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-speaking 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 School 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.

Track Director

Rebecca Mitchell

Associate Professor of History

Axinn Center 239
Office Hours:
Fall 2024: Overseas on research leave. To arrange office hours (via Zoom), please email me - expect brief delays in my responses.


See general requirements and requirements by track.

Advising Wizard

To assist you in tracking the completion of your requirements, please meet with your advisor to complete and submit the advising wizard for your track.


See courses by track.

Student Theses

See Past Student Theses.