Departments & Programs

Central Eurasian Studies


The Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) offers a wide range of courses designed to promote a multi-disciplinary training in the languages, histories, cultures, economies, geopolitics and international relations of one or more Central Eurasian regions of specialization. The Department covers contemporary and historical regions of critical significance, such as Tibet, the Central Asian Muslim republics, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Hungary and the Baltics. Faculty in the Department conduct research and teach classes on such diverse topics as The Silk Road, the Mongol Conquest, the Dalai Lamas, Iranian Kings and Prophets, and Empire and Ethnicity in the Soviet and post-Soviet world.

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. The major is open to and attracts students from all disciplines and schools.

Two- and three-year sequences are offered in the following languages: Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Mongolian, Persian, Tibetan, Turkish, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Students should contact the department for information about additional offerings, including summer language opportunities.

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. 

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Contact Information

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

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