L&S-IRIS-REECA

(For information on a major in Russian language and literature, Russian language and civilization, or Polish language and literature, see Slavic Languages and Literature.)

The undergraduate certificate program in Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies seeks to provide undergraduate students with area knowledge of the societies and cultures of the peoples of Eastern Europe and Eurasia, drawing on the disciplines of anthropology, communication arts, economics, folklore, geography, history, language and literature, law, political science, and sociology. The certificate can be a valuable addition to a major in business, economics, education, geography, history, international studies, political science, Slavic languages and literature, and other departments.

Applicants must fulfill the UW–Madison requirements for an established major in their school or college and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.500 in all courses they wish to count toward the certificate. Courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. At least two years of a Slavic, East European, or Central Asian language are strongly recommended for the certificate, but are not formally required.

Students interested in declaring the undergraduate certificate should contact the advisor.

certificate requirements

Seven courses are required, at least one from each of the following three groups. 2

Interdisciplinary courses (group 1)

Complete at least one course:

Russia: An Interdisciplinary Survey
Eastern Europe: An Interdisciplinary Survey
An Introduction to Central Asia: From the Silk Route to Afghanistan

History and the Social Sciences (group 2):

Complete at least one course from any of these areas:

Agricultural and Applied Economics

The Environment and the Global Economy
Globalization, Poverty and Development
The Growth and Development of Nations in the Global Economy
Economic Problems of Developing Areas

Anthropology

Ethnicity, Nations, and Nationalism 1

Economics

Survey of International Economics 1
International Trade

Geography

Introduction to Geopolitics 1
World Regions in Global Context (Check with instructor to verify 25% or more regional content )
Russia and the NIS-Topical Analysis

History

An Introduction to Central Asia: From the Silk Route to Afghanistan
Eastern Europe since 1900
Introduction to Byzantine History and Civilization
The First World War and the Shaping of Twentieth-Century Europe
The Second World War
History of Europe Since 1945
Modern Political History of the Jews: Era of Mass Movements, 1870-1970
History of Russia
History of Russia
History of Soviet Russia
Russian Social and Intellectual History
The Soviet Union and the World, 1917-1991
History of Poland and the Baltic Area
American Foreign Relations, 1901 to the Present
Islamic History From the Origin of Islam to the Ottoman Empire
European Social History, 1914-Present
Holocaust: History, Memory and Education
Byzantine Medicine and Pharmacy

Gender & Women's Studies

Women's International Human Rights

Political Science

Politics Around the World
Politics Around the World (Honors)
Islam and World Politics
Russian Politics
The European Union: Politics and Political Economy
Politics of the World Economy
The Comparative Study of Genocide
The Challenge of Democratization
Comparative Legal Institutions
Socialism and Transitions to the Market
Politics and Policies in the European Union
Politics and Society: Contemporary Eastern Europe

Sociology

Class, State and Ideology: an Introduction to Marxist Social Science
Population and Society

Literature and the Arts (group 3)

Complete at least one course from any of these areas:

Asian Language & Culture

Asia Enchanted: Ghosts, Gods, and Monsters
Islam: Religion and Culture

Communication Arts

Russian and Soviet Film
Avant-Garde Film

Comparative Literature

Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Literature
Problems in Comparative Literatures and Cultures

English

Vladimir Nabokov: Russian and American Writings

Folklore

In Translation: Kalevala and Finnish Folk-Lore
Shamanism
Sami Culture, Yesterday and Today
Slavic and East European Folklore
Folk Epics 1

German, Nordic and Slavic

Literatures of Central Asia

Jewish Studies

Elementary Topics in Jewish Literature
Yiddish Literature and Culture in Europe

Literature in Translation

Survey of 19th and 20th Century Russian Literature in Translation I
Survey of 19th and 20th Century Russian Literature in Translation II
Survey of 19th and 20th Century Russian Literature in Translation I
Survey of 19th and 20th Century Russian Literature in Translation II
Women in Russian Literature in Translation
Slavic Science Fiction through Literature and Film
The Writings of Vaclav Havel: Crtitique of Modern Society
Literatures of Central Asia in Translation
Polish Literature in Translation: 14th to the Mid-19th Century
Polish Literature in Translation: Late 19th and 20th Centuries
Chekhov in Translation
Gogol in Translation
Dostoevsky in Translation
Vladimir Nabokov: Russian and American Writings
Tolstoy in Translation
Representation of the Jew in Eastern European Cultures
Russian Life and Culture Through Literature and Art (to 1917)
Soviet Life and Culture Through Literature and Art (from 1917)
Soviet Literature in Translation
Literatures and Cultures of Eastern Europe
Topics in Slavic Literatures in Translation
Yiddish Literature and Culture in Europe
The Vampire in Literature and Film
In Translation: Kalevala and Finnish Folk-Lore
In Translation: Slavic Drama in Context
History of Serbian and Croatian Literature
Modern Serbian and Croatian Literature in Translation
Polish Literature (in Translation), Middle Ages to 1863
Polish Literature (in Translation) since 1863

Scandinavian Studies

Sami Culture, Yesterday and Today
Kalevala and Finnish Folk-Lore

Slavic Languages and Literature

Literatures and Cultures of Eastern Europe
Topics in Slavic Literatures
Slavic Culture in Context: An Honors Course
Zarys historii literatury polskiej
Study Abroad in Poland
Polish Culture and Area Studies on Study Abroad
Russian Area Studies on Study Abroad
Topics in Russian: Study Abroad
Uvod u srpsku i hrvatsku literaturu
Special Topics in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture
Living at the End of Times: Contemporary Polish Literature and Culture
Women in Russian Literature
Chekhov
Gogol
Dostoevsky
Tolstoy
History of Russian Culture
Contemporary Russian Culture
Slavic and East European Folklore
Soviet Literature
Istorija srpske i hrvatske literature
Moderna srpska i hrvatska literatura
Advanced Readings in Russian Literature & Culture
Historia literatury polskiej do roku 1863
Historia literatury polskiej po roku 1863
History of Russian Theatre
Capstone Seminar in Russian Literature and Culture
Directed Study 1

 Theatre & Drama

In Translation: Slavic Drama in Context
History of Russian Theatre

residence and quality of work

  • Minimum 2.500 GPA for all coursework approved for the certificate
  • 11 credits, counting toward the certificate, taken in residence

Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. (Regional Understanding) Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural, political, economic, social, and historical factors that have shaped the development of societies in Eurasia, Russia, and East and Central Europe.
  2. (Multi-disciplinarity) Analyze the historical, political, economic, social, and cultural realities in the region from at least two disciplinary perspectives, including both humanities and social sciences approaches.

Advising for the certificate is administered by the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS). The IRIS assistant director for students and curriculum can assist you in developing your plan of study for the certificate, track progress toward your certificate, explore study abroad and international internship options, and begin the career-exploration process. We offer walk-in advising, advising workshops, and scheduled appointments. We strongly encourage students to begin career exploration early on and to make use of the many resources available on campus.

Resources:

L&S career resources

SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students leverage the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and liberal arts degree; explore and try out different career paths; participate in internships; prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications; and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers). In short, SuccessWorks helps students in the College of Letters & Science discover themselves, find opportunities, and develop the skills they need for success after graduation.

SuccessWorks can also assist students in career advising, résumé and cover letter writing, networking opportunities, and interview skills, as well as course offerings for undergraduates to begin their career exploration early in their undergraduate career. 

Students should set up their profiles in Handshake to take care of everything they need to explore career events, manage their campus interviews, and apply to jobs and internships from 200,000+ employers around the country.

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As a regional center within the Institute for Regional and International Studies, we support and enhance international and global awareness in our student communities and inspire informed thinking about the complexities of our world. We encourage our students to connect to international networks and our regional communities through our program’s lecture series, film screenings, and varied outreach events and activities. We encourage our students to study abroad, do international internships, learn foreign languages, and expect them to gain an interdisciplinary grounding in global and regional affairs. We provide resources and expertise on our world area to students, and prospective students, and more broadly to K–12 teachers and students, postsecondary educators and graduate students, businesses, the media, the military, the community at large, and anyone else who is interested.

Information about resources, scholarships, and other funding through the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia is available from our website on the Resources tab. We also encourage our students to explore funding options available through the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) Awards Office.