Undergraduate Secondary Field

The Secondary Field in Regional Studies—Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (REECA) is open to Harvard undergraduates who wish to do interdisciplinary work on the history and society of this world region. While the field may include the study of language, literature, and culture, the primary emphasis is on the social sciences, including history.

The requirements are designed with sufficient flexibility so that students may pursue the field as an introduction to the region as a whole, or as a more narrowly focused exploration of a particular country or theme, depending on their interests.

Requirements: Five Approved Half-Courses

  • A minimum of three half-courses must be in the social sciences (e.g., anthropology, economics, government, history).
  • A minimum of three half-courses must be taught by Davis Center Faculty Associates.
  • A minimum of three half-courses must be regular departmental courses (i.e., not Core courses, Freshman Seminars, or House Seminars).
  • The five half-courses must be distributed across at least two different disciplines or departments.
  • 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

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 field with a grade of SAT. Credit for courses from Harvard Summer School and other Harvard faculties may be granted upon petition. Study abroad in the region is encouraged, and one half-course of study abroad credit may be applied toward the field with prior approval of the REECA academic advisor.

Advising Resources

Donna Griesenbeck, Davis Center student programs officer, is available to advise students on the program and course selection, referring students to individual faculty as needed. Students are encouraged to register their interest with the REECA office so they can begin the advising process and be added to Davis Center mailing lists. The Secondary Fields Web Tool can be used to track progress toward completion of the program.