Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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CAESAR Programs Advising
Institute of Arts and Humanities
Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 1105
(858) 534-4551

All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) is an interdisciplinary program that provides a broad range of courses in the history, language, literature, and social and political life of Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and former Soviet Eurasia. This region, which spans half the earth’s time zones, is positioned at the crossroads between East and West. The region has undergone numerous political, social, economic, and cultural changes, especially since the end of the Soviet Union. The program is designed both for students of Russian who do not wish to restrict their Russian studies to literature, and students interested in studying the culture and history of the broad region from the Balkans to the Northern Steppes of Central Asia. The REEES program at UC San Diego consists of faculty members from across disciplines, and offers majors and minors that include courses in literature, history, communication, film, linguistics, sociology, and political science. Students are encouraged to pursue an independent study project with a faculty mentor in an area that directly interests them, and to take advantage of UC San Diego’s study abroad program.

The Minor

The minor consists of seven courses, at least four of which must be upper division. In addition, there must be at least one course each from two of the three following areas: literature, history, and social science. No more than three of the seven courses may be language courses. Knowledge of Russian or another language from the region is not a requirement for the minor, but it is strongly recommended.

The Major

The major requires a study of the Russian language. It consists of LTRU 1A-B-C (First-Year Russian), LTRU 2A-B (Second-Year Russian), or their equivalent, and a minimum of twelve upper-division courses. All students are required to take three Advanced Practicum courses in Russian, LTRU 104A-B-C; three Russian literature courses, LTRU 110A-B-C (Survey of Russian Literature in Translation), or other literature courses focusing on the broader region of Eastern Europe and Eurasia (a fourth quarter of LTRU 104 may fulfill this requirement). In addition, students will take two Russian, Eurasian, or East European history courses (HIEU), and four REEES elective courses of the student’s choice in any department.

Students in the major are encouraged to participate in the Education Abroad Program (EAP) in Russia and to investigate other options for foreign study through the Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP). By petition, credits earned through EAP/OAP can fulfill UC San Diego degree and major requirements. Please visit the website at for further details.


Many courses not listed below can count toward the major or minor by petition. Please see the course instructor and the REEES program adviser for information about how to petition a course.


LTRU 1A-B-C. First-year Russian (4-4-4)

LTRU 2A-B-C. Second-year Russian (4-4-4)

LTRU 104A-B-C. Advanced Practicum in Russian (4-4-4)

LTRU 110A-B-C. Survey of Russian and Soviet Literature in Translation (4-4-4)

LTRU 123. Single Author in Russian Literature in Translation (4)

LTRU 150. Russian Culture (4)

LTRU 198. Directed Group Study (4)

LTRU 199. Special Studies (2 or 4)


HIEU 134. The Formation of the Russian Empire, 800–1855 (4)

HIEU 146. Fascism, Communism 1919–1945 (4)

HIEU 152. Everyday Life in Authoritarian and Dictatorial Societies (4)

HIEU 156. History of the Soviet Union, 1905–1991 (4)

HIEU 157. Religion and the Law in Modern European History (4)

HIEU 171/271. History of Socialism: Theory and Practice (4)

HIEU 178. Soviet History (4)

HIEU 184. Yugoslavia: Before, During, and After (4)


LIDS 19. Directed Study Language (Czech, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovenian) (2 or 4)


(Course offerings vary by quarter and can be counted toward the REEES major or minor by petition.)


COMM 104E. Comparing Media Systems: Europe (4)

Political Science

POLI 126A/B. Economics and Development of Eastern Europe (4)

POLI 130AA. The Soviet Successor States (4)

POLI 130B. The Soviet State and Society (4)

POLI 130AC. Seminar: Post-Soviet Politics (4)

POLI 130AD. The Politics of the Russian Revolution (4)

POLI 142Q. The Cold War (4)