Russian Studies

The face of Europe continues to change fifteen years after the historic fall of communism. With ever more Central and Eastern European countries entering the European Union, the cultural, economic and social fabric of one of the world's most influential alliances grows more and more powerful. At the same time, new questions continue to arise about Europe's role in the world, her future and her fate. The states of Central and Eastern Europe will play a significant part in that future.

Russian Language and Area Studies/Central and East European Studies is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the language, literature, culture, civilization, history and economics of Russia and other eastern European nations. Study of this exciting and often enigmatic area of the world addresses all aspects of its compositions from the earliest appearance of the Slavs in history to recent dynamic political and economic changes. Students take classes in a variety of disciplines pertaining to this rich and culturally diverse region, and are strongly encouraged to take part in one of the study abroad opportunities in Russia or eastern Europe supported by the College.

Students develop an interest in Central and Eastern Europe for diverse reasons and will therefore have differing focal points for their studies. Students who choose to major or minor in RLAS/CEES study Russian language and may choose from an array of additional courses in departments including History (HIS), Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MLC), and Political Science (POL). The RLAS/CEES minor is particularly attractive to students majoring in Theater, International Management, History and Political Science. Study of Russian is also invaluable for students studying art, biology, physics and mathematics.

Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society

2009 Dobro Slovo

Dobro Slovo is the National Slavic Honor Society, which recognizes achievements in the undergraduate study of Russian language, literature and culture. An annual induction ceremony and party in the spring celebrates our students' successes.

Name Title Phone Web
Denis Crnković Professor and Director of Russian & Eastern European Studies 507-933-7389
Glenn Kranking ’98 Associate Professor 507-933-7435 web