Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS) provides students in graduate and professional schools with area knowledge of the societies and cultures of the people of Eastern and Central Europe and Eurasia, drawing on the disciplines of anthropology, communication arts, folklore, geography, history, journalism, literature, law, political science, and sociology.



1. Successfully complete 12 credits in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies courses, distributed over at least three programs. While strict language courses (e.g. Slavic 101: first-semester Russian) may not be used in fulfillment of this requirement, upper-level content courses taught in a REECAS language (e.g. Slavic 433: History of Russian Culture) would count towards the 12 required credits.


2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of one Slavic, East European, or Central Asian language; this can be fulfilled by a minimum of two years of language study, or one year of Russian in combination with another language of the region.


3. Complete one seminar with a research paper approved by the major advisor utilizing original source material.


4. Fulfill the requirements for a master's or doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


5. Complete an application form and submit it, with a copy of the UW-Madison grade report, to the REECAS graduate advisor in 210 Ingraham Hall.


For information about the REECAS graduate certificate, consult the advisor:

Jennifer Tishler
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia
210 Ingraham Hall
(608) 262-3379