Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies?

In this major, you’ll develop a broad expertise in the history, politics and culture of an important area of the world. Students will learn about Russia as well as many other countries, from the Czech Republic to Estonia to Uzbekistan. This is an interdisciplinary major with a focus on current affairs. Your coursework will include classes in history, sociology, and political science. Students can construct their own program that suits their interests and career goals.

Career Options

  • Academia
  • Government
  • Nonprofit work
  • Social services

Post-Graduation Success1

85% employed or continuing education

55% employed after graduation

26% attending graduate school

4% volunteering

$36,509 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Suburban Endocrinology And Diabetes Center, Jaxford, CBRE View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of California Los Angeles View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770