BA Degree Program Description
Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the bachelor's level is a degree track within the European Studies Major. REECAS provides interdisciplinary coverage of Russia, East Europe and Central Asia, an area about which the University offers a particularly wide range of undergraduate courses. This interdisciplinary approach allows students a great deal of flexibility in designing a course of study to meet their career goals. Each student's academic program combines instruction in Russian, an East European language, or a Central Asian language with interdisciplinary area training. The curriculum encompasses courses in many academic departments, including Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Economics, Geography, History, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Political Science, Scandinavian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures and Sociology; in the Schools of Business Administration, Law, Marine Affairs and Public Affairs; and the College of Education. The program is especially strong in the social sciences, history and languages. The social science faculty offers a wide variety of courses, many of which are rarely found elsewhere. In addition, internationally recognized historians offer courses in the social, intellectual and political histories of the region in all eras.
Language instruction is offered on a regular basis through the advanced level in Russian and most of the major modern languages of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Often it is possible to arrange independent study in relevant languages that are not regularly offered. Intensive programs offer the opportunity to do a full year's language work during summer quarter.
Both the Center for West European Studies and the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies provide students with a stimulating environment that extends far beyond the classroom. They sponsor and co-sponsor conferences, seminars, public lectures and cultural events, bringing to campus specialists from all parts of the world. Students also are encouraged to participate in various community programs involving Russian, East European and Central Asian history, culture and current affairs.
In addition to the European Studies minimum requirements, all students in the program must fulfill existing College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements. For more specific information about degree requirements, you can pick up a copy of the brochure for the REECAS undergraduate track of European Studies in the Ellison Center office (Thomson 203) or the Jackson School Student Services office (Thomson 111).
UW undergraduates and (non-REECAS MA) graduate students may subscribe to the REECAS-UW listserv to learn more about events, programs, visitors, or other information about the former USSR and Eastern Europe.
Scott Radnitz, Director and Chair
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