A number of Penn academic programs require material from and about Russia, the countries of the former Soviet Union and those of Eastern Europe. The subject coverage of these programs is quite broad, but the academic level of the programs and hence the depth of library support required vary significantly. The following summarizes the current state of the two main programs involved.
The Department of Slavic Languages offers a flexible undergraduate major in Russian which emphasizes cultural history and literature and which can be combined with other fields of study according to student interests. For details see the Department's website (http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/slavic/). At present the Department has no graduate program, although students of Russian literature may participate in the graduate program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory.
The Department of History currently offers both an undergraduate and graduate level program in the history of Russia with an emphasis on the post-Petrine period. The following areas are of particular concern: post World War II Soviet society, culture and politics; Soviet dissent and human rights; legal issues in the USSR; diplomatic and legal history, military history and the history of Russian state institutions. There is a continuing interest in the history of the Jews in Russia and the USSR.
In addition to Slavic Languages and History, other academic programs seek materials from and about the region. Among these are Anthropology (archeology, ethnology and prehistoric Central Asia); South Asian Studies (pre-Islamic Central Asia); and Middle East Studies (Islamic Central Asia). South Asian Studies also requires works on the Buddhist traditions of Tibet and Mongolia.
Russian art and the Islamic art and architecture of Central Asia are studied in the History of Art Department, and Russian, Eastern European and world music in the Music Department. Penn's programs in folklore, the history of science, Jewish Studies and in several social sciences have Ph.D. programs which may require advanced research materials from and about Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.