Program in Russian and East European Studies

Program in Russian and East European Studies

Co-Directors: Associate Professor Alyssa Gillespie (Russian Language and Literature) and Associate Professor Semion Lyandres (History)


Students can complete either a supplementary major or a minor in Russian and East European Studies to gain valuable interdisciplinary training that complements their major field. The program enriches their understanding of this rapidly changing and strategically important region of the world through a robust offering of courses in language, literature, history, politics, art, anthropology, film, music, and economics, while also encouraging firsthand experience of the area through study abroad during a summer or semester. 

Extracurricular offerings

Throughout the academic year, the Program in Russian and East European Studies sponsors a full slate of cultural activities--including film series, concerts, and visits to off-campus musical events and art exhibits--that allow students to expand their knowledge of the region beyond the scope of their coursework. In addition, the Russian and East European Studies lecture series brings nationally and internationally renowned scholars to campus to share their latest research in fields pertinent to the minor; these lectures are tailored to the undergraduate audience and often tie in closely with courses currently being taught or program-sponsored cultural events. Russian and East European Studies also cooperates closely with the Russian Club and the Department of German and Russian to sponsor a monthly Russian language table.

Click here for the current semester's listing of approved events for the REES cultural enrichment course (RU 47100).

Library archival holdings

A partnership between Russian and East European Studies faculty and the Rare Books and Special Collections Department of Hesburgh Library has resulted in a rapidly growing collection of archival materials related to Russian and Eastern European history, literature, and culture. These materials are available to both students and faculty for research. Click here for more information on these unique collections.