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     Language Requirements
     Required Core Courses
     Other Course Work
     Major Discipline
     Minor Discipline
     Human Subjects
     Academic Credit for Internships
     Oral Exam and Thesis
     Supervisory Committee
     Oral Exam




Familiarize yourself with the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Program Requirements for a Master of Arts in International Studies and the General Graduate School Requirements for a Master’s Degree. REECAS requirements are designed to meet Graduate School requirements, but you must satisfy both sets of requirements to graduate.

Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC)

Professor Scott Radnitz ( is the Chair of the REECAS program, Director of the Ellison Center, and the Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC). In the latter role, he will serve as your faculty adviser for the coordination and approval of your program as a whole. You should meet with the GPC at least twice a year to review your course of study and may contact him any time that you are thinking about making changes in your plan. As you review the program requirements and guidelines, you will find that some actions on your part need formal approval from the GPC. This approval should be in writing and will be placed in your file in JSIS Student Services.

Language Requirements

All REECAS graduate students must complete four years of language study following one of the options detailed in the REECAS requirements. Two years should have been completed prior to entry. There is a proficiency requirement, so languages learned before starting the program can fulfill part or all of your language requirement. This can be documented through transcripts from other colleges or by taking a proficiency test. To arrange for a proficiency test, you must contact the appropriate language department (Germanics, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Romance Languages and Literature, Scandinavian Studies, or Slavic Languages and Literature). Should it be determined that you have met a language requirement, written documentation should be given to the GPA for your file. If you are hoping to test out of a language requirement, take the test as early as possible, and certainly in time to allow for additional language study if needed. Keep in mind that Russian and other Slavic language standards at this University are more advanced than at most other institutions.

The language you choose should have relevance to your geographical area of focus and be approved by the GPC. Those focusing on Russia must complete four years of Russian. Those focusing on either Eastern Europe, Central Asia or another region of the former Soviet Union can complete four years of one language relevant to their area of focus or two years each of two languages, at least one of which must be relevant to the area of focus. Remember, 2 years should have been completed prior to beginning the program. Consult the GPC if you have any questions about the relevance of a particular language.
Your goal should be to obtain the highest proficiency possible in your language(s), irrespective of the minimum required. If you have already fulfilled the program requirements, you should consider continuing that language or beginning another. It is important to acquire a usable reading knowledge of your language(s) early for utilization in your other graduate courses and your thesis. Any serious graduate seminar will expect you to do research in the language of the area on which it focuses. If the language(s) you want are not offered regularly or if you are already beyond the highest level offered and wish to improve your reading and translating ability, you may acquire your language(s) through Independent Study; by enrolling in summer language courses at other accredited institutions in this country or overseas; or by applying for a Less Commonly Taught Language Tutorial (applications due each February). Usually Independent Study is arranged through the appropriate language department. It may be possible, though, to work with an instructor outside of these departments or the University. Note that Independent Study cannot be used as a way to avoid taking regularly scheduled language classes. Independent or non UW language study must be documented, but there is no need to transfer credits to the UW. In an effort to ensure REECAS students have achieved a high level of proficiency, you will be tested by the relevant language department in speaking, writing, reading and listening comprehension at the end of the program. As this is a new program requirement, minimum standards as a prerequisite for graduation have not yet been established. You will only be required to take the tests to assess the level of your proficiency. We will utilize your experience in developing our formal graduation requirements in language proficiency.

Required Core Courses 

JSIS A 504 (5 credits) should be taken Autumn Quarter of your first year, JSIS A 511 (5 credits) in Spring Quarter of your first year and JSIS A 515 (2 credits) in Winter Quarter of your
second year. A decimal grade is given for JSIS A 504, JSIS A 511 and JSIS A 515; all of these courses normally meet once a week. Keep in mind when choosing your courses that all of these courses will involve substantial amounts of work (probably more than many 5 or 2 credit courses).

Other Course Work

The University of Washington has academic resources covering Russia, East Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Baltic States. Generally, REECAS students focus on one of these regions, but arrangements can be made to study more than one of them, including the non-Russian regions of present day Russia.
In total, you must complete 30 credits divided between a major (minimum of 15) and a minor discipline (minimum of 10). Please note that completing the minimum credit requirements would leave you 5 credits short. The remaining credits may be taken in any relevant field (including major and minor
fields) other than language study.


Major Discipline (Discipline of Concentration)

You should choose your concentration in a discipline where there are enough regularly offered courses for you to acquire some real breadth and depth of knowledge. This would normally mean one of the following disciplines: history, economics, geography, political science or literature and culture. There is some flexibility, however, and relevant coursework can be found in many programs including Health Sciences, Law, Public Affairs and Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics. For example, if your interest is business, it makes sense to take some economics courses, a business course, and perhaps a course on resource management (geography). However, in all cases, you must consult the GPC, before committing to a Discipline of Concentration, particularly if you wish to design your own.

Depending on the discipline, there may not be enough 500-level courses to fulfill the 9 credits required at this level. The requirement can then be met through Graduate Independent Study credits (numbered 600 in all departments). For Independent Study, students make a contract with a faculty member to do individual work. In some cases, the contract can include participation in and completion of the requirements for a 400-level course along with extra work to meet graduate standards.

Work in your area of concentration should be done principally under the supervision of a regular, full-time faculty member, not someone who is part-time or visiting. Usually, the chair of your Supervisory Committee serves in this role.

Minor Discipline

The disciplines appropriate for your minor are the same as those for your major. The purpose of this requirement is to give you an interdisciplinary perspective on your geographical focus as well as to increase your breadth. Use these courses as an opportunity to expand your understanding of a region from a different perspective. As with your concentration, your choices should be made in consultation with the GPC. Where possible, you should attempt to do more than the minimum for your minor. Ten credits – typically, two courses – only provide limited exposure to field.

Human Subjects

In order to protect the rights, well-being, and personal privacy of individuals, to assure a favorable climate for the conduct of scientific inquiry, and to protect the interests of the University of Washington, faculty and students must undergo an approval process for all research involving human beings. In JSIS A 514, students will complete an online training and meet with a Human Subjects Division representative to prepare them for the approval process that may be necessary for conducting interviews for their thesis.


Academic Credit for Internships

Students may take a JSIS 497 Internship for up to 5 credits of their degree (not counted toward their major or minor). They are required to find a faculty advisor and then work with the advisor to design an academic assignment associated with the internship. A student can take from 1-5 credits (each credit = 3 hrs of work on the job or on the related research topic). NOTE: This is for unpaid internships only.


Oral Exam and Thesis

Supervisory Committee
Your Supervisory Committee should consist of at least two faculty members, with the chair having expertise in your Discipline of Concentration and the other representing your Minor. The Chair and at least 50% of your Supervisory Committee must be Graduate Faculty (see The REECAS program requires that the Chair of your Committee be REECAS faculty.



JSIS A 514/515 is devoted to thesis writing in a seminar context. The thesis can be an expanded version of a seminar paper or an Independent Study project. The thesis must be 30-35 pages (~8000 words) in length and of publishable quality on a subject of students’ choosing and use primary sources in a REECAS-area language. If you wish to examine theses defended in the past, copies are available in the Ellison Center as well as in Suzzallo Library.

While your primary thesis adviser should be the chair of your Supervisory Committee, you should not forget to consult with the other member(s) of your committee. Do not assume that faculty will not be interested in your thesis simply because it is not in their area of expertise. Avoid surprises at the end by consulting with each committee member early and throughout the process. 
You must register for at least 9 thesis credits (JSIS 700). You do not have to register for all of them in one quarter and there is no limit on how many thesis credits you can take. In order to register for thesis credits, you must complete an Application for Independent Study/Thesis Credits form each quarter and obtain a signature from the chair of your Supervisory Committee. Submit this form to JSIS Student Services to get the instructor ID number you will need to register. If your Supervisory Committee Form is already on file, the GPA can sign the form on behalf of your chair.


Oral Exam

You must successfully complete an oral exam. Before starting the exam process, you should make sure that your committee feels that you are ready. It is REECAS policy that you complete your thesis within three months of the time that you take your exam. So while your thesis need not be completed prior to taking your exam, it will be important to demonstrate that you have made sufficient progress on it to satisfy this requirement.
This exam is given by all members of your committee and will take approximately 60-90 minutes. You can anticipate questions on your thesis, material from your course work for both your major and minor concentration areas, and other aspects of REECA studies as indicated by your committee. You should be sure to consult each member of your committee prior to the exam about what to expect and what to review in preparation.


To graduate, you must apply through the Graduate School’s degree application website: The application period commences the first day of the quarter of graduation. The department requires that you apply for your degree by the 6th Friday of the quarter, which is earlier than the deadline posted by the Graduate School.

The Graduate School will send you an e-mail confirmation of your application for Master’s Degree and run a “Degree Audit,” which will inform you of Graduate School requirements that must be met by the end of the quarter in which you graduate. The GPA will be notified of your application for the Master’s Degree and will enter information detailing departmental requirements that must be met. This will generate an e-mail from the Graduate School to you informing you of departmental requirements.

If you do not finish in the quarter you applied to graduate, you will have to apply again. You must be registered for at least two credits in the quarter you graduate. It is important for you to maintain your status as a student until you graduate. To do this, you must be registered for every quarter except Summer Quarter, or be formally on leave.




“To graduate with a master’s (thesis program) … degree at the University of Washington, graduate students are required to submit a thesis … through the UW Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD) Administrator Site. Documents will be published by ProQuest/UMI Dissertation Publishing and made available on an open access basis through UW Libraries ResearchWorks Service.”


It is important to see the Graduate School’s guidelines for format of the thesis:

For the Ellison Center copy, you will need to print a copy of the thesis, including the Thesis Signature Page (, and have it tape-bound, usually by the Copy Center in the Communication Building. Some of the copy services can also do this. It is important to have a copy of your thesis with original signatures for yourself. The Ellison Center also requires a tape-bound copy of your thesis (see examples in the Ellison Center)—you will not be allowed to graduate until the Ellison Center receives it.

Prior to your oral examination, YOU WILL NEED TO 


As you can see, there are many steps in the final stages of your program. To make the process manageable for all involved, including faculty and staff as well as yourself, the following timeline has been established.
To graduate within a given quarter you are required to:
1         submit rough draft of thesis to committee members
6         submit final draft of thesis to all committee members
7         submit REECAS EXAM SCHEDULING FORM to the GPA
7         apply to graduate through the Graduate School
11     a. take and pass the oral exam
        b. have Thesis Approval Form signed by all committee members
        c. submit copy of Master’s Supervisory Committee Approval Form
           with signatures to GPA
       d. submit thesis to the Graduate School
If the quarter ends on a day other than Friday, then appropriate adjustments should be made. Adjustments will also have to be made for Summer Quarter, as it is two weeks shorter than all other quarters.

Waugh Thesis Prize

The REECAS program annually awards the Daniel C. Waugh Prize for the best REECAS MA thesis submitted in previous academic year. Thesis committee chairs are invited to nominate the theses they think worthy of this award by submitting a final draft of the thesis and a brief cover letter supporting the nomination by May 15th.  Therefore, students should submit their final drafts by May 5th to be considered. The winner will receive $250 and a certificate of achievement at the JSIS convocation.



1   submit rough draft of thesis to committee members

6   submit final draft of thesis to all committee members


7   apply to graduate through the Graduate School

11  (Last Thursday)                

  • Take and pass the oral exam
  • Have thesis signed by all committee members
  • Submit signed thesis to the Graduate School
  • Submit copy of thesis signature page with signatures to GPA

If the quarter ends on a day other than Friday, then appropriate adjustments should be made. Adjustments will also have to be made for Summer Quarter, as it is two weeks shorter than all other quarters.

In order to augment our offerings, REECAS has funding from the US Department of Education to support LCTL/advanced language tutorials. Successful applicants will be provided with a tutor from the appropriate native-speaker community in the Puget Sound region, and a faculty member to oversee the tutorial, in order to provide necessary language skills. We will consider the following factors in making our decision: the importance of the tutorial for achieving students’ professional/academic goals; the number of other students interested in the same language or language level; and the availability of appropriate native-language tutors. Application materials will be made available in winter quarter and applications will be due in the last Friday in February.


There are different types of study abroad. If the program is offered through an official UW exchange partner, then students must contact the International Programs and Exchanges office and register for "Foreign Study." When you return, your transcripts are evaluated and the courses are translated into equivalent UW courses. If there is no established program, then students will need to go on-leave for their study abroad. Please consult with James Augerot, Paula Milligan and the IPE office for more information.

For study abroad during the first year of the REECAS MA program, students should talk with the Program Chair.  Should you choose to study abroad during fall and or winter of your second year, you will need to submit your request to Marta Mikkelsen by March 1, 2013 for the following academic year. You should outline your reasons for wanting to study abroad, the courses you will take and the program you will attend.

You will still have to meet the requirements of JSIS A 514 and JSIS A 515. Although you may be allowed to miss these courses physically, you will need to participate electronically in these courses. Your participation will keep you both on schedule as well as allow you to benefit from the peer review process. If your application is approved, you should speak with Marta Mikkelsen about your assignments before your departure.



You can be considered for most fellowships offered through the Jackson School by applying for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship.  FLAS application procedures will be announced in October. The application is online, the deadline is usually January 15. Awards are made in mid-April for the following summer and/or academic year.  Specific questions concerning FLAS should be addressed to the FLAS Coordinator Robyn Davis in JSIS Student Services.
Faculty evaluations and grades earned at the UW are of particular importance to JSIS fellowship committees, so it is helpful to carry a full load of relevant courses and do well in them. It is important to make good progress toward your degree before applying, and you must continue this progress if you receive a JSIS fellowship.
From time to time, information concerning fellowships, internships and jobs is sent via e-mail to all REECAS students. Various reference materials on these opportunities exist in the Ellison Center as well as the JSIS Student Services Office.
For information on need-based financial aid, check with the Financial Aid Office in Schmitz Hall. The website is


H. Stewart Parker Endowed Fellowships:
The Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Program and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature offer an annual H. Stewart Parker Endowed Fellowship to exceptional graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences who are pursing degrees in Russian, East European or Central Asian studies.  Priority will be based on academic merit, with preference given to those studying Slavic languages on site abroad. Two awards of up to $2500 will be offered toward tuition, travel, books and fees.
Applicants for the summer FLAS fellowship program will automatically be considered for the Parker fellowship.
Boba Summer Research Fellowships:
The REECAS Program offers an annual Boba Summer Research Fellowship for exceptional, first-year REECAS students to travel to Eastern Europe or Central Asia the summer between the first and second year. This is an excellent opportunity, since only first year REECAS students will be able to apply. Priority will be given to those conducting research or holding internships in one of these regions, but participation in advanced language training in an accredited program will also be considered. Two awards of up to $1000 will be offered toward airfare or lodging. To apply for the Boba, submit the following materials: (1) a 2-page essay, double-spaced, 12 point font (Courier, Arial or Times New Roman), with 1 inch margins on all sides, explaining your travel plans and how these funds will assist you; (2) a budget outlining your expenses; (3) one faculty letter of support; and (4) an unofficial transcript. Upon completion of study a report on the experience will be expected.
Please Note: One may not hold multiple language study fellowships, i.e. if you accept a FLAS or other foreign study fellowship, you are no longer eligible for the Parker or Boba fellowships.
Applications are due February 25, 2012. Decisions will be made by April 15, 2012. Please send application materials to:
Marta Mikkelsen, Associate Director at


The Donald W. Treadgold Studies in Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, published by the UW Press in collaboration with the Ellison Center, is a series of peer reviewed occasional papers in memory of Professor Donald W. Treadgold, and as a tribute to his contribution to the field. The Papers, edited by Professor Laada Bilaniuk, serve as a forum for the dissemination of current research on the regions indicated by the title. Publications include papers from symposia, and monographs that may be too long for most journals, but too short to appear in book form.
The Institute for Global and Regional Security Studies (IGRSS), directed by Professor Christopher Jones, brings together University of Washington faculty to develop undergraduate and graduate security curricula in the social, natural, and life sciences; to support graduate students working in security-related fields; to sponsor campus lectures and conferences on security-related topics; and to establish research partnerships with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and other organizations in the Pacific Northwest. By combining the unique intellectual resources of the Jackson School with the UW’s internationally-renowned programs in natural, health and social sciences, IGRSS is developing a multifaceted program linking advanced coursework in less commonly taught languages to cutting-edge issues in contemporary global and regional security.


JOSE ALANIZ, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literature
JAMES E. AUGEROT, Professor emeritus, Slavic Languages and Literature
BOJAN BELIC, Senior Lecturer, Slavic Languages and Literature
MICHAEL BIGGINS, Head, Slavic and East European section, Suzzallo Library and Affiliate Faculty
LAADA BILANIUK, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Adjunct, Linguistics
ZIBIGNIEW BOCHNIARZ, Senior Lecturer, Sustainable Development,; Environmental Economics
KLAUS BRANDL, Assistant Professor, Scandinavian Studies
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL, Assistant Professor, Architecture and Urban Planning
ELENA I. CAMPBELL, Assistant Professor, History
ARISTA M. CIRTAUTAS, Affiliate Faculty, JSIS
ILSE D. CIRTAUTAS, Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
BARBARA CITKO, Associate Professor, Linguistics;
KENNETH CLATTERBAUGH, Professor, Philosophy
GORDANA P. CRNKOVIC, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literature and Comparative literature
SCOTT DAVIS, Professor and Chair, Epidemiology, Public Health and Community Medicine
IVAN DRIPIC, Assistant Professor, Art History; Architecture
CHRIS DEMASKE, Associate Professor, Communication, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences,
GALYA DIMENT, Professor, Slavic Languages and Literature;
KATARZYNA A. DZIWIREK, Chair and Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literature
JAMES FELAK, Professor, History
J. BENJAMIN FITZHUGH, Associate Professor, Anthropology
KIRSTEN FOOT, Associate Professor, Communications
JULIE GRALOW, Professor, Medicine, Oncology
VINCENT GALLUCCI, Ocean and Fishery Science
IVETA GRINBERGA, Lecturer, Scandinavian Studies
YONG-CHOOL HA, Professor, JSIS; Comparative Politics
BARBARA HENRY, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literature
CHRISTINE INGEBRITSEN, Professor, Scandinavian Studies
MARK JENKINS, Professor, Head, Professional Training Programs
CHRISTOPHER JONES, Associate Professor, JSIS
WLODZIMIERZ M. KACZYNSKI, Associate Professor Emeritus, Marine Affairs and Adjunct, JSIS
CHRISTIAN KESSLER, Affiliate Professor, Nuclear non-Proliferation
STEPHEN KERR, Professor Emeritus, Education
BRUCE KOCHIS, Senior Lecturer, Policy Studies and Director, Human Rights Education and Research Network, UW-Bothell
BETH KOLKO, Professor, Human Centered Design and Engineering
LEWIS FRANCES, Professor, Family and Child Nursing
TALANT MAWKANULI, Lecturer, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
JONATHAN MERCER, Associate Professor, Political Science
SCOTT MONTGOMERY, Affiliate Professor, International Studies
DEVIN NAAR, Assistant Professor, International Studies
ANDREW NESTINGEN, Associate Professor, Scandinavian Studies
VITALY NISHANOV, Lecturer, Management and Organization, Foster School of Business
DIANA PEARCE, Senior Lecturer and Director, Center for Women’s Welfare, Social Work
KATY PEARCE, Assistant Professor, Communications
STEVEN PFAFF, Associate Professor, Sociology
ZOYA POLACK, Senior Lecturer, Slavic Languages and Literature
NIKOLAI POPOV, Senior Lecturer, English
KAZIMIERZ POZNANSKI, Professor, JSIS and Adjunct, Economics
SCOTT RADNITZ, Associate Professor, JSIS; and chair, REECAS Program
HAIDEH SALEHI-ESFAHANI, Senior Lecturer, Economics
GUNTIS SMIDCHENS, Assistant Professor, Scandinavian Studies
JAROSLAVA SOLDANOVA, Lecturer, Slavic Languages and Literature
JUDITH A. THORNTON, Professor, Economics
AUSRA VALANCIAUSKIENE, Affiliate Professor, Scandinavian Studies
SIMON WERRETT, Associate Professor, History
JAMES D. WEST, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literature
SOPHIA WILSON, Lecturer, Political Science
GLENNYS YOUNG, Professor, JSIS and History
VALENTINA ZAITSEVA, Lecturer, Slavic Languages and Literatures
CRAIG ZUMBRUNNEN, Professor, Geography

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African Studies Program
University of Washington
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Associate Professor, School of Law

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