The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is an outstanding location for training the next generation of qualified professionals. The Center sponsors a variety of activities during the academic year, including lectures by distinguished visiting speakers, workshops, and conferences; a calendar of events is distributed via monthly newsletter. Students regularly participate in a full range of exchange programs in the former Soviet Union and Central/Eastern Europe sponsored by various organizations.
The increased need for area specialists in the former Soviet Union and East Europe has expanded career opportunities for students majoring in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies. The recent development of commercial and economic ties between the U.S. and these countries has led to more than 150 joint projects now underway in the following areas: resources management (such as oil extraction and mining), science, health, transportation, agriculture, and housing. Companies engaged in these projects often seek qualified employees with background in the appropriate area and language studies.