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Russian and Eastern European Area Studies Program

Established at Saint Louis University in 1968, the Russian and East European studies program offers an interdisciplinary minor about the former U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe.

The program can prepare you for graduate study and international careers. It can also offer students with roots in the region an understanding of their heritage and provides knowledge of an important and rapidly changing part of the world.

Learn more about the minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies

You must demonstrate proficiency in Russian or another language of the region and take 12 hours of specified courses in language, history and political science. The minor also requires an additional 12 hours of electives in the field.

Students typically combine this minor with majors such as Russian studies, international studies, political science, history, mathematics and statistics, biology or business. The program frequently sponsors lectures, exhibits and other events.

Career Possibilities

Graduates with a minor in Russian and Eastern European Area studies from SLU have gone on to positions with the National Security Agency, the CIA and United States military intelligence. Other possible job opportunities include becoming a Russian teacher, Slavic librarian or an international business person or lawyer.

Our graduates have also gone on to continue their studies at Columbia University, Ohio State University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, the University of Illinois and the Defense Language Institute. Others have earned Fulbright Scholarships or an IREX grant in Russia or Eastern Europe.