Certificate

REEI graduate certificate

REEI offers a graduate certificate in Russian and East European Area Studies (15 credits).

Admissions requirements

Admission to earn the certificate requires a bachelor’s degree with evidence of superior ability and a graduate degree (master’s level or higher). Applicants must also provide a personal statement that outlines their academic and career path and provide evidence of at least 2 years of study of an appropriate area language at the college level, or equivalent.

Use your Graduate Academic Bulletin

Students pursuing a graduate degree in the Russian and East European Institute should use the University Graduate School Academic Bulletin.

Official requirements for our certificate in Russian and East European Area Studies can be found by clicking on the Bulletin below:

2019-20: Russian and East European Institute University Graduate School Academic Bulletin

Degree information

For official degree requirements, you must consult with the Graduate School Bulletin. The information below is not the official record.

Area studies (15 credits)

The REEI graduate certificate requires 15 credit hours, with at least one course (3 credit hours) from all of the four following groups:

  • Social Science
  • Historical/Geographical
  • Sociocultural
  • Literature

All four distribution groups must be met, unless the advisor determines that scheduling conflicts do not permit this. In that case, at least three distribution groups must be met. Courses must be passed with a grade of at least a B. The courses must be planned in consultation with the graduate advisor or REEI director.

View area studies courses

Portfolio presentation

The certificate requires the presentation of a portfolio of work produced for class while at REEI, totaling 25-30 pages. See advisor for more information on portfolio approval and composition.

Students also participate in a presentation of their work. This presentation reflects the academic work they complete while at REEI. It brings together work from the portfolio presentation and demonstrates how they anticipate their work at REEI will impact their future career.

Language requirement

REEI students are expected to demonstrate through oral examination at least an intermediate oral competency in an approved area language. Your proficiency is measured through a conversational exam on a variety of topics, including but not limited to home, school, history, current events, and your research.

For more information about the language proficiency exam, please contact the REEI academic advisor.

Additional requirements
  • Courses must be passed with a grade of at least a B.
  • Courses should be selected in consultation with the REEI Academic Advisor.
  • All four distribution groups must be met. In extenuating circumstances, as approved by the graduate advisor, at least three distribution groups must be met. Exception must be granted in advance.

Review the Graduate Academic Bulletin