Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a B.A. and Minor, as well as a Graduate Certificate and a MA in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (REES). The REES major offers a multidisciplinary understanding of a broad region stretching from Eastern Europe to Central Asia.
REES majors take courses in language, arts, science, history, geography, economics, and cultures of the REES world area. They learn about global topics like migration, human trafficking, environmental policy, democracy development, human rights, natural resource management, and international affairs, as these issues relate to the REES region. The degree may be customized according to the student’s interest in one or more of these issues.
The language skills, analytical tools and cultural awareness gained in earning a REES degree are compatible with a broad range of careers in the public or private sector. Program graduates have found employment in government, Non-Profits & NGOs, education, business, media, and the arts.
Sample of Related Skills
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing in either Russian, German, or a Central/East European language or in a Eurasian language
- Understand the region of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia including its history and culture
- Possess specialized competency in the field of concentration consistent with the disciplinary expectations of the chosen field
- Acquire advanced-level language proficiency in Russian, Romanian, Polish, and/or Turkish
- Learn analytical multidisciplinary methods for cross-cultural comparative research
Popular Career Paths
Business, Commerce, Trade: Uses foreign language skills and cultural knowledge to work with international partners in all aspects of global business, management, banking, and trade.
Communications & Media: Utilizes foreign language skills and cultural knowledge to work for domestic or international employers in the areas of journalism, broadcasting media, communications, public relations, and advertising.
Foreign Relations: Works with US government agencies and international non-profit organizations to inform and enhance relations between countries through foreign diplomacy, intelligence, policy, and law.
International Development & Human Services: Works with US government agencies and non-profit organizations to develop and advocate for economic, political, and social quality-of-life issues on behalf of those living abroad and those immigrating to the US.
Research: Involves conducting research to inform educational programs, policy development, and other educational or political interests.
Teaching/Education Administration: Utilizes foreign language skills and cultural knowledge to build educational systems in developing countries, oversee educational exchange programs for students and educators, and teach language skills domestically or abroad.
Jobs to Consider
- English or Foreign Language Instructor
- Foreign Exchange Trader
- Foreign Service Officer
- Fundraising/Development Officer
- Grant Writer
- Human Rights Advocate
- Immigration Specialist/Analyst
- Intelligence Specialist/Analyst
- International Correspondent
- International Program Coordinator
- International Relations Specialist
- Lawyer - International, Travel, or Immigration Law
- Policy Researcher/Analyst
- Social Worker - Immigrant Populations
- Study Abroad Coordinator
- Trade Specialist
- Travel Agent
- Travel Journalist
Places to Seek Employment
- Consulting Firms
- Domestic/Foreign Banking & Financial Institutions
- Domestic/Foreign Corporations
- International Trade Firms
- Multilateral Organizations (e.g. United Nations)
- Newspaper, Magazine, and Book Publishers
- Non-Profit Organizations
- US Federal Government and Military
- US State and Local Governments
- Research Institutes and Foundations
- Public/Private Schools
- Travel and Hospitality Providers
- TV Networks and Film Studios
Job and Internship Search Resources
- Amnesty International - human rights advocacy organization that offers jobs and internships
- Brookings - think tank and publisher that offers jobs, internships, and fellowships in foreign policy, economic studies, and global economy/development
- Cultural Vistas - non-profit organization that offers international internships, fellowships, and other global programs
- Central Intelligence Agency Careers - career paths and current job and internship openings within the CIA
- Council on Foreign Relations - think tank and publisher that offers jobs, internships, and fellowships in foreign relations
- Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) - teaching programs in nearly 10 countries around the world
- Dave's ESL Cafe - comprehensive website about teaching ESL; includes job postings, discussion forums, and certification program information
- Department of Homeland Security Careers - career paths and current job and internship openings within the DHS
- Department of State Careers - career paths and current jobs and internship openings within the DOS
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Careers - career paths and current job and internship openings with the FBI
- Foreign Policy Research Institute - non-profit devoted to research and public education on international affairs; includes jobs, internships, and a think tank directory
- Government & Non-Profit Resources - more from career.ku.edu
- Human Rights Watch - non-profit organization that offers jobs, internships, and fellowships in human rights advocacy
- Go Government - job profiles of education jobs in the federal government including available positions and number of positions by region and governmental agency
- NAFSA: Association of International Educators - career information and job listings for international educators
- PeaceCorps - federal service program that currently sends US volunteers to serve abroad in over 75 countries
- RAND Corporation - think tank that offers jobs, internships, and fellowships in international affairs and national security
- United Nations - explore UN career paths and current job and internship openings
- US Citizenship & Immigration Services - explore career paths and current job and internship openings with the USCIS
- Working Abroad Resources - more from career.ku.edu