Russian and Eastern European Studies

The face of Europe continues to change twenty-five years after the historic fall of communism. As eastern and central European countries enter the European Union, the cultural, social, economic andcultural fabric of one of the world's most influential areas grows more and more influential. At the same time, new questions continue to arise about Europe's role in the world, her future and her fate. The states of central and eastern Europe will certainly play a significant part in that future.

The Russian and Eastern European Studies program is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the language, literature, culture, civilization, history and economics of Russia and other eastern and central European nations. Study of this exciting and often enigmatic area of the world addresses all aspects of its composition, from the earliest appearance of the Slavs in history to recent dynamic cultural, political and economic events. Students take classes in a variety of disciplines pertaining to this diverse region, and are strongly encouraged to take part in one of the study abroad opportunities in Russia or eastern Europe. Students normally go abroad in their junior year for one or two semesters and those who do choose to study in Russia are usually quite fluent in the language when they return to campus.

Students develop their interests in eastern Europe for many reasons and will therefore have differing focal points for their studies. Those who choose to major or minor in REES study the Russian language in depth and select from an array of additional courses in departments including History (HIS), Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MLC), and Political Science (POL). The REES minor is particularly attractive to students majoring in History, International Management and Political Science, among others. Study of Russian can also be of great value for students studying art, biology, physics and mathematics.

Graduates of the REES program go into diverse fields including interpreting/translating, teaching (elementary through university level), international business, consulting, government work (State Department and intelligence agencies), service oriented employment (Doctors without Borders, International AIDS project, Greenpeace), and many others. The REES program is indeed a liberal arts major.

Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society

Dobro Slovo Inductees 2014

Dobro Slovo inductees 2014

Dobro Slovo is the National Slavic Honor Society, which recognizes achievements in the undergraduate study of Russian language, literature and culture. An annual induction ceremony and dinner in the spring celebrate our students' successes.


Name Title Phone
Denis Crnkovic Professor, Director of Russian & Eastern European Studies 507-933-7389
Glenn Kranking ’98 Assistant Professor and The Gustavian Weekly Adviser 507-933-7435 web