Related Concentration in European and Eurasian Studies

With their vast geography, population diversity, and history, Europe and Eurasia continue to play central roles in international politics, economics, and social and cultural trends. The REES world area encompasses the greatest portion of this zone, spanning from central and eastern Europe to the deserts of Mongolia, from Siberia to the Middle East and East Asia. For thousands of years, Eurasia has formed a vast highway between two continents. Home to the Silk Roads, nomad empires, and never-ending cultural exchange, it was “global” before global was cool. Today, it is a region of exciting development and rich potential – and a great area in which to study the changes and connections that affect millions of people.

The Related Concentration in European & Eurasian Studies, administered in collaboration with the European Studies Center, is designed to let students explore their interest in both the REES and ESC world areas so that it fits comfortably alongside their majors or minors. It appeals particularly to pre-professional students who wish to broaden their international experience while minimizing language requirements. It is crafted to offer comparative study of your intended professional field—pre-medicine, pre-law, business, engineering, and health and rehab sciences—while capitalizing on your existing European/Eurasian language credits. This individualized, interdisciplinary credential provides a context for studying abroad and complements most academic plans and majors.

For the Related Concentration, we define Eurasia as the Russian Federation, Turkey, Mongolia, and the former Soviet republics.

Academic Requirements
The Related Concentration in European & Eurasian Studies requirements have three components: language, area studies courses, and a digital portfolio.

  1. Language Proficiency: One year (two semesters) of coursework, or demonstration of equivalent proficiency, in any European or Eurasian language. The same language classes (or AP credits) used to fulfill the general education requirement may be used here as well.
     
  2. European & Eurasian Studies Courses:  Four European/Eurasian Studies Content Courses (12 credits) are required. The courses must come from at least two different departments and none of the courses can overlap with a student’s other credentials. These courses are allowed to overlap, however, with general education requirements. Students must earn a C or better in courses counting towards the Related Concentration.
     
  3. Digital Portfolio: Students will develop a brief electronic portfolio where they can reflect on their studies, explain the connection between the classes used to complete the requirements, and present examples of their work. Students may include papers or projects developed as class assignments, observations from study abroad, and insights gained from pre-professional experiences such as internships and informational interviews. The portfolio can also serve as part of an online resume, highlighting a student’s experiences, skills and interests.