The diverse peoples and cultures of both Russia and the non-Russian states of the former Soviet Union will all play a determining role in the future economic and political development of both Eurasia and the world at large. For this reason, the Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies offers programs of study that are intended to develop a critical awareness of both Russia and Eurasia and to provide the linguistic and intellectual tools necessary for sustained engagement with this area of the world. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, it has become ever easier for students to study and work in Russia and the neighboring countries of Eurasia.

Both the interdisciplinary major in Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Russian Literature and Culture Major place emphasis on the analysis of texts, on effective oral and written argumentation, and on cooperative learning and independent work. Students who major in Russian literature and culture or Russian studies will also gain a background in Eurasia, where such concerns as global energy resources and the influence of Islamic culture are at the forefront. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College's Learning Goals and the Russian & Eurasian Studies department learning goals. Detailed information on required credits and courses for both majors can be found in the Russian and Eurasian Studies chapter of the course catalog.

Russian and Eurasian Studies Major

The interdisciplinary major in Russian and Eurasian studies explores the historical, economic, political, and cultural interconnections among the peoples of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. A minimum of 40 credits is required, as well as proficiency in the Russian language. Students wishing to focus on Eurasia will find that mastery of Russian and a grasp of Russia’s historical role on the Eurasian continent are essential to developing a deep understanding of regions where native non-Russian peoples lived under Russian and Soviet rule

Russian Literature and Culture Major

For this interdisciplinary major, students explore the rich cultural heritage of Russia and the unique contributions Russia has made to world culture, especially during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The major in Russian literature and culture requires a minimum of 36 credits, including at least 12 credits (3 courses) at the 300 level.

Russian and Eurasian Studies Minor

The department offers four minors: language; language and literature; culture and literature; and Russian and Eurasian studies.

Russian Culture and Literature Minor

The minor in culture and literature is designed for students who have an interest in Russian literature and culture but have not studied the language. It requires 20 credits and is not recommended for anyone who wishes to focus on Russia at the graduate level. The minor ordinarily includes a one-semester course in Russian history, 210, 211, and two additional courses to be chosen in consultation with the Russian department, including one at the 300 level.

The Russian Language Minor

The minor in language requires 12 credits above the 100 level, ordinarily drawn from 201, 202, and 251.


Five College Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Certificate

This certificate program offers students the opportunity to take advantage of the significant multidisciplinary resources in the Five Colleges on Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The certificate consists of a minimum of six courses. Courses applied to the certificate may also be used to fulfill major requirements. The list of courses fulfilling particular requirements is maintained and regularly updated by the Five College Committee for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Please see the Five College Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies website for more information.

Teacher Licensure in Russian and Eurasian Studies

Students interested in teaching Russian and Eurasian Studies can combine the major with a minor in education.

See the Department of Psychology and Education's Teacher Licensure Program for more information.