Concentration in Eurasian Studies

The Major in Global Studies —
Concentration in Eurasian Studies: New Silk Roads

This concentration focuses on the social, cultural, and economic interconnections among the peoples of Eurasia. We define Eurasia as the vast landmass stretching east to west from China to Europe and north to 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.

General Requirements

One semester of language must be completed before declaring the major.

  • Students must complete a minimum of 36 units in Global Studies, including at least three courses focused on a world area.
  • Students must complete at least 24 units at the 300 level or above, including courses across a minimum of three academic disciplines.
  • Students must complete at least 6 units at the 400 level, no more than 3 of which may be directed research or independent study.
  • In addition to the 36 units, students must complete a four-semester sequence of courses in one modern language appropriate to their concentration.

These requirements may be fulfilled only with college-level course work undertaken during a student's undergraduate enrollment. Courses must be taken for a grade, and a student must receive a grade of C+ or higher in all courses.

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 Eurasian studies course work (300-400 level) dealing with three different regions (e.g., Eastern, Western, and Central Eurasia) or with a transregional focus
  • Students must fulfill the standard Global Studies language requirement with Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Russian or another Eurasian language as determined in consultation with their Global Studies adviser.

Note: A single course may satisfy more than one of the distribution requirements (i.e., disciplinary or regional). Some of these requirements may be completed while abroad.

Advanced courses: Choose 10 or 11 courses from current, relevant, internationally focused course offerings in the following areas of study.* All courses must be approved by the student's Global Studies adviser in order to count for the major.

  • Anthropology
Anthro 3053Nomadic Strategies and Extreme Ecologies3
Anthro 3617Past and Present Cultural Environments3
Anthro 374Social Landscapes in Global View3
Anthro 376Warriors, Merchants, Monks and Courtesans: Ancient Narratives of Globalization in Google Earth3
Anthro 3775Ancient Eurasia and the New Silk Roads3
Anthro 4033Culture, Illness and Healing in Asia3
Anthro 4041Islam and Politics3
Anthro 4455Ethnographic Fieldwork: The Politics of Schooling3
Anthro 474National Narratives and Collective Memory3
Anthro 4761The Pleistocene Peopling of Eurasia3
Anthro 4803Advanced GIS Modeling and Landscape Analysis3
  • Applied Linguistics
APL 4023Second-Language Acquisition and Technology3
APL 4111Linguistics and Language Learning3
APL 4692Reading Across Languages and Cultures: Theory, Research and Practice3
  • Arabic
Arab 352Iraqi Literature3
  • Art History
Art-Arch 3415Early Chinese Art: From Human Sacrifice to the Silk Road3
Art-Arch 49241968 and its Legacy3
  • Chinese
Chinese 341Early and Imperial Chinese Literature3
Chinese 342Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature3
  • Classics
Classics 345CGreek History: The Dawn of Democracy3
Classics 346CGreek History: The Age of Alexander3
  • Comparative Literature
Comp Lit 376Reading Across the Disciplines: Introduction to the Theoretical Humanities3
Comp Lit 394Worldwide Translation: Language, Culture, Technology3
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
East Asia 4242Culture and Politics in the People's Republic of China: New Approaches3
  • Environmental Studies
EnSt 380Applications in GIS3
EnSt 402Topics in Environmental Science: International Energy Politics3
  • Film and Media Studies
Film 475Screening the Holocaust3
Film 485Visualizing Orientalism: Art, Cinema and the Imaginary East 1850-20003
Film 507The 007 Saga: James Bond and the Modern Media Franchise3
  • Global Studies
GS (IAS) 3040International Law and Politics3
GS (IAS) 318Learning to Use GIS in Development, Area Studies and International Affairs3
GS (IAS) 3248Intercultural Communication3
GS (IAS) 3575US Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice3
GS (IAS) 364Anarchism: History, Theory, and Praxis3
GS (IAS) 374Russian Literature at the Borders: Multiculturalism and Ethnic Conflict3
GS (IAS) 3750Topics in Russian Lit and Culture: (WI)3
GS (IAS) 376International Economics3
GS (IAS) 384Migration and Modernity in Russia and the (Former) Soviet Union3
GS (IAS) 386Empire in East Asia: Theory and History (WI)3
GS (IAS) 3866Interrogating "Crime and Punishment"3
GS (IAS) 389Furies and Die-Hards: Women in Rebellion and War3
GS (IAS) 396Comintern: The Communist International's Global Impact3
GS (IAS) 402The Meaning of National Security in the 21st Century3
GS (IAS) 4414Gender Analysis for International Affairs3
GS (IAS) 4622Labor and Labor Movements in Global History3
GS (IAS) 4761Politics of Global Finance3
GS (IAS) 4869Reading War and Peace3
  • Hindi
Hindi 353Understanding Indian (Hindi/Urdu) Literature: Through Text and Images (Visual)3
  • History
History 301THistorical Methods — Transregional History3
History 3045Hot Peace: U.S.-Russia Relations Since the Cold War3
History 3073The Global War on Terrorism3
History 3122Race, Caste, Conversion: Social Movements in South Asia3
History 313CIslamic History: 600-12003
History 335CBecoming "Modern": Emancipation, Antisemitism and Nationalism in Modern Jewish History3
History 3350Out of the Shtetl: Jewish Life in Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries3
History 3354Vienna, Prague, Budapest: Politics, Culture and Identity in Central Europe3
History 3416War, Genocide and Gender in Modern Europe3
History 3455Cultural Encounters: China and Eurasia Since the Middle Ages3
History 3548Gender, Sexuality and Communism in 20th-Century Europe3
History 3559Socialist and Secular? A Social History of the Soviet Union3
History 357All Measures Short of War3
History 3598The First World War and the Making of Modern Europe3
History 3680The Cold War, 1945-19913
History 3681The U.S. War in Iraq, 2003-20113
History 3810Between Sand and Sea: History, Environment, and Politics in the Arabian Peninsula3
History 39SCImperialism and Sexuality: India, South Asia and the World: Writing-Intensive Seminar3
History 4154Decolonization to Globalization: How to End an Empire3
History 4274Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict3
  • Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies
JIMES 354Anthropological and Sociological Study of Muslim Societies3
JIMES 3622Topics in Islam3
JIMES 373Topics in Near Eastern Cultures3
JIMES 442Empire and Memory: Approaches to Islamic Historiography (ca. 800-1250)3
JIMES 445Topics in Islam3
JIMES 446History of Political Thought in the Middle East3
JIMES 4970Empire and Messianism in the Middle East3
  • Political Science
Pol Sci 372Topics in International Politics3
Pol Sci 393History of Political Thought III: Liberty, Democracy and Revolution3
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences
Psych 413Contemporary Topics in Social Psychology3
  • Religious Studies
Re St 311Buddhist Traditions3
Re St 3392Topics in South Asian Religions3
  • Russian Language and Literature
Russ 332Russian Theater, Drama and Performance: From Swan Lake to Punk Prayer3
Russ 350CThe 19th-Century Russian Novel (Writing Intensive)3
Russ 372Dostoevsky's Novels3
  • Sociology
SOC 3710Sociology of Immigration3

Additional Requirements and Information

Study Abroad

  • We strongly encourage students to study abroad. For those who do not study abroad and receive credit toward the Global Studies General Requirements, an additional 3-unit course at the 300 or 400 level is required.
  • We strongly prefer students to select a study abroad location and regional specialization consistent with their chosen language of study (e.g., if a student wishes to study in Latin America, they must satisfy their language requirement with either Portuguese or Spanish).
  • Students may receive a maximum of 6 credits from a single semester, 12 credits from a year, or 3 credits from a summer term of study abroad.
  • Students may apply no more than 12 total credits to the Global Studies major from study abroad, University College, summer school at other U.S. universities, or any combination thereof.
  • To receive credit for a summer course completed at another institution, a student should fill out the Approval for Non-WashU Course Credit form with Arts & Sciences to take the course for "general credit" and then petition to have the course count toward their Global Studies major.

Latin Honors

  • Students must confidently expect to graduate with an overall grade-point average of 3.65 or higher to qualify for Latin Honors.
  • Students should enroll in GS (IAS) 485 Preparation for Global Studies Honors Thesis during the fall of senior year and in GS (IAS) 486 Global Studies Senior Honors Thesis during the spring of senior year (under the corresponding section number of the faculty member overseeing the student's thesis).

Language Requirement

  • All Global Studies majors must satisfy a language requirement that entails the successful completion of four semesters of one modern language appropriate to their concentration. 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 Global Studies language faculty — this may include literature, culture, oral communication, and linguistic courses in the target language, once such students complete the basic language sequence.
  • Students are encouraged to study more than one language at Washington University, but they must satisfy their Global Studies language requirement by demonstrating competence in at least one language through the fourth semester. Available modern languages include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili. Students should consult the course listings for details about the language sequences. (On the "A&S IQ" tab, click on "Courses," and then toggle "Area Requirement" to "LS Language & Cultural Diversity-Language" and click "Search" to see a list of available language courses.)

With the permission of the major adviser, advanced literature and culture courses taught in the native language may be used to satisfy the Global Studies language requirement and may count as advanced elective credit as long as these courses are cross-listed with or approved for study abroad credit for the student's Global Studies concentration and provided the courses are not being counted toward any other degree.

Special note for Spanish learners: The following Spanish courses are not part of the regular sequence that are permitted to count toward the four semesters of language: Span 223 Intermediate Spanish Conversation and Culture, Span 351 Business Spanish, Span 353 Medical Spanish, and Span 355 Spanish for the Social Sciences. Some students might find these courses valuable for other reasons. For questions about this, students should consult with their major adviser.

Students With Prior Language Experience

Native speakers of a modern language: Students must satisfy the four-semester Global Studies language requirement in another language appropriate to their concentration.

Heritage speakers who do not have a native level of fluency: Students must seek appropriate placement by the coordinator of the language program and complete the four-semester Global Studies language requirement.

Transfer students who have taken language courses: A transfer student may receive credit for the courses as part of the four-semester Global Studies language requirement only if a placement exam is taken upon arrival at Washington University in the given language and the department/program determines that the student may progress to the next highest level of language instruction.

Students who take a language course at another institution (whether in the United States or abroad): A student may receive credit for the course as part of the four-semester Global Studies language requirement only if (1) the credit is transferred back as Washington University credit; and (2) the student takes a placement exam upon their return to Washington University in the given language and the department/program determines that the student may progress to the next highest level of language instruction.