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. 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. Students who major in Russian literature and culture or Russian studies will also gain a background in the cultures of Eurasia, where questions regarding global energy and the influence of Islamic culture are vitally important. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College's Learning Goals and the Russian & Eurasian Studies department's 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 (200-level and above) is required, as well as proficiency in the Russian language (usually a minimum of two years). Majors are also encouraged to take at least 4 credits of Independent Study, and to study abroad for at least one semester.

Russian Literature and Culture Major

The major in Russian literature and culture requires a minimum of 36 credits at the 200-level and above, including at least 12 credits (3 courses) at the 300-level.  In addition, three courses in Russian language beyond RES-201 are required.  Students are also encouraged to study abroad for at least one semester.

Russian and Eurasian Studies Minor

A minimum of 12 credits are required.  These ordinarily include 4 credits of Intermediate Russian (RES-201 or its equivalent), and two courses (8 credits) in Russian studies, including one at the 300 level.

Russian Culture and Literature Minor

The minor in culture and literature 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 (4 credits), RES-210 (4 credits), RES-211 (4 credits), and two additional courses to be chosen in consultation with the Russian department, including one at the 300 level (8 credits).

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.