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Russian and Eurasian Studies

Russian and Eurasian Studies Website

Advisors — Professors KOLARIK, SHOWALTER; Associate Professors GOULD, PAVLENKO, SCHEINER

Russian and Eurasian Studies (RES) is an interdisciplinary program affiliated with the Departments of History, Political Science, and German/Russian/East Asian languages. The focus of this program is the region that stretches from Central and Eastern Europe through the breadth of Russia and Central Asia into northeastern Eurasia. We study the histories, languages, politics, economies, and cultures of a significant part of the world long obscured by the intellectual and methodological tensions of the Cold War. The program provides a background for careers in law, teaching, public and foreign service, international business, and the domestic and international nonprofit sector. It also prepares students for graduate training in area studies and language instruction. RES sponsors a variety of activities such as a speaker series, films, and other cultural events associated with the Russian language house. For more complete descriptions of the courses noted below, please refer to the catalog entries for the appropriate departments.

Major Requirements

To fulfill the program major, students must complete a total of 12 units:

  • Four units in a relevant language and two units in literature;
  • Three units in related courses in the Social Sciences division (at least one of these courses must be in the area history);
  • Two units in related courses in any division;
  • All majors are strongly encouraged to take relevant courses in other disciplines beyond the immediate requirements of the program;
  • Capstone requirement: Advanced Seminar in Russian and Eurasian Studies (RS400 or PS tutorial: PS410; PS412; PS470). This course is required for all majors, and will result in the completion of an extended essay or independent research project, based on a significant body of original research and/or the student's internship experience in the region. Students will present this essay at an annual faculty-student seminar.

Essay guidelines

The extended essay, 30-50 pages, can focus on any topic pertaining to the Russian language, literature, and culture, as well as to Russian and Eurasian history, politics, and economics. The essay must demonstrate:

  1. student's command of primary sources in the original language (Russian and/or other languages of the region);
  2. knowledge of the current state of research in the chosen subject,
  3. competence in crafting an argument supporting one's own view of the chosen subject.

It is strongly encouraged that at least one section of the essay (approximately 10 pages) be written in the target language.

Essay should be printed double-spaced throughout, including footnotes, endnotes, and list of references.

All citations or paraphrase based citations must be documented.

In matters of style, follow the latest MLA standards (e.g., http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/mla/index.shtml)

Essays are due by 3 p.m. on the first Monday of Block 8.

Minor Requirements

To fulfill the program minor, students must complete a total of 6 units as follows:

  • Two units of relevant language;
  • One unit in area history
  • Three units in related courses in any division;