Certificate in Russian and East European Studies
A student in one of the participating graduate departments, e.g., art, economics, government and foreign affairs, history, music, Slavic languages and literatures, etc., or in the participating professional schools, such as Law, Medicine, Darden, Education, etc., can broaden his or her knowledge of the Russian and East European area by applying for the Certificate in Russian and East European Studies in addition to the M.A., Ph.D., or professional degree in his or her own home department or school. As detailed below, the work for a certificate requires the student to complete a certain number of non-language courses in the Russian and East European field and demonstrate proficiency in a language of Russia or Eastern Europe.
Requirements for the graduate certificate are as follows:
- Language Competency Competency in a language of Eastern Europe (including languages other than Russian) is to be demonstrated by the completion of one of the following four specific arrangements approved by the center in cooperation with the student’s home department and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures: (a) completion of RUSS 501 with a grade no lower than B; (b) passing the ETS Graduate School Foreign Language Test with a minimum score of 540; (c) passing the Slavic department’s Russian Proficiency Examination; or (d) passing an examination devised by the student’s home department in cooperation with the center and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
- Broad Area Concentration Successful completion of four non-language courses in Russian and East European studies with a grade average no lower than B. Students in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures must take these courses outside their home department.
- Thesis Successful completion of a master’s thesis, Ph.D. dissertation, or a significant and high quality seminar paper on a theme closely related to Russian and East European studies.
This program is administered by the Center for Russian and East European Studies which is directed by Allen Lynch of the Department of Politics.