School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

MA Degrees

Advising

The Department of Central Eurasian Studies stresses the importance of faculty advising throughout a student's career at Indiana University. Entering students must consult with the Department's Director of Graduate Studies in planning their first semester's program. The student is required to establish a three-member Graduate Advisory Committee (GAC), headed by the student's likely thesis adviser no later than the start of their third semester. For Ph.D. students the structure of the advisory committees is mandated in the University Graduate School Bulletin. The student must meet with his or her advisor at least once a semester while in residence at the University, in order to have courses for the subsequent semester approved and to plan a well- integrated program of study at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels.

Graduate Curriculum

The Department offers the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy.The general University requirements for these degrees are set forth in the chapter "General Requirements" of the University Graduate School Bulletin. Students should read this chapter carefully, especially the section on foreign language requirements. In addition, they should note that no course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement.

NOTE: The requirements set forth in the current document supersede those listed in the April 2003 version of this document.

M.A.DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Summary of MA Requirements

Region of Specialization: four courses (3 + 3 + 3 + 3 cr.) 12
Language of Specialization: Intermediate-level of a language taught in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (3 + 3 cr.) 6
Research Methodology Course (3 cr.) 3
Electives - two courses 6
Research Language (no cr.)
M.A. Thesis Course (R691) (3 cr.) 3
M.A. Thesis (no cr.)
Total (minimum) credit-hours at the M.A. level 30

A. Region of Specialization (ROS) Courses

Four courses (12 cr.) on the culture, history, or society of the region. Among the courses that currently satisfy this requirement are:

Baltic and Finnish

R501 Baltic States since 1918
R502 Finland in the 20th Century
R504 Modern Finnish Literature
R508 Estonian Culture and Civilization
R509*Topics in Baltic-Finnish
R592 Uralic Peoples and Cultures
R600*Advanced Readings in Baltic-Finnish Studies
R694 Uralic Linguistics
R698 Empire and Ethnicity in Modern Russian History

Central Asia

R510 Introduction to Central Asian History
R511 Travelers and Explorers in Central Asia
R512 Shrine and Pilgrimage in Central Asian Islam
R513 Islam in the Soviet Union and Successor States
R514 Islamization in Inner Asia
R515 Politics and Society in Central Asia
R516 Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia
R528 Post-Soviet Transition in Central Asia
R529*Topics in Central Asian Studies
R530 Politics in Modern Xinjiang
R531 Grave Robbers, Missionaries, and Spies: Foreign Adventurers in Chinese Turkistan
R532 From Kingdom to Colony to Province: History of Xinjiang to 1911
R533 Cultures and Civilization of Xinjiang
R551 Prophets, Poets, and Kings: Iranian Civilization
R593 The Mongol Century
R594 Environmental Problems and Social Constraints in Northern and Central Eurasia
R595 Politics of Identity in China and Inner Asia
R596 Rus, Khazars & Bulgars
R610*Advanced Readings in Central Asia Studies
R611 Ethnic History of Central Asia
R612 Central Asia under Russian Rule
R613 Islamic Central Asia 16th-19th Centuries
R614 Yasavi Sufis and Central Asian Islam
R615 The Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition in Central Asia
R616 Religion and Power in Islamic Central Asia
R627 Islam and Modernity in Central Eurasia
R628 Russia's Orient 1552-1924
R629 Islamic Hagiography of Central Asia
R693 Theorizing Central Eurasia: The Problems of Nationalism
R697 Soviet and Post-Soviet Nationalities and Problems
R698 Empire and Ethnicity in Modern Russian History R699 Central Eurasian Languages

Hungarian

R540 Intro to Hungarian Studies
R542 Roma (Gypsy) History and Culture
R547 East Central European Cities in Comparative Perspective
R549*Topics in Hungarian Studies
R592 Uralic Peoples and Cultures
R640*Advanced Readings in Hungarian Studies
R641 Art & Music of 19th & 20th Century Hungary
R642 Bela Bartok: Composer in Context
R649 The Roma Through History, Music, and Film
R694 Uralic Linguistics

Iranian

R510 Introduction to Central Asian History
R516 Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia
R551 Prophets, Poets, and Kings: Iranian Civilization
R552 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
R554 Persian Literature in Translation: Literature & Cinema of Modern Iran
R559*Topics in Iranian Studies
R580 Literature of the Ottoman Court in Translation
R593 The Mongol Century
R613 Islamic Central Asia 16th-19th Centuries
R614 Yasavi Sufis and Central Asian Islam
R615 The Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition in Central Asia
R616 Religion and Power in Islamic Central Asia
R629 Islamic Hagiography of Central Asia
R650*Advanced Readings in Iranian Studies
R693 Theorizing Central Eurasia: The Problems of Nationalism

Mongolian

R560 Modern Mongolia
R561 Mongolia's Middle Ages
R562 Mongolian Civilization and Folk Culture
R563 Mongolian Historical Writings
R564 Shamanism and Folk Religion of the Mongols
R569*Topics in Mongolian Studies
R570 Introduction to the History of Tibet
R572 Sino-Tibetan Relations
R593 The Mongol Century
R595 Politics of Identity in China and Inner Asia
R660*Advanced Readings in Mongolian Studies
R661 Mongolian Literature and Folklore
R662 Modern Inner Mongolia
R666 Mongolian Languages and Dialects
R667 Mongolic Writing Systems
R693 Theorizing Central Eurasia: The Problems of Nationalism
R696 Manchu Historical Sources
R697 Soviet and Post-Soviet Nationalities and Problems
R699 Central Eurasian Languages

Post-Communism & Nationalism

R501 Baltic States since 1918
R508 Estonian Culture and Civilization
R513 Islam in the Soviet Union and Successor States
R515 Politics and Society in Central Asia
R516 Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia
R528 Post-Soviet Transition in Central Asia
R501 Baltic States since 1918
R508 Estonian Culture and Civilization
R560 Modern Mongolia
R572 Sino-Tibetan Relations
R594 Environ Probs & Soc Constraints in Northern & C Eurasia
R662 Modern Inner Mongolia
R697 Soviet and Post-Soviet Nationalities and Problems
R698 Empire and Ethnicity in Modern Russian History

Tibetan

R560 Modern Mongolia
R562 Mongolian Civilization and Folk Culture
R563 Mongolian Historical Writings
R570 Introduction to the History of Tibet
R571 Tibet and the West
R572 Sino-Tibetan Relations
R573 Religions of Tibet
R579*Topics in Tibetan Studies
R593 The Mongol Century
R595 Politics of Identity in China and Inner Asia
R661 Mongolian Literature and Folklore
R670*Advanced Readings in Tibetan Studies
R693 Theorizing Central Eurasia: The Problems of Nationalism
R699 Central Eurasian Languages

Turkish

R515 Politics and Society in Central Asia
R516 Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia
R552 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
R580 Literature of the Ottoman Court in Translation
R582 Cultural History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey
R583 Ten Sultans, One Empire: Ottoman Classical Age 1300-1600
R584 From Grandeur to Collapse: Ottoman, State & Society in the Post-Classical Age
R585 Structure of Turkish
R589*Topics in Turkish Studies
R593 The Mongol Century
R596 Rus, Khazars & Bulgars
R627 Islam and Modernity in Central Eurasia
R680*Advanced Readings in Turkish Studies

 

*If used to satisfy the ROS requirement, these courses must be approved by a student's Graduate Advisory Committee.

In exceptional circumstances, other departmental courses may be used to fulfill the requirements of a particular ROS with the approval of the student’s advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies or the Department Chairperson

 

B. Language of Specialization (LOS) Courses

Intermediate level (6 cr.) of one Language of Specialization taught in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, selected according to the ROS. Courses which currently satisfy this requirement are:

Baltic-Finnish

T601-T602 Intermediate Finnish I-II
T701-T702 Advanced Finnish I-II
T603-T604 Intermediate Estonian I-II
T703-T704 Advanced Estonian I-II

Central Asian

T611-T612 Intermediate Uzbek I-II
T711-T712 Advanced Uzbek I-II
T613-T614 Intermediate Kazakh I-II
T713-T714 Advanced Kazakh I-II
T615-T616 Intermediate Tajik I-II
T617-T618 Intermediate Turkmen I-II
T619-T620 Intermediate Kyrgyz I-II
T631-T632 Intermediate Uyghur I-II
T731-T732 Advanced Uyghur I-II
T651-T652 Intermediate Persian I-II
T751-T752 Advanced Persian I-II

Hungarian

T641-T642 Intermediate Hungarian I-II
T741-T742 Advanced Hungarian I-II

Iranian

T615-T616 Intermediate Tajik I-II
T651-T652 Intermediate Persian I-II
T751-T752 Advanced Persian I-II
T653-T654 Intermediate Pashto I-II
T683-684 Azerbaijani I -II

Mongolian

T661-T662 Intermediate Mongolian I-II
T761-T762 Advanced Mongolia I-II

Tibetan

T671-672 Intermediate Tibetan I-II
T771-772 Advanced Tibetan I-II

Turkish

T681-T682 Intermediate Turkish I-II
T781-T782 Advanced Turkish I-II
T683-684 Azerbaijani I-II
T685-686 Introductory Ottoman Turkish I-II
T686-687 Advanced Ottoman Turkish I -II
T785-786 Media Turkish I –II

General (counts as LOS only with approval of DGS)

T698-699 Central Eurasian Languages (VT) (Intermediate)
T798-799 Central Eurasian Languages (VT) (Advanced)

Students who test out of the Intermediate level of the LOS must submit appropriate documentation. In addition, they must complete 6 hours of work in ROS, LOS, or relevant advanced reading courses to satisfy the overall number of hours required for an M.A. degree in the Department. Only introductory language courses outside the student’s LOS may count as elective credits for the MA or PhD. Students may fulfill the LOS requirement by completing or testing out of the Advanced level of the language (i.e., without taking the introductory or intermediate levels at Indiana University). In that case, no credit hours are given for any of the levels of the LOS toward the M.A. or Ph.D. degrees. The missing credits may be fulfilled with electives.

C. Professional Research Methodology Course

One professional research methodology course in a relevant discipline, within or outside of the Department. This will be selected in consultation with the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee (3 cr.).

A methodology course is a “how-to” rather than a “what-is” course. Two types of courses may fulfill the methodology requirement. First is a course that introduces a student to the theories and conceptual tools of a discipline, for example, “Introduction to Historical Linguistics” or “Issues in Contemporary Historiography.”Second is a course that covers the reference works and research methods in a region of study, such as “Chinese Sources for Tibetan Studies” or “Sources for the Study of Central Asian History.”The methodology course may be taken outside or inside the department. The choice of methodology course must be approved by the student’s advisor in coordination with the department’s Director of Graduate Studies.

D. Electives

Electives or "open" courses (6 cr.), one of which must be taught in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, may include any graduate-credit course at the 300-level or above not used to satisfy other requirements. Students are encouraged to take one of their electives in another Region of Specialization in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. These courses must be selected carefully in consultation with the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee and receive its written approval. Only introductory language courses outside the student’s LOS may be used as electives.

E. Research Language

Students must demonstrate reading proficiency in a modern research language such as French, German, or Russian. This may be done by taking a proficiency examination through the relevant department, or by completing with a "B" grade or better the 491-492 courses offered in some of these languages. These credit hours do not count toward the overall MA requirement of 30 hours.

F. MA Thesis Course - R691

During the fourth or fifth semester of enrollment, the student shall register for R691, an independent study course (3 cr.) that will serve as the M.A. Thesis Course.The student will work under the guidance of his or her thesis adviser, normally the head of the student's Graduate Advisory Committee. The student will receive credit for R691 only after acceptance of the M.A. Thesis.

G. MA Thesis

The M.A. thesis should be not less than 50 and not more than 70 double-spaced pages (text and notes), and it must reflect the use of materials in the student's LOS or in at least one Research Language other than English. The thesis may be an expanded seminar or other course paper, or it may be an entirely new project.The thesis committee consists of three members, all of whom must approve the thesis; there is no oral defense.Normally, the student shall submit the M.A. Thesis to the Department within 90 days after the end of the fifth semester of full-time enrollment.Extensions may be granted only by written permission of the student's Graduate Advisory Committee and the Chairperson of the Department.

For information about transfer of MA credits from other institutions, see “transfer of credits” under “Admission to the Ph.D. Program”.

 

H. Summary of MA Requirements

    1. Region of Specialization: four courses (3 + 3 + 3 + 3 cr.).......................................................................................................... 12
    2. Language of Specialization: Intermediate-level of a language taught in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (3 + 3 cr.).........6
    3. Research Methodology Course (3 cr.)........................................................................................................................................ 3
    4. Electives - two courses............................................................................................................................................................... 6
    5. Research Language (no cr.)
    6. M.A. Thesis Course (R691) (3 cr.)............................................................................................................................................. 3
    7. M.A. Thesis (no cr.)

Total (minimum) credit-hours at the M.A. level.............................................................................................................................................. 30

 

I. Additional Remarks

Students who have not completed their M.A. degree requirements in the Department may not enroll in R700-level courses.

Students who already have M.A. degrees from elsewhere that includes an M.A. thesis is exempt from the M.A. thesis requirement. (See the description at the beginning of the "Ph.D. Requirements" section.)

REMINDER: You are ultimately responsible for monitoring your own academic progress and following the degree criterion in the Graduate School Bulletin to insure completion of requirements for graduation.

Department of Central Eurasian Studies
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Phone: (812) 855-2233
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