M.A. Program

Master of Arts In Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies 

The MAERES (formerly REES MA) curriculum is designed to take 4 semesters to complete. It requires:  

  • 42 credit hours of course work, including two core courses (Introduction to Area Studies and the Capstone Seminar) and two advanced language courses;
  • a presentation of the student's research before CERES faculty and students prior to graduation.
Curriculum

The M.A. curriculum is organized across five disciplines:

  • Anthropology-Sociology
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Government
  • History

Together with the CERES directors, students plan a directed program of study that includes coursework in at least four of the five fields.

Students complete a total of fourteen courses, including the two core seminars and two advanced language courses. The other ten courses are selected according to the student's academic interests and the multidisciplinary requirement. 

Click here for a chart of the standard MAERES curriculum sequence. 

Here are course descriptions of MAERES courses from the Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 semesters. For the entire Georgetown University course catalog, go to courses.georgetown.edu

Language requirements

Students are tested in reading and oral proficiency in a language of the region upon entry to the program and placed in the appropriate level of language classes. Completion of two courses at the advanced level is required for graduation, except for native speakers of a language of the region.

Georgetown offers Persian, Polish, Russian, Turkish and Ukrainian language courses that fulfill the advanced language study requirement (six credits). Other language study opportunities are available through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area and through summer intensive language study programs in the US or abroad.

Public Presentation of Research

The Capstone Seminar requires that the student make a public presentation of the research project to CERES students and faculty. Students writing a thesis will present their research during their last semester of study.