Bachelor of the Arts


Admission Criteria

Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies has no special admissions procedures for undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to declare a major in REES.

Our minor program is open to any student in good standing in the College. To be successful in upper-level coursework, prospective majors should complete the first two years of language study with strong grades.

Degree Requirements

Successful REES majors will complete 30 credit hours of REES language and area studies electives. The 30 credit hours are broken down as follows: 1 advanced level REES-area language course (3CR); 1 intro to REES (3CR); 2 methodology seminars (6CR); 6 area studies electives (18CR).

To be REES-approved, at least 25% of the course must focus on the REES world area. A list of REES-approved courses is published on the CREES website at the beginning of each enrollment period. Talk with your advisor about which REES courses best fit your personal interests and future career goals.

Out of the 18CR of area studies electives, 12CR should be upper-level courses (300-level or higher). At least one (3CR) of these electives should be taken from the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at 500-level or above, and involve the use of a REES language.

REES majors are encouraged to pursue double majors. Of the 30 required credit hours for the REES major, 15 may overlap with another major. While the REES major can be paired with any other major of minor available on the KU campus, the most common double majors are with Global & International Studies (GIST), Slavic Languages & Literatures (SLAV), and Political Sciences (POLS).

REES majors must complete at least 1 advanced level REES-area language course.

The following REES languages are offered at KU: Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Tajik/Farsi, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uyghur and Yiddish.

REES majors have two options for an introductory REES course. Both options meet KU Core Goal 4.2 and have Honors Sections available:

  • REES 110: Understanding Russia and Eastern Europe (Fall Semester)
  • REES 220: Societies and Cultures of Eurasia (Spring Semester)

REES majors are required to take 6 REES-approved area studies electives. At least 1 course (3CR) should be taken from each of the following geographic areas:

  • Russia and Eastern Europe
  • South and Central Europe
  • Central Eurasia

At least 1 course (3CR) should be taken in each of the following disciplinary tracks:

  • Arts, Culture & Religion
  • History
  • Social Sciences

REES majors are required to take 2 methodology seminars, which will prepare them to research and write a final paper utilizing the student's advanced REES-area language skills. The methodology seminars develop professional skills in research methodologies, topical analysis, use of foreign language resources, and communication.

  • REES 492: Research Methods (Fall Semester)
  • REES 496: Capstone Research Seminar (Spring Semester)

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