Russian Studies

From the borders of Germany to the eastern coastline of Russia, from the North Pole to the border of Afghanistan, the vast area and diverse peoples of Russia and Eastern Europe are central to an understanding of the 21st century. Energy and geopolitics clash in this crucible of modern literature and theater. The Russian and Eurasian Studies major engages this enormous area culturally, socially, economically, and politically.


Curricular requirements

In addition to the language and study away requirements for all majors (see Major Requirements page), the Russian and Eurasian Studies major consists of ten credits, distributed as follows:

  • Global Core course (one credit)—See list of Global Core courses under Global Studies.
  • Area courses (five credits)—One of these must be at the 300 level and taken at Trinity:
    • ECON 207. Alternative Economic Systems
    • ECON 399. Independent Study on the Russian Economy
    • HIST 213. Modern Jewish History
    • HIST 216. World War II
    • HIST 226. Rise of Modern Russia
    • INTS 215. Central Asia in Transition
    • INTS 320. Postsocialist City
    • LACS 233. Soul, Flesh and the Russian Mystique
    • LACS 233. Russian and Soviet Theater
    • LACS 233. Fantasy and Realism in Russian Literature
    • LACS 233. Love, Sex and War in Tolstoy
    • LACS 282/RUSS 357. Dostoevsky
    • POLS 253. Authoritarianism in Eurasia
    • RUSS 301. Russian through Literature and Film
    • RUSS 302. Russian Narrative Prose
    • RUSS 304. The Current Russian Media
  • Electives (three credits)—Electives may consist of area courses from any of the area studies majors, additional Global Core courses, or language courses in excess of the four semester requirement.
  • INTS 401. Senior Seminar in International Studies (one credit)