Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Graduate Minor

for the Graduate Minor in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

director of center and graduate studies: John Randolph


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department faculty: REEEC Faculty

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department office: 104 International Studies Building, 910 South Fifth Street, Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-1244

About the Minor

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies graduate minor is designed for M.A. or Ph.D. students in other disciplines who wish to complement their degree program with interdisciplinary study of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. A program of study can be tailored to the needs and interests of the individual student in consultation with Center staff; for admission to the program contact the Center.

Graduate Degree Programs in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center offers a two-year program of language and area studies courses leading to an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree. The program is designed to meet the needs of students proceeding to disciplinary-based doctoral work and those planning non-academic professional careers with area expertise. Programs offered by the Center:

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, MA

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Minor

Balkan Studies Minor

Joint Degree in Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, MA and Library & Information Science, MS


Prospective graduate students should have completed at least two years of Russian or another language of Eastern Europe or Eurasia. Applicants must submit the Graduate College application for admission, certified transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal, quantitative, and written), three letters of reference, and a writing sample. International students must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. All applicants must meet the requirements of the Graduate College. Admission is ordinarily in the fall semester, but occasional exceptions are made for spring and summer admission.

Faculty Research Interests

The faculty affiliated with the Center represent a broad range of interests and methodological approaches in the social sciences and the humanities, as well as the professional schools.

Facilities and Resources

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center was founded in 1959 and designated a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education. It serves as an intellectual and institutional hub for the University community and the public through conferences, lectures, colloquia, visiting scholars, study groups, exhibits, films, and other activities.

The annual Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia features special workshops, seminars, lectures, films, and other events, most of which are free and open to the public.

The International and Area Studies Library at the University of Illinois has one of the country's three outstanding Slavic library collections. The Slavic Reference Service serves all faculty and students with expert bibliographers.

Language training is provided by the Departments of Germanic Languages & Literatures, Linguistics, and Slavic Languages & Literatures  in:

  • Bulgarian
  • Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
  • Czech
  • Old Church Slavonic
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Yiddish

Financial Aid

Financial aid is awarded on an academic-year basis. All fellowships and assistantships include a stipend plus tuition and fee waiver. Qualified incoming students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents should also apply for U.S. Department of Education Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships offered through REEEC or other FLAS-granting campus centers. 

Qualified students may also be eligible for other fellowships at the campus or departmental level. A limited number of teaching and graduate assistantships, which include a tuition and fee waiver, may also be available to outstanding students through REEEC and other units.The Graduate College maintains a list of available assistantships; additional information on need-based financial aid may be obtained from the Graduate College Fellowships Office

for the Graduate Minor in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Programs and the Graduate College Handbook

IS 530Collection Development (Section C: REEES Bibliog Research Methods)2 or 4
or REES 550 Seminar in REEE Studies
Electives (4 hours at the 500 level) At least 8 graduate hours that relate to Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia chosen from the list of approved courses maintained by REEEC and taken outside the student's enrolling department.8
Language Requirement: A minimum of two years or equivalent college-level study of a language of the area. For professional work in the region or scholarly research on area topics at least three years of relevant language study are recommended.
Students must also submit a research paper primarily on the region.
Total Hours10-12

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
If students take both IS 530C and REES 550, credit for one may be applied to the elective requirement.
A research paper primarily on the region. Typically this paper is written in a research seminar in a disciplinary department. A master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation can be submitted in lieu of the research paper, if it deals primarily with the region. Students are encouraged to present their work in a public forum at the University, such as the REEEC Noontime Scholars lecture series.