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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) offers a wide range of courses designed to promote a multi-disciplinary training in the languages, histories, cultures, economies, geopolitics and international relations of one or more Central Eurasian regions of specialization. The Department covers contemporary and historical regions of critical significance, such as Tibet, the Central Asian Muslim republics, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Hungary and the Baltics. Faculty in the Department conduct research and teach classes on such diverse topics as The Silk Road, the Mongol Conquest, the Dalai Lamas, Iranian Kings and Prophets, and Empire and Ethnicity in the Soviet and post-Soviet world.

Students may count most of the department's courses toward such specific requirements of the College's bachelor's degree as Breadth of Inquiry credit in arts and humanities or social and historical studies, culture studies, and foreign language. The major is open to and attracts students from all disciplines and schools.

Two-year and three-year sequences are offered in the following languages: Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Mongolian, Persian, Tibetan, Turkish, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Students should contact the department for information about additional offerings, including summer language opportunities.

Language and Civilization Track
Students must complete at least 31 credit hours to include an introductory course (3 cr.) that corresponds to the Language of Specialization and at least four courses (12 cr.) above the 100-level, chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or advisor. Students must also complete three years of a Language of Specialization (list of languages) through the advanced level (16 cr.).

Central Eurasian Track
Students must complete at least 30 credit hours, including two years of a Central Eurasian language (list of languages) through the intermediate level (8 cr.) and additional course work chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or advisor.

Degree Requirements
See the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details. Undergraduates can now declare CEUS as their major. For more information review the Major Guide, contact Ron Sela, our Director of Undergraduate Studies, at or Jennifer Ashcraft, Undergraduate Academic Advisor, at


Undergraduate Minor or Minor with Certificate

Indiana University is a world leader in many of the sub-fields of Central Eurasian studies, from Tibet, Mongolia, and the Central Asian “-stans” to Turkey, Iran, Hungary, and Finland. The areas covered in IU’s Central Eurasian Studies Department are of increasing significance in the world today. It is the site of regional tensions, post-Communist dislocation, religious and ethnic strife, and issues of minority rights and independence. At the same time, many countries in Central Eurasia are coping successfully with conflict by building stable, pluralistic, and representative political systems.

With a CEUS minor undergraduates can develop a grounding in this crucial area to complement degrees in anthropology, linguistics, political science, history, religious studies, and other disciplines, or in related area studies, such as Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Germanic Studies, or East Asian Languages and Cultures.

CEUS Minor Degree or Minor with Certificate Requirements


Fulfill Your Language Requirement with a Central Eurasian Language

At Central Eurasian Studies, language teaching is central to what we do. Classes are small and our instructors are native speakers, enthusiastic about their language and the chance to share it with IU students. They are trained in the best language teaching methods and will soon have you speaking and using the language in class. No prior knowledge is ever assumed! For more information visit "Language Classes in CEUS."


Funding Opportunities

The ROTC Strategic Languages and Cultures Program


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