Undergraduate Programs

Russia, East Europe and Central Asia Studies – Minor

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Minor in Russia, East Europe and Central Asia Studies 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

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.


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

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Revised 2/26/2014

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