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The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REES) graduate certificate is a 12-credit hour program designed for graduate students in CLAS departments and in professional schools who for a variety of reasons are unable to enroll in a full-length M.A. Degree. The certificate program helps such students develop context-based interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise of the REES area, and allows for that expertise to be officially recognized on the students’ KU transcript, enhancing the graduates’ career opportunities.

As a prerequisite to beginning the certificate course sequence, students need to demonstrate a working knowledge of a REES-area language equivalent of at least 2 years of university study.

Program of study:

The CREES graduate certificate involves a 12-credit hour course sequence (four 3-credit hour courses).

  • Two mandatory courses: the methodology seminars, REES 898 and REES 899.
  • REES 898 is taken during the student’s first semester, as it lays out the foundation for interdisciplinary area studies in REES.
  • REES 899 is taken during the student’s last semester or earlier, but following the completion of the elective courses. In REES 899, the student identifies an original research topic, and under the professor’s supervision, produces a capstone paper, a part of which is a working bibliography which includes both English and foreign-language sources. REES 899 is used to demonstrate student knowledge of area studies content and methodology, and the capstone paper is the primary outcome of this course.
  • Two electives: Must be chosen from a list of REES-themed offerings from two different disciplines, of which one can overlap with the coursework taken by the student in his or her home department. The courses must be 500-level or higher and have at least 50% REES content.
  • Certificate recipients must demonstrate REES-area language proficiency equivalent to at least two years of study.


Current Students:

Current graduate students wishing to enroll in REES Graduate Certificate program will need to apply through the Graduate School. The application process entails completing the online application, paying a $30.00 application fee, and submitting materials required for the REES Certificate:

  • A letter stating your interest in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; 
  • A copy of KU Advising Report.

Non-KU Students:

Students who are not currently enrolled at KU must submit the following materials:

  • A letter stating your interest in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • An official copy of your college transcript. Transcripts should be sent electronically to graduateadm@ku.edu or mailed to Graduate Admissions, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Strong Hall 313, Lawrence KS 66045


Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 320
Lawrence, KS 66045-7574
Phone: (785) 864-4236
Fax:(785) 864-3800
Email: crees@ku.edu

For more information about admission requirements and materials go to: www.crees.ku.edu

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