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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.

Subjects taken at Harvard or Wellesley may count toward this minor.




21G.613 Russian III (Regular), HASS-H

21G.614 Russian IV (Regular), HASS-H

21G.617 Streamlined Russian for Scientists and Engineers, HASS-H


Two intermediate (levels III and IV) subjects in the Russian language are required to satisfy Area I. Students with the equivalent proficiency (but who are not native speakers) can either take two advanced (post IV) language subjects (highly recommended), or another two subjects from Areas II, III, or IV. (Native speakers may substitute other subjects, with the minor advisor's permission.)

Subjects in the Russian and/or Eastern European Languages can be taken at Harvard or Wellesley.


Areas II, III and IV: Four Subjects to be selected from at least two areas




No subjects in this area are currently being offered at MIT.




11.142 Geography of the Global Economy: Energy Systems in Transition - Russia, China and the US, HASS-S (when the topical focus of the course is pertinent)

17.569 Russia’s Foreign Policy: Toward the Post-Soviet States and Beyond, HASS-S

21H.245J Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, 1917-Present [17.57], HASS-S, CI-H




21H.244 Imperial and Revolutionary Russia: Culture and Politics, 1700-1917, HASS-H


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.

[ ] Jointly listed subjects


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