Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies

The end of the Cold War, along with the collapse of the Soviet Union and communist regimes in Eastern Europe, offers a unique opportunity to take a fresh look at an old field: Russian and East European area studies. Formerly caught within the framework of the Cold War, new societies are emerging, struggling to come to grips with their pasts and forging their own unique futures.

The Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies minor, an interdisciplinary program developed jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, offers students an opportunity, from a base major either in international studies or one of the disciplines, to develop a focus on this dynamic area of the world.

Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Courses 

RES 0310 Capstone Seminar: Current Topics in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia3 Credits

This interdisciplinary seminar, team-taught by faculty members from different disciplines or available as an independent project, focuses on current and changing developments in Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia and covers culture, politics, business, and economics, enabling students to integrate their different disciplines in a case-study format. The course includes oral and written assignments in addition to a special seminar project, designed by students in close consultation with instructors. Open to juniors and seniors only.

RES 0395 Internship in Russian and East European Studies3 Credits

Candidates work a minimum of eight hours per week during the semester either for the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Program director, helping with publicity, coordination, and public events, or for an organization or business in the area doing work in Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia. Under the direction of a faculty member in Russian, East European and Central Asian studies, interns regularly report on their work and write an evaluation of the experience at the end of the summer. The internship is available only to juniors and seniors seeking a minor in Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies.

Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Electives

EC 0230Comparative Economic Systems3
EN 011219th-Century Russian Novel and World Literature3
EN 013220th Century Russian Fiction3
EN 0274Modernism in World Literature3
HI 0271Introduction to Russian History, Culture, and Civilization3
HI 0272Russia, 700-1700: History and Myth3
HI 0273History and Culture of Central and Eastern Europe Since 19453
HI 0275Russia's Road to Revolution3
HI 0276St. Petersburg in Russian History3
HI 028420th Century Russia3
HI 0356History of the Cold War3
HI 0385Comparative Russian Revolutions3
PO 0140Islam and Muslim Politics3
RU 0110Elementary Russian I3
RU 0111Elementary Russian II3
RU 0210Intermediate Russian I3
RU 0211Intermediate Russian II3
Visual and Performing Arts
AH 0191Art and Mythologies of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Bolshevik Russia: Comparative Systems & Outcomes3


McFadden (History)

Steering Committee

Bowen (English)
Garvey (English)
Nantz (Economics)
Patton (Politics)
Pichlikova (RECAS)
Rose (Visual and Performing Arts)

Syssoeva (RECAS/Modern Languages and Literatures)

Affiliated Faculty

Eliasoph, P. (Art History)
Grossman (Visual and Performing Arts), Emeritus
Leatherman (Politics)
Pearson (English)
Poli (Accounting)