Academic & Professional Training

The Melikian Center supports and mentors undergraduate and graduate students studying Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

*The Russian and East European Studies (REES) Certificate encourages students to develop special competency in Russian, Eurasian, or East European languages and area studies. 

* The Melikian Center Undergraduate Fellowship supports students who are currently enrolled ASU undergraduates in any major, with a demonstrated interest in the politics, economy, history, religion, language or culture of Russia, or any of the countries of Eurasia and Eastern Europe. 

*The Melikian Center works with interested students to craft a program of studies emphasizing Eastern European or Eurasian studies within the bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (BIS) program.

*The Melikian Center's Critical Languages Institute (CLI) has evolved into one of the largest summer training facilities in the U.S. for less commonly taught languages, offering courses in 12 languages at up to 6 levels each summer. The signature of the CLI are its hybrid courses, where classes are conducted in two segments, a 7-week course on the ASU campus and an optional 4-week overseas program. https://melikian.asu.edu/cli

The certificate in Russian and East European Studies (REES) encourages students to develop special competency in Russian, Eurasian, or East European languages and area studies. Certificate holders enhance their prospects for a variety of scholarships and fellowships, graduate school admissions, and a range of specialized government employment opportunities.

  • The REES certificate requires a minimum of 20 credit hours, of which at least 4 must be in a language course and at least 12 must be upper-division.
    • Language coursework at the Critical Languages Institute (CLI), the Melikian Center’s summer intensive language program, can be used to fulfill the language requirement. For more information see: https://melikian.asu.edu/cli
    • A required one-credit capstone project junior or senior year may take the form of an extended research paper for an upper division course, an honors thesis, a translation project, an internship, or a study abroad experience.
    • Coursework leading to the certificate is offered in units across the university—from architecture to religious studies.
    • A student with a major in any school or department may pursue this certificate and develop a personalized plan of study in cooperation with an advisor in the Melikian Center.
    • For more information, including a certificate map with a list of language and elective courses, see: https://bit.ly/2k2hv70; if you have any questions, contact Irina Levin at ilevin3@asu.edu.

Melikian Center Undergraduate Fellowship – Opportunity for Spring 2020

 Applications due by December 2, 2019.

 With the support of the Melikian Advisory Board, the Melikian Center is pleased to announce the second year of its undergraduate fellows program for Spring 2020. Eligible students are currently enrolled ASU undergraduates in any major, with a demonstrated interest in the politics, economy, history, religion, language or culture of Russia, or any of the countries of Eurasia and Eastern Europe.

 The expectations for fellows are:

  • They enroll for credit in one or more classes focused on the region during Spring 2020 or in CLI, or a study abroad program in the region, during Summer 2020.
  • They have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • They commit to attending at least three Melikian Center public events from the Spring 2020 schedule of events.
  • They provide a total of 70 hours of research assistance to a Melikian faculty affiliate (applicants will be asked to list three affiliates they would be interested in working with based on project descriptions that will be provided) or an equivalent commitment of time to a Melikian Center research initiative or conference.  In the past, the Melikian Center research and conference initiatives have included:
    • Citizen-diplomacy in greater Phoenix: a community oral history
    • The limits of empathy and the logic of nativism: Contemporary perspectives on the U.S. as Melting Pot.
    • Eastern Christian History and Culture: Conference Feb 21-23.

 Successful applicants will:

  • Receive a scholarship of $1,000
  • Work directly with faculty members working on the region of Russia, Eurasia and East Europe
  • Gain experience in research design and/or event planning and administration
  • Meet with visiting scholars and attend special events

 Preference will be given to:

  • Students who have completed, or are currently enrolled in and will complete, at least one full year (8-10 credits) in any of the region’s languages.
  • Students writing an honors thesis or taking a senior capstone seminar focused on the region.
  • Seniors completing the existing REEES certificate; or sophomores or juniors who declare intention to complete the newly-redesigned REEES certificate.

 Applicants should submit a letter expressing their interest; 1-page resume; list of courses taken focused on the region (Including language) including semester taken and grade awarded; and the name of at least one ASU faculty member who has agreed to provide a recommendation.

 Please contact Irina Levin at ilevin3@asu.edu with any questions and to submit an application for Spring 2020.

 

Arizona State University offers a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (BIS). The Melikian Center will work with interested students to craft a program of studies emphasizing Eastern European or Eurasian studies within the BIS program.

The BIS Concentration in Russian and East European Studies is being revised.  Please check back for updated requirements.