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Minor in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

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Minor in Russia, East Europe and Central Asia Studies

The REECAS Minor requires 30 credits as follows:

  • [5 credits]      JSIS 301 “Europe Today”  OR  JSIS 201 “The Makings of the 21st Century”
  • [25 credits]   Five courses from the elective list
    • with at least 15 credits at 300 level or above
    • 15 of these credits must be JSIS or cross-listed with JSIS. For example, “JSIS A 444/HSTEU 444 Imperial Russia from 1700 to 1900.”
    • Up to 10 credits of language study from the second year or higher can count toward the Minor’s elective courses.
    • Special Topics courses can also count toward the Minor’s elective courses
  • Minimum grade of 2.0 required in each course applied toward the minor.

Joni Marts is the undergraduate advisor and can be reached at jmarts@uw.edu. Her office is in Thomson 111c.

Why do the REECAS Undergraduate Minor?

Minors offer students an opportunity to explore a department or interdisciplinary theme, while requiring less time commitment than a major. Whereas a major requires at least 50 credits, most minors require far fewer. A minor serves as a wonderful complement to many majors and the REECAS Minor allows students to add an international element to their UW degree. The REECAS minor is also a great way for the children of immigrants from the REECAS region to learn more about their ancestral homelands.

How do I declare a minor?

To declare a minor, meet with your major department adviser. Only the adviser in your major department may sign the form to declare a minor; this is to ensure students meet satisfactory progress requirements.

There are no deadlines for declaring minors, except that you cannot declare a minor after the deadline for applying to graduate. In other words, you cannot declare a minor after the third week of the quarter in which you intend to graduate.


Russia, East Europe and Central Asia Studies Studies Courses

Quarterly Course Lists

Past Course Lists

REECAS Minor Survey Courses:*

  • HSTEU 454 Baltic History
  • JSIS A  345 Baltic Cultures (joint with SCAND)
  • JSIS A  348 The EU as a Global Actor (joint with POL S)
  • JSIS A  418 Eastern Europe: Political Economy of the Region
  • JSIS A  420 Post-Soviet Security
  • JSIS A  430 Security Affairs of Russia & Eurasia
  • JSIS A  455 Baltic States since 1991
  • JSIS A  479 Central Asian Politics (joint with POL S )
  • JSIS D  445 Politics and Society in Eastern Europe
  • JSIS D  472 Peoples and Cultures of Central and Inner Asia
  • POL S   326 Scandinavia in World Affairs

* Also may be counted as REECAS elective if not applied to the REECAS survey requirement.

REECAS Minor Approved Electives:

  • ECON 490 Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECON 495 Economic Transformation of Russia and Eastern Europe
  • GEOG 433 Resource Use and Management in Russia and the Former Soviet Republics
  • HSTEU 445 Twentieth-Century Russia
  • HSTEU 451 East-Central Europe Since 1342
  • HSTEU 452 Eastern Europe since 1918
  • HSTEU 453 History of the Balkans 1400 to present
  • JSIS A 344 Baltic States & Scandinavia
  • JSIS A 379 Turkic Peoples of Central Asia
  • JSIS A 416 NATO
  • JSIS A 427 Anthropology of the Post-Soviet States
  • JSIS A 444 Imperial Russia:1700-1900
  • JSIS B 330 International Political Economy
  • JSIS B 332 Political Economy of International Trade and Finance
  • JSIS B 427 Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • JSIS B 436 Ethnic Politics & Nationalism in Multi-Ethnic Societies
  • JSIS B 440 History of Communism
  • NEAR E 363 Oral Literature of the Turkic Peoples of Central Asia
  • POL S 420 Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy
  • POL S 421 Relations Among Communist and Post-Communist States
  • POL S 441 Government and Politics of Russia
  • POL S 460 Political Economy of the European Union
  • POLSH 420 Polish Literature in English
  • RUS 430 Major Authors
  • RUSS 322 Russian Literature and Culture 1700 – 1900
  • RUSS 323 Russian Literature and Culture of the Twentieth Century
  • RUSS 324 Russian Folk Literature in English
  • RUSS 420 Topics in Russian Literature and Cultural History
  • RUSS 421 Post-Soviet Literary and Cultural Scene
  • RUSS 422 Russian Literature in Emigration and Exile
  • RUSS 423 Russian Film
  • RUSS 424 Topics in Ethnicity and Cultural Identity
  • RUSS 425 Russian Drama
  • RUSS 426 Russian Art and Architecture
  • RUSS 483 Russian Literature in Russia
  • RUSS 486 Culture in Russia
  • RUSS 490 Studies in Russian Literature
  • SLAV 320 The Other Europe: Post War World II East European Fiction
  • SLAV 323 Masterpieces of East European Cinema
  • SLAV 351 History of the Slavic Languages
  • SLAV 420 East European Literature
  • SLAV 423 East European Film
  • SLAV 470 Special Topics in Slavic Linguistics
  • SLAV 481 East European Languages in Eastern Europe
  • SLAV 483 East European Literature in Eastern Europe
  • SLAV 486 East European Culture in Eastern Europe

Plus these Topics courses when content is appropriate:

  • JSIS 479 Special Topics Jewish Studies (REECA topics only)
  • JSIS 488 Special Topics Europe (topics in Eastern Europe only)
  • JSIS 489 Special Topics REECA
  • JSIS 498 Readings in International Studies (when topic is REECA; limited to International Studies majors
  • JSIS A 302 European Politics & cultures (when topic is E Europe; priority to Euro Studies majors)
  • JSIS A 494 Euro studies Senior Seminar (when topic is E Europe; Priority to Euro Studies majors)

REECAS Minor Approved Language Electives (maximum 10 credits):

  • BCS 404 Second year BCS
  • BCS 405 Second year BCS
  • BCS 406 Second year BCS
  • BCS 410 Intensive third year BCS
  • CZECH 404 Second year CZECH
  • CZECH 405 Second year CZECH
  • CZECH 406 Second year CZECH
  • ESTO 201 Second year Estonian
  • ESTO 202 Second year Estonian
  • ESTO 203 Second year Estonian
  • ESTO 250 Intensive Intermediate Estonian
  • LATV 201 Second year Latvian
  • LATV 202 Second year Latvian
  • LATV 203 Second year Latvian
  • LATV 250 Intensive Intermediate Latvian
  • LITH 201 Second year Lithuanian
  • LITH 202 Second year Lithuanian
  • LITH 203 Second year Lithuanian
  • LITH 250 Intensive Intermediate Lithuanian
  • POLSH 404 Second year Polish
  • POLSH 405 Second year Polish
  • POLSH 406 Second year Polish
  • RUSS 201 Second year Russian
  • RUSS 202 Second year Russian
  • RUSS 203 Second year Russian
  • RUSS 250 Intensive second year Russian
  • RUSS 301 Third year Russian
  • RUSS 302 Third year Russian
  • RUSS 303 Third year Russian
  • RUSS 304 Readings and Translations
  • RUSS 313 Business Russian
  • RUSS 350 Intensive third year Russian
  • RUSS 401 Fourth year Russian
  • RUSS 402 Fourth year Russian
  • RUSS 403 Fourth year Russian
  • RUSS 450 Intensive fourth year Russian
  • RUSS 451 Structure of Russian
  • RUSS 481 Russian Language in Russian
  • RUSS 482 Research Project in Russian
  • TKIC 404 Intense Intermediate Uzbek
  • TKIC 405 Intensive Intermediate Uzbek
  • TKIC 405 Intensive Intermediate Kazak
  • TKIC 421 Intermediate Uzbek
  • TKIC 422 Intermediate Uzbek
  • TKIC 423 Intermediate Uzbek
  • TKIC 427 Intermediate Uygur
  • TKIC 428 Intermediate Uygur
  • TKIC 429 Intermediate Uygur
  • TKIC 437 Advanced Uygur
  • TKIC 438 Advanced Uygur

Course electives may change as new courses are added. Please contact the Jackson School Office of Academic Services for questions about courses that qualify.


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Revised 2/26/2014

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