The Department of Slavic & Eurasian Studies offers graduate training leading to the M.A. degree in Russian culture. Our primary and affiliated department faculty improve and diversify students' foreign language proficiency and prepare them in a variety of fields focused on the region: art history, cultural anthropology, cultural studies, film, gender studies, history, legal studies, linguistics, literature, markets and mass media, religion, theater studies, translation, and visual and information literacy. To improve our graduate students' marketable skills, we teach foreign languages for practical as well as academic use and encourage our students to apply for study and internships/employment in Russia and Eurasia through our exchanges with Russian and other universities. Our graduate students are also welcome to take courses in Duke's excellent Center for Documentary Studies and Global Health Institute.

Financial Aid

Currently the Department of Slavic & Eurasian Studies does not offer financial aid.

Our Offerings

Degree Requirements
M.A. in Russian Culture

10 courses (30 graduate units)

  • 8 graded courses
  • 2 semester of thesis hours
  • Master's thesis
  • Final examination
  • Russian language proficiency
Certificate in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies

6 courses (18 graduate units)

  • Language proficiency at the intermediate level or above
  • Courses to achieve breadth and depth in Slavic, Eurasian and East European topics


NOTE: This is not an admitting program. Students who are admitted to other graduate programs can pursue the certificate in order to enhance their studies.