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.