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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