Bachelor of Global and International Studies

Starting Fall 2015, Carleton is offering students the opportunity to study EURUS courses by undertaking a specialization in Europe and Russia in the World through the Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) degree. Program requirements, as well as examples of courses students may take, can be found in the undergraduate calendar.

Europe, Russia and Eurasia have played and continue to play an import role in shaping the world.  Taught by top experts in their fields, this Specialization allows students to study the history, society, politics, economics, and culture of the region from a multi-disciplinary perspective.  The program’s geographic scope is unique in treating Europe, Russia, and Eurasia together, highlighting the considerable social, cultural, economic, and political ties that span the region.  Students are able to focus their studies on particular countries, set of countries, or institutions such as the European Union.  The Specialization is championed by the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, one of Canada’s oldest and most established area studies programs.

Students taking the Europe and Russia in the World specialization will enrich their understanding of international affairs and global processes gained from their BGInS core courses with specific regional knowledge about Europe, Russia, and Eurasia.  They will take core courses that introduce them to the interdisciplinary study of the region drawing on both social science and humanities approaches. Capstone seminars in their fourth year allow students the opportunity to address some of the complex issues facing the region.

Students are also required to fulfill their BGInS language requirement in one of the region’s languages in order to allow them greater depth and understanding of one or more societies and cultures of a particular region. Students will be encouraged to continue to take language courses beyond the minimum requirement, especially if planning to study or work abroad on one of Carleton’s many international exchange opportunities.

Europe and Russia have very significant importance in shaping larger global processes and the international balance of power. These factors, along with the expanded economic opportunities in the area, have led to an increase in the demand for specialists in the history, economics, politics, languages and cultures of the region. The Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies offers a Master’s program for those who wish to go on to further studies.