Events in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia have a significant impact on the rest of the world. The understanding of this area that students develop with the minor is crucial in many aspects of international relations and security, government policy, business, finance, and culture. Further, proficiency in Russian or Polish is a substantial asset for anyone pursuing a career that touches on the region.

The minor in Russian, Eurasian, and Polish studies require six courses: Russian 110 and 120 (Elementary Russian I and II) or POLISH 110 and 120 (Elementary Polish I and II), plus four courses in Russian, Eurasian, and Polish studies chosen from the fields of anthropology, comparative literature, economics, history, Judaic studies, political science, Russian, or sociology. Courses for the minor may also include a maximum of two language courses at or above the intermediate level.