Regional Expertise

Carleton University’s Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) brings together top experts on the region to interpret 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 Central/East Europe. Not only was Carleton the first University to offer this program, Carleton remains the only University in the country to offer a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program that focuses on all of Europe. As of 2015, Carleton also offers students the opportunity to take EURUS classes by undertaking the Europe and Russia in the World specialization, through the Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS).

For details on the Bachelor of Global and International Studies, please visit the program website.

Why Study Europe, Russia and Eurasia?

Europe has 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 studies provides 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 MA programs offer:

Interdisciplinary Setting

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.

Cultural Appreciation

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.