The program offers a bachelor of arts degree (BA) and a minor. The undergraduate certificate is inactive.
The major requires 40 graded credits; courses must be passed with grades of C– or better. Credits used to fulfill the language requirement may not be applied to the 40-credit requirement.
- Language. Three years of college study or equivalent in languages of the region. The language requirement is fulfulled by taking three years of a Slavic language—usually Russian. Students may petition to substitute one year of a second Slavic language for one year of the primary Slavic language. The language option is chosen in consultation with program advisors
- Field of concentration. Four 4-credit upper-division courses in one of the concentrations described under General Requirements, of which two must be 400-level courses
- Research. A research paper written in conjunction with one of the upper-division courses or as a separate reading and conference course in the field of concentration
- Electives. Twenty-four credits of course work, of which at least 12 (typically three 4-credit courses) must be upper division. As many as 8 of these credits may be in the concentration area, but may not be used to satisfy both the concentration requirement and the elective requirement. Electives must include courses in at least two fields outside the concentration
Subject to approval by program administrators, as many as four 300- and 400-level courses taken to fulfill requirements for a second major may be used to fulfill the 40-credit requirement of the Russian and East European studies major. To apply for a double major, students must complete and submit a declaration form to the center’s office.
Honors in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Majors who have an overall GPA of 3.50 by the end of the junior year and who are interested in honors should meet with their advisor, then submit a thesis proposal to the center’s director for approval. If approved, the student registers for a minimum of 4 credits in Thesis (403) under the supervision of a program faculty member. The thesis, which fulfills the research requirement, must be completed at least one term before the term of graduation.
The minor requires 28 graded credits; courses must be passed with a grade of C– or better. Courses taken to fulfill major requirements may not be used to fulfill the 28-credit requirement.
- Language. See Language under Major Requirements above
- Field of concentration. Three 4-credit courses in one concentration, of which two must be upper division and at least one must be a 400-level course
- Research. See Research under Major Requirements above
- Electives. Sixteen credits of course work, of which 12 (typically three 4-credit courses) must be upper division. As many as 4 credits of elective course work may be taken in the concentration area, but may not be used to satisfy both the concentration requirement and the elective requirement
There is no limit on the number of language courses taken at other universities, including courses taken abroad, that may be used to satisfy the language requirement for the major or minor, subject to an equivalency assessment by the Russian language coordinator. With respect to concentration and elective requirements, undergraduate majors may apply as many as 4 upper-division transfer credits toward the concentration and as many as 12 transfer credits toward the elective requirement, but not toward universitywide graduation requirements.
Secondary School Teaching Careers
The College of Education offers a fifth-year program for teaching licensure in foreign language. This program is described in the College of Education section of this catalog.