The Major in International and Area Studies — Concentration in Eurasian Studies: New Silk Roads
This track focuses on the social, cultural and economic interconnections among the peoples of Eurasia. We define Eurasia as the vast landmass stretching east/west from China to Europe and north/south from Siberia into the Caucasus, the Crimean Peninsula, Central Asia and the Himalayas. Ancient trade routes that crisscrossed the interior spaces of Europe and Asia, known collectively as the Silk Road, served as a globalizing thoroughfare for the movement of peoples, cultural practices, religious values and commodities. Recent infrastructural improvements in these areas, as well as international economic, environmental and political concerns, have once again opened up transnational economic networks and cross-cultural exchange along these "new silk roads." For this concentration, students draw from a variety of disciplines to study not only specific geographical regions but also vital intersections and interrelationships among regions and peoples.
This concentration requires 36 units of course work:
- 3 to 6 units of introductory course work (100-200 level)
- 30 to 33 units of advanced course work from a minimum of three academic disciplines (at least two must be at the 400 level), and dealing with three different regions (Eastern, Western and Central Eurasia) or with a transregional focus.
Additional requirements and regulations:
- Completion of all IAS course work with a grade of C+ or higher.
- Students must satisfy the standard IAS foreign language requirement (the successful completion of four semesters of one language appropriate to their concentration) with Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Russian or another Eurasian language as decided in consultation with their IAS adviser.
- One semester of language must be completed before declaring the major.
- We strongly encourage students to study abroad. Russian Language and Literature study abroad programs are an especially good fit for this concentration, though other programs may also apply. For those students who do not study abroad, an additional 3-unit course at the 300 or 400 level is required.
- Throughout the course of completing the Eurasian studies major, students must take course work dealing with three different regions (Eastern, Western and Central Eurasia) or with a transregional focus.
- No more than 3 credits may be from directed readings, research or independent study excluding the honors thesis.
- The advanced credits must be unique to the IAS major.
- At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level.
N.B.: A single course may satisfy more than one of these distribution requirements (disciplinary or regional). Some of these requirements may be completed while abroad.
Advanced courses: Choose 10 or 11 courses from the current internationally-focused course offerings* in the following areas of study. All courses must be approved by the student's IAS adviser in order to count for the major.
*Students may petition to add a course to this list by following the instructions on the IAS FAQs webpage.
|Anthro 3617||Past and Present Cultural Environments||3|
|Anthro 374||Social Landscapes in Global View||3|
|Anthro 376||Warriors, Merchants, Monks and Courtesans: Ancient Narratives of Globalization in Google Earth||3|
|Anthro 3775||Ancient Eurasia and the New Silk Roads||3|
|Anthro 4033||Culture, Illness and Healing in Asia||3|
|Anthro 4041||Islam and Politics||3|
|Anthro 4455||Ethnographic Fieldwork: The Politics of Schooling||3|
|Anthro 4761||The Pleistocene Peopling of Eurasia||3|
|Anthro 4803||Advanced GIS Modeling and Landscape Analysis||3|
|Arab 352||Iraqi Literature||3|
|Art-Arch 3415||Early Chinese Art: From Human Sacrifice to the Silk Road||3|
|Art-Arch 4924||1968 and its Legacy||3|
|Chinese 341||Early and Imperial Chinese Literature||3|
|Chinese 342||Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature||3|
|Comp Lit 394||Worldwide Translation: Language, Culture, Technology||3|
|East Asia 4242||Culture and Politics in the People's Republic of China: New Approaches||3|
|EnSt 380||Applications in GIS||3|
|Film 475||Screening the Holocaust||3|
|Film 485||Visualizing Orientalism: Art, Cinema and the Imaginary East 1850-2000||3|
|Film 507||The 007 Saga: James Bond and The Modern Media Franchise||3|
|History 301T||Historical Methods — Transregional History||3|
|History 3073||The Global War on Terrorism||3|
|History 313C||Islamic History: 600-1200||3|
|History 3354||Vienna, Prague, Budapest: Politics, Culture and Identity in Central Europe||3|
|History 3416||War, Genocide and Gender in Modern Europe||3|
|History 3559||Socialist and Secular? A Social History of the Soviet Union||3|
|History 3598||The First World War and the Making of Modern Europe||3|
|History 3680||The Cold War, 1945-1991||3|
|History 3681||The U.S. War in Iraq, 2003-2011||3|
|History 39SC||Imperialism and Sexuality: India, South Asia and the World: Writing-Intensive Seminar||3|
|History 4154||From Decolonization to Globalization: Postcolonial South Asia||3|
|History 4274||Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict||3|
- International and Area Studies
|IAS 3040||International Law and Politics||3|
|IAS 3248||Intercultural Communication||3|
|IAS 364||Anarchism: History, Theory and Praxis||3|
|IAS 374||Russian Literature at the Borders: Multiculturalism and Ethnic Conflict||3|
|IAS 3750||Topics in Russian Lit and Culture: Madmen or Visionaries? (WI)||3|
|IAS 376||International Economics||3|
|IAS 379||Russians Abroad: Literature, Migration, Identity||3|
|IAS 384||Migration and Modernity: Human Mobility, Identity and State Formation — Russian/Soviet/Post-Soviet Context||3|
|IAS 396||Comintern: The Communist International's Global Impact||3|
|IAS 402||The Meaning of National Security in the 21st Century||3|
|IAS 420||Islam, Immigrants and the Future of European Culture||3|
|IAS 4622||Labor and Labor Movements in Global History||3|
|IAS 4869||Reading War and Peace||3|
- Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
|JINE 354||Anthropological and Sociological Study of Muslim Societies||3|
|JINE 3622||Topics in Islam||3|
|JINE 373||Topics in Near Eastern Cultures||3|
|JINE 442||Empire and Memory: Approaches to Islamic Historiography (ca. 800-1250)||3|
|JINE 445||Topics in Islam||3|
|JINE 4970||Empire and Messianism in the Middle East||3|
|Pol Sci 393||History of Political Thought III: Liberty, Democracy and Revolution||3|
|Psych 413||Contemporary Topics in Social Psychology||3|
|Re St 311||Buddhist Traditions||3|
|Re St 3392||Topics in South Asian Religions||3|
- Russian Language and Literature
|Russ 332||From Swan Lake to Punk Prayer: Russian Theater, Drama and Performance||3|
|Russ 350C||The 19th-Century Russian Novel (WI)||3|
|Russ 372||Dostoevsky's Novels||3|
|Russ 419||Readings in Russian Literature, 1861 to 1917||3|
|SOC 3710||Sociology of Immigration||3|
Language Requirement for the Major in Eurasian Studies/International and Area Studies: All IAS majors must satisfy a foreign language requirement that entails the successful completion of four semesters of one language appropriate to their concentration while at Washington University. For some students, this may mean the first four semesters of a language; for others who place into advanced language classes, and with approval from IAS language faculty, this may include literature, culture, oral communication and linguistic courses in the target language, once such students complete the basic language sequence. These four semesters are in addition to the 36 units of course work outlined above, and thus advanced courses in literature and culture used to satisfy the four-semester language requirement may not also be counted as advanced credit for the IAS major. Native speakers of a foreign language must satisfy the four-semester requirement in another language appropriate to their concentration. Heritage speakers must seek appropriate placement by the coordinator of the language program and complete the four-semester requirement.
Study Abroad: Majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad in one of Washington University's Overseas Programs during junior year or the summer. Some credit for courses taken abroad may be applied to the major. For those who do not study abroad, an additional 3-credit course at the 300 or 400 level is required.
Senior Honors: Students must confidently expect to graduate with an overall GPA of 3.65 or higher in order to qualify for Senior Honors. Students should enroll in IAS 485 Preparation for IAS Honors Thesis in the fall of senior year, and in IAS 486 IAS Senior Honors Thesis in the spring of senior year (under the corresponding section number of the faculty member overseeing their thesis) in order to be properly tracked by the IAS capstone coordinator.