Russian and Eastern European Studies takes a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates Russian language and literature, history, sociology, and politics. Our courses in Russian and in English help you to develop strong speaking, linguistic, and critical thinking skills.

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Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses. Their courses and research include the politics and economy of Russia and Eastern Europe, culture and dance, history and labor movements, and interethnic and transnational connections forged through music.

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Department Overview

If you are interested in Russia and Eastern Europe, especially the interconnections between Slavic art, history, literature, music, politics, and sociology, consider Russian and East European Studies (REES).

You can pursue a major or minor in REES: both paths follow a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates Russian language and literature, history, sociology, and politics. Our courses in Russian and in English help you to develop strong speaking, linguistic, and critical thinking skills. Majors can pursue advanced, independent research through our Honors Program.

A major in Russian and East European studies often leads to graduate work in sociology, history, literature, politics, and related fields. Majors and minors typically choose careers in teaching, library science, government work, medicine, law, and international business, as well as with philanthropic or nonprofit organizations.  

The Oberlin Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies (OCREECAS) also helps undergraduate and graduate students find internships in the fields of Russian history, culture, and contemporary issues. With connections to numerous nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations in both the United States and Eastern Europe, OCREECAS funds fellowships to help students achieve their desired experience and work. Recent internships in the former Soviet Union have been in such areas as environmental pollution, health, human rights, and education.

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