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REES Major

The Bachelor’s Degree Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies offers broad, interdisciplinary training for students who wish to acquire extensive knowledge of countries of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe. Proficiency in a language of the region is an important component of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies major. The degree prepares majors for graduate study as well as professional opportunities in areas ranging from government to business to teaching.

REES Major Requirements

Effective Winter 2017

The major in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies requires a minimum of 30 credits―20 of which must be at the 300-level or above―to be chosen in consultation with and approved by an advisor.


One of the following first-year language sequences or the equivalent:

  • ARMENIAN 101 and 102
  • BCS 131 and 132
  • CZECH 141 and 142
  • POLISH 121 and 122
  • RUSSIAN 101 and 102
  • RUSSIAN 103/RCLANG 193
  • RUSSIAN 123
  • UKR 151 and 152

One of the following strongly recommended:

  • RUSSIAN 231 (Introduction to Russian Culture)
  • SLAVIC 225 (Arts and Cultures of Central Europe)
  • SLAVIC 240 (Introduction to Slavic Folklore)

Required Courses

  1. Geographic distribution (8 credits)
    At least two of the following “gateway” courses:
    • REEES 340 (Central Eurasia),
    • REEES 395 (Russia), or
    • REEES 396 or 397 (Eastern Europe).
  2. Disciplinary distribution (9 credits)
    At least one 3-credit upper-level course in each sub-area:
    • Arts/Culture,
    • History, and
    • Social Science.
  3. Seminar (3-4 credits)
    One 400-level course with an extensive writing or research component on a REES-focused topic approved by the REES program director.
  4. Electives
    Additional advisor approved electives to reach the 30 minimum credits. Electives may be drawn from advisor-approved courses related to REES topics including language courses beyond the 4th term (up to 8 credits) and study abroad coursework.
  5. Language Requirement

Students must show 6th term proficiency in Russian or Polish, or 4th term proficiency in another language of the region (excluding German).

Honors Plan

Undergraduate majors who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average in the REES major and a 3.4 overall GPA qualify for admission to the Honors plan. In addition to completing all College and REES graduation requirements, Honors majors complete a Senior Thesis that is judged worthy of Honors designation by the thesis advisor and at least one other faculty reader. REES Honors candidates will enroll in REEES 403 during their thesis writing semester. An Honors major is not limited to students who have been in the College Honors Program in the first and second year. Students with questions about the program are encouraged to schedule a meeting with an undergraduate academic advisor online.


The first meeting with the Academic Advisor should be scheduled during the second term of the sophomore year to declare the REES major and explore options for combining it with other majors. Appointments can be made using the LSA Advising Appointment System. Visit the International Institute website for more about undergraduate advising.