The master of arts degree program in Russian, East European and Central Asian studies provides interdisciplinary area studies training for emerging professionals and future leaders in business, development, government, journalism, law, publishing, and the military. The curriculum is designed to promote a broad understanding of the cultural, political, economic, social, and historical factors that have shaped the development of societies in Eurasia, Russia, and Central and Eastern Europe; mastery in Russian, East European, or Central Asian languages at a level necessary for doing advanced research on and professional work in the region; and knowledge of methodological and analytical approaches of different disciplines that will contribute to a better understanding of the region and will prepare students for conducting advanced research. The program requires both area studies and language training.
The M.A. program is designed to be completed in three semesters, but motivated students who enter with prior language study and commit to intensive summer coursework have the option of completing the course of study within 12 calendar months. Students will work closely with the M.A. advisor, who serves as their primary graduate studies advisor, to ensure that their course of study is both coherent and sufficiently interdisciplinary.
Each year a faculty committee selects a limited number of deserving graduate students (in any field of study) for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must demonstrate their commitment to the study of a language of Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia, and to related area studies topics. Applications and supporting materials for the FLAS fellowship competition must be submitted by approximately February 15 each year. For more information and an application, see Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.
Students interested in studying Polish may be eligible to apply for a Michael and Emily Lapinski fellowship, administered through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature. The annual deadline is March 1. Please contact the Slavic department for more information.
CREECA also nominates eligible incoming graduate students in its M.A. program for the Advanced Opportunity Fellowship (for targeted students). To be considered for university funding, all application materials must be received by the early January deadline indicated on the CREECA M.A. application form.
A limited number of teaching assistantships and project assistantships may be available in CREECA and in specific departments that offer high-enrollment courses on REECAS. Information about these assistantships can be obtained by writing or calling CREECA and the respective departments. In addition to these opportunities, other fellowships and financial assistance are available outside CREECA. For further information, incoming graduate students should write directly to the appropriate department or organization.
Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress
To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.
Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement
Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement
Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement
At least 50% of credits applied toward the graduate degree credit requirement must be in graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide.
Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions
With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.
Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate
With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 7 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison undergraduate student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a Master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.
Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special
With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.
Credits per Term Allowed
Program-Specific Courses Required
Contact the program for information on any additional required courses.
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement
Other Grade Requirements
The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.
The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.
Advisor / Committee
Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.
An advisor generally serves as the thesis advisor. In many cases, an advisor is assigned to incoming students. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies.
A committee often accomplishes advising for the students in the early stages of their studies.
Assessment and Examinations
Contact the program for information on required assessments and examinations.
Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.
Contact the program for information on any language requirements.
In addition to language classes each term, students will be required to complete a minimum of 22 non-language (area studies) credits from the course list to be distributed as follows:
- Seven courses in Russian, East European and Central Asian studies at or above the 300 level (21 credits). These courses must be distributed over at least three departments. At least 50% of credits applied towards the graduate degree credit requirement must be with courses designed for graduate work. Courses with the graduate level coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the University's Course Guide.
- At least 6 of these credits (two courses) must be graduate-level seminars (700 through 900 level). REECAS M.A. students are expected to use original language source material in their graduate seminar papers.
- A 1-credit "Introduction to REECAS" module (SLAVIC 755 Topics in Slavic Literature). The course number of this module varies, depending on the home department of the faculty director of CREECA. Students are required to attend the weekly CREECA lecture series and to write four short essays based on the content of those lectures. Papers are read and evaluated by the CREECA director and associate director.
- Students may elect to write a master's thesis, but this is not required. This 3-credit, faculty-supervised, independent research course could count toward the required 22 non-language credits, but could not take the place of a required graduate-level seminar. The master's thesis will demonstrate the student's ability to engage in original research in his or her chosen field, including the ability to use original-language material.
Language learning is an integral part of the program, and students will be required to enroll in language courses each term. Students already proficient in their main language will be expected to choose another Slavic or Central Eurasian language for the duration of their program. For degree completion, students must have a minimum of two years of university-level study (or the equivalent) of a regional language with at least three years of study strongly recommended. During the academic year, the program offers Czech, Finnish, Kazak, Persian, Polish, Russian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and Turkish (Turkish–Azeri).
|Agricultural and Applied Economics|
|A A E/ECON/REAL EST/URB R PL 306||The Real Estate Process||3|
|A A E/INTL ST 374||The Growth and Development of Nations in the Global Economy||3|
|A A E/ECON 474||Economic Problems of Developing Areas||3|
|ANTHRO 330||Topics in Ethnology 1||3-4|
|ANTHRO 369||Peoples and Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe||3-4|
|ANTHRO 606||Ethnicity, Nations, and Nationalism 1||3-4|
|ANTHRO 690||Problems in Anthropology 1||3-4|
|ART HIST 310||Early Christian and Byzantine Art||3-4|
|ART HIST 351||20th Century Art in Europe||3-4|
|ART HIST 556||Proseminar in 20th Century European Art 1||3|
|ART HIST 805||Seminar-Ancient Art and Architecture 1||3|
|ART HIST 815||Seminar-Medieval Art 1||3|
|ART HIST 856||Graduate Seminar in Twentieth Century European Art 1||3|
|COM ARTS 352||Film History to 1960||3|
|COM ARTS 456||Russian and Soviet Film||3|
|COM ARTS 463||Avant-Garde Film||3|
|COM ARTS 958||Seminar in Film History 1||2-3|
|ECON/A A E/REAL EST/URB R PL 306||The Real Estate Process||3|
|ECON 364||Survey of International Economics||3-4|
|ECON 390||Contemporary Economic Issues 1||3|
|ECON 467||International Industrial Organizations 1||3-4|
|ECON/A A E 474||Economic Problems of Developing Areas 1||3|
|ECON/SOC 663||Population and Society 1||3|
|FOLKLORE/LITTRANS 347||In Translation: Kalevala and Finnish Folk-Lore||3-4|
|FOLKLORE/RELIG ST 352||Shamanism||3|
|FOLKLORE/SCAND ST 443||Sami Culture, Yesterday and Today||4|
|FOLKLORE/SLAVIC 444||Slavic and East European Folklore||3|
|FOLKLORE 460||Folk Epics 1||3|
|GEOG 318||Introduction to Geopolitics||3|
|GEOG 353||Russia and the NIS-Topical Analysis||3|
|GEOG 518||Power, Place, Identity 1||3|
|GEOG 918||Seminar in Political Geography 1||2-3|
|GNS 624||Proseminar in Central Asian History||3|
|HISTORY/MEDIEVAL/RELIG ST 309||The Crusades: Christianity and Islam||3-4|
|HISTORY/MEDIEVAL 313||Introduction to Byzantine History and Civilization||3-4|
|HISTORY/MEDIEVAL 314||Problems in Byzantine History and Civilization 1||3-4|
|HISTORY 357||The Second World War||3-4|
|HISTORY 359||History of Europe Since 1945||3-4|
|HISTORY/JEWISH 416||Eastern European Jews in the United States, 1880s-1930s||3-4|
|HISTORY 417||History of Russia||3-4|
|HISTORY 418||History of Russia||3-4|
|HISTORY 419||History of Soviet Russia||3-4|
|HISTORY 420||Russian Social and Intellectual History||3-4|
|HISTORY 424||The Soviet Union and the World, 1917-1991||3-4|
|HISTORY 425||History of Poland and the Baltic Area||3-4|
|HISTORY 434||American Foreign Relations, 1901 to the Present||3-4|
|HISTORY/RELIG ST 439||Islamic History From the Origin of Islam to the Ottoman Empire||3-4|
|HISTORY 475||European Social History, 1914-Present||3-4|
|HISTORY 500||Reading Seminar in History 1||3|
|HISTORY/CURRIC/JEWISH 515||Holocaust: History, Memory and Education||3|
|HISTORY/JEWISH/RELIG ST 529||Intellectual and Religious History of European Jewry, 1648-1939||4|
|HISTORY 540||Balkans and Middle East, 1700-1918: The Rise of National States||3-4|
|HISTORY/HIST SCI/MED HIST/MEDIEVAL/S&A PHM 562||Byzantine Medicine and Pharmacy||3|
|HISTORY 600||Advanced Seminar in History 1||3|
|HISTORY 753||Seminar-Comparative World History 1||1-3|
|HISTORY/FRENCH/GERMAN/POLI SCI/SOC 804||Interdisciplinary Western European Area Studies Seminar 1||3|
|HISTORY 849||Seminar-Topics in History of Imperial Russia, 1649-1917||1-3|
|HISTORY 850||Smr-Hist of the Soviet Union & Modern Hist of E Central Europe||1-3|
|HISTORY/RELIG ST 858||Seminar in Problems of Islamic History||2-3|
|HISTORY 891||Proseminar in Modern European History||1-3|
|INTL BUS 365||Contemporary Topics 1||1-3|
|INTL BUS/REAL EST 430||International Real Estate 1||3|
|INTL BUS/OTM 755||International Operations: Problems and Administration||3|
|Journalism and Mass Communication|
|JOURN 620||International Communication 1||4|
|JOURN 621||Mass Communication in Developing Nations 1||4|
|Languages and Cultures of Asia|
|LCA 314||Literatures of Central Asia||3|
|LCA/RELIG ST 357||Literatures of Muslim Societies||3|
|LCA/AFRICAN/RELIG ST 370||Islam: Religion and Culture||4|
|LCA/GEN&WS/HISTORY 472||Women in Turkish Society||3|
|LCA 579||Fiction and Ethnography in Turkey||3|
|LCA 610||Proseminar: Introduction to Turkic Linguistics||3|
|LCA/RELIG ST/SOC 614||Social Structures of Muslim Societies||3|
|LCA 615||Writing Travels 1||3|
|LCA 850||Seminar in Turkic Studies||3|
|LAW 828||International Transactions||2-3|
|LAW 918||Selected Problems in International Law-Seminar 1||2-3|
|LAW 919||The Holocaust: Facts, Trials, Verdicts, Post-Verdicts||2|
|LAW 942||European Union Law||2-3|
|Literature in Translation|
|LITTRANS/FOLKLORE 347||In Translation: Kalevala and Finnish Folk-Lore||3-4|
|LITTRANS 455||Modern Serbian and Croatian Literature in Translation||3|
|LITTRANS 473||Polish Literature (in Translation) since 1863||3|
|POLI SCI 334||Russian Politics||3-4|
|POLI SCI 340||The European Union: Politics and Political Economy||3-4|
|POLI SCI 351||Politics of the World Economy||3-4|
|POLI SCI 401||Selected Topics in Political Science 1||3-4|
|POLI SCI 421||The Challenge of Democratization||3-4|
|POLI SCI/INTL ST 439||The Comparative Study of Genocide||3-4|
|POLI SCI 534||Socialism and Transitions to the Market||3-4|
|POLI SCI 561||Radical Political Theory||3-4|
|POLI SCI/RELIG ST 618||Political Islam||3-4|
|POLI SCI 654||Politics of Revolution||3-4|
|POLI SCI 659||Politics and Society: Contemporary Eastern Europe||3-4|
|POLI SCI/ASIAN 663||South Asia and the Global System: Economy, Security & Culture||3-4|
|POLI SCI/FRENCH/GERMAN/HISTORY/SOC 804||Interdisciplinary Western European Area Studies Seminar||3|
|POLI SCI 814||Social Identities: Definition and Measurement 1||3|
|POLI SCI 854||Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict||3|
|POLI SCI 948||Seminar: Topics in Comparative Politics 1||3|
|POLI SCI 949||Seminar-Post Communist Politics||3|
|SLAVIC 302||Zarys historii literatury polskiej||3|
|SLAVIC/RELIG ST 325||Eastern Christianity/Russian Orthodoxy in a Global Context||3|
|SLAVIC 342||Uvod u srpsku i hrvatsku literaturu||3|
|SLAVIC 350||Special Topics in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture||3|
|SLAVIC 405||Women in Russian Literature||3-4|
|SLAVIC 433||History of Russian Culture||3|
|SLAVIC 434||Contemporary Russian Culture||3|
|SLAVIC 439||Russia Today in Literature and Film||4|
|SLAVIC 440||Soviet Literature||3-4|
|SLAVIC 449||Istorija srpske i hrvatske literature||3|
|SLAVIC 454||Moderna srpska i hrvatska literatura||3|
|SLAVIC 470||Historia literatury polskiej do roku 1863||3|
|SLAVIC 472||Historia literatury polskiej po roku 1863||3|
|SLAVIC/THEATRE 532||History of Russian Theatre||3|
|SLAVIC 701||Survey of Old Russian Literature||2|
|SLAVIC 702||Eighteenth-Century Russian Literature||2|
|SLAVIC 705||Special Topics in Russian Language/Linguistics||3|
|SLAVIC 755||Topics in Slavic Literature||1-3|
|SLAVIC 801||Slavic Critical Theory and Practice||3|
|SLAVIC 802||The Structure of Russian||2|
|SLAVIC 803||Introduction to Old Church Slavonic and the History of Russian Literary Language||2|
|SLAVIC 804||Methods of Teaching Slavic Languages||2|
|SLAVIC 820||College Teaching of Russian||1|
|SCAND ST/FOLKLORE 443||Sami Culture, Yesterday and Today||4|
|SCAND ST/MEDIEVAL 444||Kalevala and Finnish Folk-Lore||4|
|SOC 496||Topics in Sociology 1||1-3|
|SOC/LCA/RELIG ST 614||Social Structures of Muslim Societies||3|
|SOC 621||Class, State and Ideology: an Introduction to Marxist Social Science 1||3|
|SOC 633||Social Stratification 1||3|
|SOC/FRENCH/GERMAN/HISTORY/POLI SCI 804||Interdisciplinary Western European Area Studies Seminar 1||3|
|SOC/C&E SOC 929||Seminar: Class Analysis and Historical Change||3|
|Theatre and Drama|
|THEATRE/SLAVIC 532||History of Russian Theatre||3|
|THEATRE 911||Seminar-Problems in Theatre and Drama 1||2-3|
When topic is Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia.
Students entering the master's program must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and provide evidence of academic achievement and intellectual ability, including a minimum total grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and a 3.4 in related area courses, letters of recommendation, and strong scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). There is no minimum admission requirement for language, but students are strongly advised to complete two years of area language study before entering the program.
Applicants for admission to the M.A. degree program in Russian, East European and Central Asian studies should submit an online application. The following materials are required: statement of purpose, official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, language questionnaire, and application for university fellowships for incoming students. Speakers of English as a second language must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores as well.
Knowledge and Skills
Students who complete the M.A. in Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies (REECAS) in good standing should demonstrate an understanding of the cultural, political, economic, social, and historical factors that that have shaped the development of societies in Eurasia, Russia, and East and Central Europe.
- Students should be able to articulate, critique, and/or elaborate the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry in one or more of the disciplines represented in the interdisciplinary field of Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies (REECAS).
- Students should be able to identify sources and assemble evidence pertaining to questions or challenges in REECAS.
- Students should demonstrate an understanding of Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies in a historical, social, or global context.
- Students should select and utilize appropriate methodologies and practices in one or more of the disciplines represented in the interdisciplinary field of REECAS.
- Students should evaluate and synthesize information pertaining to questions or challenges in REECAS and should communicate clearly in written and spoken work in ways appropriate to REECAS.
Professional Conduct Learning Goals
- Students should recognizes and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct in the context of Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies.
Additional Learning Goals
- Language proficiency: Students will develop speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills in one or more of the languages of Russia, East and Central Europe, and Central Eurasia, and integrate these skills to communicate in a variety of social and academic situations.
Faculty: Professors Gerber (chair) (Sociology), Belodubrovskaya (Communication Arts), Bethea (Slavic Languages), Brenner (Jewish Studies), Buenger (Art History), Chamberlain (History), Ciancia (History), Dale (Art History), Danaher (Slavic Languages), Derin (Languages and Cultures of Asia), Dolinin (Slavic Languages), DuBois (Scandinavian Studies), Evans-Romaine (Slavic Languages), Filipowicz (Slavic Languages), Gehlbach (Political Science), Hendley (Law, Political Science), Herrera (Political Science), Hirsch (History), Hollander (Jewish Studies), Johnson (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis), Kaiser (Geography), Kepley (Communication Arts), Kydd (Political Science), Lapina (Slavic Languages), Livanos (Comparative Literature), Longinovic (Slavic Languages), McDonald (History), Michels (History), Miernowska (Slavic Languages), Neville (History), Radeloff (Forest and Wildlife Ecology), Reynolds (Slavic Languages), Schamiloglu (Languages and Cultures of Asia), Shevelenko (Slavic), Tishler (CREECA, Slavic Languages), Tumarkin (Slavic Languages), van de Water (Slavic Languages), Wink (History)