Our Mission
The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois, a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center since 1959, is committed to combining the highest quality undergraduate and graduate training programs with national service to the profession, individual scholars, schools, and the public. In an era when international knowledge and engagement are a necessity, our primary mission is to promote understanding of and informed engagement with Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. We do so by coordinating and promoting curricula, organizing diverse programming activities, supporting area research, and offering an interdisciplinary undergraduate major and minor as well as a master’s degree and graduate certificate program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The Center serves as a resource for faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students in diverse disciplines and works to promote deep interdisciplinary knowledge of the area, disciplinary rigor and innovation, and new perspectives in area and international studies. A strong commitment to providing outreach programs and curricular assistance to teachers from kindergarten through college, to the business and professional communities, and to the general public is also part of our tradition and our mission.