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Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Major

Effective Winter 2017


One of the following first-year language sequences or the equivalent:

  • ARMENIAN 101 and 102
  • BCS 131 and 132
  • CZECH 141 and 142
  • POLISH 121 and 122
  • RUSSIAN 101 and 102
  • RUSSIAN 103/RCLANG 193
  • RUSSIAN 123
  • UKR 151 and 152

One of the following strongly recommended:

  • RUSSIAN 231 (Introduction to Russian Culture)
  • SLAVIC 225 (Arts and Culture of Central Europe)
  • SLAVIC 240 (Introduction to Slavic Folklore)


Minimum Credits: 30

20 of the minimum 30 credits must be at the 300-level or above.

  1. Geographic distribution (8 credits):
    At least two of the following courses:
    • REEES 340 (Central Eurasia);
    • REEES 395 (Russia);
    • or REEES 396 or 397 (Eastern Europe).
  2. Disciplinary distribution (9 credits):
    At least one 3-credit upper-level course in each sub-area:
    • Arts/Culture,
    • History,
    • and Social Science.
  3. Seminar (3-4 credits):
    One 400-level course with an extensive writing or research component on a REEES-focused topic approved by the REEES program director.
  4. Electives: Additional advisor approved electives to reach the 30 minimum credits. Electives may be drawn from advisor-approved courses related to REEES topics including language courses beyond the 4th term (up to 8 credits) and study abroad coursework.
  5. Language Requirement: Students must show 6th term proficiency in Russian or Polish, or 4th term proficiency in another language of the region (excluding German).

Other Department Policies

Concurrent Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (CUGS) Program

Majors who are advanced in their studies and have exhausted the undergraduate resources in Russian, East European , and Eurasian Studies are encouraged to talk with the CREES advisor about applying for enrollment in LSA and the Rackham Graduate School through the Concurrent Undergraduate-Graduate Studies (CUGS) Program in LSA.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the REEES subject area may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.


Undergraduate majors who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average in the REEES major and a 3.4 overall GPA qualify for admission to the Honors plan. In addition to completing all College and REEES graduation  requirements, Honors majors complete a Senior Thesis that is judged worthy of Honors designation by the thesis advisor and at least one other faculty reader. An Honors major is not limited to students who have been in the College Honors Program in the first and second year. Students with questions about the program are encouraged to schedule a meeting with an undergraduate academic advisor online at

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Major (Winter 2015 - Fall 2016)

Effective Winter 2015

The undergraduate curriculum in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies offers broad, interdisciplinary training for students who wish to acquire extensive knowledge of a country or countries of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe. Proficiency in a language of the region is an important component of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies major. The degree prepares majors for graduate study as well as professional opportunities in areas ranging from government to business to teaching.

Prerequisites to major

One introductory course, usually SLAVIC 225: Arts and Cultures of Central Europe or RUSSIAN 231: Introduction to Russian Culture; or (if authorized by the undergraduate advisor) another 200-or 300-level REEES approved course, with a similar emphasis on breadth of coverage. (Narrowly focused courses, even if they appear on the REEES-approved list, are generally not acceptable as prerequisites).

Requirements for the  major

A minimum of 30 credits, including:

  1. REEES 340, 395, 396, or 397.
  2. REEES 401 or its equivalent.
  3. Electives: At least 20 credits of REEES-approved upper-level (300-400) courses.
    • Geographic distribution: at least one 3-credit course in each sub-area (Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Eurasia) — including at least two of the three REEES survey ("gateway") classes: REEES 340, 395, 396/397 (i.e., may not count REEES 396 and 397 as different gateways)
    • Disciplinary distribution: at least one 3-credit course in each sub-area (arts/culture, history, and social science). Courses (including REEES surveys) may count for both geographic and disciplinary distributions.

Honors Plan

Undergraduate majors who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average in the REEES major and a 3.4 overall GPA may apply for admission to the Honors program. Applications for the program, which are available at the program office, are accepted annually in November of the applicant's junior year. In addition to the application, students must submit a current transcript and a sample paper in the discipline in which they intend to write their Honors thesis. A maximum of 15 students will be accepted each year into the program.

Those accepted are expected to meet occasionally in an informal workshop at CREES and to work individually with their thesis advisor to prepare a prospectus. Credit for this preliminary work may be obtained by enrolling in REEES 402 for two credits. During their senior year, students may elect REEES 403 for each term (receiving a Y grade in December), for a two-term total of six credits. Completed theses, which must be submitted by a due-date in late March, will be read by at least two faculty members including the student's advisor. These theses ideally involve substantial use of foreign-language (REE) texts/sources/documents/databases. Grades for theses will be based on the quality of the research, analysis, and writing they display. The letter grade for REEES 403 and the levels of Honors with which the student will be graduated are:

A+ Highest Honors
A High Honors
A- Honors
B+ or below No Honors

Students with questions about the program are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the  undergraduate academic advisor online at