program includes a minimum of 30 credits in language and area studies courses.

Program Requirements:
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.



Language Credits
RUSS 1001-1002
Elementary Russian I and II
RUSS 2001-2002
Intermediate Russian I and II
RUSS 1011-1012  Elementary Interactive Russian I and II
RUSS 2011-2012  Intermediate Interactive Russian I and II 2


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 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

IDIS 1103
Contemporary Eastern European Society

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 2313-2314
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.

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