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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.

Upcoming Events

Russia Beyond Putin: Conversation with the Enemy
  • Real perspectives from real Russian people about current events in Russia and abroad
  • No politicized media messages or propaganda

Monday, April 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Center for Global Citizenship, Room 124

World Cup 2018: Russia on the World Stage

Wednesday, April 11
5:10-6:30 p.m.
Busch Student Center, Room 253C

This roundtable panel will discuss the upcoming FIFA World Cup competition in Russia as a cultural event with significant international
implications. We will consider the practical details of the World Cup,
the cities and regions where the games will take place, as well as the
social and political questions surrounding the tournament.

Sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures,
The Russian Program, and the Russian and Eastern European Area Studies
Program (REEAS).

Health is a Human Right: This Offer is Subject to Geographic and Economic Limitations

Friday, April 13
3-4 p.m.
Center for Global Citizenship, Room124

Using tuberculosis treatment in Romania as a case study,  Jonathan Stillo, M.D., a medical anthropologist and an assistant professor at Wayne State University, will discuss how medically curable diseases become “socially incurable.” The paper is based upon more than five years of field research in a Romanian TB sanatorium.

Sponsored by the Russian and East European Studies (REEAS) Program and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.