General Requirements

A student choosing to pursue a Certificate in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies must complete the normal requirements in their department as well as the following requirements of the program. The director must approve the proposed course of study each term.

Coursework Requirement

The certificate requires students to complete four regular courses (two 200-level courses and two 300-level courses) in the following disciplines:

  • History: One upper-level course on the history of the Russian empire, the Soviet Union, or Eurasia.
  • Literature: One upper-level course in the literatures of the Russia and/or Eurasia.
  • Social Sciences: One course in the anthropology, sociology, politics and/or economics of Russia and/or Eurasia.
  • Plus 1: One additional course from the three main subject areas or from a list of preapproved specialty courses.

Language Requirement

The certificate requires students to have a minimum of one year in any or the applicable languages offered at Princeton (such as Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian) or to demonstrate a comparable level of language proficiency (typically intermediate low). Students who seek more advanced level of language competence are encouraged to contact the Slavic Department and choose Slavic as a certificate, or major. To fulfill the language requirement students must pass the proficiency test administered by the Slavic Department (or in case of the languages other than Slavic by a language specialist in that language), or complete appropriate 102 (for non-heritage) / 103 (for heritage speakers) language course.

Senior Thesis

A senior thesis or junior paper in the student’s home department related to Russia, Eastern Europe and/or Eurasia. Students should consult with the REEES director for approval of their independent work plans.


Students must meet the following requirements by the end of his or her sophomore year to be eligible for admission to the certificate program.

  • Satisfactory completion of the established requirements for admission to one of the cooperating departments or to a department whose plan of study may be combined with this interdepartmental program.
  • Initiation of study of the Russian language or other target language. Students without previous training in Russian are advised to begin their study not later than the first term of the sophomore year and earlier, if possible.
  • A student choosing to pursue a certificate, must complete the normal requirements in his or her department as well as the following requirements of the program. The proposed course of study must be approved each term by the director.
  • To obtain the certificate, students must choose one of the two tracks currently offered by the program: Russian and Eurasian (RES) and East European Cultures and Societies (EECS).


Contact Carole Dopp, Program Manager or call 609-258-5978

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