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Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Major

The major requires a study of Russian language and a minimum of 12 upper-division courses. Students declaring a REEES major should use major 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.

Language Requirement

The major requires a study of Russian language. Russian courses are taken through the Literature Department's Language and Culture Programs. All questions regarding language placement and classes should be directed to the Literature department. Other East European or Eurasian languages may be used to fulfill this requirement by petition.

Learning Objectives of the REEES Program 

First Year Russian

LTRU 1A. First Year Russian

LTRU 1B. First Year Russian

LTRU 1C. First Year Russian

Second Year Russian

LTRU 2A. Second Year Russian

LTRU 2B. Second Year Russian


Majors who have taken language courses in high school or community colleges should speak to the Program Director about how those courses may count toward completing their language competency.

Core Requirements

  • 3 Advanced Practicum courses in Russian, chosen from LTRU 104 A-B-C. 
  • 3 Russian Literature (LTRU) courses, or other Literature courses focusing on the broader region of Eastern Europe and Eurasia (a fourth quarter of LTRU 104 may fulfill this requirement).
  • 2 Russian, Eurasian, or East European History courses (HIEU)

Elective Requirements

  • 4 REEES Elective courses of the student's choice, in any department.


  • All coursework completed for the Major must be taken for a letter grade (a C- or better to count).
  • It is possible to petition to substitute a similar History or Literature course for a required course, in cases where the course is not being offered or the student has an alternate focus (such as East European or Eurasian Studies) that has been approved by a faculty advisor. 

    Major Planning Guide [PDF]

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 5 courses completed while studying abroad in their major. 

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 major/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 major. Study abroad coursework will need to be petitioned upon student's return.