Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Program in
Russian and East European Studies
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy
Director: Lee Metcalf (Social Sciences); Director of Internships and Professional Development: Na'ama Nagar (Political Science)
The interdisciplinary program in Russian and East European studies is an international area studies program that is designed to develop a student's competence in the language, history, culture, and contemporary political and economic setting of a particular country or cultural region. This area studies program is focused on Russia and Eastern Europe. A major or minor in this program serves the needs of: (1) general liberal arts students who wish to learn more about this important area of the world; (2) students who wish to pursue graduate work in this or related fields; and (3) students who seek employment in or related to Russia or Eastern Europe. The program combines area- or country- specific courses with more general comparative courses that provide students with the necessary intellectual tools, concepts, and theories to make sense out of their particular disciplinary concentrations. Students are to select language and thematic specializations in line with their intellectual interests and career goals and design their program of study around them.
Computer Skills Competency
All undergraduates at Florida State University must demonstrate basic computer skills competency prior to graduation. As necessary computer competency skills vary from discipline to discipline, each major determines the courses needed to satisfy this requirement. Undergraduate majors in Russian and East European studies satisfy this requirement by earning a grade of "C–" or higher in any course at FSU which meets the liberal studies computer competency designation, though it is strongly recommended that students take either CGS 2060 or CGS 2100 in order to satisfy this requirement.
Requirements for a Major in Russian and East European Studies
Students majoring in the program are to construct their study program around three components: (1) a language requirement, (2) area-specific course work, and (3) a concepts and theories tool requirement. EUS 2931 (Professional Development for Russian Eastern European Majors) is a required course for this program and counts towards total hour requirements. The total hour requirements for a major are thirty-six semester hours beyond the liberal studies requirements (with a grade of "C–" or better in each course). As an interdisciplinary program, no minor is required.
In addition to a 2.0 overall GPA, all students must meet "mapping" requirements. See https://www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/ for more information.
All students are required to complete relevant area language coursework to the intermediate level or demonstrate proficiency to the intermediate college level in Russian, German, Czech, Serbo-Croatian, or some other East European language (at 2200 level or equivalent course). Students will be encouraged to bring their chosen language up to an effective level of proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking by either taking additional course work on Florida State University's campus or by participating in a semester or summer abroad program in their relevant cultural area that is administered by, affiliated with, or approved by Florida State University, as such programs become available. To encourage the achievement of language proficiency, language coursework hours taken beyond the twelve semester hour minimum or demonstrated intermediate college-level proficiency will be counted toward the required thirty-six semester hours for the major.
Area Specific Course Requirement
Students are to select at least twenty-four semester hours of coursework from the approved area specific course list. Other special topic area-specific courses may be approved from time to time. Students are encouraged to view the term specific course lists posted on the International Studies Canvas site and available at the advising office in 105 Bellamy and the program office in 211 Bellamy.
Concepts and Theories Tool Requirement
Students are to take at least six semester hours of coursework from among the concepts and theories courses listed below. Students should select these courses with some care and in consultation with their academic advisor to meet the required prerequisites for some of the approved courses.
Additional Course Requirement
The remaining six credit hours may be selected from any approved Russian and East European Studies course and/or an approved internship (INR 4941).
While it is not required, students majoring in Russian and East European Studies are strongly encouraged to study abroad. The Summer programs in Croatia, Prague, and Russia offer relevant course work. See https://international.fsu.edu/ for more information on the various options available through Florida State International Programs.
Students should consult with the Russian and East European Studies Director about any other study abroad programs they wish to pursue. Coursework taken in overseas locations must be approved in advance for credit toward the major.
The Russian and East European Studies program encourages students to take advantage of internships with an area focus. Information on possible placements can be found on the International Studies Canvas site. All internships must be approved the semester before the internship takes place. See the Russian and East European Studies program advisor in 211 Bellamy for further information.
Honors in the Major
The Program in Russian and East European Studies offers honors in the major to encourage talented juniors and seniors to undertake independent and original work as part of the undergraduate experience. For requirements and other information, see the "University Honors Office and Honor Societies" chapter of this General Bulletin.
Majors in Russian and East European Studies may pursue a second major. When students pursue a second major they may count six semester hours of coursework toward both of their majors.
Minor in Russian and East European Studies
Students pursuing a minor in the program must complete eighteen semester hours of Russian and East European course work beyond the liberal studies requirement. In this case none of the broader concepts and theories courses will count toward the eighteen semester hour minimum. Students may select freely from all area specific courses. Modern language courses numbered above 2999 may count toward the minor. Nine of the eighteen hours must be numbered above 2999. A maximum combined total of six semester hours in internship or directed individual study may apply to the minor.
Note: Descriptions of specific courses can be found under the individual departments in which they are taught. In addition to the courses listed below, special topics courses may be approved by the program director in any particular term. These courses appear on the term course lists and are available at the International Studies Canvas Organization site, the advising office in 105 Bellamy, and the program office in 211 Bellamy.
Area Specific (twenty-four credit hours)
ARH 4450 Modern European Art: Post-Impressionism through Surrealism (3)
AMH 4511 Twentieth-Century United States Foreign Relations (3)
CPO 3101 European Union (1)
EUH 3205 19th-Century Europe: A Survey (3)
EUH 3206 20th-Century Europe: A Survey (3)
EUH 3551 Modern Poland (3)
EUH 3571 Russia to Nicholas I (3)
EUH 4241 The Holocaust in Historical Perspective (3)
EUH 4242 World War I: Europe 1900–1918 (3)
EUH 4282 Europe in the Cold War and Detente (3)
EUH 4331 East-Central Europe from 1815 to Present (3)
EUH 4332 Balkans Since 1700 (3)
EUH 4454 Napoleonic Europe, 1795–1815 (3)
EUH 4574 19th-Century Russia (3)
EUH 4576 20th-Century Russia (3)
GEA 4500 Europe (3)
GEA 4554 Russia and Southern Eurasia (3)
INR 4083 International Conflict (3)
PHP 3510 Introduction to Marxist Philosophy (3)
RUS 2330 Russian Grammar and Popular Culture (3)
RUS 3400 Russian Conversation and Composition (3)
RUS 3420 Russian Grammar and Composition (3)
RUS 4410 Advanced Russian Conversation and Composition (3)
RUS 4930r Special Topics (3)
RUT 3110 Russian Literature in English Translation (3)
RUT 3504 Modern Russian Life (3)
RUT 3505 Russian Culture and Civilization (3)
RUT 3514 Russian Folklore and Fairy Tales (3)
RUT 3523r Russian Cinema (3)
RUW 3100 Survey of Russian Literature I (3)
RUW 3101 Survey of Russian Literature II (3)
RUW 4470r Modern Russian Literature (3)
SLL 3500 Slavic Culture and Civilization (3)
SLL 3510 The Slavic Vampire (3)
WOH 4244 World War II (3)
Note: See course descriptions for required prerequisites.
Comparative Concepts and Theories (six credit hours)
Recommended Social Science prerequisite courses
CPO 2002 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3)
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
INR 2002 Introduction to International Relations (3)
Other Concepts and Theories
ANT 2410 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
ANT 3212 Peoples of the World (3)
ANT 3610 Language and Culture (3)
ANT 4241 Anthropology of Religion (3)
ARH 2000 Art, Architecture, and Artistic Vision (3)
ARH 3056 History and Criticism of Art I (3)
ARH 3057 History and Criticism of Art II (3)
CPO 3034 Politics of Developing Areas (3)
CPO 3703 Comparative Democratic Institutions (3)
CPO 3743 States and Markets (3)
CPO 4057 Political Violence (3)
ECO 3303 History of Economic Ideas (3)
ECO 4704 International Trade (3)
ECO 4713 International Finance (3)
ECS 3003 Comparative Economic Systems (3)
GEA 1000 World Geography (3)
GEO 1400 Human Geography (3)
GEO 3502 Economic Geography (3)
GEO 4421 Cultural Geography (3)
GEO 4471 Political Geography (3)
INR 3004 Geography, History, and International Relations (3)
INR 3084 Terror and Politics (3)
INR 3502 International Organizations (3)
INR 3603 Theories of International Relations (3)
INR 4011 Political Responses to Economic Globalization (3)
INR 4075 International Human Rights (3)
INR 4078 Confronting Human Rights Violations (3)
INR 4083 International Conflict (3)
INR 4702 Political Economy of International Relations (3)
PAD 3003 Public Administration in American Society (3)
PAD 4301 Disaster Management Planning for Urban Poor Communities (3)
PAD 4374 Introduction to Terrorism: Preparedness and Response (3)
PAD 4375 Advanced Topics in Terrorism (3) [with PAD 4374 as a prerequisite]
PAD 4831 International Conflicts and Terrorism (3)
PAD 4833 International and Comparative Disaster Management (3)
PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
PHI 2630 Ethical Issues and Life Choices (3)
PHI 3670 Ethical Theory (3)
PHI 3700 Philosophy of Religion (3)
PHI 3800 Philosophy and the Arts (3)
PHI 3882 Philosophy in Literature (3)
PHM 2300 Introduction to Political Philosophy (3)
PHM 3331r Modern Political Thought (3)
PHM 3351 Philosophy of Human Rights (3)
PHM 3400 Philosophy of Law (3)
PHM 4340r Contemporary Political Thought (3)
PSY 2012 General Psychology (3)
PUP 3002 Introduction to Public Policy (3)
REL 1300 Introduction to World Religions (3)
REL 3142 Religion: The Self and Society (3)
REL 3170 Religious Ethics and Moral Problems (3)
REL 3505 The Christian Tradition (3)
SOP 3004 Social Psychology (3)
SYA 4010 Sociological Theory (3)
SYG 1000 Introductory Sociology (3)
SYG 2010 Social Problems (3)
SYO 3530 Social Classes and Inequality (3)
SYP 3000 Social Psychology of Groups (3)
SYP 3350 Collective Action and Social Movements (3)
SYP 3454 The Global Justice Movement (3)
SYP 3540 Sociology of Law (3)
URP 3000 Introduction to Planning and Urban Development (3)
URP 4618 Planning for Developing Regions (3)
URS 1006 World Cities: Quality of Life (3)
Note: See course descriptions for required prerequisites.
Additional Russian and East European Studies courses (six credit hours)
Select from any approved Russian and East European Studies course and/or an approved internship.
INR 4941 Internship (3–6)
Definition of Prefix
EUS 2931. Professional Development for Russian and Eastern European Studies Majors (1). (S/U grade only.) This course introduces Russian and Eastern European Studies (REES) major and the ways in which students can enhance their experience at Florida State University. This course allows students to reflect upon their goals and to explore opportunities available to them in order to tailor their academic experience and to help them attain their professional objectives.
EUS 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.
EUS 4945r. Russian and Eastern European Studies Internship (3-6). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisites: 15 classroom hours beyond Liberal Studies, cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher, and instructor consent. This course is designed for students to gain real world experience through on-the-job practice. Interns can expect to gain valuable work experience, develop professional skills, cultivate valuable contacts, and investigate career options. The course allows students to receive academic credit for internship placement in approved agencies and organizations.
EUS 4951. Russian and East European Studies Capstone Course (3). This course is designed for students to reflect on the value of an interdisciplinary major, to explain succinctly their course of study, and to produce a piece of original interdisciplinary scholarship. Students are introduced to the basic methods and techniques of research writing in a workshop setting with faculty support. The course focuses on such issues as developing a thesis statement, writing a literature review, finding source material (books, articles, internet resources, etc.) generating an argument, writing and revising a rough draft, APA documentation of sources, and the presentation of the final product. Both the written and oral communication of student research is emphasized.
EUS 4970r. Honors Thesis (1–6). Six hours of credit must be taken in two successive semesters and must result in the production of a thesis. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) credit hours; repeatable within the same term.
For listings relating to graduate coursework, consult the Graduate Bulletin.
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