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Baltic Sea Region Studies in America

Below you find a selection of departments and centers that offer programs related to Baltic Sea Region Studies. In addition to a short description of the respective institution's academic profile we also provide a link to its webpage.

 

Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Columbia University, New York NY, USA
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Duke University, Durham NC, USA
Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA
Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA
University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada
University of Texas, Austin, USA
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
University of Washington, Seattle, USA
University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

 

Carleton University Institute of European and Russian Studies

The Institute of European and Russian Studies (EURUS) is the oldest institute of its type in Canada; currently it brings together a wide range of expertise on Europe, European integration, and the transition from communism in the countries of Central Europe, the Balkans and the former Soviet Union. The Institute offers interdisciplinary B.A. Honours degrees and M.A. degrees, hosts a variety of research and assistance projects relating to the region, and sponsors numerous public lectures and other events.
Degrees offered: B.A. in European and Russian Studies, M.A. in Central/East European and Russian Area Studies
Institute of European and Russian Studies


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Columbia University The Harriman Institute

The Harriman Institute administers the Master of Arts in Regional Studies- Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe (MARS-REERS) through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for those wishing to focus on a multidisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe (the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and the Balkans). The program provides intensive exposure to the politics, international relations, modern history, and cultural and social formations of the region, with both a country-specific and trans-regional focus. Applicants should have some prior language training and must complete at least three years of an East European or a Eurasian language.
Degrees offered: M.A. in Regional Studies (Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe)
The Harriman Institute


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Dalhousie University Russian Studies Department

The Russian Studies Department offers classes in Russian language, literature, culture and history. Since Russia plays a crucial role in today's world and makes important contributions in a wide variety of scientific, technical, and humanistic fields, knowledge of its linguistic and cultural backgrounds can prove advantageous in many areas of study. Recent radical shifts in the country have significantly widened opportunities for using Russian in business, law, science, and government.
Degrees offered: undergraduate major in Russian Studies
Russian Studies Department


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Duke University Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies

Established in 1991, the Duke Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies funds course development, organizes lectures, workshops and conferences, sponsors visiting faculty, funds acquisition of additional library resources, and engages in other activities to promote the study of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Degrees offered: major/minor, M.A., Ph.D. in Slavic Studies
Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies


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Georgetown University Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies

The MA program at the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES) at Georgetown University is dedicated to promoting and supporting the multi-disciplinary study of the area from central Europe to the Pacific and the Baltic to the Mediterranean, Black, and Caspian Seas. CERES offers a rigorous education in scholarly disciplines focusing on the political, economic, social, cultural, and historical complexity of this vast area, to provide its students with a broad and deep understanding of Eurasian, Russian and East European affairs.
Degrees offered: M.A. in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies
Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies


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BMW Center for German and European Studies


The Master of Arts in German and European Studies program is a two-year, full-time, interdisciplinary course of study. The core courses focus on Europe and its societies from the perspectives of the participating disciplines: cultural studies, economics, history and political science (comparative politics and international relations). It also includes an interdisciplinary course on the European Union and a capstone Master's Project seminar.
Degrees offered: M.A. in German and European Studies
BMW Center for German and European Studies


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Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

We believe that when we integrate various academic disciplines, we gain insights into society and culture that are not possible within a single discipline. Our Master's Program in Regional Studies was established in 1948 to embody this belief. Since that time, over 550 alumni have pursued careers in government, academia, business, and non-governmental organizations. Between 16 and 20 students are enrolled in the program at any one time. Students take courses with our Faculty Associates, tap into our network of scholars and alumni, use our library, and attend our seminars and other activities.
Degrees offered: M.A. in Regional Studies (Russia, Eastern Europe ad Central Asia)
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies


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Indiana University Russian and East European Institute

The Russian and East European Institute was established in 1958 on Indiana University's Bloomington campus. It administers one of the country's foremost programs in Russian and East European Area studies. Since its creation, the Institute has developed a broad, interdisciplinary curriculum offering extensive range and depth in advanced language and area training focusing on Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Southeastern Europe, the Baltics and other countries of the former Soviet Union. More than one hundred faculty from eighteen departments and schools are affiliated with the Institute.
Degrees offered: undergraduate minor, M.A. and Ph.D. minor in Russian and East European Area Studies (includes Baltic Studies)
Russian and East European Institute


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Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies

East European area studies at OSU is facilitated by the presence of approximately 50 area specialist faculty members who teach nearly 300 different courses in East European languages and area studies. OSU currently offers instruction in nine East European languages: Czech, Hungarian, Modern Greek, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Turkish, and Yiddish. Occasional language offerings include Bulgarian and Ukrainian.
Degrees offered: undergraduate major/minor, M.A. in Slavic and East European Studies
Center for Slavic and East European Studies


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University of Alberta Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

The Faculty of Business, through its Centre for International Business Studies (CIBS), and in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern Languages, has developed this innovative and unique program. It is designed to produce Business graduates with all the functional skills required by the modern business world and couple that with language expertise in one or more of the languages of Europe and knowledge of the politics, history, economics and culture of Europe.
Degrees offered: Bachelor of Commerce Degree/major in European Studies-Scandinavian
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies


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University of Illinois Russian and East European Center

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center brings together, in a variety of programs, members of the university community and the public interested in understanding the promoting knowledge about Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Established in 1959, the Center is a Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center. REEC supports work on the region by faculty and students in various colleges and departments; organizes lectures, conferences, public forums, and other events; offers interdisciplinary courses and degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students.
Degrees offered: undergraduate major/minor, M.A. in Russian and East European Studies
Russian and East European Center


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University of Kansas Center for Russian and East European Studies

CREES faculty and students have conducted field work, researched, and taught courses covering the entire region: from new European Union members in the west to the Russian Far East; from indigenous peoples of the Arctic north to traditionally Islamic societies of the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and other language programs, students can study Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Turkish, Ukrainian and Uyghur. KU Library resources are unparalleled in the Central Plains, featuring thousands of bound volumes and electronic resources in all disciplines.
Degrees offered: undergraduate major, M.A. in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
Center for Russian and East European Studies


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University of Michigan Center for Russian and East European Studies

The Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), a constituent unit of the University of Michigan International Institute, is one of the nation's leading institutes for interdisciplinary research and training in Russian and East European studies. First designated as a Slavic Language and Area Center in 1959, CREES is now one of twenty U.S. Department of Education-supported National Resource Centers for Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. With an outstanding faculty of over sixty area specialists and visiting scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and professions, CREES is renowned for its regional programs in Central European (particularly Polish and Czech) studies, Russian studies, and Southeast European studies.
Degrees offered:undergraduate major/minor, M.A. in Russian and East European Studies
Center for Russian and East European Studies


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University of Minnesota Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch

The German and Scandinavian track builds on the Department's strengths in both areas and offers a unique opportunity for students to engage in advanced comparative work involving German and Nordic studies. Students acquire expertise by focusing on literary, cultural, and historical intersections and by working together with faculty in comparative and interdisciplinary ways. The program aims for depth as well as breadth and may allow for a competitive advantage in the job market.
Degrees offered: Ph.D. in German and Scandinavian Studies
Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch


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University of New Brunswick Department of Culture and Language Studies

German Studies is an Interdisciplinary Minor, Major and Honours Program offered jointly by the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University. The German Studies Program provides the opportunity to combine the study of the language, literature, history, political science, and various socio-cultural aspects of the German-speaking peoples within the context of a larger Europe. The attainment of proficiency in the German language is an integral part of German Studies at all levels. A committee drawn from the departments involved in the program administers the program.
Degrees offered: undergraduate major/minor in German Studies
Department of Culture and Language Studies

 

Department of Culture and Language Studies

Russian and Eurasian Studies is an interdisciplinary major and minor program offered jointly by the University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University. A committee drawn from the departments involved in the program administers it. Interested students should first contact the Director who is the representative from the Russian section of the Department of German and Russian.
Degrees offered: undergraduate major/minor in Russian and Eurasian Studies
Department of Culture and Language Studies


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University of Texas Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

The program for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (formerly Post-Soviet and East European studies) was established at The University of Texas at Austin in 1984. Since 1988 the U.S. Department of Education has designated the University of Texas a National Resource Center for Russian and East European Studies and began awarding funds for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. In 1985, the University was chosen by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) as the host institution for its journal, The Slavic Review, for a six year term, 1985-1991. Since then, numerous faculty members have been recruited to teach courses in Russian and East European area study disciplines and competitive grants have been received from public and private sources.
Degrees offered:undergraduate major, M.A. in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies


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University of Toronto Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Estonian Studies at the University of Toronto are concerned with the language, literature, and culture of Estonia. Comprehension of Baltic cultures requires knowledge of culture contacts between Baltic and Finno-Ugric language groups, and the historical dynamics of shaping forces from both Slavic and Germanic directions. Complementing course offerings in Baltic History, interdisciplinary Estonian and Baltic literature, civilization, and folklore courses taught in English represent further opportunities to contextualize Estonian Studies on the regional and European map. The teaching of Estonian language and culture is one of the stated goals of the Chair of Estonian Studies, and thus a part of its original curricular design.
Degrees offered: undergraduate major in European Studies-Estonian concentration
Estonian Studies


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University of Washington Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Center

Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the bachelor's level is an option within the European Studies major. It provides an interdisciplinary coverage of Russia, the countries of the former U.S.S.R., and East Europe, an area about which the University offers a particularly wide range of undergraduate courses. This interdisciplinary approach allows students a great deal of flexibility in designing a course of study to meet their career goals which call for area expertise.
The M.A. allows flexibility in designing a course of study to meet career goals calling for area expertise. Students usually focus on one geographical region Russia, East Europe, the Baltics, or Central Asia. The curriculum, especially strong in the social sciences, history and languages, includes courses in anthropology, comparative literature, economics, geography, history, linguistics, political science, art, sociology, business, drama, law, marine affairs, music, public affairs, education and forest resources.
Degrees offered: undergraduate major, M.A. in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Center

 

Department of Scandinavian Studies

Students at the University of Washington can earn a Bachelors degree (BA) with a major in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish (emphasis in languages and literature) and Scandinavian Area Studies (emphasis in folklore, history, politics, and/or Baltic Studies). In addition, graduate students can pursue studies for Master's degrees (MA) in Scandinavian Languages and Literature or Scandinavian Area Studies, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Scandinavian Languages and Literature. Minors are available in Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Scandinavian Area Studies, and Baltic Studies. The Department's Baltic Studies Program offers courses in the languages and cultures of the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Degrees offered: undergraduate major/minor, M.A., Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies; undergraduate major in Baltic Studies
Department of Scandinavian Studies


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University of Wisconsin Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia

CREECA's mission is threefold: To foster new knowledge and understanding of Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, To train a new generation by providing the knowledge, tools, and experience necessary for understanding these societies and for playing productive roles in their reconstruction and to serve as a community resource through outreach activities designed for Wisconsin's citizens, businesses and other parties interested in these regions of the world.
Degrees offered: undergraduate certificate, M.A., Ph.D. minor in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia

 

Department of Scandinavian Studies

The department provides the opportunity to learn a Scandinavian language or Finnish (modern Icelandic only occasionally). The literature, folklore, and culture of the Nordic countries are taught both in the original languages and in English translation. Partly in cooperation with other departments, courses in Scandinavian area studies are offered (history, social institutions, geography, art, archaeology).
Degrees offered: undergraduate major in Scandinavian, M.A. in Scandinavian Area Studies
Department of Scandinavian Studies


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