Russian & East European Studies Certificate Program

Undergraduate Catalog
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 ...

Christine Evans
Faculty Coordinator
Assistant Professor, History
Holton Hall 369

Phone: 414-229-5722
e-mail: evansce@uwm.edu
Last names A-L
Christine Wolf
Academic Advisor
Center for International Education
Garland Hall 111

Phone: 414-229-6925
e-mail: cawolf@uwm.edu
Last names M-Z
Aparna Datey
Academic Advisor
Center for International Education
Garland Hall 113

Phone: 414-229-3042
e-mail: datey@uwm.edu

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: “Nazi Invasion of Polish Life and Culture”
English
316 - World Cinema: “East European Cinema”
Foreign Languages and Literature
103 - First-Semester of a Less Commonly Taught Language: “Turkish”
104 - Second-Semester of a Less Commonly Taught Language: “Turkish”
203 - Third Semester of a Less Commonly Taught Language: “Turkish”
204 - Fourth-Semester of a Less Commonly Taught Language: “Turkish”
Geography
330 - Europe: East and West
History
239 - Poland and Its Neighbors, 1795 to 1914
248 - The First World War
249 - The Second World War in Europe
341 - Imperial Russia
343 - Russia Since 1917
363 - Germany: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship
345 - The Modern Balkans: Nationalism, War, and Democracy
346 - Poland and Its Neighbors, 1914-1945
348  -Poland and Its Neighbors, l945 to the Present
International Studies
550 - Senior Seminar in International Studies: Russia in Transition – Media and Values
Jewish Studies
421 - Introduction to Yiddish Literature
Polish
All courses
Political Science
302 - Politics of Eastern Europe
310 - Politics of the Soviet Union and Its Successor States
330 - The Politics of International Economic Relations
371 - Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Russian
All courses
Serbian & Croatian
All courses
Ukranian
All courses

Participating Faculty

Winson Chu, Associate Professor of History
(414) 229-5206 | wchu@uwm.edu
Faculty web page: www4.uwm.edu/letsci/history/faculty/chu.cfm

Joel Berkowitz, Professor, Foreign Languages and Literature, Director, Center for Jewish Studies
(414) 229-6551 | berkowit@uwm.edu
Faculty web page: www4.uwm.edu/letsci/fll/faculty/berkowitz.cfm

Christine Evans, Assistant Professor of History
(414) 229-5722 | evansce@uwm.edu
Faculty web page: www.uwm.edu/letsci/history/faculty/evans.cfm

Shale Horowitz, Professor of Political Science
(414) 229-2399 | shale@uwm.edu
Faculty web page: www4.uwm.edu/letsci/polisci/faculty/horowitz.cfm

Neal Pease, Professor of History
(414) 229-5205 | pease@uwm.edu
Faculty web page: www.uwm.edu/letsci/history/faculty/pease.cfm

Joseph Peschio, Associate Professor, Foreign Language and Literature
(414) 229-4948 | peschio@uwm.edu
Faculty web page: www.uwm.edu/letsci/fll/faculty/peschio.cfm

Ora John Reuter, Assistant Professor of Political Science
reutero@uwm.edu
Faculty web page: www4.uwm.edu/letsci/polisci/faculty/reuter.cfm