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Dual CEUS MA and SPEA MPA Degree Requirements :: Graduate Programs

The Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) jointly offer a three-year program that qualifies students for a dual master’s degree. The dual degree program is a 60 credit hour program which addresses the demand for specialists who combine expertise in public policy and management and area studies expertise in the countries of Eurasia.

Students must separately apply to and be accepted into both the CEUS Master of Arts degree program and the SPEA Master of Public Affairs degree program. Indicate on both application forms that you are applying for the CEUS-SPEA dual degree.

Because CEUS and SPEA are in separate schools within Indiana University, students will be officially enrolled in only one school at a time. Students will alternate school affiliation so that students will be formally "housed" in each school for three semesters. School affiliation in no way restricts course enrollment. Students can concurrently enroll in CEUS and SPEA courses.

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Central Eurasian Studies: 24 credit hours

I. Region of Specialization

Three courses (9 cr.) on the culture, history, or society of the region. Courses which currently satisfy this requirement are:

Baltic-Finnish Region
R501 Baltic States since 1918
R502 Finland in the 20th Century
R504 Modern Finnish Literature
R508
Estonian Culture and Civilization
R509*Topics in Baltic-Finnish Studies
R592
The Uralic Peoples
R600*Advanced Readings in Baltic-Finnish Studies
R698 Empire and Ethnicity in Modern Russian History

Central Asian Region
R510 Introduction to Central Asian History
R511 Travelers and Explorers in Central Asia
R512 Shrine and Pilgrimage in Central Asian Islam
R513
Islam in the Soviet Union and Successor States
R514
Islamization in Inner Asia
R515
Politics and Society in Central Asia
R516
Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia
R528
Post-Soviet Transition in Central Asia
R529*Topics in Central Eurasian Studies
R593 The Mongol Century
R594 Environmental Problems and Social Constraints in Northern and Central Eurasia
R610 Advanced Readings in Baltic-Finnish Studies
R611 Ethnic History of Central Asia
R612 Central Asia under Russian Rule
R613 Islamic Central Asia 16th-19th Centuries
R614 The Yasavi Sufis and Central Asian Islam
R615
The Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition in Central Asia
R616
Religion and Power in Islamic Central Asia
R627 Islam and Modernity in Central Eurasia
R628 Russia's Orient
R629 Islamic Hagiography of Central Asia
R695 Altaic Linguistics
R697
Soviet & Post-Soviet Nationalities and Problems
R698
Empire and Ethnicity in Modern Russian History
R711 Seminar on Comparative Study of Central Asia & Middle East
R712 Seminar on Central Asian Nomadic Pastoralism
Central Asia - Xinjiang subregion
R530 Politics in Xinjiang
R531 Grave Robbers, Missionaries, and Spies:  Foreign Adventurers in Chinese Turkistan
R532 History of Xinjiang to 1911
R533 Cultures and Civilization of Xinjiang

Hungarian Region
R540 Introduction to Hungarian Studies
R542 Roma (Gypsy) History and Culture
R547 East Central European Cities in Comparative Perspective
R549*Topics in Hungarian Studies
R592 The Uralic Peoples and Cultures
R640 Advanced Readings in Hungarian Studies
R641 Art and Music of 19th and 20th Century Hungary
R642 Béla Bartók
R649 The Roma Through History, Music, and Film

Iranian
R516 People and Cultures of Central Asia
R551 Prophets, Poets and Kings: Iranian Civilization
R552 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
R554 Persian Literature in Translation
R559*Topics in Iranian Studies
R580 Literature of the Ottoman Court in Translation
R593 The Mongol Century
R613 Islamic Central Asia 16th-19th Centuries
R614 The Yasavi Sufis and Central Asian Islam
R629 Islamic Hagiography of Central Asia
R650*Advanced Readings in Iranian Studies
R711 Seminar on Comparative Study of Central Asia & Middle East
R712 Central Asia Nomadic Pastoralism
T656 Middle Iranian Languages
T659 Research in Classical Persian Texts

Mongolian
R560 Modern Mongolia
R561 Mongolia's Middle Ages
R562 Mongolian Civilization and Folk Culture
R563 Mongolian Historical Writings
R564 Shamanism and Folk Religion of the Mongols
R569*Topics in Mongolian Studies
R570 Introduction to the History of Tibet
R572 Sino-Tibetan Relations
R593 The Mongol Century
R595 Politics of Identity in China and Inner Asia
R660*Advanced Readings in Mongolian Studies
R661 Mongolian Literature and Folklore
R662 Modern Inner Mongolia
R666 Mongolian Languages and Dialects
R667 Mongolic Writing Systems
R695 Introduction to Altaic Linguistics
R697 Soviet & Post-Soviet Nationalities and Problems
R712 Seminar on Central Asian Nomadic Pastoralism
R761 Ordos Documents

Post-Communism and Nationalism

R501 Baltic States since 1918
R508 Estonian Culture and Civilization
R513 Islam in the Soviet Union and Successor States
R515 Politics and Society in Central Asia
R516 Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia
R528 Post-Soviet Transition in Central Asia
R560 Modern Mongolia
R572 Sino-Tibetan Relations
R594 Environmental Problems and Social Constraints in Northern and Central Eurasia
R662 Modern Inner Mongolia
R697 Soviet and Post-Soviet Nationalities and Problems
R698 Empire and Ethnicity in Modern Russian History

Tibetan Region
R560 Modern Mongolia
R562 Mongolian Civilization and Folk Culture
R563 Mongolian Historical Writings
R570 Introduction to the History of Tibet
R571 Tibet and the West
R572 Sino-Tibetan Relations
R573 Religions of Tibet
R579*Topics in Tibetan Studies
R593 The Mongol Century
R661 Mongolian Literature and Folklore
R670*Advanced Readings in Tibetan Studies

Turkish
R515 Politics and Society in Central Asia
R516 Peoples and Cultures of the Central Asia
R580 Literature of the Ottoman Court in Translation
R582 Cultural History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey
R583 Ten Sultans, One Empire: Ottoman Classical Age, 1300-1600
R584 From Grandeur to Collapse: Ottoman, State & Society in the Post-Classical Age
R589*Topics in Turkish Studies
R593 The Mongol Century
R595 Politics of Identity in China and Inner Asia
R680*Advanced Readings in Turkish Studies
R695 Altaic Linguistics
R712 Seminar on Central Asian Nomadic Pastoralism
R780 Seminar in Turkish Studies
T685-T686 Introductory Ottoman Turkish I-II
T687-T688 Advanced Ottoman Turkish
T691 Old Turkic

General
R592 The Uralic Peoples and Cultures
R593 The Mongol Century
R594 Environmental Problems and Social Constraints in Northern and Central Eurasia
R595 Politics of Identity in China and Inner Asia
R596 Rus, Khazars, and Bolgars
R599*Topics in Central Eurasian Studies
R690*Advanced Readings in Central Eurasian Studies
R693 Theorizing Central Eurasia: The Problems of Nationalism
R694 Uralic Linguistics
R695 Altaic Linguistics
R696 Manchu Historical Sources
R697 Soviet & Post-Soviet Nationalities and Problems
R698 Empire and Ethnicity in Modern Russian History
R699 Central Eurasian Languages

*If used to satisfy the ROS requirement, these courses must be approved by a student's Graduate Advisory Committee.

II. Electives

Electives or "open" courses (6 cr.) taught in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, may include any graduate-credit course at the 300-level or above not used to satisfy other requirements. Students are encouraged to take one of their electives in another Region of Specialization in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. These courses must be selected carefully in consultation with the student's Graduate Advisory Committee and receive its written approval.

III. Language of Specialization

Intermediate level (6 cr.) of one Language of Specialization taught in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, selected according to the ROS. Courses which currently satisfy this requirement are:

Baltic-Finnish Region
T603-T604 Intermediate Estonian I-II
T703-T704 Advanced Estonian I-II
T601-T602 Intermediate Finnish I-II
T701-T702 Advanced Finnish I-II

Central Asian Region
T611-T612 Intermediate Uzbek I-II
T711-T712 Advanced Uzbek I-II
T651-T652 Intermediate Persian I-II
T751-T752 Advanced Persian I-II
Central Asian - Xinjiang
T631-T632 Intermediate Uyghur I-II
T731-T732 Advanced Uyghur I-II

Hungarian Region
T641-T642 Intermediate Hungarian I-II
T741-T742 Advanced Hungarian I-II

Iranian Region
T651-T652 Intermediate Persian I-II
T751-T752 Advanced Persian I-II

Mongolian Region
T661-T662 Intermediate Mongolian I-II
T761-T762 Advanced Mongolian I-II

Tibetan Region: Tibetan
T671-T672 Intermediate Tibetan I-II
T771-T772 Advanced Tibetan I-II

Turkish Region
T681-T682 Intermediate Turkish I-II
T781-T782 Advanced Turkish I-II

Students who test out of the Intermediate level of the LOS must submit appropriate documentation. In addition, they must complete 6 hours of work in ROS, LOS, or relevant U600 courses to satisfy the overall number of hours required for an M.A. degree in the Department. Students may not count the Introductory level of an LOS toward any aspect of an M.A. degree, but may count these credits toward the overall number of hours required for a Ph.D. degree in the Department.

Students may fulfill the LOS requirement by completing or testing out of the Advanced level of the language (i.e., without taking the introductory or intermediate levels at Indiana University). In that case, no credit hours are given for any of the levels of the LOS toward the M.A. or Ph.D. degrees. The missing credits may be fulfilled with electives.

IV. M.A. Thesis course

During the fourth or fifth semester of enrollment, the student shall register for U601, an independent study course (3 cr.) that will serve as the M.A. Thesis Course. The student will work under the guidance of his or her thesis adviser, normally the head of the student's Graduate Advisory Committee. The student will receive credit for U601 only after acceptance of the M.A. Thesis.

V. M.A. Thesis

The M.A. thesis should be not less than 50 and not more than 70 double-spaced pages (text and notes), and it must reflect the use of materials in the student's LOS or in at least one Research Language other than English. The thesis may be an expanded seminar or other course paper, or it may be an entirely new project.  The thesis committee consists of three members, all of whom must approve the thesis; there is no oral defense. Normally, the student shall submit the M.A. Thesis to the Department within 90 days after the end of the fifth semester of full-time enrollment. Extensions may be granted only by written permission of the student's Graduate Advisory Committee and the Chairman of the Department.

VI. Research Language

Students must demonstrate reading proficiency in a modern research language such as French, German, or Russian. This may be done by taking a proficiency examination through the relevant department, or by completing with a "B" grade or better the 491-492 courses offered in some of these languages. These credit hours do not count toward the overall dual M.A. requirement.

Summary of CEUS M.A. Requirements

A.    Region of Specialization - three courses (3 + 3 + 3 cr)
B.    Electives in CEUS - two courses (3 + 3 cr.)
C.    Language of Specialization: Intermediate-level of a language taught in the Department of         Eurasian Studies (3 + 3 cr.)
D.    M.A. Thesis Course - U601 (3 cr.)
E.    M.A. Thesis (no cr.)
F.    Research Language (no cr.)

Total (minimum) credit-hours at the MA level for the CEUS component of the Dual M.A./M.P.A. in CEUS and SPEA: 24

School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA): 36 credit hours

CEUS lists SPEA details as a courtesy. Contact SPEA at 812-855-2840 for details or to confirm the current accuracy of these requirements.

I. Required M.P.A. core courses

V501 Professional Development Practicum: Information Technology (1 cr.) 
V502 Public Management (3 cr.) 
V503 Professional Development Practicum: Writing and Presentation (1 cr.) 
V505 Professional Development Practicum: Teamwork and Integrated Policy Project (1 cr.) 
V506 Statistical Analysis for Policy and Management (3 cr.) 
V517 Law and Public Affairs (3 cr.) 
V540 Law and Public Affairs (3 cr.) 
V560 Public Finance and Budgeting (3 cr.) 
V600 Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs (3 cr.)

II. Specialized Concentration: 15 credits

Each student is required to develop a specialized concentration comprised of courses approved by a SPEA faculty advisor.