From Europe to China, from Siberia into the Caucasus and the Himalayas.
This concentration focuses on the social, cultural, and economic interconnections among the peoples of Eurasia. We define Eurasia as the vast landmass stretching east/west from China to Europe and north/south from Siberia into the Caucasus, the Crimean Peninsula, Central Asia, and the Himalayas. Ancient trade routes which crisscrossed the interior spaces of Europe and Asia, known collectively as the Silk Road, served as a globalizing thoroughfare for the movement of peoples, cultural practices, religious values, and commodities. Recent infrastructural improvements in these areas, as well as international economic, environmental, and political concerns, have once again opened up transnational economic networks and cross-cultural exchange along these "new silk roads."
For this concentration, students pull from a variety of disciplines to study not only specific geographical regions but also vital intersections and interrelationships among regions and peoples.