Russian and East European Studies

Russian and East European Studies encompasses the history, literature, politics, economics, social organization, and culture of Russia, the non-Russian portions of the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe. Majors design individual courses of study that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of Russian and East European Studies.

Courses taught in English and suitable for freshmen include:

  • RUSS 022, The Divine and the Human in Russian Fiction
  • RUSS 220, Russian and Soviet Art, 1757 to the Present
  • RUSS 241, Russian Culture: The Modern Age
  • RUSS 250, Masterpieces of Russian Literature I
  • RUSS 253, Masterpieces of Russian Literature II
  • RUSS 254, Novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
  • RUSS 327, The Danube in Literature and Film
  • RUSS 333, The Living Dead in Literature
  • HIST 263, Eastern Europe to 1914
  • HIST 264, Eastern Europe Since 1914

Students who plan to focus on Russia and the former Soviet Union should take RUSS 110, First-Year Russian I, and RUSS 120, First-Year Russian II, as freshmen or RUSS 125, Intensive Elementary Russian, and RUSS 145, Intensive Intermediate Russian, as sophomores. Those specializing in Eastern Europe should take introductory Czech, Polish, Romanian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, or Ukrainian as early as possible. Students interested in taking another Eastern European language should contact the director of undergraduate studies (DUS) regarding availability.

Every major takes at least one course in Russian or East European history and at least one in a social science. Majors are encouraged to study in Russia and Eastern Europe, and they should consult the DUS in the fall about programs for study abroad. See the Center for Language Study Web site for information about placement examinations.