The M.A. Degree Program in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS), administered by CREECA, provides interdisciplinary area studies training for emerging professionals and future leaders in business, development, government, journalism, law, publishing and the military. We welcome and encourage applications from Eurasia Foreign Area Officers (FAOs). The REECAS 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 Eastern and Central Europe
• Professional-level proficiency in one or more languages of Eurasia and Eastern and Central Europe
• Knowledge of methodological and analytical approaches of different disciplines that will contribute to a better understanding of the region and prepare students for conducting advanced research.
Why Study at Wisconsin?
- The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is among the top five Eurasia centers in the US for faculty research, graduate teaching, and professional outreach related to Eurasia.
- Wisconsin has more Eurasia-related faculty than any other university in the US
- Wide range of courses related to Eurasia across several disciplines
- Award-winning, international leader for language training in several Eurasian languages
- Extensive networking opportunities with alumni, area specialists, and students through the CREECA lecture series and other events
- Currently 29 tenure-line professors with a primary teaching and/or research interest in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, with more hires anticipated in 2013-14
- Faculty represent 13 different disciplines, including Communication Arts, Geography, History, Languages and Cultures of Asia, Law, Political Science, Slavic Languages and Literature, Sociology, and Theatre and Drama
Some of our recent and future course offerings inclue:
- Political Science courses and seminars on Post-Communist Politics; Transitions to the Market; Political Economy of the European Union, International Security and Arms Control
- History courses and seminars on Islam, Reform and Revolution in Central Asia; Russian Social and Intellectual History; Soviet History, American Foreign Relations
- Geography courses on the Geography of Nationalism; Russia and the CIS
- Also classes in Sociology, Law, Languages and Cultures of Asia, Slavic Languages and Literature, Theatre and Drama
- During the academic year, we offer Czech, Finnish, Kazak, Persian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Turkish (Turkish-Azeri)
- One of only four Russian Flagship Programs in the US, meaning increased Russian language course offerings, extracurricular activities, and assessment programs
- Courses in Russian culture taught in Russian, as well as graduate-level Russian language courses with targeted, intensive instruction in grammar, reading, speaking, and listening.
- During the 8-week summer session (mid-June through early August), UW-Madison sponsors several summer language institutes, among them:
- Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI): Kazak, Tajik, Uzbek, and Uyghur
- Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII): Persian and Turkish
- Russian Flagship: Russian
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 four-point scale and a 3.4 in related area courses, letters of recommendation, and sufficiently high scores on the Graduate Record Examination. No rigid prior course of study is required for application. Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee, who will judge students' readiness for the program. The M.A. advisor will work closely with the committee to ensure that the students' courses of study are appropriate, given different levels of preparedness. While there is no minimum admission requirement for regional language, students are strongly advised to complete at least two years of area language study before entering the program.
In order to complete the master’s degree program in REECAS at UW-Madison, students will be required to take two years (or the equivalent) of a regional language (Czech, Polish, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Finnish, Kazak, Russian Turkish, Persian). In order to meet this minimum requirement, students who enter the program with no previous study of a regional language and who want to complete the program within three academic semesters would need to enroll in a summer intensive language course either in the summer prior to enrolling or during the summer following the first year of graduate study.
The M.A. program is designed to be completed in three academic semesters, but motivated students who enter with language skills 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 to ensure that their course of study is both coherent and sufficiently interdisciplinary
Students are required to take a regional language class each term. UW-Madison offers regular instruction in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Finnish, Kazak, Persian, Polish, Russian, and Turkish during the academic year.
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:
At least two of the M.A. student's seven courses (6 out of 21 credits) must be graduate seminars (at or above the 700-level). REECAS MA students are expected to use original language source material in their graduate seminar papers.
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 a regional language (Czech, Polish, BCS, Finnish, Kazak, Russian, Turkish (Turkish-Azeri), Persian), with at least three years of study strongly recommended.
The MA degree program in REECAS is an interdisciplinary program that draws on faculty expertise from many different disciplines. CREECA’s core faculty members represent disciplines as varied as Anthropology, Art History, Communication Arts, Folklore, Geography, History, Jewish Studies, Journalism and Mass Communications, Languages and Cultures of Asia, Law, Political Science, Slavic Languages and Literature, Sociology, and Theatre and Drama. Our M.A. students benefit from studying with an exceptionally productive and accomplished faculty who are leaders in their respective disciplines and are committed to the interdisciplinary study of Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern and Central Europe.
We strongly encourage qualified US citizens and permanent residents to apply for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship through our office. FLAS applications are generally due on February 15 of each year; please check flas.wisc.edu for updates. Please note that the application form for FLAS is separate from the application for admission. We regret that other sources of funding, such as teaching assistantships and project assistantships, are extremely limited in our program, but we encourage all applicants to consult the CREECA funding page for additional resources.
Applications to the M.A. degree program in REECAS are made through the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The application deadline for admission in September 2015 is January 2, 2015.
BE SURE TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE APPLICATION FORM VERY CAREFULLY.
Please note that the Graduate Admissions Office will not forward application materials to our office.
Applications will not be processed without the application fee.
*International students should view the International Sudent Expenses and Financial Information page at the Graduate School's International Applicant page. International applicants are requested to not send financial documents to Graduate Admissions until requested by the Graduate School. This information will be requested upon a positive admission recommendation from CREECA.
The Graduate School Admission requirements can be found here.
The Graduate School Checklist can be found here.
For further information or to request materials please contact Jennifer Tishler by e-mail or by telephone at (608)-262-3379.
To review the Graduate School's application requirements visit their website.
For admission in fall 2015, application materials are due no later than January 2, 2015.
Contact Jennifer Tishler, Graduate Program Advisor and CREECA Associate Director:
For information about the REECAS M.A. Program and its requirements, consult the graduate advisor:
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia
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