Carleton University’s Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) brings together top experts to interpret the history of the region and the new geopolitical realities that were engendered by the collapse of communism and by the progression of European integration.
Excellence in Research & Teaching
For more than forty years, Carleton University has been offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the study of Europe, Russia and Central Asia. Founded as the Institute of Soviet and East European Studies in 1971, EURUS now covers the entire European continent, as well as Russia and Central Asia. See here for an overview of the Institute’s history.
At the graduate level, EURUS offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and a Graduate Diploma (GDip) in European Integration Studies. For undergraduates, we offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree as well as a specialization on “Europe and Russia in the World” in the Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS).
Why Study Europe, Russia and Eurasia?
Europe, Russia and Eurasia have been in a state of constant change for decades, if not centuries. The ups and downs of democratization, the continuous re-definition of identity, the challenges of European integration, and the social consequences of the post-communist transition are all areas of provoking interest which broaden our overall understanding of the region and cause us to continually revise our assumptions.
For this reason, European, Russian and Eurasian Studies provide a great opportunity for innovative scholarship: we learn by debating ideas, exploring unexpected changes, and looking for new answers.
At the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, our undergraduate and graduate programs offer:
We explore our region through the ideas of various disciplines, with the belief that our understanding is enhanced when we appreciate how the political, social, economic and historical realms work together.
In the area studies tradition, we seek to examine a society on its own terms, within its own culture. In our research, we aspire to consider how ideas are communicated in the languages used by the people who live there.
A Collegial Scholarly Community
As a small department, we can develop a close network of students and associated faculty. We can learn from each other and support each other in a broad range of study opportunities and research endeavours.
At EURUS, our associated faculty and students are busy at work exploring Russia, the European Union, Central Europe, and Central Asia. By examining subjects as diverse as transnational governance, interethnic relations, and gender and politics, our questions transcend Europe to consider the issues that affect all of us as twenty-first century citizens of the world.