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.

Both majors place emphasis on the analysis of texts, on effective oral and written argumentation, and on cooperative learning and independent work. Detailed information on required credits and courses for both majors can be found in the Russian and Eurasian Studies chapter of the course catalogue.

Russian Language and Literature 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.

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.