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Russian & East European Studies

Russian and East European Studies Director: William Pyle (International Economics)
Office: Warner Hall 305E - Telephone: 802-443-3240

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 Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad in 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

In Moscow courses may also be taken at two other universities:

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 ( 

 Sample courses about the region.

  • RUSS0122 The Russian Mind
  • RUSS0151 The Golden Age Literature
  • RUSS0152 Russian Modernism
  • RUSS351 Dostoyevsky
  • RUSS0354 Chekhov
  • HIST0247 Imperial Russia
  • HIST0248 Modern Russia
  • HIST0410 Readings in Soviet History
  • ECON0230 Transformation in Eurasia
  • ECON0430 Post-Communist Econ Transition
  • PSCI0227  Soviet and Russian Politics
  • PSCI0228  Central/East European Politics
  • PSCI0424 Comparative Democratization

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