Undergraduate Programs

Russia, East Europe and Central Asia Studies Minor

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Minor in Russia, East Europe and Central Asia Studies Studies

30 credits with at least 15 credits at 300 level or above, to include:

  1. JSIS A 301 – Europe Today (5 credits);
  2. A modern REECAS survey course (see list below)
  3. 20 credits from the elective list (see below)
  4. A minimum of 15 credits to be completed at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus
  5. Coursework must represent at least three departments
  6. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required in all courses that apply to the minor.

* Optional Language Credit: Students are encouraged to study relevant a REECAS language. A maximum of 10 total credits of language study from the second year or higher can count toward the minor electives.

* Optional Experiential Learning Credit: Students are encouraged to participate in service learning and study abroad programs (see a JSIS Adviser for pre-approval)

Russia, East Europe and Central Asia Studies Studies Courses

Quarterly 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 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.

JSIS & Affiliate Russia, East Europe and Central Asia Studies Studies Faculty

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Revised 2/26/2014

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