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 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.

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

The Interactive Language Resource Center (ILRC) welcomes all students at Miami University and is the technical hub of the four foreign language departments. Students enrolled in language courses use the ILRC to supplement and enhance their foreign language courses with language specific computer assisted language learning (CALL) software, access internet and network applications, and use various language learning specific software. Since the 1950s, when the Language Laboratory first opened to the public, the ILRC has strived to stay technologically advanced and up-to-date with the current trends in language learning techniques.

The ILRC serves an average of 17,800 visits each academic year. Since the ILRC began operations in 1956, we have recorded over 1,030,000 student visits to our facilities. Students have access to online movies and videos through our ILRC-Online video and file server. Up-to-date and current software allows students to create papers, reports, presentations, access the web, play simulated role-playing games, communicate and conference with each other, as well as have the resources to create many other projects and assignments. Students can print either black and white or color copies with our Pay-to-Print system.

The ILRC also assists other areas in the university, such as students in the departments and programs of American Studies, American Culture & English Program, Communication, Educational Psychology, English, Film Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Music, the Western Program, and even Accounting! We also assist the Graduate College and the College of Education with SPEAK testing (for all incoming graduate students whose native language is not English), Oral Proficiency Testing, and Written Proficiency Testing in several languages through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The ILRC also assists the College of Arts and Science, the four language departments, and the College’s Advising Office with the administration and maintenance of the foreign language placement exams throughout the year.

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. Miami is the only U.S. university to have such a center at an institution that is focused on undergraduate education. Students may also be interested in becoming a Dawisha Junior Fellow, a competitive program open to those majoring in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

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 3 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. Miami alumni also have a good record of receiving prestigious national grants and internships directly related to Russia, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union.

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, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures
170 Irvin Hall
Oxford, OH 45056