Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Minor

To earn an 18-credit Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies minor, students complete the following:

Select five courses in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Courses 115
RES 0310Capstone Seminar: Current Topics in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia 23
Total Credits18

Three of these courses, from a range of seven disciplines, must be exclusively or substantially concerned with Russia and/or Eastern Europe. Two may have a component concerned with Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia. At least three different disciplines must be represented.


RES 0310 is required of all minors in their junior or senior year. This seminar is either team-taught by a rotating group of faculty from several disciplines, or is an independent project with a faculty advisor.

Independent study and internships are encouraged, and can be substituted for any course with the approval of appropriate faculty and the program director. Students are also encouraged to apply for a junior semester or year abroad in Russia, Central or Eastern Europe, or Central Asia from a wide range of affiliated programs, including American Councils (St. Petersburg), the Consortium on International Educational Exchange (Prague, Budapest, St. Petersburg, Yaroslavl), and Fairfield’s own programs at St. Petersburg’s Herzen University, the St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance, Pomor University (Arkangelsk), Cherepovets State University (Cherepovets), Immanuel Kant University (Kaliningrad), Kazakhstan, or Kyrgyzstan.