Departments & Programs

Central Eurasian Studies


The Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) covers the peoples of the Central Eurasian steppes, the northern forests, and the mountains from Turkey and Iran to Tibet. Central Eurasian peoples belong to four language groups: Uralic, Altaic, Iranian, and Tibetan. The Silk Road, the Mongol conquest, the Dalai Lamas, the Iranian kings and prophets, and the ancient folklore of Europe's eastern fringe are all covered in this department.

Students may count most of the department's courses toward such specific requirements of the College's bachelor's degree as Breadth of Inquiry credit in arts and humanities or social and historical studies, culture studies, and foreign language.

Two-year sequences are offered in the following languages: Finnish, Estonian, and Hungarian in the Uralic family; Turkish, Mongolian, Uzbek, and Uyghur in the Altaic family; Persian and Pashto in the Iranian family; and Tibetan. Students should contact the department for information about summer language offerings.

The Department of Central Eurasian Studies is affiliated with the new School of Global and International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, dedicated to providing Indiana University undergraduates with the intellectual tools they will need to live, work, and thrive in the globalized world of the twenty-first century. Degree programs associated with SGIS emphasize language proficiency, cultural competency, and in-depth training in qualitative and quantitative methodologies. SGIS students will enjoy unparalleled access to a stellar faculty and career-focused advising. For further information regarding the mission, structure and resources of the School of Global and International Studies see

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Contact Information

Central Eurasian Studies Department
Indiana University
Goodbody Hall 157
1011 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

(812) 855-2233
ceus [at] indiana [dot] edu