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The Major

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The Russian, Eurasian & Polish Studies Major at UMass Amherst consists of 14 courses.

I. Language Core

RUSSIAN 110 and 120 (Elementary Russian I and II), or equivalent
RUSSIAN 230 and 240 (Intermediate Russian I and II), or equivalent
RUSSIAN 301 and 302 (Advanced Russian I and II), or equivalent


  • Students testing with Russian language proficiency at the intermediate level must complete the advanced language requirement and take two additional courses from Section II.
  • With the approval of the major advisor, a student may substitute equivalent work in a Slavic, East European or Central Asian language other than Russian for the language core requirement.

II. Coursework

Six courses dealing with the Russian, Eurasian & Polish Studies area in a minimum of three disciplines chosen from Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Economics, English, History, Judaic Studies, Political Science, Sociology, or Russian. Appropriate courses taught at the other four colleges, in an exchange program or study abroad may also serve to meet this requirement with the approval of the major advisor.

III. Junior Year Writing Requirement and Integrative Experience Requirement

These General Education requirements may be satisfied by so-designated courses in Anthropology, Comparative Literature, History, Political Science or other departments.

Is there a minor? If so what are the requirements?

The minor in Russian, Eurasian & Polish Studies requires Russian 110-120 plus four courses in Russian, Eurasian & Polish Studies chosen from the above-listed 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.

The REPS Program is part of the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP), which means students from Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine with REPS as their primary major may be eligible for a tuition reduction. Starting academic year 2012-2013, only sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for this tuition break. Students should check each year to make sure that they are still eligible. For more information, contact the Registrar's Office.

For further information, contact
Regine Spector
Program Director, 2021-2022

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