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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is a two-year multidisciplinary program that offers advanced training for those qualified students who seek an integrated knowledge of the language, history, society, and culture of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. This graduate degree offers the opportunity to create an individually tailored program. Upon graduation, students will have an extensive understanding of the country or countries of specialization, including a working knowledge of one of the region's languages. The program primarily serves students preparing for professional careers and those seeking an intermediate M.A. before pursuing a Ph.D. in a particular discipline.

This region of the world covers over one-sixth of the globe and comprises countries, which differ enormously in language, ethnicity, religion, culture, political history and economic development. Since the mid-1980s, the process of reform, collapse and reconstruction in the region has led to a heightened interest in the area and the need for serious and scholarly understanding of the region. It is the mission of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies to facilitate such understanding.

The M.A. program offers either a thesis or report option.

Course requirements include:

  • A seminar in Russian, East European and Eurasian Civilizations and Cultures (3 credit hours)
  • Coursework in each of the following subject areas:
  1. Literature or Culture (3 credit hours)
  2. Economics, History or Government (3 credit hours)
  3. Anthropology, Geography or Sociology (3 credit hours)
  • Area studies electives courses (12 credit hours for Thesis option students, 18 hours for Report option students)

NOTE: All courses counted toward the degree requirements listed above must be taken for a grade (not credit) AND have a major component of content relevant to Russia, East Europe or Eurasia.

  • A fourth year (or the equivalent) of formal language instruction in a language of the region. No credit for the degree is earned by fulfillment of the language requirement since language competence is a necessary tool for graduate study in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. To meet this requirement, all M.A. students are required to pass an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in an area language during the course of their M.A. degree at the "Advanced" level according to the ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages) scale.


  • Thesis option: REE 698A and 698B, a two-semester sequence of work concluding with the timely presentation of an acceptable M.A. thesis in the major field of concentration


  • Report option: REE 398R ("Conference Course - Master of Arts Report"), a one-semester course concluding with the timely presentation of an acceptable M.A. report.

  •  It is strongly recommended to take a research methods course.


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