Russian and East European Studies (REES)

204 Lane Hall
763-4765 (fax)
Web site:

Professor Michael Kennedy, Director

May be elected as an area concentration program


Anderson (Sociology), Blouin (History and Information and Library Studies), Burbank (History), Cameron (Business Administration), Carpenter (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Eley (History), J.Fine (History), Gitelman (Political Science), Humesky (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Jacobson (Political Science), Lieberthal (Political Science), Lindner (History), Michalowski (Near Eastern Studies), O'Shea (Anthropology), Ronen (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Rosenberg (History), Shevoroshkin (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Simon (Mathematics, Economics, and Public Policy), Snyder (Business Administration), Stolz (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Svejnar (Business Administration, Business Economics and Public Policy, International Business), Toman (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Weisskopf (Economics), Whallon (Anthropology), Wiley (Music), Zimmerman (Political Science).

Associate Professors

Bardakjian (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Canning (History), Eagle (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Göçek (Sociology), Hart (Anthropology and Women's Studies), Kennedy (Sociology), Kivelson (History), M. Makin (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Mrazek (History), Norich, (English and Judaic Studies), Senkevitch (History of Art and Architecture and Urban Planning), Terrell (International Business, Business Economics and Public Policy).

Assistant Professors

Bartlett (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Gough (History of Art), Heller (Law), Knysh (Near Eastern Studies), Li (Economics), Markel (Medicine), Porter (History), Schönle (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Spector (German and History), Stephens (Anthropology and Social Work).


A. Makin (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Shishkoff (Slavic Languages and Literatures).

Professors Emeriti

Bornstein (Economics), Brown (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Mersereau (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Meyer (Political Science), Szporluk (History), Titunik (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Zajonc (Psychology).

The undergraduate curriculum in Russian and East European 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 REES concentration.

Prerequisites. Russian 231, Introduction to Russian Culture or Slavic Survey 225, Arts and Cultures of Central Europe.

Concentration Program. A minimum 30 credits, including:

  1. REES 395 or 396.

  2. REES 401 or its equivalent.

  3. Russian 301 and 302; or completion of four terms of Armenian, Czech, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, or Ukrainian, with a grade of at least "B"; or satisfactory performance on a proficiency test in one of these languages.

  4. Cognates: A minimum 20 credits of CREES-approved upper-level (300-400) courses distributed over four or more of the following fields: anthropology, economics, film and video studies, history, history of art, literature, music, political science, and sociology, chosen in consultation with and approved by the concentration advisor.

Honors Concentration. Undergraduate concentrators who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average in REES courses and a 3.2 overall GPA may apply for admission to the Honors concentration. Applications for the program, which are available at CREES in Lane Hall, 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 persons 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 REES 402 for two credits. During their senior year, students may elect REES 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. Grades for theses will be based on the quality of the research, analysis, and writing they display. The letter grade for Honors 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 CREES undergraduate advisor by calling 764-0351.

Advising. Appointments are scheduled at 204 Lane. Arrangements for continuing contacts are made in the first meeting with the concentration advisor. This meeting should be scheduled during the second term of the sophomore year.

Half-Term Information. Some courses are offered in half terms for reduced credit. Refer to the Time Schedule for specific credit hour information.

Courses offered by the Center for Russian and East European Studies. REES 301 is an undergraduate directed reading course under the guidance of a faculty member, on a specialized topic in Russian, Soviet or East European Studies. REES 395 and 396 provide students with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary survey of the regions of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe which introduce students to different approaches in the study of multinational, multi-cultural nations. These are appropriate selections for non-concentrators as well as potential concentrators. REES 401 is a required undergraduate seminar focusing on a specific research project. REES 405, topics in Russian and East European Studies and REES 410, the Polish mini-course are taught each year.

Courses in Russian and East European Studies (REES) (Division 468)

287/Hist. 287/Armenian 287. Armenian History from Prehistoric Times to the Present. (3). (Excl).

301. Directed Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

395/Hist. 332/Pol. Sci. 395/Slavic 395/Soc. 392. Survey of Russia: The Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Successor States. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

396/Pol. Sci. 396/Slavic 396/Hist. 333/Soc. 393. Survey of East Central Europe. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

401. Senior Seminar in Russian and East European Studies. Permission of instructor. (4). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

402. Honors Workshop, Junior. Honors student and junior standing, and permission of REES advisor. (2). (Excl).

403. Honors Colloquium, Senior. REES 402 or a thesis prospectus accepted (prior to start of fall term of senior year) by REES Honors Advisor and an individual thesis advisor. (1-6). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

405. Topics in Russian and East European Studies. (1-4). (Excl).

410. Polish Culture. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of two credits.

490/Soc. 490/WS 492. Women and Islam: A Sociological Perspective. (3). (Excl).

Courses in Other Departments

The following courses, which may be included in a concentration plan, are among the area-focused courses offered by other departments and programs:

Anthropology: 222, 298, 439.

Architecture: 313, 323.

Communications: 473, 518, 559.

Economics: 350, 407, 451, 457, 462.

Geography: 415.

German: 459.

History: 286; 287; appropriate sections of 391, 396 and 397; 430; 431; 432; 433; 434; 435; 438; 439; 444; 445; 530; 531; 532; 535; 538.

Judaic Studies: 296, 379.

Music: appropriate sections of 405; 422; 423.

Philosophy: 363, 375.

Political Science: 407; 444; 445; 451; 463; 469; 470; 475; appropriate sections of 495, 497 and 498.

Residential College: 312, 313, 320, 451, 452, appropriate sections of 360.

Slavic Languages and Literatures: all courses.

Sociology: 427, 490; appropriate sections of 495 and 596.

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