Undergraduate Program in Central Eurasian Studies
The Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) is part of the Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. When pursuing a major in the department you work with faculty who have lived, traveled and studied in Central Eurasia, giving you access to some of the latest research in the field. There is no comparable program available anywhere in the United States.
The Central Eurasian Studies degree requires study in one or more Central Eurasian language. Advanced coursework gives you a depth of knowledge about at least one of the following geographic regions: Tibet, the Central Asian Muslim republics, Xinjiang, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Hungary and/or the Baltics. Students develop language proficiency and cultural competency while studying current cultural and political situations within their historical contexts.
CEUS offers two undergraduate minors for students majoring in other subjects: a minor in Central Eurasian Studies, and a minor in Central Eurasian Studies with Language Certification.
Is it for you?
The Department of Central Eurasian Studies attracts students from a variety of backgrounds and interests. They typically have some of the following qualities:
- Interest in Persian, Ottoman, Mongol, or Soviet history
- Desire to develop proficiency in one or more Central Eurasian language
- Concern about the people of Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, and Russia's neighbors, as well as minorities in the People's Republic of China (Tibetans, Uyghurs)
- Fascination with notable figures, such as Genghis Khan, Cyrus the Great, or the Dalai Lama
- Commitment to human rights and civil liberties across international borders
- Awareness of geopolitical issues in an increasingly globalized world
- Intellectual curiosity and imagination