Major program: The major in Russian and East European studies is designed to provide a broad background in Russian, Soviet, and East European history, politics, economics, and literature.  To be accepted into the program, students must have a minimum overall average of B in courses related to the major.  Majors must complete three years of college-level Russian or the equivalent. Each student, in consultation with an advisor, will work out an individual program consisting of at least one course from each of the fields of politics and economics, history, and literature, and four more courses in the three fields (distributed as agreed with the advisor).  Majors are strongly encouraged to participate in either a summer or a semester program of study in the Russian Federation, for which academic credit will be given.

Sample Courses:

East European Jewish Experience; Russian History to 1881; Russian and Soviet History 1881 to Present; The 19th-Century Russian Novel; Speak, Memory: Autobiography and Memoir in Russian Literature; The Poor Clerk: Origins of the Petersburg Reading Stories; Pushkin; Dostoevsky; Tolstoy; Gogol and the Short Story; Murder and Adultery: The French and Russian Novel; The Central and East European Novel ; Dostoevsky's Brat'ia Karamazovy; Nabokov and Cultural Synthesis; Kino: Russia at the Movies; Architects and Inventors of the Word: Russian Modernist Poetry; Short Prose of the 20th Century; The Fantastic in Narrative Imagination

Number of Professors: 6

Russian and East European Studies Building
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Russian and East European Studies Building

Peter Rutland

Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, Professor of Government, Professor of Russian and Eastern European Studies


Research Interests: Russian Studies, the former Soviet Union and the former East Europe.