Russian and East European Studies Director: Kevin Moss (Russian)
Office: FIC Freeman FR4 - Telephone: 802-443-5786
Office Hours: Tuesday 12:30 - 1:30 and by appointment
The Russian and East European Studies program (REES) combines proficiency in Russian language with a solid interdisciplinary background in the economics, geography, history, culture and politics of this region sufficient to achieve a broad understanding of its past and present, as well as its role and place in the world. REES will prepare majors to understand the specifics of the region from a global perspective, conduct research in Russian, and be able to engage in complex interactions with native-speaker professionals. Such training will prepare majors to work in the business world, in government and non-profit organizations, in the foreign service, or to continue their education in graduate school.
As a REES major you will be exposed to rigorous language training, achieve a high level of linguistic and cultural competence through Middlebury coursework and the C. V. Starr School in Russia (http://www.middlebury.edu/study-abroad/russia). You will spend a semester or a year at one of the sites in Russia: Moscow, Yaroslavl or Irkutsk, taking advantage of the opportunity to enroll in courses along with Russian natives and participate in various internship programs.
Irkutsk: Irkutsk State University
Moscow: Russian State University for the Humanities
- Russian State University for the Humanities
- (RGGU) http://www.rsuh.ru
In Moscow courses may also be taken at two other universities:
- The Boris Shchukin Theater Institute: http://www.htvs.ru
- The Higher School of Economics: http://www.hse.ru/en/
Yaroslavl: Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University (YGPU)
Many majors also take advantage of intensive immersive study over the summer at the Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian (http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/russian).
Sample courses about the region.
- RUSS0122 The Russian Mind
- RUSS0151 The Golden Age Literature
- RUSS0152 Russian Modernism
- RUSS351 Dostoyevsky
- RUSS352 Tolstoy
- RUSS0354 Chekhov
- HIST0247 Imperial Russia
- HIST0248 Modern Russia
- HIST0410 Readings in Soviet History
- HIST0450 US/Soviet Popular Culture
- ECON0230 Transformation in Eurasia
- ECON0430 Post-Communist Econ Transition
- PSCI0227 Soviet and Russian Politics
- PSCI0228 Central/East European Politics
- PSCI0424 Comparative Democratization
- CMLT0358 The Art and Life of Non-Conformism in Twentieth-Century America and Russia