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Russian Studies Minor

CREES offers an interdisciplinary academic minor to students who wish to: a) better understand the history and culture of Russia and the former Soviet Union and b) gain insight into the political, economic, and social transitions taking place in this region. The minor in Russian Studies does not have prerequisites or require knowledge of a language of the region.


A minimum of 15 credit hours of REES-approved courses, including at least three upper-level courses. For examples of REES-approved classes, see CREES Courses. Course selection must include:

  • REEES 395 (Survey of Russia: The Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Successor States)*
  • At least one 3-credit course in each arts/culture, history, and social science
    *In most cases, students who have enrolled in REEES 395 should not enroll in History 434.

All courses must be chosen in consultation with and approved by the CREES Advisor and must cover Russia-specific topics. Language courses will not count toward the minor.


This minor is not open to those electing a major or another academic minor in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REES). Those electing a major in Slavic may pursue a minor in REES, but may not count any Slavic courses toward satisfying the requirements for the REES minor. Students may concurrently pursue a minor in both REES and Slavic, with the following restrictions: 

  1. REES minors may not count any courses for which Slavic is the home unit; 
  2. Slavic minors may not count REEES 397 nor any courses for which REES is the home unit, including Slavic 395 and 396.


Appointments can be made using the LSA Advising Appointment System. Visit the International Institute website for more about undergraduate advising.