BA in Russian and Eurasian Studies

Alexander Naumov, 2020

Alexander Naumov

How did you choose your degree program?

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

How did your academic experiences in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences impact you?

I was able to receive two BA degrees in less than four years.

What accomplishment(s) during your time at Mason are you most proud of?

Publishing articles in PONARS Eurasia and The Cipher Brief.

Are there faculty or staff members who made a difference during your Mason career? Please give an example of this impact if possible.

I am very grateful to Professors Eric Shiraev and Eric McGlinchey for their career mentorship, advice, and letters of recommendation, as well as Drs. Sergei Samoilenko and Harry Dinella.

What advice would you give to any incoming first years?

A major like Russian and Eurasian Studies is a good complement to a second degree in a field like sociology, criminology, or computer science - and may help broaden your options. Focus on methodology courses like geographic information systems, analysis, and research methods. Take classes outside your major and be open to changing your mind.