Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies: Russian and East European History, Politics, and Society Concentration (REEES)

The REEES major offers a wide variety of subjects, approaches, professors and experiences. From the great classics of Russian literature to the contemporary Russian mafia, from gypsy music and Balkan culture to the history of Stalin's gulag, from nomadic art of Central Asia to Russian cinema, the major is a gateway to a world of knowledge and experience. Besides being able to choose from many thought-provoking courses, REEES majors have many opportunities to participate in interesting activities such as the Russian Club (famed for its costume parties and delicious food) and the yearly Russian play, open to all interested students.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Become an informed and engaged global citizen.

  2. Develop excellent communication skills.

  3. Boost brain power - a proven result of language study.

  4. Improve your job prospects and potential to work abroad.

  5. Learn more about another culture - and your own in the process.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in REEES pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA). Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Non-governmental organizations

Intragovernmental agencies (e.g. the United Nations)

Federal government agencies

Law firms

Public interest groups

Consulting firms

Research institutes

Humanitarian services

Print and broadcast media companies

Colleges and universities
Alumni Jobs

International relations coordinator

Import specialist





Social worker


U.S military

Peace Corps
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
RUSS 101; RUSS 102; RUSS 103; 3 REEES Social Science Courses

2nd Year
RUSS 201; RUSS 202; RUSS 203, 2 4xx REEES Soc Science courses; 1 REEES Humanities elective

3rd Year
RUS 316; RUSS 317; RUSS 318; 1 REEES Humanities elective; 2 REEES electives of any kind

4th Year
Elective or Second major courses

Major Credits
Required 20
Electives 16

Total 36

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Oral and written communication

Critical thinking and analysis

Cross-cultural collaboration

Language tutoring and translating

Grant writing


Policy development and analysis

Program administration and evaluation

Economic and community development

Public outreach and community relations
Experiential learning opportunities

REES 401 (Individualized research)

HIST 490 (research writing skills)
Specialized Courses

Balkan Society and Folklore [Anthropology]

Russian Avant-Garde [Art History]

Visuality and Literature [Comparative Literature]

Soviet Pop Culture [History]

Culture, Ethnicity, and Nationalism [Geography]

Global Reproductive Health [International Studies]

Classics of Russian Poetry [Russian]

History of Eastern Christianity [Religious Studies]
Add A Minor Or Certificate


Business Administration

Global Studies

Political Science

Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning (WSCR)

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