Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, MA

for the degree of Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies


director of center and graduate studies: John Randolph

email: reec@illinois.edu


department website: https://reeec.illinois.edu/

department faculty: REEEC Faculty


overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


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

phone: (217) 333-1244


About the Major

Electives outside Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies should complement the student's core courses, research, and professional interests. A master's thesis or major research paper is required, to be based on research using primary sources, including sources in the language used to meet the competency requirement. 


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


Admission

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 degree of Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies


Electives outside Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies should complement the student's core courses, research, and professional interests. A master's thesis or major research paper is required, to be based on research using primary sources, including sources in the language used to meet the competency requirement.

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

Thesis Option

REES 550Seminar in REEE Studies4
IS 530Collection Development (Section C: REEES Bibliog Research Methods)4
Core courses in Russian, East European, or Eurasian studies (4 hours at the 500 level, exclusive of REES 599), selected from the list of approved courses, found on the Course List tab, and including coursework earned in at least three disciplines outside REEES. Up to 8 hours of REES 599 (Thesis Research) may count toward the 24 hour core.24
Electives, at least one at the 500 level. 6
Language Requirement: third-year competency in Russian or another language of Eastern Europe or Eurasia. Language courses cannot count toward the 24 hour core, but those taken beyond the third-year requirement can count as electives. Approved language courses that focus on literature (see list maintained by REEEC) may also meet the core or elective requirement.
REES 599Thesis Research8
Total Hours38

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Minimum GPA: 3.25

Non-Thesis Option

REES 550Seminar in REEE Studies4
IS 530Collection Development (Section C: REEES Bibliog Research Methods)4
Core courses in Russian, East European, or Eurasian studies (4 hours at the 500 level), selected from the list of approved courses, found on the Course List tab, and including coursework earned in at least three disciplines outside REEES.24
Electives, at least one at the 500 level. 6
Language Requirement: third-year competency in Russian or another language of Eastern Europe or Eurasia. Language courses cannot count toward the 24 hour core, but those taken beyond the third-year requirement can count as electives. Approved language courses that focus on literature (see list maintained by REEEC) may also meet the core or elective requirement.
Total Hours38

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Minimum GPA: 3.25

The requirement for Core courses in Russian, East European, or Eurasian studies can be met by selecting from the list of approved courses maintained by REEEC, shown below.  Coursework must be earned in at least three disciplines outside REEES. For students writing a thesis, up to 8 hours of REES 599 (Thesis Research) may count toward the 24 hour core. 

The requirement for Core courses in Russian, East European, or Eurasian studies can be met by selecting from the list of approved courses maintained by REEEC, shown below.  Coursework must be earned in at least three disciplines outside REEES. For students writing a thesis, up to 8 hours of REES 599 (Thesis Research) may count toward the 24 hour core.

ANTH 488Modern Europe4
ARTH 541Seminar in Modern Art4
CWL 436Problems of Polish Literature3 or 4
CWL 440Russian Culture Studies3 or 4
CWL 444Problems in Romanticism3 or 4
CWL 445Problems in Realism3 or 4
CWL 453Slavic Cultural Studies3 or 4
CWL 457Russian Modernism3 or 4
HIST 439The Ottoman Empire2 to 4
HIST 461Russia- Peter the Great to Rev2 to 4
HIST 462Soviet Union Since 19172 to 4
HIST 466The Balkans3 or 4
HIST 467Eastern Europe3 or 4
HIST 560Problems in Russian History4
HIST 561Research Seminar: Russia4
MACS 410Media Ethics3 or 4
MACS 419Russian & East European Film3 or 4
POL 446Problems of Polish Literature3 or 4
PS 546Comparative Political Behavior4
REES 477Post-Communist Fiction3 or 4
REES 493Honors Senior Thesis3
REES 495Senior Seminar3
REES 496Topics in REEE Studies3 or 4
REES 550Seminar in REEE Studies4
REES 590Individual Study or Research1 to 8
REES 596Topics in REEE Studies4
REES 599Thesis Research0 to 8
RST 530Critical Issues Tourism Mgt4
RUSS 41818th Century Literature3 or 4
RUSS 424Russian Modernism3 or 4
RUSS 438Modern Russian Poetry3 or 4
RUSS 444Problems in Romanticism3 or 4
RUSS 445Problems in Realism3 or 4
RUSS 460Russian Culture Studies3 or 4
RUSS 461Russia and the Other3 or 4
RUSS 465Russian-Jewish Culture3 or 4
RUSS 466Russian Women's Writing3 or 4
RUSS 474Russian Translation3 or 4
RUSS 511Russian Literature 1800-18554
RUSS 512Russian Literature 1855-19054
RUSS 520Russian Writers4
RUSS 521Gogol4
RUSS 522Dostoevsky4
RUSS 523Tolstoy4
RUSS 524Pushkin4
RUSS 535Nabokov4
SLAV 41711th-17thC Russ Lit & Lang3 or 4
SLAV 418Language & Minorities in Europe3 or 4
SLAV 419Russian & East European Film3 or 4
SLAV 430History of Translation3 or 4
SLAV 452Slavic Cultural Studies3 or 4
SLAV 477Post-Communist Fiction3 or 4
SLAV 525Problems in Slavic Literature4
SLAV 576Methods in Slavic Grad Study4
SLAV 591Individual Topics1 to 8
UKR 498Problems in Ukrainian Lit3 or 4