Master of Arts in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
The MA in REECAS involves interdisciplinary study, which allows students a great deal of flexibility in designing a course of study to meet varying career goals calling for area expertise.
Each student's program combines instruction in at least one language with interdisciplinary training.
The REECAS MA program ordinarily lasts two years and is designed (1) to provide a terminal degree for students preparing for careers in government, non-governmental organizations, journalism, business or teaching at the pre-college level; and (2) to provide area training for students wishing to pursue a PhD degree.
The curriculum, which is especially strong in the social sciences, history, languages, and cultures, encompasses courses in sixteen departments, two programs, four schools and three colleges. Independent study may be arranged to do work in other fields, such as international health or communications, where there may be no regularly offered area courses.
Language instruction is offered in Russian through the advanced level, in all three Baltic languages and in most modern languages in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Students can also arrange independent study in relevant languages that are not offered regularly. Intensive programs offer the opportunity to do a full year's language work during the summer quarter.