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The Russian and Eurasian Studies Program (RES) focuses on the language, literature, history, and culture of Russia, the Soviet Union and the now independent states that once were a part of it, and East and East-Central Europe. RES provides a wide range of interdisciplinary contexts, theoretical perspectives, and analytical approaches to students interested in the area and its culture. Both Lower and Upper College courses draw upon faculty expertise in history, literature, politics, economics, art, music, culture, and religious studies as they relate to Russia and Eurasia, either separately or in a comparative context. Proficiency in the Russian language is a key component of the RES major, with course offerings from beginning to advanced at Bard and opportunities for study in Russia at the Bard-affiliated Smolny College in St. Petersburg. Within RES, students may choose to specialize in a literature track or a social science track, or may combine Russian and Eurasian Studies with a different program of study.

Moderation requirements:

  • At least 12 credits of Russian language (native speakers of Russian should consult with their adviser in Russian studies to determine how this requirement will be applied)
  • At least one course in Russian literature
  • At least one course from the social science division in Russian/Eurasian studies (i.e., history, politics, economics, religion)

Graduation requirements:

  • Students should demonstrate proficiency equivalent to at least the third-year level. For most students this means taking the second-year Russian sequence plus at least one third-year Russian course. Native speakers of Russian should consult with their adviser in Russian studies to determine what courses will fulfill this requirement.
  • At least 12 additional credits (3 courses) in Russian studies of the student's major "track" (either literature or social science). At least one of these courses must be 300-level or above (a major seminar with a substantial research paper). Since the RES program strives for balance and breadth in its curriculum, it is also recommended that at least one of these courses treat Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia in a comparative context. Students should consult with their advisers to plan their curriculum in this regard.
  • At least 4 credits (1 additional course) in Russian studies of the other "track" (either literature or social science).
  • Senior Project

Students who major in Russian and Eurasian studies are strongly encouraged to participate in Bard's study abroad program at Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia. Students may enroll in summer intensive Russian-language courses and/or in semester or academic-year programs at Smolny College, a joint initiative of Bard College and Saint Petersburg State University. At Smolny, Bard students combine a liberal arts curriculum with linguistic and cultural immersion by taking classes side by side with Russian students, in Russian.

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