What Can I Do with a Major in Russian, Eastern European, & Eurasian Studies?

The Russian, Eastern European, & Eurasian Studies (REEES) major allows students to study the history of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, broadly defined as the territory of the former Soviet republics, from medieval times to today. REEES majors study the language, history, politics, and culture of an increasingly important area of the world. They learn of the differences and similarities between the U.S. and these countries in the humanities, business, arts, natural and social sciences, and everyday life.

The Russian, Eastern European, & Eurasian Studies major can*:

  • communicate proficiently in Russian, one of the world's most important languages
  • examine the politics, history, literature, film, and culture of the former USSR and Eastern Europe
  • write and make presentations in a clear and persuasive manner that will be useful to future employers

Career opportunities have increased greatly in the last few years. Because Americans who can speak Russian and other languages of Eastern Europe and Eurasia are still a distinct minority, demand is high. Miami graduates with a major in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies will inevitably find opportunities to work abroad should they so desire. Miami alumni also have a good record of receiving prestigious national grants and internships directly related to Russia, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union.

Opportunities abound in human rights, government agencies, the United Nations, businesses (both US and international), service and religious organizations, advertising, communication.

An undergraduate degree with a major in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies also provides a solid foundation for graduate work in area studies, political science, history, Russian language and literature, international business, law, diplomacy, or library science.

Career options for Russian, Eastern European, & Eurasian Studies graduates include**:

  • human rights advocate
  • expert in anti-corruption investigation
  • translator or interpreter
  • Foreign Service or Department of State employee
  • lawyer specializing in internal law

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Russian, Eastern European, & Eurasian Studies majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Russian, Eastern European, & Eurasian Studies majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.