Russian and Eurasian Studies Concentration

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 Concentration 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.

A HASS Concentration may include only one subject that also counts toward the HASS Distribution Requirement. You may include more than one only if the additional subject will NOT count as a HASS Distribution subject in your degree audit.


Concentration Requirements


Four subjects, chosen from the following MIT subjects:

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

21G.077J/21G.618 Introduction to the Classics of Russian Literature [21L.490], HASS-H

21G.087J Introduction to Russian Studies [21H.144J], HASS-H

21G.611 Russian I (Regular), HASS-H

21G.612 Russian II (Regular), HASS-H

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

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

21G.615 Russian V: Russian for STEM, HASS-H

21G.616 Advanced Russian: Explorations in Russian Culture, Society, and Media, HASS-H

21H.244J Imperial and Revolutionary Russia: Culture and Politics, 1700-1917 [21G.085], HASS-H

21H.245J Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, 1917-Present [17.57, 21G.086], HASS-S, CI-H


Students may also cross-register for classes at Harvard or Wellesley in languages of Eastern Europe and/or Russian, as well as courses in history, literature, government and other subjects.

[ ] Jointly listed subjects


Additional Information can be obtained from one of the Concentration Advisors:
Maria Khotimsky 16-661, x5-5385
Professor Elizabeth Wood, E51-282, x3-3255
Or from the History Office, E51-255, x3-4965
Or by emailing