Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
The University's General Libraries contain about eighty thousand volumes and excellent supporting material on Russia and Eastern Europe. The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center holds important original documents, including the Alexander Kerensky papers and collections on Soviet history and literature. The Population Research Center houses extensive census data for Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, dating back to the Russian census of 1897. The Audio Visual Library in the Undergraduate Library has several hundred films and videotapes from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.
The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Resource Center houses about five hundred books and journals on the region, as well as audio- and videotapes. The center maintains the Russian and East European Network Information Center (REENIC), which gives Internet users easy access to databases worldwide.
Sixty-four faculty members regularly teach courses dealing with Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.
The Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies is a two-year, multidisciplinary program that offers advanced scholarly training for students who seek integrated knowledge of the language, history, society, and culture of the former Soviet Union and Eastern and Central Europe, or one or more of their subareas.The program is designed for students preparing for careers in the professions, and for those seeking an intermediate, interdisciplinary master's degree before pursuing a doctorate in a particular discipline. Within the requirements of the program, the student may choose an individual course of study to meet his or her needs and may have a broader choice of courses than is possible in a disciplinary master's degree program.
The program may involve work in any of the following academic disciplines: anthropology, architecture, art history, business, comparative literature, economics, geography, government, history, law, linguistics, music, philosophy, public affairs, radio-television-film, sociology, Slavic languages and literatures, and Turkic languages.
Students who complete this degree are expected to have an extensive understanding of the country or countries of their specialization, including a working knowledge of one of the region's languages.
The entering student must have a bachelor's degree. He or she must have completed at least nine semester hours in upper-division undergraduate courses, other than language courses, that focus primarily or exclusively on the former Soviet Union or East/Central Europe, and three years or the equivalent of formal language training in a language of the area. An applicant who does not meet these requirements may be admitted conditionally, but he or she must make up the deficiencies while obtaining the degree. The amount of coursework to be made up is determined by the graduate adviser before the student is admitted to the program.
The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2000-2001.
The requirements of the program are designed to give students a broad background in the Russian, East European, and Eurasian area. Students may choose the thesis option, consisting of at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including the thesis; or the report option, consisting of at least thirty-three semester hours, including the report.
Under either option, at least eighteen hours must be in nonlanguage graduate coursework that deals primarily with the Russian, East European, and Eurasian area. In addition to the interdisciplinary core course, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies 381, each student must take at least one course from each of the following groups: literature and culture; history, economics, and government; and sociology, geography, and anthropology. All courses counted toward the degree must have content relevant to the former Soviet Union or East/Central Europe. The student must also complete a fourth year or the equivalent of formal language instruction. He or she must pass a proficiency test in the language at the Interagency Language Roundtable level 2 or the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages advanced level. Credit earned in fulfilling the language requirement may not be counted toward the degree, since language competence is considered a necessary tool for graduate study in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies.
A student seeking admission to any of the following programs must apply through the Graduate and International Admissions Center. He or she must be accepted by each program in order to be admitted to the joint program. Like all other graduate applicants, the student is responsible for submitting any additional information required by the Graduate Studies Committee for each program. The student may submit applications to each program simultaneously or may apply to the joint program during the first year in graduate school.
Students in each joint program must complete a fourth year or the equivalent of formal instruction in a language of the area and must pass a proficiency test in the language.
Master of Arts/Master of Public Affairs
This joint program combines advanced policy studies with interdisciplinary area studies, responding to a need in both the public and the private sector for policy specialists with a thorough understanding of the former Soviet Union and East/Central Europe. Students must complete at least thirty-six semester hours of graduate work in public affairs and at least thirty hours of graduate work in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies, including a six-semester-hour thesis and a four-semester-hour summer internship.
Master of Arts/Master of Arts with a Major in Communication
This joint program combines advanced communication studies with interdisciplinary area studies, responding to a need in both the public and the private sector for specialists with a thorough understanding of the former Soviet Union and East/Central Europe. Students must complete at least sixty-three semester hours of graduate work in the College of Communication and Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies. The program must include a summer internship in or related to the former Soviet Union or East/Central Europe and a thesis on a topic involving both fields.
Master of Arts/Master of Business Administration
The objective of this joint program is to provide students with the skills and perspective necessary to work effectively in business, particularly in its application to contemporary Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Students must complete a total of sixty-nine semester hours of coursework in the McCombs School of Business and Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies, including a professional report.
Upon admission to this joint degree program, the student must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit to indicate that he or she accepts the offer of admission. The deposit serves to confirm the student's intention of enrolling in both programs and is applied to the payment of fees when the student enrolls. Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for assistance to cover for the deposit.
Master of Arts/Doctor of Jurisprudence
This joint program is designed for students who wish to study law and Russian, East European, and Eurasian issues in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner and who plan to be involved in government service or legal practice with a focus in this region. The student must complete eighty-six semester hours of work for the Doctor of Jurisprudence, including the normal first-year coursework in the School of Law, and thirty-three hours for the Master of Arts.
Campus address: Geography Building (GRG) 106, phone (512) 471-7782, fax (512) 471-3368; campus mail code: A1600
Mailing address: Graduate Program, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712
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