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Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Minor (RU26)

The Minor consists of 7 courses in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, at least 4 of which must be upper division. In addition, there must be at least 1 course each from 2 of the 3 following areas: Literature, History, and Social Science. No more than 3 of the 7 courses may be language courses. Knowledge of the language is not a requirement for the minor but is strongly recommended. 

Students declaring a REEES minor should use minor code RU26 for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies; the old code, RU25 for Russian & Soviet Studies, is being phased out and is no longer administratively supported.

Minor Planning Guide (PDF)

Minor Requirements

7 REEES Courses (at least 4 upper division):

UD or LD REEES Elective

UD or LD REEES Elective 

UD or LD REEES Elective (area 1)

UD REEES Elective (area 2)

UD REEES Elective

UD REEES Elective

UD REEES Elective

Study Abroad

All Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies students are strongly encouraged to make overseas study an integral part of their program. The UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) conducts formal programs of study in Saint Petersburg, where students take courses taught in English and study Russian language. In addition to academics, cultural activities, optional volunteer projects, and weekend trips help students integrate into Russian society. For more information about those programs visit the UCEAP Study Abroad in Russia page. Students may petition to use up to 3 courses completed while studying abroad in their minor. 

You may contact Study Abroad at UC San Diego at 858-534-1123 or via email at

Students considering study abroad must meet with the REEES Program Director before going abroad to discuss how study abroad coursework will fulfill requirements for the major. Students should note that:

  • courses to be applied toward the minor, must be the equivalent of at least 4 quarter upper-division units at UC San Diego.
  • these courses must be as academically rigorous as UC San Diego upper-division courses.


Student will need to provide supporting evidence (course descriptions, course syllabi, papers, exams, etc.) of all abroad courses to be applied toward completion of the REEES minor. Study abroad coursework will need to be petitioned upon student's return.