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 – Spring 2020 Fellowships have been awarded.

Please check back for Melikian Center Undergraduate Fellowship opportunities for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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.