Central European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERE)College of Arts and Humanities
2115 Francis Scott Key Hall, 301-405-4284
Director: M. Dolbilov
Professors: J. Herf, J. Lampe, S. Mansbach, P. Murrell, J. Robinson, V. Tismaneanu
Associate Professors: M. Dolbilov, J. Kaminski, M. Lekic, C. Martin, E. Papazian, C. Schuler
Assistant Professors: E. Adler (Visit Asst Prof), S. Cameron (Asst Prof), P. Kosicki (Asst Prof), M. Landa (Asst Prof)
Lecturers: Z. Gerus-Vernola (Lecturer)
The CERES program fosters in-depth knowledge of the region stretching from Prague in the West to Vladivostok in the East. This includes three main areas: Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia (the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union). Our majors prepare for careers and graduate programs in which an in-depth knowledge of Russia, Central Europe, and Eurasia can be applied with great benefit, such as journalism, government service, diplomacy, business, a variety of professional schools, and M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the humanities and social sciences. Our majors take courses in a range of different departments, gaining a firm grounding in the languages, literatures, history, politics, and economics of their area of study. They have the flexibility to do coursework in other fields related to the area as well. Students learn to examine our area of study with the tools of many scholarly fields. Courses that count toward this major may be found under the following acronyms: ARTH, ECON, GEOG, GERM, GVPT, HIST, PHIL, RUSS, SOCY, THET.
Program Learning Outcomes
Having completed the multi-disciplinary degree program, students are expected to attain the following learning outcomes: 1. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing in either Russian, German, or a Central/East European language (including Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Serbian and Croatian, Bulgarian, and Romanian); or in a Eurasian language (i.e., a language from a country formerly part of the Soviet Union). 2. Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct research using primary and secondary sources including archival, print and non-print, and web-based texts. 3. Students will demonstrate understanding of and sensitivity to cultural diversity by studying a variety of cultures and societies within the CERE region.
Admission to the Major
Admission is open to all interested students but should be approved in a meeting with the Director.
Placement in Courses
Placement in language courses is determined by the advisor for a given language. Before you enroll in a Russian or German language class, you must take the on-line "Foreign Language Placement Test": www.arhu.umd.edu/sites/default/files/arhu/undergraduate/pdf/FLPT_ONLINE.pdf . However, final placement into the correct level will be determined by the advisor for the language you wish to study.
Requirements for the Major
Requirements for the CERES major include the College of Arts and Humanities' mandated completion of 45 upper-level credits. The College's Global Engagement Requirement will be automatically fulfilled in the process of fulfilling the CERES requirement of taking either Russian, German, or a Central/East European language (including Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Serbian and Croatian, Bulgarian, and Romanian). The language requirement may also be fulfilled by a Eurasian language (i.e., a language from a country formerly part of the Soviet Union). Those interested in fulfilling the CERES language requirement through a Central/East European or Eurasian language should consult the director upon entering the program.
Students interested in specializing primarily on Central/Eastern Europe may opt for the German language track, and must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in the Department of Germanic Studies from among the following courses (or their equivalents):
For a full listing of this year's CERES courses, see the website www.ceres.umd.edu , and click on "Requirements."
No course grade below the grade of "C-" may count toward the major. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation.
Course selection and progress toward programmatic requirements are to be discussed individually through meetings with the CERES director.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
Students are encouraged to pursue research, internship and study abroad experiences. Such opportunities should be discussed individually with the Director.
Students are encouraged to seek off-campus internships that may be available in the greater DC-Baltimore area. Earning academic credit for such experiences should be discussed individually with the Director.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
CERES majors are eligible for nomination to national honor societies related to their studies, including Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society.