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Russian and Central European Studies

​The College of Arts and Sciences

Pursue a liberal arts education with a focus on Russian and Central European art, culture, geography, history, language, literature, and political science.

Students enjoy rigorous coursework with expert faculty, exciting internship opportunities, and research opportunities.

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About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Learn more about the Russian and Central European studies program.


Core coursework covers history, language, and literature. Sample courses include:

  • The European Union
  • Russia in the Twentieth Century
  • Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
  • Russian Culture through Fiction and Film
  • Fairy Tales and Folklore
  • Europe Since 1945

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

Complement your coursework with multiple real-world learning opportunities:

  • Volunteer in the community or intern professionally on campus, off campus, or internationally.
  • Join the Russian and Slavic Cultural Society to discuss culture and language.
  • Enjoy visiting speakers and guest lecturers as part of the University’s Lecture Series.

Study Abroad

Syracuse Abroad features more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Russian and Central European studies majors are strongly encouraged to spend a semester abroad in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Kiev, or Bishkek.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree is Russian and Central European studies, you may pursue careers such as:

  • Translator
  • Lawyer
  • Professor
  • Curator
  • Historian
  • Ambassador

Or pursue graduate degrees in such areas as education, law, linguistics, music, or journalism. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.