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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

College of Letters & Science

Russian and East European Studies

Faculty Coordinator: Christine Evans, Assistant Professor of History
Christine Wolf, Advisor, Garland Hall 111, (414) 229-6925, cawolf@uwm.edu (Last names A-L)
Aparna Datey, Advisor, Garland 113, (414) 229-3042, datey@uwm.edu (Last names M-Z)

Students completing this program of study earn the Certificate in Russian and East European Studies. The certificate program is designed for students majoring in any field, but specifically for those majoring in Russian, political science, history, geography, and international studies, as well as for non-majors. Its purpose is to enable students interested in the Russian and East European area to take a coordinated series of courses and to receive a formal certificate signifying this specialization.

The Russian and East European Studies Certificate Program is open to all students seeking a bachelor’s degree from UWM, to those who previously received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this topic. To be admitted as non-degree students, individuals must meet regular university admission requirements. Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree and non-degree students receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements. All students are required to complete an exit survey before the certificate is awarded.

To obtain the certificate, students must complete at least 18 credits including the requirements in either of the following two tracks:

Track One

1. 9 credits in upper-division courses from the appended list of courses in area history, political science, geography, and foreign languages and literature, or substitutes as approved by the committee.

2. Demonstrated mastery of one of the languages of the region, as measured by the committee. In the past, this level of proficiency was usually achieved by successfully completing 4 semesters of classroom study in the language. Note: Should a student already have a demonstrated mastery of one of the languages in the area without needing formal coursework, he/she will be required to complete 9 additional credits in courses approved for the certificate.

Track Two

1. 9 credits in upper-division courses from the appended list of courses in area history, political science, geography, and foreign languages and literature, or substitutes approved by the committee.

2. An additional 6-9 credits in courses covering the area from the appended list of courses, or substitutes approved by the committee.

In both tracks, students must complete at least 18 credits in courses approved for the certificate, including at least 9 advanced (numbered 300 and above) credits completed successfully at UWM.

In both tracks, students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in all courses taken for the certificate, including language courses.

Students should be aware that not all certificate courses are taught regularly. They are advised, therefore, to plan well ahead in choosing courses needed for the certificate. A maximum of 3 credits in advanced independent study courses (699) may be applied toward completion of certificate requirements. Other appropriate courses taught by the area faculty, but not on the list, may be taken with the approval of the faculty coordinator. When necessary, requests for other substitute courses will be considered by the committee, provided they are made well in advance of graduation.

Exit Survey

Students in both tracks are required to complete an exit survey upon completion of their required coursework. The assessment process allows certificate students to reflect on their experiences while providing important information to help improve the program.

The exit survey is conducted online for a limited period of time during the fall and spring semesters. Students who are about to complete or have finished all coursework should contact Tracy Buss (tbuss@uwm.edu) concerning the exit survey.

Please note: The exit survey is a program requirement. Failure to complete the survey prior to graduation will delay processing of the graduation clearance.

Courses Approved for the Certificate Program

Ethnic 250

Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: “Ethnic Processes and Nationalism - Russia and the Former USSR” subtitle and other appropriate subtitles

3

Hist 239

Poland and Its Neighbors, 1795 -1914

3

Hist 295

Historical Encounters (with Russian and/or East European subtitle)

3

Hist 340

Early Russia Through Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great

3

Hist 341

Imperial Russia

3

Hist 343

Russia Since 1917

3

Hist 345

The Modern Balkans: War and Democracy

3

Hist 346

Poland and Its Neighbors, 1914-1945

3

Hist 348

Poland and Its Neighbors, 1945 to the Present

3

Intl St 550

Senior Seminar in International Studies (with appropriate subtitle)

3

Polish – all courses

 

Pol Sci 302

Politics of Eastern Europe

3

Pol Sci 310

Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

3

Pol Sci 311

Russian Foreign Policy

3

Pol Sci 312

Politics of Authoritarian Regimes

3

Pol Sci 333

Seminar in Comparative Politics (with Russian and/or Eastern European subtitle)

3

Russian – all courses

 

Slavic Languages – all courses

 

Ukrainian – all courses

 

 



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