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This archived information is dated to the 2009-10 academic year only and may no longer be current.

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Minor in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

The undergraduate minor in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is an interdisciplinary area studies program that allows the participating undergraduate the opportunity to select REEES courses in various departments according to his or her interests.


  1. Two core courses: one on Russia and one on Eastern Europe or Eurasia, to be chosen by the student from an annual list of qualifying courses issued by CREEES.
  2. At least four additional REEES courses, totaling at least 20 units.
  3. The student's courses, core and additional, must be distributed among at least three disciplines. In addition to REEES courses in the departments of History, Political Science, and Slavic Languages and Literatures, REEES courses in departments such as Anthropology, Art and Art History, Economics, Religious Studies, and Sociology, when offered, may qualify. The CREEES associate director determines which courses qualify for the minor.
  4. A capstone experience in REEES, including, but not limited to, one of the following:
    1. a departmental seminar course for advanced undergraduates
    2. directed reading and research with a Stanford faculty member or a CREEES-approved resident or visiting scholar
    3. participation in the Stanford Overseas Studies Program in Moscow or Berlin.

Foreign Language—The REEES minor has no language requirement, but students are strongly encouraged to attain working competence in Russian or another relevant language. Courses at the third-year level or above in Russian or another language of Central Asia, the Caucasus, or Eastern Europe may be counted towards the REEES minor, up to a maximum of 3 units per academic quarter, 9 units total.

Additional Information—Courses counting towards the REEES minor may not be counted towards the student's major. Courses taken at Stanford overseas campuses in Moscow and Berlin may count towards the REEES minor, with the approval of the CREEES associate director; at least three courses for the minor must be taken in residence at Stanford.

Approval of CREEES Associate Director—Students interested in pursuing the REEES minor should consult the CREEES associate director. The minor is declared online using the Axess system. Students declaring the REEES minor must do so no later than three quarters prior to their intended quarter of degree conferral. Approval of minor declarations and certification of requirements are made by the associate director.

Students pursuing the REEES minor work with the CREEES associate director, who is responsible for determining that requirements for the minor are satisfied.

Core Courses for 2009-10—

FILMSTUD 145. Politics and Aesthetics in East European Cinema

HISTORY 120A. Russian Civilization from Beginnings to the Enlightenment

HISTORY 125. 20th-Century Eastern Europe

POLISCI 140C. The Comparative Political Economy of Post-Communist Transitions

SLAVGEN 146. The Great Russian Novel: History and Other Theories of Time and Action

SLAVGEN 148. Dissent and Disenchantment: A Survey of Russian Literature and Culture, 1953 to Present

Additional 2009-10 courses which may be counted for the minor—

ANTHRO 147A. Folklore, Mythology, and Islam in Central Asia

ANTHRO 148A. Nomads of Eurasia: Culture in Transition

COMPLIT 248. Afghanistan: Literature and History

HISTORY 20Q. Russia in the Early Modern European Imagination

HISTORY 22N. Crime, Punishment, and Rebellion in Early Modern Russia

HISTORY 24S. The Soviet Union Through Western Eyes: Workers' Paradise and Evil Empire

HISTORY 27S. LIfe in the Divided City: A History of Postwar Berlin, 1945-2009

HISTORY 123. Reform and Revolution in Modern Russia, 1856-2009

HISTORY 220G. Demons, Witches, Holy Fools, and Folk Belief: Popular Religion in Russia, 19th-20th Centuries

HISTORY 221A. Men, Women, and Power in Early Modern Russia, 1500-1800

HISTORY 221B. The Woman Question in Modern Russia

HISTORY 223F. The Nationality Question in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union

HISTORY 227. East European Women and War in the 20th Century

HUMANITIES 100: Text and Context in Humanities: Oedipus and His Vicissitudes (Same as ENGLISH 184B)

INTNLREL 122A. The Political Economy of the European Union

LINGUIST 167. Languages of the World

MS&E 193. Technology and National Security

OSPBER 11. The Vanishing City: Lost Architecture and Art of Commemoration in Berlin

OSPBER 60. Cityscape as History: Architecture and Urban Design in Berlin

OSPBER115X. German Economy: Past and Present

OSPBER 161X. German Economy in the Age of Globalization

OSPMOSC 57. Social Inequality in Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies

OSPMOSC 62. Economic Reform and Economic Policy in Modern Russia

OSPMOSC 72. Space, Politics and Modernity in Russia

OSPMOSC 74. Post-Soviet Eurasia and SCO: Society, Politics, Integration

OSPMOSC 78. Russian-American Relations: from the War of Independence to the War on Terror

REES 35. Documentary Films of Central Asia: Two Epochs of National Identity Formation

POLISCI 114S. International Security in a Changing World

RELIGST 27. Exploring Islam

RELIGST 225. Unveiling the Sacred: Explorations in Islamic Religious Imagination

SLAVGEN 13N. Russia and the Russian Experience

SLAVGEN 77Q. Russia's Weird Classic: Nikolai Gogol

SLAVGEN 145. Age of Experiment: From Pushkin to Gogol

SLAVGEN 151. Dostoevsky and His Times (Same as COMPLIT 119)

SLAVLIT 100. Oedipus and his Vicissitudes: Tales of Modernity from Sophocles, Freud, Turgenev, Chekhov, Babel, and Virgina Woolf

SLAVLIT 129. Poetry as System: Introduction to Theory and Practice of Russian Verse

SLAVLIT 167: Introduction to Russian Cultural Studies (in Russian)

SLAVLIT 169. Advanced Russian Seminar: Reading Pushkin's Evgenii Onegin (in Russian)

SLAVLIT 184. History of the Russian Literary Language

SLAVLIT 188. From Aleksandr Blok to Joseph Brodsky: Russian Poetry of the 20th Century

SLAVLIT 225. Readings in Russian Realism

SLAVLIT 226. Bakhtin and His Legacy

SOC 15N. The Transformation of Socialist Societies

Other courses may be counted towards the minor by special arrangement with the instructor and the CREEES associate director.

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