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Minor Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies

Detail, St. Basil's Cathedral, a former church, built between 1555-61; now a museum in Red Square,
in the heart of Moscow, Russia


The Russian and Eurasian Studies Regional Studies Minor is intended for students seeking an interdisciplinary program of study centered on Russia and Eurasia. The program is regional in spirit, meaning that students can take courses in a wide range of countries of East/Central Europe, the Slavic states, and Central Asia.

The Minor Program in Russian Studies consists of six subjects (at least three of which must be MIT subjects or subjects taken at Harvard or Wellesley under cross-registration) arranged into four areas of study:

Area I: Language

Area II: Humanities and the Arts

Area III: Social Sciences

Area IV: Historical Studies

As with all HASS Minors, only five of the six minor subjects may be counted toward the 8-subject Institute HASS Requirement. Of these five, at most one shall count toward satisfaction of the HASS Distribution Requirement.

Click here for the latest listing of eligible subjects.

This list is not exhaustive. Relevant subjects that are no longer offered and subjects with variable topics (such as “special subjects” or “selected topics” courses, for example) may also be counted at the discretion of the minor advisor.

Subjects in Russian and Eurasian Studies are also available from Harvard University and Wellesley College through cross-registration. Students must receive permission from the minor advisor prior to registering for a class at another institution.  

Additional Information can be obtained from the Minor Advisor:
Professor Elizabeth Wood, E51-282, x3-3255
Or from the History Office, E51-255, x3-4965
Or from the SHASS Academic Administrator,
Andrea Wirth, 4-240, x3-4441.