Russian & East European Studies

The Russian and East European Studies (REES) Certificate program develops students' knowledge of the language, history, culture, and contemporary political and economic settings of that region of the world. The program combines area or country-specific courses that give students the needed cultural immersion with more general comparative course work. The program is open to all students seeking a bachelor's degree at UWM and to those who have previously received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university. The program also is open to students that do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree student) but who have a strong interest in this topic.

Both the certificate program and the major are small programs, and students receive a great deal of personalized attention. Students work closely with faculty advisors to ensure their program is meeting their academic goals.

Track 1 (with language study)

Total Russian and East European Credits Required

18 credits

Track One Requirements

Demonstrated mastery of one of the languages of the region, as measured by the committee. In the past, this level of proficiency was usually achieved by successfully completing 4 semesters of classroom study in the language. Note: Should a student already have a demonstrated mastery of one of the languages in the area without needing formal coursework, he/she will be required to complete 9 additional credits in courses approved for the certificate.

9 credits in approved upper division courses in area history, political science, area studies, and foreign languages and literature, or substitutes as approved by the Committee.

Demonstrated proficiency in one of the languages of the region: four semesters of language study or its equivalent. Students with language proficiency gained in contexts other than classroom instruction should consult the REES advisor about proficiency testing options.

Approved Courses

Ethnic 250 - Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: “Ethnic Processes/Nationalism–Russia and the Former USSR” subtitle, 3 credits

FLL 240 - Vampires: From Slavic Village to Hollywood, 3 credits

Geog 330 - Europe East and West, 3 credits

Hist 239 - Poland and Its Neighbors, 1795-1914, 3 credits

Hist 248 - The First World War, 3 credits

Hist 249 - The Second World War in Europe, 3 credits

Hist 295 - Historical Encounters (with Russian and/or East European subtitle), 3 credits

Hist 341 - Imperial Russia, 3 credits

Hist 343 - Russia Since 1917, 3 credits

Hist 345 - The Modern Balkans: War and Democracy, 3 credits

Hist 346 - Poland and Its Neighbors, 1914-1945, 3 credits

Hist 348 - Poland and Its Neighbors, 1945 to the Present, 3 credits

Hist 364 - The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and the Fate of the Jewish People in Europe, 1933-1945, 3 credits

Jewish 358 -- (Cross-listed with History 358) The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture, 3 credits

Jewish 421 - Introduction to Yiddish Literature, 3 credits

Pol Sci 302 - Politics of Eastern Europe, 3 credits

Pol Sci 310 - Russian and Post-Soviet Politics, 3 credits

Pol Sci 311 - Russian Foreign Policy, 3 credits

Pol Sci 312 - Politics of Authoritarian Regimes, 3 credits

Pol Sci 333 - Seminar in Comparative Politics (with Russian and/or Eastern European subtitle), 3 credits

Polish – all courses

Russian - all courses

Slavic Languages – all courses

Ukrainian – all courses

Exit Survey Requirement

Students in both tracks are required to complete an exit survey upon completion of their required coursework.

Additional Requirements

Students must complete at least 9 advanced (numbered 300 and above) credits at UWM.

GPA Requirement

The Russian and East European Certificate requires that students achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.750 in all courses taken for the certificate, including language courses.

Track 2 (without language study)

Total Russian and East European Credits

18-21 credits

Track Two Requirements

18 credits from the approved list of courses in area history, political science, area studies, and foreign languages and literature, or substitutes approved by the Committee. At least 9 credits must be upper-division.

Approved Courses

Ethnic 250 - Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: “Ethnic Processes/Nationalism–Russia and the Former USSR” subtitle, 3 credits

FLL 240 - Vampires: From Slavic Village to Hollywood, 3 credits

Geog 330 - Europe East and West, 3 credits

Hist 239 - Poland and Its Neighbors, 1795-1914

Hist 248 - The First World War, 3 credits

Hist 249 - The Second World War in Europe, 3 credits

Hist 295 - Historical Encounters (with Russian and/or East European subtitle)

Hist 341 - Imperial Russia

Hist 343 - Russia Since 1917

Hist 345 - The Modern Balkans: War and Democracy

Hist 346 - Poland and Its Neighbors, 1914-1945

Hist 348 - Poland and Its Neighbors, 1945 to the Present

Hist 364 - The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and the Fate of the Jewish People in Europe, 1933-1945, 3 credits

Jewish 358 -- (Cross-listed with History 358) The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture, 3 credits

Jewish 421 - Introduction to Yiddish Literature, 3 credits

Pol Sci 302 - Politics of Eastern Europe

Pol Sci 310 - Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

Pol Sci 311 - Russian Foreign Policy

Pol Sci 312 - Politics of Authoritarian Regimes

Pol Sci 333 - Seminar in Comparative Politics (with Russian and/or Eastern European subtitle)

Polish – all courses

Russian - all courses

Slavic Languages – all courses

Ukrainian – all courses

Exit Survey

Students in both tracks are required to complete an exit survey upon completion of their required coursework. The assessment process allows certificate students to reflect on their experiences while providing important information to help improve the program.

The exit survey is conducted online for a limited period of time during the fall and spring semesters. Students who are about to complete or have finished all coursework should contact Tracy Buss (tbuss@uwm.edu) concerning the exit survey.

Please note: The exit survey is a program requirement. Failure to complete the survey prior to graduation will delay processing of the graduation clearance.

GPA Requirement

The Russian and East European Certificate requires that students achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.750 in all courses taken for the certificate, including language courses.

Additional Requirements

Students must complete at least 9 advanced (numbered 300 and above) credits at UWM.