In 2014, Russia redrew the map of Europe; in 2016, Russia became the first country to operate militarily on Iranian soil since World War II. Russia is a country we need to understand. Given Russia’s increasingly vocal and visible presence in international affairs, there is a growing need for professionals who speak Russian and understand the politics, economics, and social dynamics of Russia. This is the time to major or minor in Russian and East European Studies (REES) at UVM.
The faculty consists of widely published scholars and award-winning teachers who have many years of field experience living, working, and travelling in post-Soviet states including Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, as well as certain Eastern European countries like Poland. Disciplines represented include Russian language and literature, political science, anthropology, business, economics, history, mathematics, philosophy and sociology.
Our REES program provides a stimulating blend of courses from disciplines including history, Russian language, and more. To major in REES, beginning language students should enroll in Russian 001 in their first semester and continue courses in the language every semester after that. If you already know some Russian before arriving at UVM, you 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 post-Soviet region. See our requirements for the Russian & East European Studies major.