Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

This certificate program offers students the opportunity to take advantage of the significant multidisciplinary resources in the Five Colleges on Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

The Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES) Certificate Program works to offer students an opportunity to draw on rich resources of the faculty members at the Five Colleges and to coordinate curricula across the five campuses. The program also sponsors special events of interest to students and faculty members working in the field.

Ukrainian field that is the colors of the Ukrainian flag

Summer field in Ukraine. Photo: Olga Subach.

Joint Statement by REEES Faculty
on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

The faculty of the Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian (REEES) Programs of the Five College Consortium on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine issue the following joint statement:

The Five Colleges have long been a home for students, artists, and scholars who are from and who study Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. We have welcomed everyone from young, inquisitive minds wishing to know more about these regions to dissidents and exiles who were fated to never return to them. Our community has always sought to apply its knowledge, curiosity, and love for the cultures and peoples of these spaces such that the world might become a better place–a better home–for all.

The invasion of the sovereign nation Ukraine by the Russian Federation represents the antithesis of these values. We are outraged by the violence that Vladimir Putin has inflicted upon the Ukrainian people. We unequivocally condemn his act of war, and categorically reject the malicious distortions of history by which he seeks to justify it. We stand strong with all of those who resist it—from those in Ukraine who fight for their freedom, to the Russian citizens who risk losing theirs by engaging in anti-war protest. Our thoughts remain with the people and democratically elected leaders of Ukraine, and with everyone in the Pioneer Valley who stands to lose friends and family in this senseless conflict. No to war! Ні війні! Нет войне!

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Faculty

Catherine Ciepiela (Russian)
Sergey Glebov* (History)
Michael Kunichika (Russian)
Boris Wolfson* (Russian)

*Certificate Advisor

Polina Barskova* (Russian Literature)

*Certificate Advisor

Daniel Brooks(Russian and Eurasian Studies)
Jeremy King (History)
Peter Scotto (Russian and Eurasian Studies)

*Certificate Advisor

Justin Cammy (Jewish Studies, World Literatures)
Sergey Glebov* (History)
Thomas Roberts (Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies)

Vera Shevzov* (Religion)

*Certificate Advisor

Audrey Altstadt (History)
Evgeny Dengub (Russian)

Olga Gershenson (Judaic and Near Eastern Studies)
Julie Hemment* (Anthropology)
Lauren McCarthy (Legal Studies)
Robert Rothstein (Slavic Studies, Emeritus)
Regine Spector (Political Science)

*Certificate Advisor

Certificate Requirements

This certificate program offers students the opportunity to take advantage of the significant multidisciplinary resources in the Five Colleges on Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The certificate consists of a minimum of six courses. Courses applied to the certificate may also be used to fulfill major requirements. The list of courses fulfilling particular requirements is maintained and regularly updated by the Five College Committee for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Course Requirements

A. The program's core course, normally taken in the first or second year. The core course is offered every year on a rotating basis at one of the campuses and introduces an interdisciplinary perspective on the historical and contemporary experiences of the peoples of Russia, Eurasia (here understood as the former republics of the Soviet Union) and East (and Central) Europe. The course includes guest lectures by noted specialists in the Five Colleges.

B. Five additional elective courses, distributed as indicated below. (Independent study courses may be included with approval from the student's campus program advisor.) 

C. At least four courses, including the core course, must be taken within the Five Colleges.

Language Requirement

Students receiving the certificate must possess proficiency in a language of one of the certificate regions equivalent to the level achieved after four semesters of post-secondary course work. This proficiency may be demonstrated by course work or examination.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad in one of the certificate regions.

Elective Course Distribution

In choosing the five elective courses satisfying the certificate requirements, the following guidelines should be observed:

Courses should be drawn from more than one of the three geographical areas: Russia, Eurasia (here understood as the former republics of the Soviet Union) and Eastern (and Central) Europe.

  • At least one of the elective courses must focus on a period before the 20th century.
  • At least one course must be taken from each of the following disciplinary categories: history, social sciences and humanities/arts. No single course can fulfill more than one disciplinary distribution requirement. 
  • Elementary or intermediate language courses cannot be included as one of the five electives. A language course beyond the intermediate level can be counted toward one of the electives.
  • Credit for one-time courses, special topics courses and transfer or study abroad courses requires approval from the home campus faculty advisor to the program.

Courses

Note that if you don't see classes from all campuses currently listed, they will appear as the campuses release their course schedules for the semester. The five campuses release their schedules on different dates. Visit this page for specific dates.

Fall 2024 Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Courses

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
BLST 392 01 Representing Race Michael Kunichika Amherst College M/W | 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
FAMS 352 01 Representing Race Michael Kunichika Amherst College M/W | 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
RUSS 101 01 First-Year Russian I Tatyana Babyonyshev Amherst College M/W/F | 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
RUSS 101 01F First-Year Russian I Tatyana Babyonyshev Amherst College TU/TH | 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
RUSS 201 01 Second-Year Russian I Maria Mayofis Amherst College M/W/F | 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
RUSS 201 01F Second-Year Russian I Maria Mayofis Amherst College TU/TH | 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
RUSS 252 01 Representing Race Michael Kunichika Amherst College M/W | 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
RUSS 301 01 Third-Year Russian I Catherine Ciepiela Amherst College
RUSS 301 01F Third-Year Russian I Catherine Ciepiela Amherst College
RUSS 401 01 Russian Lit & Culture I Tatyana Babyonyshev Amherst College
HIST 262 01 Stalinism in Central Europe Jeremy King Mount Holyoke College MW 01:45PM-03:00PM
JWST 225ST 01 Stalinism in Central Europe Jeremy King Mount Holyoke College MW 01:45PM-03:00PM
RES 101 01 Elementary Russian Daniel Brooks Mount Holyoke College MWF 10:00AM-11:15AM
RES 101L 01 Elementary Russian Lab Daniel Brooks Mount Holyoke College
RES 101L 02 Elementary Russian Lab Daniel Brooks Mount Holyoke College
RES 101L 03 Elementary Russian Lab Daniel Brooks Mount Holyoke College
GOV 242 01 International Political Econ Bozena C. Welborne Smith College TU TH 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM
JUD 287 01 The Holocaust Ernest Benz Smith College M W 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
JUD 362jf 01 Sem:T-Judaism&Feminism Sari Fein Smith College TH 1:20 PM - 4:00 PM
REL 242 01 Russian Sacred Art Vera Shevzov Smith College TU TH 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
RES 100Y 01 Elementary Russian Ilona Sotnikova Smith College M W F 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
RES 127 01 Lit & Dissent Under Stalin Thomas Lee Roberts Smith College TU TH 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
RES 221 01 Intermediate Russian I Ilona Sotnikova Smith College M W F 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM
RES 242 01 Russian Sacred Art Vera Shevzov Smith College TU TH 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
RES 264 01 Dostoevsky Thomas Lee Roberts Smith College TU TH 1:20 PM - 2:35 PM
RES 331 01 Advanced Russian Ilona Sotnikova Smith College TU TH 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM
WLT 264 01 Dostoevsky Thomas Lee Roberts Smith College TU TH 1:20 PM - 2:35 PM
HISTORY 394EI 01 Humn Rights & Enrgy in Eurasia Audrey Altstadt UMass Amherst TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM
HISTORY 450 02 JYW Seminar in History Timothy Hart UMass Amherst TU TH 2:30PM 3:45PM
JUDAIC 385 01 Russian Jews Olga Gershenson UMass Amherst M W 2:30PM 3:45PM
POLISH 110 01 Elementary Polish I Luke Jackmauh,Jeremi Marek Szaniawski UMass Amherst M W F 10:10AM 11:00AM
POLISH 230 01 Intermediate Polish I Jeremi Marek Szaniawski,Luke Jackmauh UMass Amherst TU TH 2:30PM 3:45PM
RUSSIAN 110 01 Elementary Russian I Anna Shkireva UMass Amherst M W F 10:10AM 11:00AM
RUSSIAN 110 02 Elementary Russian I Anna Shkireva UMass Amherst M W F 9:05AM 9:55AM
RUSSIAN 230 01 Intermed Russian I Anna Shkireva UMass Amherst M W F 1:25PM 2:15PM
RUSSIAN 301 01 Advanced Russian Anna Shkireva UMass Amherst M W F 11:15AM 12:05PM

Study Abroad

Semester and Academic Year Programs

Council on International Educational Exchange: Prague

Study abroad for a semester or academic year. Central European Studies program run by CIEE, with courses available at Charles University and Prague Film and Television School. Czech language classes in addition to Czech literature, culture and film.  

CET: Central European Studies 

Study abroad for a semester or academic year. Organized by CET Academic Programs, a study abroad organization. Programs based in Prague. Choice of Central European Studies, Film Production, Jewish Studies or New Media.  

NYU Prague

Study abroad for a semester or academic year. Program run and operated by New York University. Non-NYU students apply as visiting students. Full range of courses, including language courses in Czech, Polish and Russian. 

Resources

Amherst Center for Russian Culture
Through the generous gift of Thomas P. Whitney '37, Amherst College has acquired what has generally been considered the world's largest private holding of Russian books, manuscripts, newspapers and periodicals. 

Lorna M. Peterson Prize
The Lorna M. Peterson Prize supports scholarly and creative work by undergraduate students taking part in Five College programs. The $500 prize is awarded annually based on nominations from Five College programs.

Contact Us

Program Director:

Sergey GlebovFive College Professor of History

Five College Staff Liaison:

April Shandor, Academic Programs Coordinator