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. Detailed information on required credits and courses for both majors can be found in the Russian and Eurasian Studies chapter of the course catalog.