Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

The secondary field in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (REECA) offers students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary work on the history and society of this world region. The field requirements are based on the premise that when studying society and culture, the integration of various academic disciplines allows insights unobtainable within the confines of a single discipline. While the field may integrate the study of language, literature, and culture, the primary emphasis here is on the social sciences, including history.

Requirements: 5 half-courses

  1. A minimum of three half-courses must be in the social sciences (e.g., anthropology, economics, government, history).

  2. A minimum of three half-courses must be taught by members of the Faculty of the Standing Committee on Regional Studies–REECA, or by faculty members appearing in the Courses of Instruction list “Other Faculty Offering Instruction in Regional Studies–REECA.”

  3. A minimum of three half-courses must be regular departmental courses (i.e., not Core or Gen Ed courses or Freshman Seminars).

  4. The five half-courses must be distributed across at least two different disciplines or departments.

  5. One half-course of relevant language study may count towards the secondary field. For Russian, students may count any half-course at the level of Slavic 103 or higher. For non-Russian languages of the region, students who complete at least one full year of study may count one half-course towards the secondary field.

Other Information

Students may visit the REECA secondary field website for sample pathways of secondary field study.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade and must be completed with a grade of B- or above, with the exception of Freshman Seminars, which may be applied toward the secondary field with a grade of SAT. Credit for courses from Harvard Summer School and other Harvard faculties may be granted upon petition. Study abroad is encouraged, and one half-course of study abroad credit may be applied toward the secondary field, with prior approval of the REECA academic adviser. Please note: the Davis Center cannot guarantee students pursuing a secondary field preferential access to limited-enrollment courses.

Advising Resources and Expectations

Lisbeth L. Tarlow (, Davis Center associate director and REECA academic adviser, is available to advise students on the program and course selection. Donna Griesenbeck (; 617-495-1194), Davis Center student programs officer and REECA coordinator, is also available to provide general information. Students are encouraged to register their interest with the REECA coordinator so they can begin the advising process and be added to Davis Center mailing lists.