Russian & East European Studies Certificate Program

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Certificate Program Information
Russian & East European Studies Certificate

The process for officially enrolling in the Certificate Program is a simple one. Interested students should contact ...

Joseph Peschio
Program Coordinator
Foreign Languages and Linguistics
Curtin Hall 816

Phone: 414-229-4948
Andrea Joseph
Academic Advisor
Center for International Education
Garland Hall 111

Phone: 414-229-6925

To sign-up for the certificate program you will need to schedule an advising appointment to complete a Declaration of Certificate Program form.

Program Information

This 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.

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 course work, 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 will be required to have completed at least 18 credits in courses required for the certificate. At least 9 advanced credits must be 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 Chair of the Russian and East European Studies Committee. When necessary, requests for other substitute courses will be considered by the committee, provided they are made well in advance of graduation.

Approved Courses

Comparative Literature
230 Literature and Society: (w/appropriate subtitle)
316 World Cinema: (w/appropriate subtitle)
Ethnic Studies
250 Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: "Ethnic Processes and Nationalism - Russia and the Former USSR" subtitle
238 East Europe
364 Central Europe
444 Former Soviet Union: Regional Analysis
445 Former Soviet Union: Topical Analysis
238 Poland and Its Neighbors to l795
239 Poland and Its Neighbors, 1795 to 1914
295 Historical Encounters (with Russian and/or East European topic)
340 Early Russia Through Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great
341 Imperial Russia: From Despotism to the Bolshevik Revolution
343 The Soviet Union: From Lenin to Gorbachev
345 The Modern Balkans: Nationalism, War, and Democracy
346 Poland and Its Neighbors, 1914-1945
347 The Rise of Modern Poland, 1945 to the Present
348 Poland and Its Neighbors, l945 to the Present
367 Women in Soviet Society: A Historical Survey
All courses
Political Science
302 Politics of Eastern Europe
310 Politics of the Soviet Union and Its Successor States
311 Russian Foreign Policy
333 Seminar in Comparative Politics (with Russian and/or Eastern European topic)
371 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
All courses
Serbian & Croatian
All courses
All courses

Participating Faculty

Joseph Peschio, Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Linguistics
(414) 229-4948 |
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Shale Horowitz, Professor of Political Science
(414) 229-2399 |
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Neal Pease, Associate Professor of History
(414) 229-5205 |
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Donald Pienkos, Professor of Political Science
(414) 229-4239 |
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Philip Shashko, Professor of History
(414) 229-4207 |
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