Minor Program

Minor in Russian and East European Studies

The minor in Russian and East European studies offers a broad survey of literature and culture. Students may choose to study a Slavic language, but this is not required. Students are encouraged to meet with the department adviser to select a focus for their courses. Students may focus on Russian Literature and Culture, Russian Language and Culture, Czech and East European Studies, or Polish and East European Studies.  For more information, contact Martina Kerlova, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

NOTE:  Please contact Kinga Kosmala, who is serving as Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) fall quarter 2017 for information about the major or minor.  Martina Kerlova is on leave fall quarter.

Minor requirements (8 units)

• At most 4 courses at the 200 level

• At least 4 courses at the 300 level

• The following restrictions also apply:

◦ At most 1 Slavic first-year seminar may count toward the requirements.

◦ At most 3 courses, chosen with the consent of the undergraduate adviser, may come from outside the department.

◦ At most 3 courses may be in an East European language or German at or above the intermediate level.

◦ At most 3 courses taken while studying abroad may count toward the requirements.

The requirements for our new Major and Minor follow the 2016/17 Undergraduate Catalog


Sample list of courses that may be used to satisfy the Minor in Russian and East European Studies:

  • SLAVIC 340-0 History of the Russian Language
  • SLAVIC 341-0 Structure of Modern Russian
  • SLAVIC 210-1,2,3 Introduction to Russian Literature
  • SLAVIC 211-1,2 20th-Century Russian Literature
  • SLAVIC 255-0 Slavic Civilizations
  • SLAVIC 261-0 Heart of Europe: Poland in the 20th Century
  • SLAVIC 267-0 Czech Culture: Film, Visual Arts, Music
  • SLAVIC 278-1,2 Visual Art in the Context of Russian Culture
  • SLAVIC 310-0 Tolstoy
  • SLAVIC 311-0 Dostoevsky
  • SLAVIC 313-0 Nabokov
  • SLAVIC 314-0 Chekhov
  • SLAVIC 322-0 Making a Dictionary: The Northwestern Project
  • SLAVIC 350-0 Folklore, Music, Poetry
  • SLAVIC 367-1,2 Russian Film
  • SLAVIC 368-0 Andrei Tarkovsky’s Aesthetics and World
  • SLAVIC 369-0 Two Hundred Years of Russian Drama
  • SLAVIC 390-0 Literature and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe
  • SLAVIC 392-0 East European Literature and Visual Arts
  • SLAVIC 393-0 Prague: City of Cultures, City of Conflict

Art History

  • ART HIST 255 Introduction to Modernism
  • ART HIST 395 Museums: Radical Art in the 1930s
  • ART HIST 368 Special Topics in 20th century art


  • ANTH 390 Ethnicity Ppl’s Republic China


  • ECON 305 Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECON 362 International Finance
  • ECON 361 International Trade


  • GERM 197 Focus Reading: Perspectives in Yiddish Life & Culture
  • GERM 266 Introduction to Yiddish Culture: Images of the Shtetl


  • HIST 101-6 –21 Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust
  • HIST 101-6-22 Jewish Life in Poland and Russia
  • HIST 492 Early Modern European Jews
  • HIST 346 East Central Europe under communist rule and beyond
  • HIST 340 Gender, War, and Revolution in the 20th century
  • HIST 345 –2 History of Imperial Russia
  • HIST 345-3 The Soviet Union and its successor states
  • HIST 349 History of the Holocaust
  • HIST 203-3 Jewish History, 1789-1948
  • HIST 348-1 Jews in East Europe, 1250-1917 HIST 348-2 Jews in East Europe, 1917—2001
  • HIST 101-6-21 Origins of Zionism
  • HIST 395-52 Russian Terrorist
  • HIST 373-1 The Ottomans, The last Empire of Islam, 1300-1622
  • HIST 373-2 The Ottomans, From the Second Empire to the Age of Nationalism


  • HUM 301 Justice for the Holocaust? Prosecuting Nazi War Criminals
  • HUM 201 Thinking through and across traditions
  • HUM 260 Alternatives:  Modeling Choice Across the disciplines


  • MUSI 335 Folklore, Music, Poetry
  • MUSI 330 Russian Fairy tale and Opera
  • MUSI 335 Russian Modernism

Political Sciences

  • POLI SCI 376 Internal Wars and the State
  • POLI SCI 368 Political Economy of Development
  • POLI SCI 395 Politics of Corruption
  • POLI SCI 369 Politics of Post Soviet Russia

Radio Television Film

  • RTVF 351 Russian Film