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University of Pittsburgh    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
 
  Jun 12, 2024
 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Certificate



Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
4215 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-7403
reesadv@pitt.edu
http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/

Deepen your understanding of a world region that spans Europe and Asia, where shifting identities and political boundaries are complicated by control of energy resources, EU/NATO affiliations, and the Cold War legacy. The Certificate in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is an interdisciplinary credential that appears on your transcript and complements your major and minor. The undergraduate Certificate in Russia, East European, and Eurasian Studies is crafted to allow students in any major - from STEM and professional disciplines to languages and other liberal arts - to enhance their program of study without extra tuition cost and usually with no increase in their overall course load. The certificate integrates language study with the study of the region where the language is spoken.

Certificate Requirements


  • Coursework: Five Russian, East European, and/or Eurasian area studies (non-language*) courses (15 credits). Courses must be taken in at least three departments, and up to two courses may overlap with the student’s major. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in REEES-related courses.
  • Language proficiency: a minimum of two years (four terms) of college-level study of a language of the former Soviet Union or East-Central Europe. Pitt offers Russian, Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Modern Greek, Turkish, Persian and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. Additionally, Pitt’s Summer Language Institute offers Bulgarian and Czech. Heritage speakers must demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency.
  • Digital Portfolio: An online digital portfolio that showcases research, work/internship experiences, study abroad, extra-curricular activities, language acquisition, and coursework to highlight expertise in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and associated professional and academic goals.

    *Students may apply advanced language coursework as Area Studies coursework in certain circumstances, in consultation with the certificate advisor.

Related Concentration in European & Eurasian Studies


The Related Concentration in European & Eurasian Studies is crafted to offer comparative study opportunities for students in a pre-professional field - pre-medicine, pre-law, business, engineering, and health and rehab sciences - will while capitalizing on existing European language credits. This individualized, interdisciplinary credential provides a context for studying abroad and complements most academic plans and majors. For the Related Concentration, we define Eurasia as the Russian Federation, Turkey, Mongolia, and the former Soviet republics.

Requirements


  • A minimum of four (12 credits) content courses is required. The courses must come from at least two different departments and none of the courses can overlap with a student’s other credentials. These courses are allowed to overlap, however, with general education requirements. Students must earn a C or better in classes counting towards the certificate.
  • Language proficiency: one year (two semesters) of college-level study of an official European (excluding English) or Eurasian language, or demonstration of equivalent proficiency. The same language classes (or AP credits) used to fulfill the general education requirement may be used here as well.
  • Digital Portfolio: “An online digital portfolio that showcases research, work/internship experiences, study abroad, extra-curricular activities, language acquisition, and coursework to highlight expertise in European and Eurasian Studies, and associated professional and academic goals.”

Special Academic Opportunities


Pitt offers a range of study abroad course that can be used to fulfill certificate requirements. Short-term summer study abroad courses, taught in English and offering 3 to 6 Pitt credits, may include:

  • Czech Republic and Poland: Economy and Policy (ECON 0905  ) in Prague, Budapest, and Krakow, May;
  • Romani (Gypsy) Music, Culture, and Human Rights (MUSIC 1362  , URBNST 0600  ) in Prague and Budapest, 6 credits, May-June;
  • Architecture and the City in Central Europe (ARC 1191  ) in Vienna, Zagreb, Ljubljana, and Prague, May;
  • Competing Perspectives on Global Energy (PS 1301  ) in Ukraine, Belgium, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC, 3 credits, May;
  • Monsters, Madmen, and the Modern City (ENGLIT 0636  , ENGLIT 0612  ) in Prague, 6 credits, July-August.

The intensive Summer Language Institute (SLI) is a great option to study languages of our region. Study abroad options are available for Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak and Persian (www.sli.pitt.edu).

*For those students interested in pursuing graduate or other advanced regional studies, a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in International and Area Studies/Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Track is also available.



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