Requirements

The Supplementary Major in Russian and East European Studies

The supplementary major in Russian and East European Studies is designed to give students with an interest in Russia and Eastern Europe an interdisciplinary introduction to the region that supplements their primary disciplinary major. The supplementary major requires:

  • three semesters (11 credits) of college-level Russian language (or another East European language, with the approval of the DUS);
  • five courses (15 credits) in Russian and East European area studies at the 30000 or 40000 level, taken in residence at Notre Dame and distributed across at least three academic disciplines (literature, film, history, political science, theology, music, anthropology, etc.);
  • two additional courses (6 credits), one or both of which may be EITHER (a) Russian and East European area studies at the 30000 or 40000 level, OR (b) Russian language at the Intermediate II level or above. (Students who place higher than Beginning Russian II upon entering Notre Dame will be required to choose option b and take at least two Russian language courses toward the REES supplementary major); and
  • EITHER (c) an additional course (3 credits) in Russian language or in Russian and East European area studies at the 30000 or 40000 level, plus a 5-page paper submitted to the DUS by Nov. 1 of the senior year (this paper should reflect on the interdisciplinary connections among the different courses the student has taken and still plans to take for the major), OR (d) a substantial senior essay (3 credits) completed in the fall semester of the senior year under the guidance of a Russian and East European Studies faculty member (a 3.5 minimum GPA in the REES supplementary major and approval of the DUS are required in order for a student to elect this option; a proposal, bibliography, and thesis statement must be submitted to the DUS and faculty advisor by April 1 of the previous semester).

The Minor in Russian and East European Studies

The Minor in Russian and East European Studies is designed to give students with an interest in Russia and Eastern Europe an interdisciplinary introduction to the region. The minor requires:

  • completion of Beginning Russian I and II (or another East European language, with the approval of the DUS);
  • four courses (12 credits) in Russian and East European area studies at the 30000 or 40000 level, taken in residence at Notre Dame and distributed across at least three academic disciplines (literature, film, history, political science, theology, music, anthropology, etc.); and
  • EITHER (a) one additional course (3 credits) in Russian and East European area studies at the 30000 or 40000 level, OR (b) one additional semester (3 credits) of Russian (or another approved East European language) at the 20000 level or above. (Students who place higher than Beginning Russian II upon entering Notre Dame will be required to choose option b.)