Overview of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in East European and Eurasian Studies
The Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) offers a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS) in East European and Eurasian Studies, which allows both MA and PhD students to acquire secondary expertise in Eastern Europe and Eurasia from outside their home programs that will be reflected on their university record. It is open to all graduate and professional students, excluding those pursuing the MA in Slavic and East European Studies. This GIS is designed for students to demonstrate both a knowledge of an East European or Eurasian language, and interdisciplinary area studies knowledge. Within the GIS, students will choose an area of concentration: Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, or Southeastern Europe. They will also have to take a corresponding language for their area of concentration: Czech, Hungarian, or Polish (Central Europe); Eurasia (Georgian or Uzbek); Albanian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Modern Greek, Romanian or Turkish (Southeastern Europe); or Russian (Eastern Europe). Please see below for more information on specific coursework requirements needed to complete the GIS.
The GIS in East European and Eurasian Studies consists of 15 credit hours of coursework. Of these 15 credit hours, a minimum of 12 credit hours must be from area studies courses, and no more than 3 credit hours can come from language coursework.
Area Studies Coursework
Students must take at least 12 credit hours of area studies coursework and receive a grade of B or better in all courses. Area studies courses must have at least 25% of the courses' readings, lectures, projects, or other included content that covers Eastern Europe/Eurasia. Within these 12 credit hours, students must:
- Complete Slavic 6501: Introduction to Slavic Studies, the foundational course for the GIS (3 credit hours);
- Take at least 9 credit hours in a discipline other than their primary program;
- Demonstrate interdisciplinarity by taking courses in at least 2 or more disciplines and in 2 or more colleges or divisions within the College of Arts and Sciences;
- Take no more than 1 course at the 4000-level (3 credit hours) and this course must be outside of their home academic unit; and
- Not count independent study, master’s, and dissertation hours towards the credit hour requirement (in rare instances a maximum of 3 credit hours will be permitted after petitioning the Graduate Studies Committee).
Each semester, CSEES compiles a list of area studies courses that it publishes and students should consult this list when scheduling courses. Students can petition to take a course not on the approved list by presenting documentation (syallbus and email approval from the instructor) that demonstrates that the students will be able to meet the 25% regional content requirement by focusing course papers or projects, or additional readings on the region.
Students must take language courses or test out of the second-year sequence for Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Modern Greek, Polish, Romanian, Turkish, or Uzbek. Study of the Albanian, Czech, Georgian, and Hungarian languages can also be used to complete the language requirement but should be discussed with GIS staff first as these courses are not regularly taught at OSU. For Russian, students must complete or test out of the third-year sequence. Up to 3 credit hours of language coursework can count towards the 15 credit hour GIS requirement.
Students interested in pursuing the GIS should first consult Eileen Kunkler (firstname.lastname@example.org), the assistant director of CSEES and program advisor for the GIS. In consultation with the CSEES MA graduate studies chair, Dr. Jill Bystydzienski, and the program advisor, students will develop a proposed program of study. Then the students will complete a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization form within GradForms (full instructions are available on the Graduate School's website), which serves as the application for the specialization. The CSEES graduate studies committee will then notify the student whether the request to add a GIS has been approved. Students will then need to adhere to the proposed program of courses outlined on the GIS Form, or submit a new GIS Form outlining any deviations.
The assistant director of CSEES will serve as the program advisor for GIS students to ensure that they meet the specialization requirements. Students can monitor their progress on the GIS Progress Form.
There is no exit requirement for the GIS, students must take all coursework indicated on their Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization Form. Then once students complete their primary degree, the GIS will be awarded and noted on their final transcript.
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Interested in learning more about the GIS in East European and Eurasian Studies? Email Eileen Kunkler, the assistant director of CSEES, at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more, or call (614)292-8770.