The Major in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies

The REEES Major allows students to study history and culture of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, broadly defined as the territory of the former Soviet republics, from medieval times to today. Drawing from a range of disciplines and approaches, students have the opportunity to explore issues of political, social, and regional identity and cultural diversity, as well as official and popular culture. Students select a Language, Literature and Culture emphasis or a History and Politics emphasis.

Proficiency at the level of Russian 202 or above is required. Students are encouraged to attend Miami-affiliated language and culture programs overseas or an approved academic study program in Central Asia, the Caucasus, or East Europe.

Students may also take advantage of scholarships, guest lectures, special courses, and study-abroad programs associated with the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies (link to Havighurst site). Miami is the only US university to have such a center at an institution that is focused on undergraduate education. Students may also be interested in becoming a Havighurst Junior Fellow (insert link), a competitive program open to those majoring in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Program Requirements (36 semester hours)

Core requirements:

  • RUS 201 - Intermediate Russian I (3)
  • RUS 202 - Intermediate Russian II (3)
  • RUS 254 - Introduction to Russian and Eurasian Studies (3)
  • RUS 301 - Advanced Russian I (3)
  • RUS 302 - Advanced Russian II (3)

Language, Literature, and Culture Emphasis

  • RUS 311 - Readings in Russian (3)
  • RUS 411 - Advanced Conversation and Composition (3)
  • Two of the following:
    • RUS 137 - Russian Folklore (3)
    • RUS 250 - Topics in Russian Literature (3; maximum 9)
    • RUS 255 - Russian Literature in English Translation From Pushkin to Dostoevsky (3)
    • RUS 256 - Russian Literature in English Translation: From Tolstoy to Nabokov (3)
    • RUS 257 - Russian Literature in English Translation: From Pasternak to the Present (3)
    • RUS 258 - Contemporary Russian Women’s Writing (3)
    • RUS/FST 263 - Soviet Cinema (3)
    • RUS/FST 272 - Cultures and Identities of Eastern Europe (3)
    • RUS 411 - Advanced Conversation and Composition I (3)
    • RUS 412 - Advanced Conversation and Composition II (3)
    • RUS 450 - Topics in Russian Culture (3-6)
    • RUS 480 - Departmental Honors (4-6)
  • Three of the following (or substitute courses as approved by the major adviser):*
    • ATH/HST/POL/RUS 133 - Imagining Russia (2)
    • ATH/GEO/RUS 306 - Peoples and Cultures of Russia and Eurasia (3)
    • CLS 210Z - Classical Tradition in Russian Poetry (3)
    • GEO 408 - Geography of the Silk Road (2)
    • HST/POL/RUS 230 - Topics in Russian and Eurasian Studies (3)
    • HST 374 - Russia to 1855 (3)
    • HST 375 - Russia and the USSR from 1855 to the Present (3)
    • HST 378 - 20th Century Eastern European History (3)
    • HST 432/POL 440 - Havighurst Center Seminar: Topics in Russian and Eurasian Studies (3)
    • HST 470 - Topics in Russian History (3)
    • HST 475 - Images of Russia at Home and Abroad (3)
    • ITS 402O - Transition to Democracy in Eastern Europe and the Former USSR (3)
    • MGT 375 - Organizational Management and Leadership in Russia (3)
    • MUS 188 - Music of Russia (3)
    • POL 328 - Politics of Central Asia (3)
    • POL 331 - Development of the Russian Polity (3)
    • POL 332 - Post-Soviet Russian Politics (3)
    • POL 430B - Political Systems of Russia and Eastern Europe (4)
    • POL 488 - Russia and the Republics (3)
    • REL 337 - Religions of Russia and Eurasia (3)

History and Politics Emphasis

  • HST 436/POL 440 - Havighurst Colloquium (3)
  • Two of the following:
    • HST 324 - Eurasian Nomads and History (3)
    • HST 374 - Russia to 1855 (3)
    • HST 375 - Russia and the USSR from 1855 to the Present (3)
    • HST 378 - 20th Century Eastern European History (3)
    • HST 428 - Russia’s War and Peace (3)
    • HST 470 - Topics in Russian History (3)
  • Two of the following:
    • POL 331 - Development of the Russian Polity (3)
    • POL 332 - Post-Soviet Russian Politics (3)
    • POL 334 - Politics of Eastern Europe (3)
    • POL 430B - Political Systems of Russia and Eastern Europe (4)
    • POL 488 - Russia and the Republics (3)
  • Two of the following:
    • ATH/GEO/RUS 306 - Peoples and Cultures of Russia and Eurasia (3)
    • ATH 384 - Anthropology of Capitalism; Russia (3)
    • ATH/HST/POL/REL/RUS 482 - Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Summer Workshop (6)
    • CLS/ENG/RUS 325 - Russian Reception of Classical Culture (3)
    • REL/RUS 133 - Imagining Russia (3)
    • REL 338 - Eastern Christianity (3)
    • RUS 250 - Topics in Russian Literature (3-6)
    • RUS 255 - Russian Literature in English Translation From Pushkin to Dostoevsky (3)
    • RUS 256 - Russian Literature in English Translation: From Tolstoy to Nabokov (3)
    • RUS 257 - Russian Literature in English Translation: From Pasternak to the Present (3)
    • RUS 258 - Contemporary Russian Women’s Writing (3)
    • RUS/FST 263 - Soviet Cinema (3)
    • RUS/FST 272 - Cultures and Identities of Eastern Europe (3)
    • RUS 311 - Reading in Russian (3)
    • RUS 411 - Advanced Conversation and Composition I (3)
    • RUS 412 - Advanced Conversation and Composition II (3)
    • RUS 450 - Topics in Russian Culture (3-6)

For more information or questions about the REEES major please contact:

Dr. Margaret Ziolkowski
Irvin Hall 172
(513) 529-2526 or (513) 529-1853

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Student Profiles in REEES

  • Keary Iarussi

    "The breadth and depth of knowledge I received here is more than I could’ve asked for."
  • Taylor Valley

    "I received a scholarship and take Russian lessons twice a week. This is my favorite program within the Russian department because it encourages us to attend related lectures and become more active in it."

  • Sara Wenger

    "Miami allowed me to take advantage of numerous departments, including [GRAMELAC], to create an undergraduate experience that was deeply personalized and current."