About the profession
Regional Studies Program looks at the world in its whole variety, it is well-defined, multi-dimensional and integral; it addresses the issues of states and regions directly and views them in a complete, multi-aspect way. Regional Studies Program prepares experts on a particular region, state or group of states. Theory and History of International Relations Department provides education along Russia and the CIS Studies profile.
It is no secret that today’s world requires that professionals should be in possession of cross-disciplinary skills. And this is what Regional Studies Program provides for. A Regional Studies specialist – an expert on Russia and the CIS – is a historian, political scientist, diplomat, economist, lawyer, and linguist combined. A profound knowledge of the economy, geography, history, demography, language and culture of the region allows Regional Studies graduates to find employment in various fields.
A Regional Studies graduate with an expertise in Russia and the CIS is well-prepared to provide professional translation, participate in shaping international agenda, develop investment projects, conduct statistical research and consult on the problems of the region. Within the framework of the discipline they run analytics with regard to historical, natural resource, ethnic, religious, environmental, political, intra-and interregional factors.
The students master fundamental theoretical disciplines, historical disciplines and more specialized subjects. The syllabus centers on Regional Studies cycle with special regard to the region under study – its geography and history, economy and finance, culture and religion, foreign policy and international relations.
The teaching staff includes leading Russian experts working with RUDN University, MGIMO University, Diplomatic Academy with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rossotrudnichestvo (Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation).
“History and Methodology of Complex Regional Studies”, “Russia In Global Civilization”, “Russia in Global Politics”, “Security Problems and Conflicts within the CIS”, “Socio-Political Thought in Russia”, “CIS Studies”, “Political Systems and Cultures within the CIS”, “Foreign Policy Decision-Making in the CIS States”, etc.
The program provides for a pre-graduation internship during which the students register with the Russian State Library, State Public Historical Library, etc., to do scientific research of their own.
In terms of professional occupation our graduates excel as diplomats, experts in Regional Studies, analysts, political journalists, legal counsels with Regional Studies expertise, economists with Regional Studies expertise, managers with Regional Studies expertise. They fulfill a wide range of roles from a bank account manager to First Secretary of a Russian Embassy. Our graduates work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, "Rossotrudnichestvo" Agency, "Russia Today" International Information Agency, ITAR-TASS, diplomatic bodies of foreign countries, international organizations, commercial structures, scientific research centers, higher educational institutions in Russia and abroad.