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To GIST Majors:

The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies offers a range of options to supplement a GIST degree. REES courses are a great way to make yourself more attractive to future employers, who are interested in graduates with both transnational expertise and in-depth area knowledge. Our flexible programs allow you to “double up” on some coursework that will count towards both GIST and REES requirements, making graduation a breeze!

In addition, joining the REES community comes with other advantages, such as networking opportunities, brownbag lectures, conferences, workshops, and fellowship and scholarship opportunities. We are a friendly crowd and we throw great parties each semester. Check out our Facebook page!

As a GIST major or minor, you can:

  • Fulfill your regional expertise requirements through REES! 
  • Add a REES minor 
  • Double or co-major in REES and your major department, such as GIST 

Fulfill your regional expertise requirements through REES!

Both the GIST major and minor have regional expertise requirements, and you can fulfill those requirements by enrolling in REES courses. For the GIST major, you need three regional expertise courses; for the minor, you need two. Click here for a list of REES-approved courses.

There is a distinct advantage to choosing REES as your area of regional expertise, since it will make you an attractive candidate for both government and non-government organizations who would like to employ individuals with knowledge of this strategic area of the world. While the GIST degree prepares you for global and international careers, REES coursework will allow you to demonstrate focused area proficiency and to stand out of the crowd.

In fact, the more area studies courses you take, the better equipped for those jobs you will be. If you are adding REES as your area of regional expertise, consider going for the REES minor.

Adding a REES Minor

Adding a REES minor is easy! This minor, like others across campus, consists of 18 hours of study. You will need to take one of the following core courses:

In addition, you need to take 15 other credit hours (five 3hr courses). At least 12 credit hours should be at the 300-level of above. One course (3hrs) can overlap between your major or minor in GIST, and the REES minor. If you have studied a REES language, up to 3 credit hours of language at any level can be counted towards the minor.

(You can also check out our Minor page)

Becoming a REES co-major

REES co-major is a program of 30 credit hours total, but 15 of those credit hours can overlap with another major, such as the GIST major.

  • Language: one of the most important tools for your future career is foreign language. A knowledge of a strategically important language is in high demand by employers, and acquiring it will make you more competitive. To graduate with the REES co-major, you will need to take 3 credit hours of advanced language in one of the following languages taught at KU: BCS, Czech, Polisy, Russian, Slovene, Tajik, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uyghur, and Yiddish.
  • You will take 3 of the following required courses in REES (9 credit hours total): 
  1. 110/111 Understanding Russia and Eastern Europe OR REES 220/221 Societies and Cultures of Eurasia
  2. REES 492: Capstone Seminar I
  3. REES 496: Capstone Seminar II

Literature and the Arts
Political Science
Philosophy and Religion
Economics, Business, Geography

A REES advisor is always ready to help you with following these requirements and making a graduation plan.

(You can also check out our Co-Major page)

Undergraduate Advising

Thinking about a REES major or minor? Good choice! To fill out the necessary paperwork and learn more about how an undergraduate degree in REES fits into your overall KU education, contact:

Academic Advisor
Laura Leonard

CREES Assistant Director & Undergraduate Advisor
Justyna Beinek

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