Russian and Eurasian Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Eurasia Studies Concentration

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Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in Russian and Eurasian studies must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Students pursuing this degree must complete 33 credits in one of the concentrations below with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

◊ Concentration in Eurasia Studies (EURS)

The Eurasia studies concentration is designed to provide students with interdisciplinary training in the study of Eurasia, with special focus on Central Asia and secondarily on Russia/the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Students will develop a high degree of competence in the history, politics, and culture of Eurasia and a basic competence in a relevant language.

Two courses (6 credits) of Russian or other Eurasian-related language

Courses used to meet this requirement may be in the same language that is used to meet the college language requirement, in which case the student needs to complete 6 credits beyond intermediate proficiency (beyond courses numbered 210 at Mason). With the approval of the director, courses used to meet this requirement may be in a Eurasian-related language that was not used to meet the college language requirement at a level approved by the director.

Two social science courses at the 300- and 400-level (6 credits)

Courses used to fulfill this requirement must focus primarily on Central Asia and Eurasia and may be in any social science discipline (ANTH, ECON, GGS, GOVT, SOCI).

Two history courses at the 300- and 400-level (6 credits)

Courses used to fulfill this requirement must focus primarily on Central Asia and Eurasia.

Two literature or film courses at the 300- and 400-level (6 credits)

Courses used to fulfill this requirement must be related to Eurasia.

Three courses at the 300- and 400-level (9 credits) chosen from:

Students choose from courses that focus predominantly on Eurasia. The courses used to meet this requirement may be in any field of study including special topics courses and other courses that deal primarily with the geographic areas covered in the Russian and Eurasian studies major. To use a special topics course or other course with variable content to meet this requirement, students should seek the advanced written approval of the director.  (Special topics courses may be repeated for credit when the topic is different.) The following courses when the topic is relevant, among others, may be used to meet this requirement.

ARTH 386 - The Silk Road Credits: 3

HIST 328 - Rise of Russia Credits: 3

HIST 329 - Modern Russia and the Soviet Union Credits: 3

HIST 387 - Topics in Global History Credits: 3

HIST 388 - Topics in European History Credits: 3

HIST 460 - Modern Iran Credits: 3

HIST 462 - Women in Islamic Society Credits: 3

HIST 499 - RS: Senior Seminar in History Credits: 3

GOVT 338 - Government and Politics of Russia Credits: 3

GOVT 340 - Central Asian Politics Credits: 3

GOVT 345 - Islam and Politics Credits: 3

GOVT 444 - Issues in International Studies Credits: 1-3

GOVT 447 - Revolution and International Politics Credits: 3

RUSS 470 - Topics in (Post) Soviet Film Credits: 3

GGS 330 - Geography of the Soviet Succession States Credits: 3

ECON 380 - Economies in Transition Credits: 3

Total: 33 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in Russian and Eurasian studies may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing RUSS 302 , RUSS 325, or RUSS 407.

Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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