School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

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 contact Ron Sela, our Director of Undergraduate Studies, at or Jennifer Ashcraft, Undergraduate Academic Advisor, at

Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3024
East Building, 3rd Floor
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

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