Eurasian Studies

An IAS Major Concentration

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.


To satisfy the concentration requirements, browse the available courses.

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This concentration requires 36 units of coursework:

  • 3-6 units of introductory coursework
  • 30-33 units of advanced Eurasian Studies coursework from a minimum of three academic disciplines [at least two courses must be at the 400 level], and dealing with three different regions (Eastern, Western and Central Eurasia) or with a transregional focus

Additional requirements:

  • Students must fulfill the standard foreign language requirement with Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Russian or another Eurasian language as decided in consultation with your IAS advisor.
  • We strongly encourage students to study abroad. For those students who do not study abroad, an additional 3 unit course at the 300 or 400 level is required. Consult with your advisor about study abroad possibilities for the major.
  • Throughout the course of completing the Eurasian Studies concentration, students must take coursework dealing with three different regions (Eastern, Western and Central Eurasia) or with a transregional focus.
  • All advanced credits counting for the IAS major must be unique to the IAS major.
  • Receive a grade of C+ or higher in all IAS courses; all courses taken for IAS credit must be taken for a letter grade, including language courses.

NB A single course may satisfy more than one of the distribution requirements (disciplinary or regional). Some of these requirements may be completed while abroad.


If you have questions about this major concentration, please contact Dr. Nicole Svobodny.

Contact Dr. Nicole Svobodny