The REES Program offers an interdisciplinary range of courses in Russian language, history, politics, literature, culture, and film, as well as the culture and society of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. We encourage students to study abroad, and our majors have done research in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and other countries in the area. Russia continues to play a major role in global affairs, so the study of Russia occupies an important place in the Wesleyan curriculum, for both majors and non-majors. Our graduates have gone on to careers in research and cultural analysis, education, law, artistic production, diplomacy and public service, business, and communication.
Admission to the Minor
Any student who intends to earn the minor in REES should speak with the program chair by the end of the junior year at the latest.
The minor in REES consists of six courses, in which the student must achieve a GPA of B. These courses must include RUSS101 and RUSS102 or two semesters of Russian language study at the appropriate level and four more REES courses, of which one must be taken in each of the three areas of politics and economics, history and religion, and literature and culture (see course list). The fourth course may be in any of the three areas or may be a semester of intermediate or advanced Russian. Two of the courses may be taken during study abroad (with prior approval). All courses except RUSS101 and RUSS102 must be taken for a grade. Students should plan the minor in consultation with REES faculty.
If a student places out of one or more semesters of language, they must take enough courses in REES to add up to a total of 6.
Satisfactory completion of the minor will be certified by the program.
|HIST219||Russian and Soviet History, 1881 to the Present||1|
|HIST353||The Communist Experience in the 20th Century||1|
|RELI239||Modern Shamanism: Ecstasy and Ancestors in the New Age||1|
|RELI271||Secularism: Godlessness from Luther to Lenin||1|
|RELI289||Indigenous Religions: Politics, Land, Healing||1|
|RELI393||"If there is no God, then everything is permitted?" Moral Life in a Secular World||1|
|RELI299||Imagining Communities: National Religions and Political Rituals||1|
|REES205||Murder and Adultery: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the 19th-Century Russian Novel||1|
|REES208F||Otherness & Belonging (FYS)||1|
|REES220||Speak, Memory: The Russian Memoir||1|
|REES223||After Communism: Animals, Avatars, Hybrids||1|
|REES224||Performing Russian Culture: From Peter the Great to the Russian Revolution||1|
|REES233||Introduction to Russian and Soviet Cinema||1|
|REES240F||Reading Stories: Great Short Works from Gogol to Petrushevskaya (FYS)||1|
|REES254||Nobel Laureates: The Politics of Literature||1|
|REES255||Prague, Vienna, Sarajevo: 20th-Century Novels from Central and Eastern Europe||1|
|REES256||The Soviet Century||1|
|REES267||Parody: Humor, Artistic Evolution, and Restoration of the Sacred||1|
|REES277||Gogol and His Legacy: Witches, Con Men, and Runaway Noses||1|
|REES321||Moscow/Berlin: Socialist Modernity and the Transnational Avant-Garde||1|
|REES260||Dostoevsky's BRAT'IA KARAMAZOVY||1|
|RUSS101||Elementary Russian I||1.5|
|RUSS102||Elementary Russian II||1.5|
|RUSS201||Intermediate Russian I||1|
|RUSS202||Intermediate Russian II||1|
|RUSS301||Third-Year Russian I||1|
|RUSS302||Third-Year Russian II||1|