Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies



The KU Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (REES) program offers a multidisciplinary understanding of a broad geographical region that stretches from Eastern Europe to Central Asia.

REES students take courses in language, arts, science, history, geography, economics, and cultures of the REES world area. They learn about global topics like migration, human trafficking, environmental policy, democracy development, human rights, natural resource management, and international affairs, as these issues relate to the REES region. The degree may be customized according to the student's interests and career goals.

REES Major and Minor degree options are available. Students majoring in REES will combine area studies courses with one of the following REES-area languages: Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Tajik/Farsi, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uyghur and Yiddish. There is no language requirement for the minor.

Career options: 

The language skills, analytical tools and geopolitical awareness acquired through a REES degree are compatible with a broad range of careers in the public or private sector. Alumni of the program have found employment in the government— State Department, USAID, US Armed Forces, and the intelligence community, for example. They also often find successful careers in non-profits or NGOs, journalism, education, business, and media. If you want to pursue your passion in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, visit the career center webpage to find more possible career options.

Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies Program
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Advisor name: 
Laura Leonard
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Sr. Academic Advisor
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Advisor name: 
Dr. Bart Redford
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Asst. Director & Undergraduate Advisor
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