Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

Brief Description of Secondary Field

REECAThe secondary field in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (REECA) offers students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary work on this multicultural world region. The field requirements are based on the premise that when studying society and culture, combining academic disciplines fosters insights not accessible within the confines of a single discipline. While the field may include the study of language, literature, and culture, the primary emphasis here is on the social sciences, including history.

Learning Objectives

As a REECA secondary field concentrator, you’ll explore the social, economic, historical, and political forces that drive the countries which straddle the divide between Europe and Asia. Individual advising will allow you to tailor the geographic and disciplinary focus to your own academic and career goals.

Gateway Courses

Browse regional course listings by entering “REECA" in the course search box on my.harvard to find a Freshman Seminar or General Education course that appeals to you. You can also email to get personalized recommendations. Don't have room in your schedule for a class on REECA this term? Check out the Davis Center's Facebook page at for more ideas about how to learn more about this critical region.


In their words:
“As an area studies field, REECA is interdisciplinary, incorporating history, political science, cultural studies, and economics. Unlike other regional disciplines, however, REECA is also strongly cross-cultural, covering an area that has long been the site of encounters between wildly different peoples, languages, and civilizations. More than anything else I studied at Harvard, REECA taught me how to understand the often contentious processes of intercultural exchange and competition that characterize our globalizing world.” 
--NELC concentrator, AB ‘17

“Pursuing REECA has opened countless doors for me in the fields of national security, international law, and academic study of international relations and law. […] I've found that my REECA background has set me apart on numerous occasions. There simply are not that many in my generation who have this background, and now it is more important than ever to not only global politics, but also domestic politics.”
--Government concentrator, AB ‘14