What is REES?
Russian and East European studies (REES) is an interdisciplinary program studying the peoples of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia in their historical and international context. The major combines language study, the arts and humanities, historical inquiry and the social sciences. Currently, nine faculty members housed in five different departments regularly teach classes that count towards the REES major. Students may petition for the inclusion of other courses, if at least half of the course material covers topics related to Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia.
All Russian and REES majors are required to complete the equivalent of 4th-semester Russian (RUSS 44) and an additional 8 courses in the major, including the Junior/Senior Research Seminar (RUSS 190), and the Senior Exercise (RUSS 191). Majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad in Russia during one semester of their Junior Year.
Minors must complete the equivalent of RUSS 44 and four courses in Russian or REES.
Students from across the Claremont Colleges are welcome to major or minor in either Russian or REES through Pomona College, though certain college-specific regulations may apply. If you are considering majoring or minoring in Russian or REES, please contact the Russian Program Coordinator as soon as possible to come up with a plan of study that best meets your interests.
Courses Taught in English
RUST 103 PO - Dostoevsky and Popular Culture, Prof. Klioutchkine
Media culture, youth movement, burgeoning city life, technological progress and acute political developments, such as nihilism, anarchism and terrorism–these circumstances brought to life Dostoevsky's masterpieces. Popular culture fashioned the rich context for Dostoevsky's existential questions about love, life and death. By placing Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Possessed in the context of their time, remarkably similar to our own, the course highlights the links between Dostoevsky's novels and our experience today. (Russian in Translation)
HIST 71 PO : Modern Europe since 1789, Prof. Chu
HIST 110S PO: Researching the Cold War, Prof. Chu
GOVT 173 CM - Politics of East Europe and Russia, Prof. Appel
Courses Taught in Rusian
RUSS 002 PO - Elementary Russian, Prof. Klioutchkine
Continues the acquisition of basic oral and written communication with a focus on Russian grammar in social and cultural contexts. Intensive oral and written practice. Prerequisite: RUSS 001 PO.
RUSS 044 PO—Advanced Russian, Prof. Rudova
Continues the study of the Russian grammatical system. Focus on oral communicative strategies, advanced syntax, study of short poems, prose and film. Prerequisite: RUSS 033 PO.
RUSS 190 PO - Research Seminar, Prof. Rudova
Topics in Russian and East European Studies: Research Seminar. This course combines advanced work on Russian material with instruction in research methodologies across disciplines. Emphasis on Russian primary sources. Sophomores and juniors complete a research paper in preparation for thesis. Seniors present their thesis progress. Tailored to student research interests. Prerequisites: RUSS 033 PO. May be repeated twice for credit.
RUSS 011 PO - Conversation: Contemporary Russian Language and Culture
Open to all students except native speakers. Credit for satisfactory participation in Oldenborg Center activities and two conversation classes weekly. Cumulative, one-fourth course credit; graded P/NC. Does not satisfy the foreign language requirement. Limited to one enrollment per semester and a cumulative total of one course credit. Prerequisite: RUSS 001 PO
RUSS 013 PO - Advanced Conversation
Open to all students except native speakers. Credit for satisfactory participation in Oldenborg Center activities and two conversation classes weekly. Prerequisite: two years of college-level language study or equivalent. Cumulative, one-quarter course credit; graded P/NC. Does not satisfy the foreign language requirement. Limited to one enrollment per semester and a cumulative total of one course credit. Each semester. Prerequisite: RUSS 033 PO.