Founded in 1961, the Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is one of the world’s leading centers for Russia-area teaching and research. Keeping pace with global developments, the program’s geographic scope has expanded over the years. In addition to the history and geography of Russia, it now includes New Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
The Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies draws on a core faculty in the humanities, history and social sciences to support and maintain a diverse undergraduate curriculum. The program offers a certificate of proficiency to undergraduates who combine study of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia with any other departmental concentration from the humanities and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs to the sciences and engineering. Courses from many departments count toward the certificate, and the program is compatible with all concentrations.
The program’s purpose is to provide undergraduates with expertise in a core language of Eurasia — for most students that would be Russian — and a scholarly grounding in the study of the region. Other languages applicable toward the certificate include Polish, Czech, the languages of Southeastern Europe (Romanian, Bulgarian, and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian) and Turkish, the last being the basis for most Central Asian languages as well as some in the Caucasus and in Russia. It frequently interacts with the programs in Near Eastern studies and European studies.
REEES also supports innovative research. Along with an annual interdisciplinary conference, Princeton Conjunction, the program organizes various workshops and seminars throughout the academic year. In addition, it holds monthly Kruzhok meetings that provide a forum for graduate students and faculty to discuss their work-in-progress. Other events include fillm screenings and an array of speaker events that are open to the public.
The program also offers preparation for government service, international business and finance, law, media, science, teaching, nongovernmental organizations and other aspects of global affairs.