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Russian and Eastern European Area Studies (Minor)

Saint Louis University’s minor in Russian and Eastern European area studies offers an interdisciplinary examination of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. It combines language, literature, history, philosophy, politics and other subjects.

SLU's Russian and East European area studies program, established in 1968, can prepare you for graduate study and careers in the field. The minor helps those from the region understand their heritage, and provides all students an interdisciplinary understanding of an important and rapidly changing part of the world.

If you choose to minor in Russian and Eastern European area studies at SLU, you’ll achieve proficiency in Russian and can study other Slavic languages. You’ll also enjoy guest speakers, exhibits and other extracurricular activities focused on Eastern Europe.

Students must take 12 hours of specified courses in language, history and political science, plus 12 hours of electives in the field.

Highlighted Courses

Required courses:

  • RUSS 3050: Russian Conversation
  • HIST 3160: History of Eastern Europe
  • HIST 3290: History of Russia since 1905
  • POL 2530: Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics


  • HIST 3030: History of the Byzantine Empire
  • HIST 3250: The World in Conflict since 1945
  • HIST 3280: History of Russia to 1905
  • HIST 3550: U.S. Diplomatic History since 1945
  • PHIL 4740: Philosophy of Karl Marx
  • POL 2540: Ethnicity and Internal War
  • POL 3500: Russian Political Culture
  • POL 3510: Rebirth of Democracy
  • POL 3520: Communism
  • POL 3530: Comparative Revolutions
  • RUSS 3100: Oral and Written Proficiency in Russian I
  • RUSS 3150: Oral and Written Proficiency in Russian II
  • RUSS 3250: Russian Culture and Civilization
Internships and Careers

Students with a minor in Russian and European studies from SLU have worked for the NSA, CIA, in military intelligence and at other federal agencies. They also work as teachers of Russian in the United States, as teachers of English in Russia and Eastern Europe, as Slavic librarians and in business. Other alumni have won Fulbright and other scholarships for graduate study.

  • Daniel L. Schlafly Jr., Ph.D
  • Yelena Belyaeva-Standen, Ph.D.
  • Elizabeth Blake, Ph.D.
  • Ellen Carnaghan, Ph.D.
  • Monica Eppinger, J. D., Ph.D.
  • Irma Kuljanishvili, Ph.D.
  • Zdenko Mandušić
  • David T. Murphy, Ph.D.
  • Bruce O’Neill, Ph.D.
Tuition and Fees

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For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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