Academic & Professional Training

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

*The Baccalaureate Certificate in Russian and East European Studies (REES) encourages students to develop special competency in Russian, Eurasian, or East European languages and area studies. Coursework leading to the certificate is offered by faculty of Agribusiness, Anthropology, Architecture, Geography, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Russian/Eurasian/East European Languages and Literatures, Sociology, and Women's Studies, but the Certificate program is open to all students, regardless of major.

*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 9 languages at up to 6 levels to over 150 students 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.

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

Offered through the University College of ASU's Phoenix campus, the BIS program provides foundational instruction in humanities, social sciences, and natural science, and is invested in the development of learning-centered coursework for students in the College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, College of Public Programs, and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Sample BIS coursework with focus on Russian

Eurasian, and East European Studies
Details on University College and the BIS degree

The Islamic Studies Certificate is designed to provide a deeper appreciation for Islam’s multiculturalism, major achievements, and contemporary relevance. Its goal is to enhance students’ prospects for graduate admissions in Religious Studies, Islamic Studies and Area Studies and for any professional program in international law and business that focuses on global Muslim societies.

See the Islamic Studies webpage for details.

The Baccalaureate Certificate in Russian and East European Studies (REES) encourages students to develop special competency in Russian, Eurasian, or East European languages and area studies. Coursework leading to the certificate is offered by faculty of Agribusiness, Anthropology, Architecture, Geography, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Russian/Eurasian/East European Languages and Literatures, Sociology, and Women's Studies, but the Certificate program is open to all students, regardless of major.

Certificate holders enhance their prospects for study abroad fellowships and graduate admissions, and also qualify for unique entry-level government employment opportunities. Past certificate awardees have moved into positions of leadership in government, academia and the private sector.


Requirements

  1. Three years (22 semester credit hours) of Russian or another Eurasian or East European language;
  2. 30 semester hours (at least 24 upper-division hours) in Russian, Eurasian, or East European area-related coursework.

At least three disciplines must be represented in the area-related coursework, and at least 12 hours must be drawn from area-related coursework outside those taught by School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) faculty (i.e., non-RUS, non-SLC, non-SLV courses, or courses taught by SILC faculty and listed under other course subject prefixes). The Melikian Center certifies that all requirements have been met for the Russian and East European Studies Certificate at the time of the student’s application for graduation. Certificate recognition is noted in the student’s graduating transcript, which reads, Degree: Certificate; Plan: Russian and East European Studies (certificate).

Frequently taught classes meeting the requirements of the certificate program are listed below. A list of eligible courses being taught this semester is listed below. This list is for planning purposes only. It does not contain every class that might count toward the REES Certificate and certain classes that are on the list may not qualify in a given semester, depending on the instructor and course content for that semester. Students are strongly advised to consult with a Melikian Center advisor (COOR 4450) every semester to learn exactly what REES-eligible courses are being offered in a given semester.

Certificate students are encouraged to consider study abroad and related fellowship opportunities to advance their language skills.

Since the REES Certificate program is highly personalized and extremely responsive to changes in course offerings across many disciplines, students should consult a Melikian Center advisor as early as possible in their undergraduate program.

What Courses Should I Take?

Students should consult a Melikian Center advisor early to verify that their courses meet certification requirements. REES certification requires classes in two categories: foreign language (22 hours) and area studies (30 hours).

1.  Twenty-two hours of foreign language coursework. Eurasian and East European Languages offered:

    • Albanian
    • Armenian
    • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
    • Macedonian
    • Polish
    • Romanian
    • Russian*
    • Tatar
    • Tajik
    • Uzbek

    * For Russian, students must complete RUS 101, 102, 201, 202, 211 and 212 (or six hours of upper-division Russian language coursework beyond RUS 202). Students may take one of the other languages listed above, but students are required to complete 22 semester hours of East European/Eurasian language study.

    NB. Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Tatar, and Uzbek are taught during the summer Critical Languages Institute. Study abroad opportunities are available for advanced training in each of the above languages. Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, and Russian are regularly offered during the academic year.

    2.  Thirty hours of coursework (a minimum of 24 hours of this coursework must be upper-division) from the courses listed in the tables below. Arranged honors thesis and related upper-division colloquia may also be credited toward the certificate. In order to guarantee the interdisciplinary nature of the certificate, students must complete courses in three different academic departments.

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    Please use the links below for course listings: