University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Global and Regional Studies Program

Russian and East European Studies

Michele Commercio, Program Director
Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science

94 University Place, Old Mill 520
Burlington, VT 05405

Why study Russia and Eastern Europe?

Simply pick up any newpaper or watch any television newscast. Information about the emerging nations of the former Soviet Union and East Europe is everywhere!

The UVM Russian and East European Studies Program, one of nine areas of study within the Global and Regional Studies Program, is intended to provide students with a broad-based, interdisciplinary major or minor that prepare them for a number of career opportunities in business, government, journalism, education, tourism as well as for graduate programs in international affairs and law. The faculty consists of widely published scholars and award-winning teachers who have many years of field experience living, working, and travelling in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Disciplines represented include Anthropology, Business, Economics, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Russian, and Sociology.

To major in Russian/East European Studies, beginning language students should enroll in Russian 001 in their first semester and continue courses in the language every semester thereafter. Incoming students with a previous knowledge of the language should consult a Russian instructor for placement at the appropriate level of language study.

The two-track major in Russian/East European Studies or Russian/East European Economics/Business provides a firm foundation in language, literature (in translation or in the original), as well as regional/area information in economics, political science, sociology, and history for both Eastern Europe and the territories of the former Soviet Union.

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