The most international undergraduate education in Russia. Interdisciplinary education which prepares you for the world of tomorrow.

Small classes. High standards. Maximal commitment.

The SAS BA program offers a world-class education. All classes are taught in English. It features:

  • International professors, the majority of whom received their PhDs from universities ranked in the top 100 in the world (according to THE and QS World University Rankings);
  • Six majors, including sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, guided by best practices at the world-class universities;
  • Delayed choice of a major at the end of the second year;
  • Freedom to study: electives will constitute 30% of your curriculum;
  • Highly engaging study experience: 80% of classes are smaller than 20 students, SAS believes in continuous assessment, and close contact with the professor (see also Professor in the Box)
  • Undergraduate research process: a year-long project under close supervision of SAS professors;
  • Internships, exchange programs, visiting professors from foreign and Russian universities, and guest lectures by prominent figures in business, academia, and the arts.

SAS has no traditional disciplinary departments. Students join a common educational space and work with professors from various disciplines. This approach allows for interdisciplinary breadth, the development of soft skills, and maintaining the motivation and commitment required for deep learning throughout four years of undergraduate study.

(01) Core Curriculum

Our Core Curriculum features custom-made courses collaboratively designed by SAS faculty to provide a broad base for all students regardless of their major. Students take most of the Core Curriculum Courses in Year 1 and Year 2.

As part of our Core, students take ESL classes in Quarter 1 and have to pass two English tests proving they are at least B1 in December of Year 1, and at least B2 in December of Year 2 (according to CEFR). SAS students also take Physical Education classes (Years 1-3) and Health and Safety.

(02) Electives

Around ⅓ of the curriculum consists of electives freely chosen by SAS students. Electives are a sphere of freedom for faculty, who might offer courses connected to their individual and team research interests, topical courses taught by two faculty highlighting the same topic from a different disciplinary lens, or courses requested by our students (some of them practice-oriented). Some electives are offered by visiting faculty. The roster of electives is different every year.

Past electives

(03) Majors

At the end of Year 2, any SAS student can choose any major which they will study in Years 3 and 4. Coursework during those years includes Major courses, mandatory to all students in that major and requiring a significant amount of independent study, and electives that help profile students' interests even further. Students can also choose major courses from outside their major if they meet the course prerequisites. Each major is accompanied by a set of internships designed to offer students practical experience in the area of their major. Starting at the end of Year 3, students prepare an undergraduate research project in their major that culminates in the Bachelor’s thesis. Students graduate with a degree in the major they have completed.

The modern world implies the adoption of digital technologies into all spheres of human life. Therefore, the gap between the specialists using digital solutions and the developers who can design them is ever-growing. Nowadays, the industry operates in various ways, and companies tend to apply different approaches to teamwork, especially in IT. That, in its turn, opens up a room for systems analysts - professionals capable of problem-solving at the system level in multiple subject domains.

SAS IT Major focuses on educating people who can analyze complex systems in various subject domains and find IT solutions for problems that emerge in them. The multidisciplinary educational model at SAS focuses on developing a coherent and systematic worldview through the core curriculum and opens up possibilities to delve deeper into the subject domains that interest students most by choosing appropriate electives, while IT majors can effectively connect this knowledge with IT competencies in their 3rd and 4th year.

Mandatory Courses:

    This subject combines the basics of programming and algorithms with learning C# and OOP. It focuses on an in-depth understanding of OOP, involves programming basics, searching and sorting algorithms, data structures, and basics of C#.

    This subject focuses on design, formalization, and work with different aspects of the subject domain and how IT specialists can design systems for any business or area. Students will be able to:

    • Read and use the following annotations: UML: class diagram
    • Develop models of a subject domain of any difficulty
    • Understand and use connections between class diagram and OOP source of solution

    This subject focuses on the work with databases management systems, explores the design structure of relations, connection to DataBases, and working with it using SQL. Students will be able to:

    • Define program-data independence, data models for database systems, database schema, and database instances
    • Recall relational algebra concepts and use them to translate queries to relational algebra statements and vice versa
    • Identify structure query language statements used in the creation and manipulation of database
    • Define functional dependencies and normalization concepts
    • Analyze and design an actual database application
    • Develop and evaluate a real database application using a database management system

    This subject is devoted to developing web pages (front-end) for web applications. Students will be able to:

    • Develop web pages according to modern standards
    • Use basic CSS / HTML techniques
    • Use JavaScript classes and objects when designing web pages
    • Understand the basics of the device network of the Internet and websites
    • Develop web pages according to the provided layouts
    • Apply an object-oriented approach to programming
    • Develop dynamic web pages

    This subject is about developing the server part (back-end) for web applications. Students will be able to:

    • Design and develop websites
    • Design database using Entity Framework
    • Use role-based permissions on the website
    • Be able to store and access files via code
    • .NET

    This subject is the central part of IT system analyst work. Working with requirements to software from the beginning and maintaining connections between requirements and initial design of the application. Students will be able to:

    • List the key components of a use case or similar description of some behavior that is required for a system;
    • Describe how the requirements engineering process supports the elicitation and validation of behavioral requirements;
    • Interpret a given requirements model for a simple software system;
    • Describe the fundamental challenges of and common techniques used for requirements elicitation;
    • List the key components of a data model (e.g., class diagrams or ER diagrams);
    • Identify both functional and non-functional requirements in a given requirements specification for a software system;
    • Conduct a review of a set of software requirements to determine the quality of the requirements for the characteristics of reasonable requirements.

    This subject relates to work with description, decomposition, and analysis to get the main problems or points for automatization. Students will learn:

    • Business processes notations SADR, UML: Activity diagrams or BPML
    • How to develop models of any difficulty
    • To work with central concepts of ERP systems

    A project-based course where the team should go through the whole cycle of development applications from working with customers and potential users to developing and initial implementation system at work. Students will learn:

    • Software development processes
    • Software Project management
    • Teamwork and project management systems

SAS IT majors will work as mediators between IT development teams and their clients from different subject domains. They will begin their careers as systems and business analysts, product and project managers, and specialists in digital transformation. They can also apply their knowledge of system analysis to work in such industries as videogame development or even starting their own business.

SAS IT major graduates also continue their studies in various master's degree programs in such universities as ITMO or Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg.

Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Kandinsky, Picasso, Bakhtin, Joyce, Eisenstein, Hitchcock: over the past two-hundred years, greatest writers, artists, philosophers and filmmakers have participated in expansive dialogues across world networks of artistic production. Each was highly conscious of their own cultural, geographical and political specificity, and engaged with the most fundamental questions of their national society and politics. Yet they each understood, in unique ways, that the most potent forms of expression were those that could reach across space and time, cut deep into the psyche, and bridge divisions of nation, politics, class, gender and generation.

Cultural Studies, too, takes a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to the critical analysis of cultures and cultural expression. At essence, our discipline is concerned with exploring the social, political and cultural contexts within which cultural expression—whether literary, visual, spatial or material—come into being. Engaging with established disciplines and modes of inquiry, Cultural Studies puts these objects into contact with more recent critical approaches to gender, race, class, nation and ability. The practices of Cultural Studies ultimately encourage us to reflect upon what manifestations of culture can reveal to us about social and political formations, conflict and change. By building upon an already rich tradition of literary and artistic production and critical analysis in Russia, we at the SAS, want to put this into contact with the most pertinent global trends in the study of culture.

The SAS offers a unique platform for studying culture in its widest range of forms. Our institution is home to a diverse internationally-trained faculty, with academic specialties including literary studies, critical theory, art history, performance studies, philosophy, anthropology and cultural history.

At the SAS we recognize that culture and cultural expression are complex objects of study, demanding nuanced and interdisciplinary approaches. Our aim, in putting our specialties into contact with one another, is to develop a truly vibrant program, one that will set Russia’s unique artistic heritage into dialogue with global cultural critique. By choosing the Cultural Studies Major at SAS, you will be committing to learning how to blend diverse methodologies, practices and critical perspectives to create innovative new interpretations of literature and culture. Across your time as a Cultural Studies Major you will study seven core courses and eight elective courses. Each core course is designed to deepen and develop your knowledge of the practices of cultural criticism, while each elective is designed to broaden your intellectual and cultural horizons. Finally, together, we aim to establish the Cultural Studies Major as a locus of artistic and humanistic endeavor at the University of Tyumen by encouraging events, readings, plays and student publishing alongside our teaching.

Cultural Studies Majors are trained to offer critical, insightful perspectives on culture, politics and society. At a personal level, this unique training can open up new ways of seeing the world around you. At a practical level, completing a Cultural Studies major will prepare you to undertake further study in other areas outside of the humanities; in law, business, the social sciences, and even medicine. Of all majors, Cultural Studies graduates are uniquely qualified to gain entry to a variety of masters and doctoral programs thanks to the broad set of transferable skills acquired during their studies. Similarly, graduates in the humanities are especially sought after by employers because they have developed important skills that are now considered essential in the global workplace: creativity, the ability to think critically and to challenge established perspectives, the willingness to engage in productive problem-solving, and finally and possibly most importantly, an ability to thrive in complexity and ambiguity. In an increasingly contingent global economic order, the habits and the mindset developed through a humanities degree are solid foundations for the cultivation of a fulfilling and enriching post-university career.

You will also have unique international advantages as an SAS Cultural Studies Major. By conducting all of your research in English, and by being exposed to a wide variety of international perspectives through teaching and coursework, you will be unrivaled in your preparation for the globalized job market or for international postgraduate study. SAS faculty are perfectly positioned to offer advice on pursuing further studies in the US and North America, Europe, or elsewhere. Equally, as many Russian businesses and institutions are increasingly looking towards a globalized future, your fluent English skills and practices working in international education will be an invaluable resource. As Cultural Studies develops the sharpest skills in critical thinking, global awareness, and cultural sensitivity, you will be uniquely prepared for building academic, business, and diplomatic ties across the world.

What will I study?

Mandatory Courses:

  • This team-taught course introduces students to research in cultural studies through a series of seminars led by individual faculty members and derived from their own work. These seminars will examine in detail specific cultural forms or objects, considering the relevant methods and theories to apply to their critical interrogation. In addition to these case studies, students will also work on developing their own independent research topics, methods, and practices for use in their theses projects.

  • This core course introduces cultural studies students to the most important interventions in critical theory from the mid-twentieth century to the present. We will examine the approaches of the Frankfurt School of critical theory, Post-Structuralism, post-colonial theory, Indigenous criticism, and theories of memory, subjectivity and culture such as psychoanalytic theory. Students will also be exposed to new approaches to a range of contemporary issues, from globalization to gaming. Overall, this course will help CS Majors to develop the necessary tools for the thoughtful examination of diverse modes of culture -- from social structures to political processes to art objects.

  • Since at least the Ancient Greeks and the Qin Dynasty, art and culture have played a crucial role in politics, and in the understanding, celebration, and critique of political and economic formations. This core course examines the relationship between cultural production and political economy, social class, and subjectivity across ancient nations, colonial empires, and the post-colonial world. This core course is a broad survey of the humanities dealing with politics and culture, the nation, class and other markers of subjectivity using post-colonial, Marxist and intersectional critiques to as applied to representational modes of production.

  • This course establishes gender and sexuality as primary sites of cultural inquiry. Students will be introduced to the interdisciplinary study of gendered relationships of power through a range of texts, practices and contexts. Together we will work to uncover the ways in which ideologies and beliefs about gender and sexuality play a role in conditioning identity and how further categories, such as class, nation, age, race and ability make experiences of gender and sexuality all the more complex. The additional component of biopolitics will encourage students into an awareness of how states and institutions work to administer and optimize human life in the everyday.

  • This course explores diverse aspects of Russian culture, grappling with key aspects of Russian national identity both historically and in terms of their relevance to understanding contemporary Russia. In this course we will examine a broad range of the facets that make up culture, including literature, poetry, visual arts, folklore, music, performance, and film. We consider both established “classics” of Russian high culture and “avant-garde” challenges to the status quo.

  • This course introduces the application of humanities theories, tools, and methods to digital culture. It includes both the theoretical study of contemporary culture in its digital and other media forms, and also the practices of making humanities projects with digital tools.

  • Modernism was an artistic movement emerging among urban intellectuals in the late nineteenth century out of a sense of disenchantment with great promise of “modernity.” Modernists often looked back to premodern or mythical cultures for their inspiration and used ironic or abstract forms of artistic experimentation. This course will introduce students to the literature, art and architecture of American and European Modernists including Joyce, Eliot, Stevens, Picasso, Hemingway, Le Corbusier and others.

  • You will write two BA Theses (one in third year, one in fourth year) on topics that you have encountered in your Cultural Studies Major. These theses will be written in the third and fourth modules with the guidance of an adviser. You will also attend a weekly thesis workshop/research seminar during these periods.

  • At the SAS you will have the opportunity to undergo practical training in areas associated with the humanities and culture. These practical opportunities include museum placements, archival work, art gallery volunteering or curatorial training, government cultural work, internships at theatres, publishing houses and newspapers, university publications office work, online journalism, film and theatre festival work, SAS research assistantships and SAS student journal publications. Our school has established many links with local and regional cultural institutions, and we are happy to work with you to refine your choice of work experience. The only barrier is your imagination!

The ECONomics major is designed to balance the standard economic courses with such field courses, which would allow SAS students to stand out. Ultimately, ECON major courses provide students with the necessary theoretical knowledge as well as corresponding practice in applying economic methodology. Moreover, the ECON major courses give the students the ability to apply economic theory in other disciplines. Independent research projects conducted by all students in year 4 reinforce their understanding of the current state of economics and its methodology.

What courses will I study?

Mandatory Courses:

  • This course covers the economics approach to how economic decisions are made by individuals (households) and firms. It shows how economic agents interact, how such interactions determine the quantities and prices of goods (or factors of production), as well as the allocation of resources. The course also investigates different market structures and their impact on economic agents’ behavior.

  • In the second part of the microeconomics core course, students learn about specific contexts such as the saving/borrowing decision-making and risk-taking behavior. The course also covers such key topics as the private/asymmetric information issue and its consequences in various environments. Overall, the main emphasis of the course is to further develop students’ analytical skills and their understanding of the model-reality links.

  • This course covers foundations of probability theory as well as basic methods of data analysis using statistics. In particular, students study the concepts of random variables and probability distributions as well as basic characteristics of variables (such as expectation and variance). In addition, students learn about various statistical tests and techniques.

  • This course provides students with the basic econometric tools for cross-section, time series, and panel data. It is an applied course preparing students to both conduct their own empirical research projects and assess empirical research papers.

  • Macroeconomics studies economic growth as well as fluctuations in output, employment, and price levels. The course also covers such key topics as fiscal and monetary policy, international trade, and foreign exchange markets.

  • In this course we discuss how financial markets and banks operate. In particular, students learn about financial instruments, investments, and how decisions are made by both individuals and institutions in the financial sector.

  • In this course students learn how to mathematically model various situations (a.k.a. games) and analyze how individuals (a.k.a. players) should behave, taking the actions of other individuals into account. Such game-theoretic analysis is used in economics, political science, biology, sociology, psychology, and other fields.

  • This course empowers students with the knowledge of experimental methods, experience in using them, and an overall improvement in their understanding of the decision-making of individuals and companies. Broadly speaking, experimental methods allow researchers, as well as practitioners, to learn about factors behind the observed behavior and outcomes.

  • In many environments, individuals (and groups) often deviate from standard economic behavior in identifiable and predictable ways. The primary goal of behavioral economics is to incorporate these systematic biases into more accurate models of economic decision-making.

  • This course explores various contexts which showcase relevant economic problems. Students work with data and study the methodology which is involved in solving such problems effectively. The topics are usually linked to such areas as labor economics and, more generally, to economic policy making.

SAS graduates are capable of both continuing their education on a master’s level (in Russia and abroad) and occupying positions at international companies. Ultimately, a degree in Economics opens up many doors and allows the graduates to find opportunities in such fields as consulting & audit, finance & banking, commerce, and more. SAS graduates are especially a good fit for various interdisciplinary educational programs and working areas: behavioral science, world economy, international relations, and others.

The Film and Media Studies major deals with theoretical, historical, and critical approaches to audiovisual products – from film in all its forms and genres (fiction, experimental, documentary) to music video and advertising, and from popular culture to arthouse contexts, including television, video arts, installations, computer games, social networks, and their past, present and future permutations. The Film and Media Studies major explores:

  • production, distribution, and exhibition modes of audiovisual industries and how these influence the perception of various media products;
  • artistic, cultural, economic, and political implications of film and media projects;
  • all forms of transmediality, remediation, and convergence that define the present media landscape.

The Film and Media Studies major itself evolves perpetually in response to the rapid and expansive development of media industries.

The SAS allows to study film and media within a broad interdisciplinary context in an institution that brings together faculty from different disciplines and different countries trained at some of the world’s leading universities. You will learn to change your perspective and language rapidly and collaborate with philosophers, historians, performance artists, media sociologists and political theorists. You will deal with various theories, methodologies, analytical models, practices and critical approaches coming from psychoanalysis, semiotics, linguistics, Marxism, the literary theories of narrative, the theories of image and gender, postcolonial and cultural studies.

You will learn to think historically, theoretically, and analytically about all forms of audiovisual expression, from photography and cinema to online media within and across national traditions. You will also be able to take practical courses and learn how to create media products with the faculty teaching in SAS professional masters’ program Digital Cultures and Media Production .

Studying a wide range of media formats in the framework of the SAS BA program will prepare you for domestic and international careers in the area of online media, film and television, as well as in any company or organization that uses media in its PR and advertisement. At the same time, the major’s academic rigor, interdisciplinary and strong emphasis on analytical and interpretive skills provide an excellent preparation for continuing your education by doing an MA program in various areas of social sciences and the humanities in any leading university.

The Film and Media Studies major is composed of eight mandatory courses and eight elective courses integrated with media research. Mandatory courses include an introductory film analysis course, a two-part course on the history of film, new media theory, as well as a range of courses dedicated to particular genres of film, film directors, and new media.

Mandatory Courses:

  • The purpose of this course is to equip students with foundational knowledge in film analysis and familiarize them with the mechanics of audiovisual communication. We will focus on the four formal systems defining the moving image (mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound), as well as on cinematic “textual” organizations (narrative cinema, the documentary, and experimental film). In doing so, the course will prepare students for further work in the field of film studies, providing them with the skills needed for a careful and discriminating analysis, interpretation, and discussion of films.

  • This course surveys the history of world cinema from the emergence of the film medium to the 1970s. We will develop methods for understanding and contextualizing films while examining the growth of cinema as an art, an industry, a social and cultural institution, and a political instrument. Focusing on representative films, we will introduce major events and transformations in the history of world cinema, keeping in mind that film history, while a relatively young discipline, is not a coherent, grand narrative that can provide a linear explanation for the origins, development, and finality of cinema, but rather a diverse set of historical arguments.

  • This course complements the historical overview offered in World Film History 1. It examines the most significant industrial, aesthetic, social, cultural, and political transformations connected to the development of the cinematic medium and the expansion of film and video production from the 1980s to the present.

  • This course offers an introduction to the study of film theory – the aesthetic and philosophical discourses that have flourished around the cinematic medium and the moving image. We will explore how writers and filmmakers from different cultures and historical periods have made sense of the changing and complex phenomenon we call cinema. The course will survey the most significant debates in the history of film theory, introducing students to the fundamental ideas through which the moving image and the cinematic medium have been conceived and explained.

  • This course surveys the development of the most significant media technologies of the modern era. Each week, we will focus on a different media technology (the book, the telegraph, the radio, the internet, etc.), analyzing the historical consequences of the medium’s emergence and its broader influence on societies and cultures.

  • This course provides students with a broad range of frameworks for analyzing new media technology. It asks fundamental questions about the topic, such as: What are new media, in the first place? And: what is actually “new” about new media? Building upon these basic questions, students will be better prepared to understand and reshape the role of new media in their lives. The main themes surveyed in this course will provide a general framework for analyzing and understanding the uniqueness of the new media moment.

  • This course will expose students to major theoretical paradigms and controversies in media studies. Through a wide variety of readings, the course will acquaint students with the historical and philosophical roots informing the central theoretical debates within the field. This course will also allow students to develop a critical vocabulary for analyzing media technologies and become more thoughtful users and critics of such technologies.

  • This course will explore the role played by media within contemporary politics and processes of globalization. Focusing on geographies of precarity and displacement, students will learn about media infrastructures and conglomerates, the ecological footprint of media technologies and services, as well as media-related processes of capital accumulation, dispossession, resource extraction, and grassroot mobilization.

  • You will write two BA theses (a Junior Thesis in your third year, and a Senior Thesis in your fourth year) on topics that you encountered in you major courses and find most interesting and inspiring to delve into. These theses will be written under the guidance of an adviser. You will also attend a weekly thesis workshop/research seminar during this period.

  • At the SAS you will have the opportunity to undergo practical training in areas associated with film and media culture. These practical opportunities include internship in media companies, film festivals, university TV network, SAS internal media production, art gallery volunteering, curatorial training, government cultural work and SAS research assistantships. Our school has established many links with different institutions and organizations and we are happy to work with you to refine your choice of work experience.

History is the study of people who are often no longer with us, yet it is also one of the most powerful ways of understanding the present. Historians range across culture, society, economics, art, religion, and politics, and consider everything from the most ancient civilization to yesterday’s Presidential tweet. No dimension of human interaction, including social life, the economy, culture, religion, arts, and politics, is beyond its scope of investigation. Studying history, you will learn to analyze past societies critically while cultivating advanced skills of empathy, imagination, interpretation, and argumentation. You will explore cultures both familiar and alien to your own, coming face to face with what humans have chosen to remember and, just as importantly, what they have chosen to forget. By balancing sophisticated analysis of evidence with a mastery of narrative, you will also be uniquely positioned to make sense of the complexities of an emerging globalized world.

History is for students who appreciate that acting boldly in the present means respecting and learning from the past. Like a detective, you will be able to reconstruct events from a scattering of existing evidence, distinguishing facts from myths, realities from fantasies, and truths from “fake news.” Asking probing questions about the most seminal events in human history, from the French Revolution to the Second World War, you will argue with great historical minds (dead and alive), uncovering truths about the past that have otherwise remained in shadow. Moving outside of the comfort zone of your own regional, national, or religious beliefs, in the process you will acquire some of the essential foundations for being a true global citizen of the twenty-first century.

At SAS we understand history as a dynamic and multifaceted disciplinary area, based on a critical examination and interpretation of source materials. We challenge the idea of history as a monolithic discipline based on the retention of dates and events. At SAS students majoring in history learn how historical questionings and methodologies have evolved through time depending on the problematics and interests of different periods and cultures. We also clarify the tight connection between history and the present time and between history and other disciplines, such as philosophy, sociology, and economy. Finally, Students majoring in history develop fundamental analytical and critical skills, such analysis and interpretation and argument building.

Mandatory Courses:

  • This course situates the entity traditionally referred to as Russia (Rus’-Muscovy-Russian Empire-Soviet Union) in a wider context of world history, from the foundation of the Kievan Rus’ in the tenth century until the collapse of the USSR in 1991. The main purpose of the course is to question the familiar framework of national historical narrative, taking a fresh look at the seemingly well-known facts and events of Russian history.

  • In this course, students will understand the historical development of the field of archives and engage with current issues, trends, and theories shaping this field. Students will also consider the use of archives and historical collections and archivists' legal and ethical responsibilities.

  • This course will introduce students to a variety of modern approaches to making history, including film-making, blogging, podcasts, interviews and documentaries.

  • Historians commonly distinguish between primary sources and secondary sources. This course will equip students with skills helping them to read, understand, analyze and evaluate primary sources, while placing the source within the wider social, cultural, or political contexts necessary for understanding its meaning, message and significance.

  • Although many historical facts have been known for a long time, historians continue to disagree about how to interpret them. Which interpretation seems the most convincing, and why? What, if anything, drives history forward?

  • This course develops an understanding of key digital humanities concepts, such as data representation, digital archives, information visualization, and user interaction through the study of contemporary research, in conjunction with working on real-world projects for scholarly, and educational purposes.

  • This course surveys the rise and fall of European empires between the 15 th and 20th centuries and interrogates the question of how civilizations mingled as much as they clashed.

  • This team-taught colloquium will develop the student’s understanding of historical research methodologies. There are two components to the colloquium. First, individual faculty members will lead a series of seminars in which they present case studies from their own research. While exploring the major discoveries of their research, the seminar will examine such issues as how they employ research methods, how they use source materials, and how they have carved their own space within the relevant fields of historiography. Building on these case studies, History students will work on developing their own independent research topics, identifying possible sources, considering relevant areas of historiography, and clarifying their research methods and tools.

  • As a students in the History major you will not be passive consumers of historical knowledge; you will create original works of history for yourself. You will write two BA theses (a Junior Thesis in your third year, and a Senior Thesis in your fourth year) on topics that you encountered throughout the wide range of your History major. Thesis topics will be developed within the context of the History Colloquium, and writing will be completed in third and fourth modules with the guidance of a faculty advisor.

  • SAS provides you with an opportunity to undergo practical training related to the discipline of History. You will be able to work at local and national archives, museums and repositories, participating in international research projects and conferences, and assisting SAS faculty with their research projects. Through these initiatives, our faculty will not only teach you the discipline of History but also introduce you to the world of professional historians and how they pursue their craft.

SAS graduates majoring in history are prepared to enroll in competitive MA programs in Russian and international universities. They are equally qualified for pursuing a career in professions of archive and heritage, media and communications, journalism, politics, and business.

How many of you think that sociologists are cold people obsessed with unreliable numbers, while anthropologists only see the meaning of their life in measuring bones and skulls? Do others view sociologists and anthropologists as deeply ideological personalities constantly subverting the rules of objective research? Professors at the School of Advanced Studies warmly invite you to challenge these misperceptions. In fact, sociology and anthropology are the broadest disciplines within social sciences. Together these disciplines study social, political, economic, cultural and psychological developments in the evolution of humanity. Far from being narrow-minded ivory-tower theoreticians or opinionated pundits, sociologists and anthropologists investigate social life at every level: from the rise and fall of civilizations to two-person interactions such as those between two romantic partners, neighbors or even two strangers on the street. Sociology and anthropology are well-armed with reliable research techniques and follow rigorous steps to forge trustworthy knowledge. The two disciplines complement each other. While sociology is more concerned with scientific, law-based explanation of social processes, anthropology focuses on individual experiences and the meaning of human action. Notably, SAS is one of few institutions in former Soviet Union countries and Eastern Europe/Russia which offers joint major in sociology and anthropology and firmly believes in cross-fertilization of the two disciplines.

The modern study of anthropology and sociology requires not only learning sociological and anthropological theories and practical research skills, but also a deep understanding of human life in light of the opportunities afforded us by modern technology. SAS major allows students to master key contemporary concepts of human, society, and culture. However, it also offers an intellectual immersion in affiliated disciplines that deal with the most pressing developments in the contemporary world such as market expansion, environmental degradation, digitalization, and intercultural communication. In first two years of the SAS program, before the selection of their major, students acquire broad knowledge in diverse disciplines including ancient philosophy and quantitative methods. The purpose of this approach to education is to boost student motivation, goal-orientation, and readiness for challenging methodological training – the qualities required for successful passage through the whole spectrum of complex disciplinary courses associated with the SAS major. SAS is a small and cohesive institution of leadership education with international faculty, whose PhD credentials come from leading world-class universities, a low students per professors ratio, and the seminar-based format of learning, which foster the development of individual potential for every single student. The SAS environment offers direct and close interaction with experts from different countries and develops a wide range of communication skills: intercultural dialogue, public presentation, teamwork, networking, and diversity management. Thus, the uniqueness of SAS allows students to acquire an internationally recognized university education and, thus, participate in a global discussion on contemporary issues. In the upper years SAS students will be able to apply knowledge derived from the program in their field work and internships in renown public institutions and corporations partnered with the School.

Following recent trends in global education, the SAS major provides a solid stepping stone for applied, professional and academic master programs. Our students will find themselves well prepared to apply and enter both international master’s (e.g. Erasmus, CEU, Visby) and master’s in top Russian universities (e.g. Higher School of Economics, European University, MGIMO, RANEPA). For those interested in directly going to labor market, the joint major in anthropology and sociology lays firm background for “real world” occupations. A deep knowledge of contemporary social and cultural processes and analytical skills equips the alumni to work in a broad variety of fields requiring profound, evidence-based understanding of social reality. These fields include public administration, human resources, journalism, advertising and marketing, politics, public policy and public diplomacy. SAS internship policy offers students ample opportunities to receive work experience and forge working contacts in major companies, industries and public institutions at both regional and federal level.

Many people have opinions about different social and political problems and are ready to talk about them for long. Sociology and anthropology are scientific disciplines. Therefore, SAS major in anthropology and sociology teaches students how to think, talk and write about society, politics and culture in a correct, systematic, logical and evidence-based way. Anthropology and sociology students will learn how to acquire trustworthy information and analyze it using the most developed methods of social sciences ranging from participant observation to IT modelling. The major courses are designed to teach students what are the most topical issues in contemporary Russia and beyond, how to better understand the world using the exemplars of social and anthropological thought as a guideline, how to rigorously analyze data sources in order to evaluate which interpretation of the current events and processes is correct. The anthropology and sociology students will learn how to carefully evaluate the role of global pressures, big processes in society, local developments and individual perspectives in shaping human life.

Mandatory Courses:

  • The course aims to familiarize you with the discipline of sociology and prepare to take additional classes in social sciences. It is a prerequisite for several courses and is a requirement for all sociology programs. The course has four specific objectives: (1) to introduce you to common sociological subjects and concepts; (2) to shed light on different perspectives within sociology; (3) to encourage you to think deeply, critically, and coherently about our social world; (4) to help you.. establish links between theory, problems, and policy.

    Notably, the Sociological Imagination is purposefully designed to spark interest in sociology. In class you will learn how to become professional marijuana user, what are the social mechanics beyond student hook up, when education can lead to bigotry and ethnic violence, what employers seek from you, and how come that gay men receive less pay for work which still remains pretty straight. In order to retain the greatest amount of knowledge, students are encouraged to raise both conventional and controversial questions in class and after. By the end of the Sociological Imagination course you will be familiar with the sociological perspective, its key theories, concepts, ideas and insights. In addition, you will likely be well-equipped to use social scientific tools to analyze and think critically on social and political issues.

  • Anthropology is a global, historical and holistic study of human behavior. Thus, the evolution of human culture and social organization lie in the core of its disciplinary interests. This course offers a general survey of anthropological theoretical paradigms, methods and key research areas. Specific cases exemplifying cultural and social dynamics of human behavior are taken from both traditional and contemporary societies.

  • In line with the ideology of our joint program the course presents anthropological and sociological thought as closely interconnected. Both anthropology and sociology are modern disciplines and developed hand in hand in their inceptive years. Today anthropology borrows many themes and research foci from sociology and is not concerned anymore exclusively with “primitive” and “traditional” cultures. Current sociology experiences strong anthropological influences in methods, professional culture, self-criticism, and ethical principles. The course strongly builds on the Great Books class and provides a detailed survey of anthropological and sociological thought from its initial steps to the most recent developments. It is a reading-intensive seminar. In the second section students briefly revisit pre-modern understanding of culture and society known for the Great Books course. Then they will continue with the founding fathers of anthropological and sociological thoughts such as James Frazer, Bronislaw Malinowski, Franz Boas, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber. The third section dealing with the contemporary theory traces the development of three most influential perspectives in anthropology and sociology: structural functionalist, conflict and interpretative. It focuses on the main authors and texts exemplifying each perspective. In contrast, the fourth section of this general course is problem- rather than author-based. The meetings are designed to discuss current issues in anthropology and sociology widely contested in today’s academia: the agency vs. structure problem, the dying hope for objective knowledge, the consequences of the “linguistic turn” in modern sciences, the issue of researcher’s responsibility, and digital and computational challenges to contemporary culture and society.

  • This course has two objectives: (a) to help students in understanding how empirical research in sociology and anthropology is organized and (b) to provide an elementary survey of research methods which will enable you to take more specialized methods courses (e.g. Statistics, Quantitative Modelling and Data Analysis, Qualitative Methods, Field Research). On the practical level, the course equips students with conceptual, theoretical and methodological tools to critically read social scientific materials. Thus, after this course you will be able to professionally read academic sources, to evaluate systematically the claims that appear in public debates and mass media, and to express an informed opinion on specific public policy alternatives.

  • The Statistics course covers the fundamentals of statistics such as descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and the manual data analysis involving one dependent variable and one independent variable. Taking the course does not require knowledge of mathematics beyond the school program. The core Quantitative methods course offers a strong background for the Statistics.

  • In comparison to the core Quantitative Methods and the Statistics courses, the Quantitative Modelling and Data Analysis is a “hands-on,” writing intensive, computer-based course dealing with large datasets. The real-life is often complex and subject to influences of multiple factors which, in turn, constitute limited and categorical variables. Therefore, the course teaches students how to analyze and interpret multivariate data including the results from logit, probit, ordered logit, and multinomial logit regression models.

    Pre-requisites: Quantitative Methods (core course), Introduction to Research Design and Methods, Statistics.

  • The Qualitative Methods course covers the main methods of conducting qualitative research, such as interview, observation, experiment, discourse and content analysis, and some others. Is it possible to conduct scientific research just talking to or observing people? Is experiment in social science possible? Why do contemporary social scientists not always trust only statistics and polls? What is the difference between a qualitative sociologist and a journalist – or a quantitative sociologist? And the most important, how to organize qualitative social research? The course will answer all these questions. Each student will conduct his or her own research during the course and will present its results at the final meeting.

    Pre-requisites: Introduction to Research Design and Methods.

  • The course is designed as both a critical reading and a research workshop. Close reading exercises guided by SAS professor will to enable students to read filed work studies like professional fieldworkers: discovering, discussing and learning from the inner workings of various exemplary research projects and travelling to the heart of ethnographic text. In addition, the course aims to help the student to conduct her own bachelor thesis research. Weekly meetings will discuss the problems students may face when organizing their fieldwork: how to find data / respondents / interviewees, how to establish productive rapport with them, how to collect data systematically, how to work in closed or dangerous field, is it ethical to hide real goals of research, and so forth.

    Pre-requisites: Introduction to Research Design and Methods.

  • A good thesis includes sophisticated argument which should be in dialogue with contemporary debates in the area and framed and supported by evidence in a way that would convince even a skeptical reader. The research seminar’s goal is to help you in the designing and writing a bachelor thesis. A year-long sequence of research seminars with instructor will provide a chance to use theories and methods mastered in the major’s core and elective courses to form a hypothesis about an aspect of social life you are interested in, gather data to support it, and draw conclusions from your findings. Presenting your work to the instructor and peers, you will receive feedback which will allow you to frame you research questions correctly, fine-tune your argument, use your data convincingly, and polish your writing. The thesis itself is an important writing sample when applying to graduate school or for professional jobs.

(04) Minors

In addition to the major, all students might complete a minor by selecting five eligible elective courses across their four years of study. Available minors include:

  • Anthropology and Sociology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Evolution, Neuroscience, Biopsychology
  • Film and Media Studies
  • History
  • IT and Systems Analysis
  • Philosophy

In the future, SAS might offer more minors as well as the option of student-designed majors, as approved by our faculty. The minor completed is listed on the SAS diploma and the transcript.

(05) Students

SAS undergraduate program welcomes prospective students who:

  • are willing to go outside their intellectual comfort zone,
  • are ready to struggle with the global challenges;
  • are interested in a wide range of disciplines and areas of knowledge;
  • are ready to make conscious choices about their educational trajectory in terms of their classes, professors, and careers;
  • are ready for an intensive work environment, rigorous intellectual dedication, and commitment to values of academic integrity;
  • want to study in a closely knit community of people who share those features and values

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