Russian and East European Studies

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.

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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Russian and East European Studies News

Meredith Walker ’22 Awarded Beinecke Scholarship

May 7, 2021

Meredith Walker, a junior majoring in Russian studies, economics, and mathematics, has recently been awarded the prestigious Beinecke Scholarship, which she plans to put toward a graduate program in economics.
Portrait of Meredith Walker

This Week in Photos: A Walk in the Park

September 25, 2020

On any given day a walk through Tappan Square could lead to a performance, art exhibit, or even a wedding day photo shoot. On this day the park is many things for many people.
A girl laying in the grass in the park.

Russian and East European Studies Facilities

King Building

King Memorial Building is the main classroom building for social sciences, humanities, math, and computer science classes.
King Building

Peters Hall

World language classrooms and offices for academic services and programs are found in this picturesque building completed in 1887 and renovated in 1996.
Peters Hall