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Human Behaviors, Cultures, Languages, and Literatures

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus
St. Basil Cathedral in Russia

Discover the World with Russian

Cybersecurity, US-Russia tension, cryptocurrency, hackers, oil prices, and expanding business in the former USSR… all mean studying Russian is a good way to make yourself more employable. A major in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies lets you study Russian alongside the politics, history, literature, and anthropology of countries stretching from Europe to the Pacific.

Contact Info

Benjamin Sutcliffe, Ph.D.

Professor and Lead Departmental Advisor

Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Culture

172 Irvin Hall

400 E. Spring St.

Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

Majors receive individual attention from professors, beginning their first year at Miami. You can also work with professors on research projects and independent students. Language classes have free conversation practices with native speakers alongside regular class sessions. Beyond Russian language, we also offer courses in Soviet politics, Russian history, literature, folklore, etc. Our majors are encouraged to study overseas and often receive national-level scholarships as well as scholarships within Miami. Majors form a tight community of scholars and friends on campus; the major is designed to work well with a second major such as International Studies or History.

  • RUS 101 Beginners’ Russian
  • RUS 137 Russian Folklore
  • RUS 254 Introduction to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • RUS 255 Love and Death in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
  • POL 331 Communism and Soviet Politics, 1917-199

At Miami, there's something for everyone

Course Catalog

Career Options

A degree in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies can help you land a job with the Department of State, the military, the intelligence community, the United Nations, Peace Corps, work with the Russian-speaking community in the US, or a position in consulting. Our graduates also attend law school and graduate programs in Russian studies.

Additional Opportunities

Students take advantage of scholarships, guest lecturers from the US and abroad (including Nobel Prize winners), and programs associated with the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. Miami is the only U.S. university to have such a center while focusing on undergraduate education. Students may also be interested in becoming a Dawisha Junior Fellow, a competitive program open to those majoring (or double-majoring) in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Students study abroad in Central Asia and the European Union countries of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. For those studying with Miami’s co-sponsored program in Kyrgyzstan, financial aid transfers automatically to that program.

  • Russian Decorated Eggs

    Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies

    The Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies is an interdisciplinary center devoted to programs designed to foster interdisciplinary research on the most important questions relating to the future of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia and to service and learning activities that provide

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Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • Top 10 in most widely spoken world languages year retention

    Miami University Data

  • >25% of the world's scientific literature is published in Russian

    Departmental Data


  • By studying a foreign language, we learn that there are ways to express things that the English language cannot. Language also tells you a lot about what a culture values.

    Anna Melberg ’18
    Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies

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