General REECAS Courses


REECAS Courses Offered in the Jackson School

  • JSIS A 220 Introduction to East European Studies
    Introduction to the history of post-1945 Eastern Europe, focusing on political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic issues. Countries surveyed include Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia.
  • JSIS A 301 Europe Today
    A multi-disciplinary approach to contemporary Europe focusing on social, political, cultural, and economic change, with special reference to developments in the countries of the European Union, Scandinavia, and those in Eastern Europe in the post-Soviet era.
  • JSIS A 302 The Politics and Cultures of Europe
    Builds upon themes and topics introduces in EURO 301. Provides rigorous and specialized investigation of European political institutions, societies, and cultures after 1945.
  • JSIS A 344 Baltic History
    Survey of the cultures and history of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania from the Viking Age to the present, with particular attention to Baltic-Scandinavian contacts.
  • JSIS A 345 Baltic Cultures
    Discusses the cultures and peoples of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and their contacts with Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe. Examines Baltic literature, music, art, and film in social and historical contexts.
  • JSIS A 425 European Media Systems
    Examines media systems in selected countries in Europe and policy issues that link (or divide) members of the European Union and other major media producers. Media studied in context of the contemporary economic, social, political, and cultural milieu in which they operate.
  • JSIS A 442 War & Occupation in Northern Europe: History, Fiction & Memoir
    The study of literary representations (fiction, memoirs, and personal narratives) dealing with World War II and the occupation of the Nordic and Baltic countries.
  • JSIS 488 Special Topics (Europe)
    Ethnic Cleansing in 20th Century Europe and its Aftermaths
    "Ethnic cleansing" has shaped the societies and cultural landscapes of modern Europe. In particular Central and Eastern Europe experienced the forced unmixing of populations over the course of the twentieth century. This process was marked by eruptions of mass violence and permanently changed the face of Central and Eastern Europe. Cities and regions, once characterized by cultural heterogeneity, have become homogeneous places; others saw a complete change of their ethnic composition, sometimes overnight. Smyrna, which at the beginning of the twentieth century was a multiethnic city with a Greek majority, is today the overwhelmingly Turkish city of Izmir. Lviv, today a Ukrainian city with a small Russian minority, was a Polish-Jewish city with a small Ukrainian minority prior to World War II. At the beginning of the 1940s, the inhabitants of present-day Wrocław in Poland were almost exclusively ethnic Germans; just a decade later, they were almost exclusively Polish.
  • JSIS A 494 Senior Seminar
    Introduction to research into European topics and to the analysis of problems.
  • JSIS A 379 Turkic Peoples of Central Asia
    History of the Turkic peoples, A.D. 552 to present. Emphasis on current status of Turkic peoples in Central Asia. Geographical distribution, demographic data, reactions and adaptations to changes resulting from the 1917 revolution. Turkic viewpoint on past and present developments.
  • JSIS 495 Task Force: NATO's New Strategic Concept
    Some of the questions that may be addressed in this task force include: the role of NATO in Afghanistan and the greater Central Asia/South Asian region; how to deal with the threat of international terrorism; NATO’s role in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute; the possible development of nuclear weapons by Iran; whether to deploy a NATO missile defense system for Europe; whether to add
    as NATO members countries such as Georgia and Ukraine; how to manage NATO-Russia relations; where and by whom NATO’s armory should be produced; differences in attitudes between US and European NATO members on issues such as inclusion of GLBT personnel in military forces and the alleged growing gap between civilian and military culture in the US; and the pressure on financially-strapped European governments to maintain current budgets and force levels.
  • NEAR E 596: Special Studies in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
    The course explores the place of Islam in different kinds of societies during different periods of history. The course objective is understand how religion shapes social and official practices even as it is itself transformed by conditions of tribalism, empire, nationalism, and modernity.
  • JSIS A 418 Eastern Europe: The Political Economy of the Region
    Focus on the classical command- type economy and the most recent economic and political transition in Eastern Europe. Analysis of current institutional reform, privatization, and trade relations.
  • JSIS A 430 Security Affairs of Russia and Eurasia
    Surveys history of Soviet military and Soviet empire from 1917 to 1985, breakup of the USSR during 1985 to 1991, and the emergence of new security issues among those Eurasian states that formally constituted the national components of the USSR and its communist military allies.
  • JSIS A 427 Anthropology of the Post-Soviet States
    Analysis of Soviet and post-Soviet culture and identity. Historical transformations in Soviet approaches to ethnicity and nationality; contemporary processes of nation building and interethnic conflict. Examination of culture through the intersection of social ritual, government policies, language, economic practices, and daily life. Regional focus will vary.
  • JSIS A 444 Imperial Russia: 1700-1900
    An introduction to Russian history from the reign of Peter the Great to the Revolution of 1905. The following will be some of the central themes: the emergence of a specific Russian “modernity” as Russia selectively imported from Western Europe ideas, political practices, and technology in order to overcome its “backwardness” and catch up with the West; religious and ethnic identity, as well as conflict, in a “multicultural” Empire; and the history of women and the family.
  • JSIS A 445 Twentieth-Century Russia
    Introduces students to the political, social, cultural, and diplomatic history of 20th century Russia. Students will read the synthetic works of major historians such as Martin Malia and Sheila Fitzpatrick, but will also listen closely to the voices of the historical actors themselves.
  • JSIS D 440 Survey of Cultures of the Turkic Peoples of Central Asia
    Nomadic and sedentary cultures of the Turkic peoples of Central Asia. Emphasis on languages, literature, and adherence to traditional modes of life.
  • JSIS A 455 Baltic States since 1991
    Intensive, interdisciplinary survey of social, political and economic developments in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since 1991.
  • JSIS 489 Special Topics (REECA)
    Topics vary. Prerequisites: three courses in the area.

    • Doing Business in Russia
      Focuses on the changing economic environment in Russia as it relates to business and trade with the West. Topics of investigation include the Russian business environment; the new legal and regulatory situation for business enterprises; problems and issues of economic and business cooperation in the present situation. Pre-requisite: junior standing or above.
    • Security in the Black Sea Region
      The security situation in a wider Black Sea area (which is often seen as something broader than just a security of a Black Sea basin) has undergone a lot of transformations in the recent 20 plus years since the end of the Cold war. With dissolution of the Eastern bloc and Soviet Union the region has seen an influx of new players. This new diversity of actors has also been met by an increased role of various international groupings – EU, OSCE, NATO, BSEC, GUAM and more. The security situation here is a dynamic one, where one can see a tendency to cooperate coupled with some strong competing trends and even a potential for confrontation. The break up of the Soviet Union has left the region with a bunch of the so-called “frozen conflicts”, which are not frozen really and all are currently far from their final resolution. The Black Sea area has seen a wide array of security concerns ranging from more traditional “hard” ones (which was most vividly demonstrated by the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia) to the once unconventional “soft” ones that do include the issues of energy and environmental security, the problems of migration, trafficking in humans, weapons and drugs, socio-economic underdevelopment, lapses in democracy, human rights and good governance and much more. Thus the regional security complex provides with us with a rich material to be studied. 


    • Security Dynamics in the post-Soviet Space

      More than twenty years have passed since the Soviet Union ceased to exist. These years have been characterized by specific dynamics in the sphere of national and regional security, and foreign and defense policy. The most dominant power in the region – Russia – had clearly gone through some turmoil in its search for its regional role and security identity. Ukraine has gone through endless (and still ongoing) fluctuations regarding its security role in the region. Belarus has remained in a “grey area” of the post-Soviet zone, choosing the politics of self-isolation. Moldova has not resolved its most existential problem – Transnistria – but yet has moved decidedly closer to “Europe” in the recent times. The South Caucasus has seen not-so-frozen conflicts, outright military confrontations and remains an insecure, unstable area. The North Caucasus, being a part of Russia, has proved once and again that this is a powder keg of a tremendous explosive potential. Finally, Central Asia has demonstrated absolute insecurity, with challenges ranging from poverty to corruption to authoritarianism. 

    • European/Euroatlantic Security and the former Soviet Union

      This course will look at the post-Soviet space in the broader emerging architecture of European and Euroatlantic security. It will look at this interaction from both sides: the EU and NATO on one hand, and the influence of the former Soviet Union (FSU) on Euroatlantic security on the other. First, the course will look at the transformations that the EU and NATO have undergone since the early 1990s. Attention will be given to their search for a mission in the post-Cold war world, including developments in their foreign, security and defense policies. Then, a focus will shift to issues related to the eastern dimension of EU and NATO policies and their interaction with the partners in the FSU. Finally, there will be an examination of how the EU and NATO are seen from the perspective of the key players in the post-Soviet space, the features of the relationship between them, and how actors in the FSU area see their roles within a broader European and Euroatlantic security spaces. 

    • Electronic Resources and Research Methods in REECAS Studies
      An introduction to basic tools for searching electronic media resources. It concentrates on sources germane to Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, but the techniques covered can be applied to any discipline or area of the world.
    • Geography of Central Asia
      Examines the cultural and physical landscape of Central Asia at various scales. Discusses criteria for defining Central Asia from historical and spatial perspectives, and analyzes the interplay of resource use, economic development, and environmental degradation. Examines the changing pattern of international ties, ethnic composition, settlement, and regional integration in the post-Soviet period.
    • Human Rights and Human Rights Movements in Russia and Eastern Europe
      Explores the history, establishment, and development of the human rights movement in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
    • Polish Culture and Society 1944-1989 as Reflected in Film
      During the period of the Polish People’s Republic, film was used as a tool for propaganda, discussion of vital social issues, and entertainment. The course combines insights from social history, cultural studies and film studies treating cinemagraphic production under Communism as a product of official politics and individual creation of the artists. The survey traces the story of Communist rule from its inception to its eventual demise. The filmmakers studied include: Wanda Jakubowska, Andrzej Munk, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Marek Piwowski, and Ryszard Bugajski.
    • Resource Colonies
      Examines regions of continuous primary economic activity that have been controlled and exploited by outside areas, with Siberia as a key example. Identifies common characteristics of such regions and presents a typology of resource colonies ("empty quarters") that is applied to various parts of the world. Discusses the development of such regions and the effects on them of resource specialization in a global market economy.
    • Survey of Russian Law
      Survey of the development and current status of the Russian legal system, including: the relationship of law to the power of the state, the legal rights and obligations of Russian citizens, the structure and process of dispute resolution systems, and the nature of the criminal justice system. Emphasis on foreign trade law and human rights.
    • Russian Domestic Policy
      This course provides a detailed examination of the major political and economic institutions of post-Soviet Russia , and the main theoretical debates concerning Soviet and post-Soviet politics in comparative perspective. No prior coursework in Russian or Soviet politics is required; however, at least some introductory-level work in political science is highly recommended. Grades in this class will be based on a midterm exam (33%), class participation 33%), and a final exam (33%). Both exams will be given in class and will consist of analytical essay questions. All required texts are on sale at the University Book Store and on reserve at the Odegaard Library. Offered jointly with POL S 441 and EURO 490 C.
    • Russian Education and Society
      International efforts in education, including the role of the United States in overseas programs. Analysis of the relation of education and society in foreign areas, stressing social change and conflict. Regions of the world considered in the course vary from one offering to another.
    • Central Asian Economic Development
      The topics of discussion in this course constitute the following: 1. How did the socialist economy work and how did the economies of Central Asia fare in this system? 2. How economic transition is supposed to work: Theory of Transition from socialism to free market, 3. How did transition work in reality for the Central Asia Republics? 4. Where do these countries go from here? Why could/should they do? Perspectives on paths to economic development in the region. We will be using simple tools of economic analysis such as supply and demand model to analyze the above mentioned issues.
    • Non-Proliferation and Atomic Energy as Global Issues: A Russian Perspective
      This course presents the non-proliferation curriculum being developed for Obninsk Technical University. The course considers the scientific-technical dimensions of nuclear weapons development from a global perpsective. It will then address questions of national and international safeguards for fissile materials; arms control treaties; the problem of nuclear terrorism; and future prospects for the development of atomic energy for civilian use. Class conducted in English.
    • Central Asian Country Profiles: 20 Years of Independence (Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan)
      The course will concentrate on significant developments in both republics since independence in 1991. Starting with an overview of the conditions both republics inherited from the Russian/Soviet colonial rule, the discussion will proceed to specific developments which shaped the national identity of Uzbeks and Kazakhs in a post-colonial setting. The course will look at the initial goals and aspirations as expressed in the national anthems, flags and constitutions and will discuss the different roads the two republics chose in reviving their traditions and values.
  • JSIS D 472/572 Peoples and Cultures of Central and Inner Asia
    This course aims at introducing students to Central and Inner Asia with a multidisciplinary survey of the cultures and societies of contemporary China’s Inner Asia [Mongolia, Xinjiang (Eastern Turkestan), Tibet and Manchuria] and the contemporary Muslim Central Asian republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) as well as the adjacent areas of Afghanistan and Iran. The course includes a historical review of the Chinese Communist period and Soviet era.
  • JSIS A 504 Bibliography and Research Methods
    This course provides a basic intellectual foundation for interdisciplinary graduate-level study of Russia, East Europe and Central Asia. Students read important texts and are introduced to major debates on the history, politics, and culture of the region. Instruction is provided by REECAS faculty members from the major scholarly disciplines. Topics covered include the nature of Stalinism, the sources and consequences of ethnic conflict and nationalism, post-communist democracy and authoritarianism, and the challenges of current-day globalization.
  • JSIS A 514 Thesis Seminar
    Prepares students in the development of a bibliography as well as an exchange of ideas leading to the writing of a thesis. Required of all second-year MA students. Credit/No Credit only.
  • JSIS A 563 Approaches to East European Politics
    Selected concepts and methodologies useful for the analysis of politics and social structure in the socialist countries of east-central and southeastern Europe. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with POL S 537.
  • JSIS D 564 Seminar: Graduate Survey in East European Studies
    Survey of basic literature relating to Eastern Europe. Prerequisite: SISRE 445 or POL S 445 or approval of instructor.
  • JSIS D 555 Comparative Marine Business in the North Pacific
    Strategies of Russian, Canadian, Japanese, and American enterprises and governments in promotion of marine business in the North Pacific. Socio-economic characteristics of the four powers; role of public and private sectors in foreign trade and investment; Russia's transition to free-market economic system; and business practices in the region. Offered: jointly with SMA 555.
  • JSIS 589 Special Topics

    • Ironic Hero: In Search of Self-Definition in Modern Polish Literature & Film
      The course examines modern Polish mentality focusing on the intersection of forms and popular symbols in culture and daily life of Poles as expressed in language, social rituals, economic practices, and other readable proofs of self-created identity. From reading modern literature and watching films produced in last several decades we will learn less from social and historical point of view but anthropological perspectives. Themes for particular classes will be withdrawn (besides other classics) from marvelous poems of Zbigniew Herbert and Czeslaw Milosz, sarcastic tragicomedies by Slawomir Mrozek and famous novels of Witold Gombrowicz together with contemporary movies by Wajda, Zanussi and Kieslowski. No traditional exam, final and mid-term essay instead. Offered jointly with SLAV 490 D.
    • The EU and Its New Members
      The topics to be covered can be phrased in terms of a number of key questions: why the Eastern enlargement was initiated; what was at stake with this enlargement; how it was carried out; and what the consequences to date have been for new and old member states and for the EU in general. These specific topics will be framed by an introductory overview of the EU's history and institutional framework, and by a concluding discussion of the future of enlargement and the EU's efforts to define alternatives to full membership. Recommended Preparation: Acquiring an ongoing familiarity with contemporary EU debates/conflicts/policies by following press accounts, either traditional like The Economist or The Financial Times, or on-line like or, would be helpful. Offered jointly with EURO 490 B.
    • Nationalism and Ethnicity in Post-Communist Europe
      The first section of the course will review the basic social science approaches to the study of Eastern Europe -- with a focus on how these approaches explain nationalism + ethnic mobilization in the region's political development; the second will then focus on recent scholarship on post-communism (again with specific attention to the role of nationalism/ethnicity both in undermining communism and in the emergence of post-communist regimes); the final section will be devoted to specific case studies. Students will, thereby, be introduced to both the general literature on Eastern Europe AND to the specific themes and issues associated with nationalism and the mobilization of ethnicity.
    • Chinggis Khan, the Mongols and the Formation of Asiatic States, Russia to S.E. Asia
      The Mongol empire was the only political system in history to include Russia, China and practically everybody in between. The course begins with an examination of the life and times of Chinggis Khan, how he unified the Mongol nation, and initiated nearly a century of conquests over major parts of Asia and Europe. The Mongols ruled most of Asia (except for the Indian subcontinent) during the medieval era, keeping Russia insulated from Western Europe to develop its unique character and providing an environment within which Moscow created the successor State. 



Courses Offered in Other Departments

The following courses are in the Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies field, but are offered through other schools and departments of the University. Please consult the current General Catalog for complete descriptions for these courses. Students are strongly urged to consult with their advisor before enrolling in these classes to ensure that they are applicable to the REECAS program.



  • ANTH 405 Peoples of Russia
  • ANTH 425 Anthropology of the Post-Soviet States
  • ANTH 464 Language Politics and Cultural Identity
  • ANTH 496 Special Studies in Anthropology

Art History

  • ART H 309 Topics in Art History
  • ART H 351 Early Medieval and Byzantine
  • ART H 352 High and Late Medieval Art
  • ART H 451/551 Topics in Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture
  • ART H 452 Art, Religion & Politics in the 4-8th Centuries
  • ART H 453 Art, Religion & Politics in Byzantium, 700-1453 AD
  • ART H 551 Early Christian and Medieval Art


  • COM 332 Global Communication
  • COM 425 European Media Systems
  • COM 550 European Union Information Society Policy

Community and Urban Planning

  • CEP 460 Planning in an International Context
  • CEP 498 Comparative Environmentalism

Comparative History of Ideas

  • CHID 309 Marx and Nietzsche: The Assault on Bourgeois-Christian Civilization
  • CHID 498 Special Colloquia

Comparative Literature

  • C LIT 230 Introduction to Folklore Studies
  • C LIT 315 National Cinemas: Roman Polanski
  • C LIT 315 Scandinavian Cinema
  • C LIT 320 Studies in European Literature
  • C LIT 334 Immigrant and Ethnic Folklore
  • C LIT 350-352 Themes in World Literature
  • C LIT 396 Special Studies
  • C LIT 407 Literary Impressionism
  • C LIT 496 Special Studies in Comparative Literature
  • C LIT 497 East European Film
  • C LIT 549 Studies in Slavic Literatures

Comparative Religion

  • RELIG 327 Eastern Christian Traditions


  • ECON 406 Central Asian Economic Development
  • ECON 435 Natural Resource Economic
  • ECON 471 International Trade
  • ECON 472 International Macroeconomics
  • ECON 475 Economics of the European Union
  • ECON 490 Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECON 495 Economic Transformation of Russia and Eastern Europe
  • ECON 590 Theory and Practice of Economic Planning
  • ECON 595 Analysis of Transforming Socialist Economies


  • EDC&I 494A Teaching About Russia and the CIS (for teachers only)
  • EDLPS 541 Russian Education and Society


  • GEOG 333 Russia's Changing Landscape
  • GEOG 344 Migration in the Global Economy
  • GEOG 349 Geography of International Trade
  • GEOG 375 Geopolitics
  • GEOG 432 Population and Urbanization Problems of Russia and the Newly Independent States
  • GEOG 433 Resource Use and Management in Russia and the Newly Independent States
  • GEOG 471 Methods of Resource Analysis
  • GEOG 490 Special Topics
  • GEOG 495 Special Topics
  • GEOG 533 Research Seminar: Russia and the Newly Independent States


  • GERMAN 295 Contributions of German Jews to German Cultures
  • GERMAN 591 German Intellectual History: Marx, Money & Literary Economy



  • HIST 140 Russia from the Tenth Century to the Present
  • HIST 250 Introduction to Jewish Cultural History
  • HIST 269 Holocaust: History and Memory 
  • HIST 309 Marx and Nietzsche: The Assault on Bourgeois-Christian Civilization
  • HIST 369 Jewish 20th Century in Film
  • HIST 454 Baltic History
  • HIST 467 Nations and States in the Modern World
  • HIST 470 Jewish Twentieth Century in Film
  • HIST 494 Historiography
  • HIST 490 Special Topics in History
  • HIST 498 Colloquium in History (topics vary)
  • HIST 504 Comparative Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • HIST 590 Topics in History
  • HSTAM 421 The Byzantine Empire
  • HSTEU 220 Introduction to East European Studies
  • HSTEU 269 Holocaust, History and Memory
  • HSTEU 303 Contemporary European History Since 1815
  • HSTEU 334 Germany 1871-1989
  • HSTEU 368 Modern European Jewish History
  • HSTEU 415 Europe in the Second World War
  • HSTEU 435 World War I
  • HSTEU 440 History of Communism
  • HSTEU 444 Imperial Russia: 1700-1900
  • HSTEU 445 Twentieth-Century Russia
  • HSTEU 451 East-Central Europe since 1342
  • HSTEU 452 Eastern Europe since 1918
  • HSTEU 453 History of the Balkans: 1400- Present
  • HSTEU 454 Baltic History
  • HSTEU 465 The Jews of Eastern Europe
  • HSTEU 469 Enlightenment, Emancipation, Antisemitism: History of the Jews, 1770-1914
  • HSTEU 482 Fascism in Europe
  • HSTEU 490/590 Special Topics
  • HSTEU 544 Modern Russian History
  • HSTEU 545-547 Seminar in Modern Russian History
  • HSTEU 548 Field Course in Soviet History
  • HSTEU 551 History of Eastern Europe: 1772-1939
  • HSTEU 552 History of Eastern Europe: 1939 to the Present
  • HSTEU 553-555 Seminar in Modern East European History

International Studies

  • JSIS B 301 War
  • JSIS B 269 The Holocaust: History and Memory
  • JSIS B 315 Law, State, and Society
  • JSIS B 330 International Political Economy
  • JSIS B 331 International Political Economy of Development
  • JSIS B 332 Political Economy of International Trade and Finance
  • JSIS B 344 Migration and the Global Economy
  • JSIS A 346 Alternative Routes to Modernity
  • JSIS B 350 Environmental Norms in International Politics
  • JSIS A 368 Modern European Jewish History
  • JSIS B 369 Jewish Twentieth Century in Film
  • JSIS B 375 Geopolitics
  • JSIS A 379 Turkic Peoples of Central Asia
  • JSIS B 406 Political Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism
  • JSIS B 421 National Security and International Affairs
  • JSIS B 425 International Law/Arms Control
  • JSIS B 426 World Politics
  • JSIS B 436 Ethnic Politics and Nationalism in Multi-Ethnic Societies
  • JSIS B 440 History of Communism
  • JSIS B 446 History Memory & Justice
  • JSIS B 463 Enlightenment, Emancipation, Antisemitism: History of the Jews, 1770-1914
  • JSIS D 465 Jews of Eastern Europe
  • JSIS B 467 Nations and States in the Modern World
  • JSIS B 470 Jewish History in the 20th Century
  • JSIS B 476 Comparative International Political Economy
  • JSIS D 477 The Catholic Church in World Politics
  • JSIS 478/578 Special Topics
  • JSIS 479 Special Topics
  • JSIS 495 Task Force
  • JSIS 498 Readings in International Studies
  • JSIS 501 Seminar: Comparative International Studies
  • JSIS 511 Practicum: Methods in International Studies
  • JSIS B 522 Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • JSIS B 534 International Affairs
  • JSIS A 551 International Relations with NE Asia
  • JSIS B 553Environment and Health in the World Trade Organization
  • JSIS A 560 Seminar in Turkish Studies
  • JSIS B 586 Law, Politics, and International Trade



  • LAW B 556 Islamic Law
  • LAW B 596 International Protection of Human Rights
  • LAW E 526 Law Reform in Transition Economies Seminar


  • LING 433 Language Politics and Cultural Identity

Marine Affairs

  • SMA 455 Marine Business Environment in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • SMA 507 International Organizations and Ocean Management
  • SMA 540 International Strategic Planning for Marine Resources
  • SMA 555 Comparative Marine Business in the North Pacific 


  • MUSIC 316 Music Cultures of the World
  • MUSIC 318 Music Cultures of the World
  • MUSIC 445 Special Topics in Ethnomusicology

Music History

  • MUHST 497 Special Topics in Music History

Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

  • NEAR E 363 Oral Literature of the Turkic peoples of Central Asia: The Heroic Epos.
  • NEAR E 375 Turkic Peoples of Central Asia
  • NEAR E 443 Reading Ottoman Literature: The World & Empire
  • NEAR E 450 Survey of the Cultures of the Turkic Peoples of Central Asia
  • NEAR E 496 Special Topics
  • NEAR E 518 Foreign Language Teaching Methodology.
  • NEAR E 524 Islamic Law
  • NEAR E 596 Special Studies
  • TKIC 363 Oral Literature of Turkic Peoples of Central Asia: The Heroic Epos
  • TKIC 404 Introduction to Turkic Studies
  • TKIC 454-456 Introduction to Uzbek Literature
  • TKIC 484-486 Uzbek Texts
  • TKIC 490 Supervised Study
  • TKIC 499 Undergraduate Research
  • NEAR E 518 Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
  • TKIC 563 Seminar on Turkic Literature


  • PHIL 334 Philosophy of Marxism
  • PHIL 338 Philosophy of Human Rights
  • PHIL 538 Philosophy of Human Rights

Political Science

  • POL S 203 Introduction to International Relations
  • POL S 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POL S 324 Europe in World Politics
  • POL S 326 Scandinavia in World Affairs
  • POL S 328 International Organizations
  • POL S 329 Global Communications
  • POL S 340 Comparative Communism and Post-Communism
  • POL S 368 Politics and Law of International Human Rights
  • POL S 403 Advanced Special Topics in International Relations
  • POL S 406 Marxian Political Economy
  • POL S 407 International Conflict
  • POL S 420 Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy
  • POL S 421 Relations among Post-Commmunist States
  • POL S 422 International Environmental Politics Seminar
  • POL S 425 War and Deterrence
  • POL S 426 World Politics
  • POL S 427 International Political Economy
  • POL S 432 Political Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism
  • POL S 436 Ethnic Politics and Nationalism in Multi-Ethnic Societies
  • POL S 441 Government and Politics of the Soviet Union and Russia
  • POL S 444 Revolutionary Regimes
  • POL S 445 Politics and Society of Eastern Europe
  • POL S 446 Peasants and Politics
  • POL S 447 Transitions to Democracy in Europe: Past and Present
  • POL S 448 Politics of the European Community
  • POL S 505 Comparative Politics
  • POL S 514 Special Topics: Philosophy of Human Rights
  • POL S 517 Marxian and Critical Theory
  • POL S 519 Modern Scandinavian Politics
  • POL S 520 Seminar on the Foreign Policy of Russia
  • POL S 521 International Relations I: Theory and Method
  • POL S 522 International Political Economy
  • POL S 524 International Security
  • POL S 527 International Relations Topics
  • POL S 534 International Affairs
  • POL S 539 International Relations of Northeast Asia 
  • POL S 541 Institutions & Institutional Change in the Soviet Union, Russia, and the NIS
  • POL S 544 Problems in Comparative Government
  • POL S 566 Comparative Law and Politics
  • LSJ 320 International Human Rights
  • LSJ 425 Domesticating International Human Rights: Perspectives on U.S. Asylum and Refugee Law
  • LSJ 490A Law, State, and Society

Public Affairs

  • PB AF 507 Mediation & Negotiations as Instruments of Public Management & Policy-Making
  • PB AF 530 International Affairs
  • PB AF 533 Economics of International Development
  • PB AF 534 Rural Development: Economics and Policy
  • PB AF 537 Topics in International Affairs
  • PB AF 538 International Organizations and Ocean Management

Scandinavian Studies

  • BALTIC 200 Baltic Cultures
  • LATV 310 Topics in Latvian Literature
  • SCAND 230 Introduction to Folklore Studies
  • SCAND 326 Scandinavia in World Affairs
  • SCAND 330 Scandinavian Mythology
  • SCAND 331 Folk Narrative
  • SCAND 332 Folk Belief and World View
  • SCAND 333 Folk life and Material Culture
  • SCAND 334 Immigrant and Ethnic Folklore
  • SCAND 340 Kalevala and the Epic Tradition
  • SCAND 344 The Baltic States and Scandinavia
  • SCAND 345 Baltic Cultures
  • SCAND 350 Environmental Norms in International Politics
  • SCAND 360 Scandinavian Cinema
  • SCAND 402 International Political Economy and Scandinavia
  • SCAND 437 Politics in Scandinavia
  • SCAND 445 War and Occupation in Northern Europe: History, Fiction, and Memoir
  • SCAND 454 Baltic History
  • SCAND 455 Baltic States since 1991
  • SCAND 490/590 Special Topics
  • SCAND 518 Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
  • SCAND 519 Modern Scandinavian Politics
  • SCAND 594 Modern Methods & Materials in Teaching Scandinavian & Baltic Languages

Slavic Languages and Literatures

  • BCS 420 Literature, Film & Culture of the Former Yugoslavia & the Yugoslav Successor States
  • CR SB 420 Yugoslav Literature in Its European Context in English
  • CZECH 420 Modern Czech Literature in English
  • POLISH 420 Modern Polish Literature in English
  • RUSS 110 Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization
  • RUSS 120 Topics in Russian Literacy and Cultural History
  • RUSS 230 Masterpieces of Russian Literature
  • RUSS 321-323 Russian Literature and Culture
  • RUSS 324 Russian Folk Literature in English
  • RUSS 420 Topics in Russian Literary and Cultural History (varies)
  • RUSS 421 Post-Soviet Literary and Cultural Scene
  • RUSS 422 Russian Literature in Emigration and Exile
  • RUSS 423 Russian Film
  • RUSS 424 Topics in Ethnicity and Cultural Identity
  • RUSS 425 Russian Drama
  • RUSS 426 Russian Art and Architecture
  • RUSS 430/543 Major Authors
  • RUSS 461 Introduction to Russian Literature in Russian
  • RUSS 482 Research Project in Russia
  • RUSS 483 Russian Literature in Russia
  • RUSS 484 Russian History in Russia
  • RUSS 490 Studies in Russian Literature
  • RUSS 499 Directed Study in Russian Literature
  • RUSS 512 Russian Literary Criticism
  • RUSS 520 Topics in Russian Literature
  • RUSS 520 Seminar in Contemporary Russian Poetry
  • RUSS 521-525 Russian Literature to 1800
  • RUSS 526 Topics in Russian Literary and Cultural History
  • RUSS 542 Seminar in Contemporary Russian Poetry
  • RUSS 543 Seminar in Contemporary Russian Prose
  • RUSS 554 History of the Russian Literary Language
  • RUSS 570 Research Seminar in Russian Literature
  • RUSS 577 Russian Folk Literature
  • RUSS 600 Independent Study or Research
  • SLAV 420 The Other Contemporary East European Fiction
  • SLAV 423 East European Film
  • SLAV 425 Ways of Meaning: Universal and Culture Specific Aspects of Language
  • SLAV 426 Ways of Feeling: Expressions of Emotions Across Languages and Cultures
  • SLAV 470 Special Topics in Slavic Linguistics
  • SLAV 481 East European Language in Eastern Europe
  • SLAV 482 Research Project in Eastern Europe
  • SLAV 483 East European Literature in Eastern Europe
  • SLAV 486 East European Culture in Eastern Europe
  • SLAV 490 Studies in Slavic Literatures
  • SLAV 499 Directed Study Research
  • SLAV 518 Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
  • SLAV 520 New Trends in Literary Theory
  • SLAV 600 Independent Study or Research


  • SOC 301 War
  • SOC 469 Balkan Societies
  • SOC 511 Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOC 589 Ethnicity & Nationalism: Ethnic & Religious Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Modern World
  • SOC 590 Comparative International Political Sociology


Language Courses


Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian

  • BCS 401-403 Elementary Croatian-Serbian
  • BCS 404-406 Advanced Croatian-Serbian

Baltic Languages

  • ESTO 101-103 Elementary Estonian
  • ESTO 203A Second-Year Estonian
  • ESTO 490 Supervised Reading in Estonian
  • LATV 101-103 Elementary Latvian
  • LATV 203 Second-Year Latvian
  • LATV 490 Supervised Reading in Latvian
  • LITH 101-103 Elementary Lithuanian
  • LITH 490 Supervised Reading in Lithuanian
  • SCAND 490 Topics in Baltic Languages


  • BULGR 401-403 Elementary Bulgarian
  • BULGR 404-406 Advanced Bulgarian


  • CZECH 401-403 Elementary Czech
  • CZECH 404-406 Advanced Czech


  • POLISH 401-403 Elementary Polish
  • POLISH 404-406 Advanced Polish


  • ROMN 401-403 Elementary Romanian
  • ROMN 404-406 Advanced Romanian


  • RUSS 101-103 First-Year Russian
  • RUSS 150 Intensive First-Year Russian
  • RUSS 201-203 Second- Year Russian
  • RUSS 250 Intensive Second-Year Russian
  • RUSS 301-303 Intermediate Russian
  • RUSS 304A Reading and Translation
  • RUSS 304AA Advanced Russian
  • RUSS 313 Business Russian
  • RUSS 350 Intensive Third-Year Russian
  • RUSS 351 Intermediate Russian Phonetics
  • RUSS 352 Intermediate Russian Morphology
  • RUSS 381 Phonetics in St. Petersburg
  • RUSS 382 Advanced Syntax and Composition in St. Petersburg
  • RUSS 383 Conversation in St. Petersburg
  • RUSS 401-403 Advanced Russian
  • RUSS 404 Russian Literary Translation
  • RUSS 450 Intensive Advanced Russian
  • RUSS 451-452 Structure of Russian
  • RUSS 481 Russian Language in Russia
  • RUSS 482 Research Project
  • RUSS 483 Russian Literature in Russia
  • RUSS 484 Russian History in St. Petersburg
  • RUSS 485 Economics in St. Petersburg
  • RUSS 486 Culture in Russia
  • RUSS 499 Directed Study or Research
  • RUSS 501 Russian Language for Graduate Students
  • RUSS 502 Russian Translation
  • RUSS 551 Advance Russian Morphophonology
  • RUSS 552 Advance Russian Syntax
  • RUSS 600 Independent Study or Research


  • SLAV 351 History of the Slavic Languages
  • SLAV 470, 570 Seminar in Slavic Linguistics: Bilingualism
  • SLAV 470 Special Topics in Slavic Linguistics
  • SLAV 481 East European Language in Eastern Europe
  • SLAV 482 Research Project in Eastern Europe
  • SLAV 483 Eastern European Literature in Eastern Europe
  • SLAV 498 Senior Honors Thesis
  • SLAV 499 Directed Study or Research
  • SLAV 518 Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
  • SLAV 519 Slavic Language Pedagogy
  • SLAV 550 Synchronic Slavic Linguistics
  • SLAV 551 Introduction to the Study of Slavic Languages
  • SLAV 551A History of Slavic Languages
  • SLAV 560 Diachronic Slavic Linguistics
  • SLAV 561 History of the East Slavic Languages
  • SLAV 562 History of the West Slavic Languages
  • SLAV 563 History of the South Slavic Languages
  • SLAV 565 Old Church Slavonic
  • SLAV 566 Readings in Old Church Slavonic
  • SLAV 570 Georgian Language
  • SLAV 570 Seminar in Slavic Linguistics
  • SLAV 600 Independent Study or Research

Turkic and Central Asian Languages

  • PRSAN 401/470 Intensive Elementary Tajik
  • PRSAN 411-413 Elementary Persian
  • PRSAN 421-423 Intermediate Persian
  • PRSAN 431-433 Advance Persian
  • PRSAN 451-453 Persian Literature
  • PRSAN 490 Elementary Tajik
  • TKIC 401 Intensive Elementary Uzbek
  • TKIC 402 Intensive Elementary Kazakh
  • TKIC 403 Intensive Elementary Kirghiz
  • TKIC 404 Intensive Intermediate Uzbek
  • TKIC 404 Intensive Advanced Uzbek
  • TKIC 405 Intensive Intermediate Kazakh
  • TKIC 406 Intensive Advanced Uzbek
  • TKIC 407 Intensive Elementary Uighur
  • TKIC 411-413 Elementary Uzbek
  • TKIC 414-416 Introduction to Kazakh
  • TKIC 417-419 Introduction to Uighur
  • TKIC 420 Intermediate Uighur
  • TKIC 421-423 Intermediate Uzbek
  • TKIC 424-426 Intermediate Kazakh 
  • TKIC 451 Introduction to Turkic Studies
  • TKIC 490 Supervised Study
  • TKIC 490 Supervised Uzbek and Kyrgyz Study
  • TKIC 499 Undergraduate Research
  • TKIC 542-543 Comparative and Historical Grammar of Turkic Languages
  • TKIC 546 Old Turkic
  • TKIC 547 Old Uighur
  • TKIC 561-562 Middle Turkic
  • TKIC 563 Seminar on Turkic Literature
  • TKIC 600 Independent Study or Research
  • NEAR E 496E Elementary Kirghiz
  • NEAR E 596B Intermediate Uighur
  • TKISH 401 Intensive Elementary Turkish
  • TKISH 411-413 Elementary Turkish
  • TKISH 421-423 Intermediate Turkish
  • TKISH 451-452 Readings in Turkish Literary History
  • TKISH 453 Ottoman Travelers and Geography
  • TKISH 454-455 Turkish Literary Genres
  • TKISH 456 Introduction to Ottoman Turkish
  • TKISH 490 Supervised Study
  • TKISH 499 Undergrad Research
  • TKISH 600 Independent Study/Research


  • UKR 401-403 Elementary Ukrainian



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