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 courses (20 credits) 

  1. A minimum of three courses (12 credits) must be in the social sciences (e.g., Anthropology, Economics, Government, History). 
  2. A minimum of three courses (12 credits) must be taught by Davis Center Faculty Associates
  3. A minimum of three (12 credits) courses must be regular departmental courses (i.e., not General Education courses or Freshman Seminars). 
  4. The five courses must be distributed across at least two different disciplines or departments. 
  5. One course (4 credits) of relevant language study may count towards the secondary field. For Russian, students may count any course at the level of Russian 103 or higher. For non-Russian languages of the region, students who complete at least one full year (8 credits) of study may count 4 credits towards the secondary field. 


To browse region-related courses that may be eligible for secondary field credit, enter “reeca” in the course search field on my.harvard. 

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 4 units 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. 


Donna Griesenbeck (; 617-495-1194), Davis Center Student Programs Officer and REECA Coordinator, is available to advise students on the program and course selection and refer students to individual faculty as needed. 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.