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Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies


Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies?

In the past decade, contact between Russia and the former Soviet republics and the United States has grown dramatically. A major in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) can take advantage of these exciting developments.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Personal attention

Freshman and sophomore Russian language classes usually have about 10 to 15 students, while junior and senior classes have a maximum of 10. You receive individual attention and direct contact with fellow students and with professors. A good faculty/student ratio is typical of relevant courses in other departments, too. You can also work with professors on research projects. Tutorial services augment classroom contact.

Travel and study abroad

Nearly every summer, at least one Miami faculty member leads a month-long study tour to a Russian city. Other opportunities are available during the academic year.

Flexible program

The program is designed to allow you to complete a double major in four years, with many requirements of the REEES major meeting the requirements of the other.

Communicate internationally

You can view important events from around the world on SCOLA (Satellite Communications for Learning), the international news programming network, which is part of Miami's academic cable television system. You also have access to international email networks and bulletin boards through Netscape.

Expand your career options: The foreign area studies majors at Miami are designed to allow you to complete a second major within four years. This broadens your education as well as your career possibilities.

Top-notch facilities

Miami's language lab has an impressive variety of technical aids for your independent study. In the individual station area, each of the 40 booths has a monitor, VCR, and cassette player so you can work on your oral comprehension and pronunciation, watch a foreign language film, or view a news broadcast from a foreign television station via SCOLA. Lab managers can assist you by taping broadcasts, translating tapes from other formats into ones usable in the lab, and guiding your use of the language word processing programs.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

REEES majors study the language, history, politics, and culture of an increasingly important area of the world. They learn of the differences and similarities between the U.S. and these countries in the humanities, business, arts, natural and social sciences, and everyday life.

The program requires a minimum of two years of relevant language study. Russian language is offered at Miami, but students may work with an adviser for the major on an individual basis to receive credit for other relevant languages. Students select an emphasis in one of two tracks: Language, Literature, and Culture or History and Politics.

What can I do with this major?

Career opportunities have increased greatly in the last few years. Because Americans who can speak Russian and other languages of Eastern Europe and Eurasia are still a distinct minority, demand is high. Miami graduates with a degree in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies will inevitably find opportunities to work abroad should they so desire.

While you can work for the U.S. government, the greatest demand is in the private sector. Opportunities abound in businesses (both American and international), service and religious organizations, advertising, communications, entertainment, banking and accounting firms, health care agencies, law firms, and education. As compared to the past, jobs are not limited to Moscow or St. Petersburg. All areas of the former U.S.S.R. are interested in hiring western specialists.

An undergraduate degree in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies also provides a solid foundation for graduate work in area studies, political science, history, Russian language and literature, international business, law, diplomacy, or library science.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages
172 Irvin Hall
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056