Academic Programs

Interdivisional Programs

Russian and Eurasian Studies


The Russian and Eurasian Studies Program (RES) focuses on the language, literature, history, and culture of Russia, the Soviet Union and the states that once were a part of it, and East and East-Central Europe, through a range of interdisciplinary contexts, theoretical perspectives, and analytical approaches. Both Lower and Upper College courses draw upon faculty expertise in history, literature, politics, economics, art, music, culture, and religious studies as they relate to Russia and Eurasia, either separately or in a comparative context. Proficiency in the Russian language is a key component of the RES major, with course offerings from beginning to advanced at Bard and opportunities for study in Russia at the Bard-affiliated Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny College), St. Petersburg State University. Stu dents may choose to specialize in a literature or social science track, or may combine Russian and Eurasian studies with another program of study.


To moderate into RES, a student must complete at least: 12 credits of Russian language (native speakers of Russian should consult with their adviser in Russian studies to determine how this requirement will be applied), one course in Russian literature, and one course from the Division of Social Studies in Russian/Eurasian studies (i.e., history, politics, economics, religion).

For graduation, students should demonstrate language proficiency equivalent to at least the third-year level. For most students this means taking the second-year Russian sequence, plus at least one third-year Russian course. At least 12 additional credits (three courses) are required in the student's major Russian studies track (either literature or social science). At least one of these courses must be at the 300 level or above (a major seminar with a substantial research paper). Since the RES curriculum strives for balance and breadth, it is also recommended that at least one of these courses treat Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia in a comparative context. Also required are at least 4 credits (one additional course) in Russian studies of the other track (either literature or social science), and a Senior Project.

Opportunities for Practical Experience

RES majors are strongly encouraged to participate in Bard's study abroad program at Smolny College, a joint initiative of Bard College and St. Petersburg State University, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Students may enroll in summer intensive Russian language courses and/or semester or academic-year programs at Smolny, where Bard students combine a liberal arts curriculum with linguistic and cultural immersion by taking classes side by side with Russian students, in Russian. For more information, see "International Programs and Study Abroad."