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Bachelor of Arts in Central Eurasian Studies (CEUSBA1)Department of Central Eurasian Studies

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Central Eurasian Studies provides students with the means to study in depth a region of specialization in Central Eurasia through mastery of one or more languages as well as the history, culture, religion and geopolitics of a given region in a multidisciplinary approach. The degree program combines two key features: (1) a Language of Specialization, which gives students access to the chosen civilization through the voices of its people; and (2) a Region of Specialization, which includes courses on various aspects of the chosen civilization. Two- and three-year sequences are offered in the following languages: Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Mongolian, Persian, Tibetan, Turkish, Uyghur, and Uzbek.

Central Eurasian Studies examines contemporary and historical regions of critical significance: Tibet, Mongolia, Xinjiang, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Hungary, Finland and the Baltics. Faculty in the Department conduct research and teach classes on such diverse topics as The Silk Road, the Mongol Conquest, Minorities in China, Russia's Neighbors, the Dalai Lamas, Iranian Kings and Prophets, nationalisms, gender, linguistic and cultural change. Required coursework promotes a multidisciplinary training in the languages, histories, cultures, religions, economies, geopolitics and international relations of one or more Central Eurasian regions of specialization.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 30 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory course. One (1) course from the .
    • Central Asia, Mongolia, and Tibet have a unique legacy in the world today: nomads, Silk Road, Islam, Buddhism, Russo-Chinese rivalry, Communism, and resistance. This course will provide a broad overview of trends and issues in this crossroads of cultures and civilizations through a combination of lectures, discussions, and guest presentations. (3 credit hours.)
    • Introduction to the Turkic and Iranian peoples of Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. Introduces languages, literatures, and cultures; covers history, society, and economy with a focus on Islam and socio-political movements today. Includes guest lectures, films, museum visits, and musical and dance performances. (3 credit hours.)
    • Introduction to Hungary, Estonia, and Finland, three European nations whose peoples speak unique Uralic languages. Covers their culture and history as shaped by their Uralic heritage and by Germanic, Turkish, and Slavic conquerors. Focuses on national awakenings, independence, communism, and their role in Europe today. (3 credit hours.)
  2. Capstone. One (1) course from the .
    • P: CEUS major; senior standing; and consent of supervising faculty. Requires the preparation of an original thesis or research project that brings together the student's interests, region, and language of specialization and demonstrates accumulated training in the field. The project must be produced under the supervision of a faculty member. (3 credit hours.)
  3. One of the following tracks:
    1. Central Eurasian Studies*. Students must complete at least 30 credit hours, including two years of a through the intermediate level (8 credit hours) and additional coursework chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or academic advisor.
      • P: CEUS-T 102 or CEUS-U 122 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Geared to students who know the basics of Finnish to communicate in situations related to study, work, and leisure, while learning specific issues of Finnish culture and history. Methods are learner centered, communicative and often problem-based. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 201 or CEUS-U 221. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 201 or CEUS-U 221 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Continues and reinforces language skills learned in CEUS-T 201 or CEUS-U 221. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 202 or CEUS-U 222. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 104 or CEUS-U 112 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Builds on skills acquired in introductory courses. First year topics are reviewed in more detail and new topics, such as seasons, holidays, traditions, and customs are added. Longer reading texts are introduced. Video materials train listening comprehension. Development of conversation skills beyond the structured exchanges of the introductory level. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 203 or CEUS-U 211. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 203 or CEUS-U 211 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Finishes covering Estonian structures (morphology and syntax) and develops skills by reading, conversation, discussion, oral presentations, a weekly journal and short essays, and listening. Materials used to introduce Estonian culture include current press sources (print and Internet), short fiction, poetry, documentaries, feature films, and news programs. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 204 or CEUS-U 212. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 112 or CEUS-U 172 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Increases fluency in speaking and develops listening and reading skills. With extensive conversation and reading practice, students extend their vocabulary and grammar fundamentals in the literary language of Uzbekistan. Journals, newspapers and authentic materials supplied via Internet, email, and Oncourse illustrate modern life and language in Uzbekistan. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 211 or CEUS-U 271. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 211 or CEUS-U 271 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Continues language skills of CEUS-T 211. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 212 or CEUS-U 272. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 132 or CEUS-U 116 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Expands grammatical, lexical, and functional skills. Listening activities involve narratives, interviews from RFA (Uyghur Erkin Asiya Radiosi), and Uyghur TV. Contemporary Eastern Turkestan's society is introduced to facilitate effective situational communication. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 231 or CEUS-U 215. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 231 or CEUS-U 215 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Further develops language skills and introduces contemporary Turkestan, its culture and mentality, so students communicate effectively. Also included are translation skills, partner work and discussions, authentic listening and video material. Independent work outside of class is essential. Credit given for only one CEUS-T 232 or CEUS-U 216. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 142 or CEUS-U 132 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Helps students converse more fluently about personal and simple academic topics, articulate feelings and opinions, read short literary and scholarly texts, and write for basic personal, business, and academic purposes. Authentic texts and video teach about the lifestyle and socio-historical facts of Hungary. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 241 or CEUS-U 231. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 241 or CEUS-U 231 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Helps students converse more fluently about personal and simple academic topics, articulate their feelings and opinions, read short literary and scholarly texts, and write for basic personal, business, and academic purposes. Authentic texts and video teach about Hungary. Moderately complex grammatical forms are introduced. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 242 or CEUS-U 232. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 152 or CEUS-U 178 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Covers a wide range of topics and intermediate to advanced grammar. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 251 or CEUS-U 277. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 251 or CEUS-U 277 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Concentrates on complex grammatical structures and vocabulary acquisition with emphasis on reading and writing skills, and fluency in modern colloquial pronunciation (Tehran dialect). Studies texts drawn from modern Iranian publications, authentic materials, and Internet resources. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 252 or CEUS-U 278. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 162 or CEUS-U 142 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Expands the basic Mongolian conversation, grammar, reading, and writing skills mastered in first year. Introduces the most useful kinds of compound and complex sentences and develops skills to use them in conversation and writing. Furthers knowledge of Mongolian culture and tradition. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 162 or CEUS-U 142. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 261 or CEUS-U 241 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Expands basic Mongolian conversation, grammar, reading, and writing skills. Introduces the most useful kinds of compounds and complex sentences and voice infixes in conversation and writing. Furthers knowledge of Mongolian culture and tradition. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 262 or CEUS-U 242. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 172 or CEUS-U 152 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Further develops skills in Tibetan for effective communication. Speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills are developed throughout the course with attention to grammar. Special attention to classical Tibetan readings. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 271 or CEUS-U 251. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 271 or CEUS-U 251 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Further develops skills with basic features of Tibetan language. Materials such as short stories and articles used for writing and reading assignments. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 272 or CEUS-U 252. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 182 or CEUS-U 162 with a grade of C or higher; or consent of department. Expands communicative skills, grammar, and vocabulary skills. Class activities and homework involve listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Special attention paid to building richer vocabulary, developing competence in the vernacular, and improving reading. Recordings, films, handicrafts, and cartoons used in context. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 281 or CEUS-U 261. (4 credit hours.)
      • P: CEUS-T 281 or CEUS-U 261 with a grade of C or higher. Continues skills learned in CEUS-T 281. Credit given for only one of CEUS-T 282 or CEUS-U 262. (4 credit hours.)
    2. Language and Civilization**. Students must complete at least 31 credit hours to include an Introductory course (see item 1 above) that corresponds to the Language of Specialization and at least four courses (12 credit hours) at the 200–499 level, chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or academic advisor. Students must also complete three years of a Language of Specialization through the advanced level (16 credit hours).
  4. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Notes

  • * Students may complete Azerbaijani, Pashto, Tajik, Kazakh, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, or related Turkic and Iranian languages, only by exception—that is, only if they have transfer credits or pass a placement test in those languages.**

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines. No more than 42 of these credit hours can come from the major.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.