Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies

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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a B.A. and Minor in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (REES). The REES major offers a multidisciplinary understanding of a broad region stretching from Eastern Europe to Central Asia.

REES majors take courses in language, arts, science, history, geography, economics, and cultures of the REES world area. They learn about global topics like migration, human trafficking, environmental policy, democracy development, human rights, natural resource management, and international affairs, as these issues relate to the REES region. The degree may be customized according to the student’s interest in one or more of these issues.

The language skills, analytical tools and cultural awareness gained in earning a REES degree are compatible with a broad range of careers in the public or private sector. Program graduates have found employment in government, Non-Profits & NGOs, education, business, media, and the arts.

Department of Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies


Sample of Related Skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing in either Russian, German, or a Central/East European language or in a Eurasian language 
  • Understand the region of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia including its history and culture 
  • Possess specialized competency in the field of concentration consistent with the disciplinary expectations of the chosen field 
  • Acquire advanced-level language proficiency in Russian, Romanian, Polish, and/or Turkish
  • Learn analytical multidisciplinary methods for cross-cultural comparative research 

Popular Career Paths

Business, Commerce, Trade: Uses foreign language skills and cultural knowledge to work with international partners in all aspects of global business, management, banking, and trade.

Communications & Media: Utilizes foreign language skills and cultural knowledge to work for domestic or international employers in the areas of journalism, broadcasting media, communications, public relations, and advertising.

Foreign Relations: Works with US government agencies and international non-profit organizations to inform and enhance relations between countries through foreign diplomacy, intelligence, policy, and law.

International Development & Human Services: Works with US government agencies and non-profit organizations to develop and advocate for economic, political, and social quality-of-life issues on behalf of those living abroad and those immigrating to the US.

Research: Involves conducting research to inform educational programs, policy development, and other educational or political interests.

Teaching/Education Administration: Utilizes foreign language skills and cultural knowledge to build educational systems in developing countries, oversee educational exchange programs for students and educators, and teach language skills domestically or abroad.


Jobs to Consider

Diplomat

Economist

English or Foreign Language Instructor

Foreign Exchange Trader

Foreign Service Officer

Fundraising/Development Officer

Grant Writer

Human Rights Advocate

Immigration Specialist/Analyst

Intelligence Specialist/Analyst

International Correspondent

International Program Coordinator

International Relations Specialist

Journalist - Language or Culture-Specific

Lawyer - International, Travel, or Immigration Law

Linguist

Lobbyist

Policy Researcher/Analyst

Social Worker - Immigrant Populations

Study Abroad Coordinator

Trade Specialist

Translator/Interpreter

Travel Agent

Travel Journalist


Places to Seek Employment

Consulting Firms

Domestic/Foreign Banking & Financial Institutions

Domestic/Foreign Corporations

International Trade Firms

Multilateral Organizations (e.g. United Nations)

Newspaper, Magazine, and Book Publishers

Non-Profit Organizations

US Federal Government and Military

US State and Local Governments

 

Research Institutes and Foundations

Public/Private Schools

Travel and Hospitality Providers

TV Networks and Film Studios

 


Employment Strategies

  1. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  2. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  3. Immerse yourself in foreign cultures though study abroad programs, international internships, volunteer programs, and/or personal travel.
  4. Seek out opportunities to interact with others of diverse nationalities and cultures to develop your language skills and intercultural competencies.
  5. If majoring in International Studies, identify global issues and foreign languages that interest you and specialize in these areas.
  6. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your areas of interest, such as: Global & International Studies Student Organization, AIESEC, Amnesty International, International Friends, KU Model United Nations, and Students for Global Awareness.
  7. Take LA&S 480: Preparing for International Careers as an elective.
  8. Complete KU's Global Awareness Program.
  9. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  10. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. List of practice questions: ESL/TESOL (pdf), general interview (pdf).
  11. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).
  12. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.

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