The Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES) at Michigan State University has developed an exceptional program that emphasizes the need to explore linkages with international institutions and study emerging challenges across both continents.
The Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES) at Michigan State University combines formerly separate programs and faculties in Western European Studies and Russian, East European and post-Soviet Studies into an integrated pan-European and Eurasian Center, which emphasizes the need to explore linkages and study emerging challenges that transcend the cold war divisions of Europe and reach authoritatively into Post-Soviet Central Asia.
The Center offers undergraduate specializations in Russian and East European Studies (REES) as well as Western European Studies (WES). The Director of CERES coordinates the REES specialization on behalf of the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. The WES program is administered by an Advisory Committee composed of interested faculty from each college whose courses are included in it, in conjunction with CERES. The record keeping and certification to the Registrar are handled by James Madison College.
In recent years, CERES has been active in forming formal linkages with educational institutions in Turkey and Eurasia leading to new study abroad, faculty exchange, and two-way student exchange programs as well as the development of new schools including the School of Hospitality Management at Bilkent. New partnership agreements currently being developed cross a broad range of disciplines including, medicine, agriculture, policy, fisheries and wildlife, and veterinary medicine.
In partnership with the Department of Linguistics and Languages in the College of Arts and Letters, CERES continues to work with the Asian Studies Center and the Center for the Advanced Study of International Development to help support the development of language competency and evaluation into new and existing international education and research programs in Turkey and Eurasia. Language course offerings in less commonly taught languages include Arabic, Farsi, Kazakh, Uzbek, Russian, and Turkish.
Since 2014, the Center has offered undergraduate minors in Russian and Eurasian Studies as well as European Studies; previously offered as specializations.