Major Sequence in Russian and East European Studies

Explanation of the Concentration: As with other concentrations within the International Studies rubric, the Russian and East European Studies Concentration requires students to complete four core courses:

  • IS 240: Introduction to International Studies;
  • One course on international systems, structures and processes;
  • One course on the nature and analysis of culture;
  • IS 488: the Senior Seminar.

Plus

  1. Language Proficiency: One course beyond the general education language requirements (Russian 202 or German 202). Students may also fulfill this requirement by passing a proficiency exam in another language of the region. Students who also wish to pursue a major or minor in German Studies or Russian Studies may substitute this course requirement with a course from Section A (Humanities and Fine Arts).

  2. Four additional courses to be selected from A and B with at least one from each.

A) Humanities and Fine Arts:*

  • Humanities 270: Special Topics:  Russia from Empire to Post Socialist State
  • International Studies 270: Tale of Three Cities: Bratislava, Prague and Vienna - Cultures at the Crossroads
  • Literature and Culture 116: German Postwar Cinema
  • Literature and Culture 242: Strangers in their Own Home: Yiddish Culture in Eastern Europe
  • Literature and Culture 245: Russian Culture and Society Through Film
  • Literature and Culture 247: Fairy Tales of the 20th Century
  • Literature and Culture 250: Dangerous Texts: Russian Literature and Politics
  • Literature and Culture 272: From Utopia to Science Fiction: Imaging the Future in Russia and Germany
  • Literature and Culture 347: The Moral Impulse in Russian Culture: Reading Leo Tolstoy
  • Literature and Culture 350: Terrible Perfection: Russian Women in Literature and Film
  • Russian 499: Independent Study in Russian Literature

B) Social Sciences and Business:*

  • History 122: Modern Global History
  • History 221: The Holocaust
  • History 326: Modern Russia/Soviet Union
  • Political Science 103: Comparing Nations
  • Political Science 218: Advanced Democracies

*Courses taken abroad or travel courses to Russia or Eastern Europe may be substituted for courses under A or B depending upon the content. Such courses are subject to the approval of the Russian and East European Studies Coordinator and the Director of the International Studies Program.

Minor Sequence in Russian and East European Studies

At least two courses must be at the 300-400 level.

  1. Core Course: International Studies 240: Introduction to International Studies (G)

  2. Language proficiency: Russian 202 or German 202. Students may also fulfill this requirement by passing a proficiency exam in another language of the region.

  3. Four additional units to be selected from sections A and B with at least one from each (see lists under Russian and East European Studies concentration).