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Russian and East European Area Studies, Minor

Saint Louis University's Russian and East European area studies minor provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe, combining language, literature, politics, history, theology and other subjects.


Daniel L. Schlafly, Jr.

Curriculum Overview

Students earn a minor in addition to one or more departmental majors and are prepared for careers in government, business, and academic fields, as well as for graduate study in the field.

Required Courses12
HIST 3160
Eastern Europe
HIST 3290
Russia Since 1905
POLS 2530
Soviet and Post Soviet Politics
RUSS 3000/4000
Russian Language Course 1
Elective Courses12
Select four courses with the Russ/Eastern Euro Area attribute, such as:
HIST 3030
The Byzantine World: Faith and Power in a Thousand-Year Empire
HIST 3140
Twentieth Century Europe: Era of World Wars, 1914-1945
HIST 3250
World in Conflict Since 1945
HIST 3280
Russia to 1905
PHIL 4740
Philosophy of Karl Marx
POLS 1540
Blood and Money: Ethnic War
POLS 4500
Russian Political Culture
POLS 3520
Communism, Capitalism and Social Justice
RUSS 3010
Oral and Written Proficiency in Russian I
RUSS 3020
Oral and Written Proficiency in Russian II
RUSS 3060
Russian Readings & Digital Resources in Cultural Contexts
RUSS 3200
Saints and Sinners in Russian Literature and Film: 19 c.
RUSS 3250
Russia From Peter to Putin: Imperial, Soviet, and Post-Soviet Culture
RUSS 3330
Lev Tolstoy: Writer, Soldier, Lover, Activist
RUSS 3350
Chekhov as Dramatist: Performance, Adaptations, and Intermedial Transpositions
RUSS 3360
In Prisons Dark: Confinement Literature in the Russian and Soviet Empires
RUSS 3440
Art, Media, & Power in Post-Soviet Russia
RUSS 3930
Special Topics
RUSS 4400
Pragmatics of Conversation
RUSS 4510
The Russian Orthodox
Total Credits24

RUSS 2010 Intermediate Russian: Language and Culture (0,3 cr) is a prerequisite requirement.

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a 2.30 minimum cumulative GPA in Russian East European area studies coursework in order to continue in the minor.