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Slavic, East European & Eurasian Major & Minor Requirements


The Major

Changes in the requirements for the major and minor have been proposed and are awaiting approval.

The major in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies has a basic set of language requirements, and options in literature and culture or area studies.

I. Pre-major preparation (16 credits)
RUSSIAN 110 and 120, Elementary Russian I and II, or equivalent 
RUSSIAN 230 and 240, Intermediate Russian I and II, or equivalent

OR

POLISH 110 and 120, Elementary Polish I and II, or equivalent 
POLISH 230 and 240, Intermediate Polish I and II, or equivalent

II. Advanced Language Core (6 credits)
RUSSIAN 301 and 302, Advanced Russian I and II, or equivalent
 

OR

Two semesters of Advanced Polish, available as independent studies, or equivalent

III. Completion of track option (30 credits)
A. Literature and Culture
Ten courses, of which a minimum of four must be directly related to Russian Literature and/or culture. Of the remaining six courses, a maximum of three may be chosen from courses in such fields as Comparative Literature, English, or other literary disciplines, and a maximum of three may be chosen from courses dealing with the Russian and East European area in History, Political Science, or other social science disciplines (as noted below). Course selection should be made in consultation with the major adviser.

B. Area Studies
Ten courses dealing with the Russian, East European & Eurasian area in a minimum of three disciplines chosen from Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, or Russian. Appropriate courses taught at the other four colleges or in an exchange program may also serve to meet this requirement. With the approval of the major adviser, a student pursuing this track may substitute equivalent work in a Slavic or East European language other than Russian for the pre-major and advanced language core requirements (I and II, above).

IV. Junior Year Writing Requirement and Integrative Experience Requirement


Career Opportunities

The Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies major can provide excellent preparation for careers in teaching, government service, journalism, business, and other fields. Students interested in pursuing graduate study related to the area would be well advised to combine the major with a minor in a relevant discipline, since most graduate programs are in single academic disciplines. It may be possible to take sufficient courses to fulfill the requirements of two majors, and graduate with a double major.


The Minor

The minor requires 18 credits in the Russian, East European & Eurasian area chosen from such courses as those specified in the Literature and Culture and Area Studies tracks, above. Courses in Russian or another Slavic or East European language at or beyond the intermediate level may also be included among the required 18 credits.