Russian & East European Studies - Requirements
To earn an 18-credit Russian and East European studies minor, students complete 6 3-credit courses. 5 of these courses, from a range of 7 disciplines, must be exclusively or substantially concerned with Russia and/or Eastern Europe. At least 3 different disciplines must be represented. The final course, RES 310 Capstone Seminar: Current Topics in Russia and Eastern Europe, is required of all minors in their junior or senior year. This seminar is either team-taught by a rotating group of faculty from several disciplines, or is an independent project with a faculty advisor.
Independent study and internships are encouraged, and can be substituted for any course with the approval of appropriate faculty and the program director. Students are also encouraged to apply for a junior semester or year abroad in Russia or Central or Eastern Europe from a wide range of affiliated programs, including American Councils (St. Petersburg), the Consortium on International Educational Exchange (Prague, Budapest, St. Petersburg, Yaroslavl, and Fairfield's own programs at St. Petersburg's Herzen University), the St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance, Pomor University (Arkangelsk), Cherepovets State University (Cherepovets), or Immanuel Kant University (Kaliningrad).