Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies


The department offers a comprehensive program on the study of Central Eurasia, the vast heartland of Europe and Asia. Students are introduced to the area as a whole and specialize in one of the major regions within Central Eurasia. The degree program consists of two interconnected elements: a language of specialization, which gives a student access to the culture of a given region through the voices of its people; and a region of specialization, which includes courses on various aspects of the region's culture. The language of specialization may be any language offered regularly in the department, including Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Mongolian, Persian, Tibetan, Turkish, Uyghur, Uzbek, and other two-year department languages permitted by the student's Graduate Advisory Committee.

Some regions and languages such as the Siberian region (including the Buryat, Evenki, Yakut, and other languages) and the Volga-Kama region (including the Mari, Mordvin, and other languages) are also available only as individualized specializations at the Ph.D level.

The Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) is affiliated with the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies (HLS) of the College of Arts and Sciences, dedicated to providing Indiana University (IU) graduate students with the intellectual tools they will need to live, work, and thrive in the globalized world of the twenty-first century. Degree programs associated with HLS emphasize language proficiency, cultural competency, and in-depth training in qualitative and quantitative methodologies. HLS students enjoy unparalleled access to a stellar faculty and professional development opportunities. For further information regarding the mission, structure, and resources of the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, see http://hls.indiana.edu.

(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School's staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)

Degrees Offered
Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in CEUS. CEUS also offers a dual MA/M.P.A. degree with the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, a dual MA/M.B.A. degree with the Kelley School of Business and dual MA/M.I.S. and MA/M.L.S. degrees with the Department of Information and Library Science.

Special Departmental Requirements (See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Master of Arts Degree
The degree requirements are subdivided into fields based on the region of specialization: the Baltic-Finnish region (with primarily Estonian or Finnish as language of specialization), the Central Asian region (including Xinjiang, with primarily Uyghur and Uzbek, but also Kazakh and Kyrgyz, as language of specialization), the Hungarian region (with Hungarian as language of specialization), the Iranian region (with Persian or Kurdish as language of specialization), the Mongolian region (with Mongolian as language of specialization), Post-Communism and Nationalism (with a language of specialization chosen in consultation with the student's Graduate Advisory Committee; Russian may be an option), the Tibetan region (with Tibetan as language of specialization), and the Turkish region (with Turkish as language of specialization).

Doctor of Philosophy Degree
We currently do not offer direct admission to our Ph.D program even if you have a previous MA degree. If certain requirements are met you may be considered for our Ph.D program at any time after you matriculate. For those without a previous MA once CEUS MA requirements are met you can apply internally to our Ph.D program.

Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
355 North Jordan Ave.
GA Room 3024
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500