Effective Winter 2012

Central Eurasia stretches from Turkey in the west through Mongolia in the east. It includes a variety of religious and cultural communities, from historically Christian groups such as the Armenians and Georgians to Buddhist groups such as the Buryats. It includes the Turkic, Mongolian, Iranian, Caucasian, and Tibetan peoples that fall between the well-known areal blocks of Slavic/Russian, Middle Eastern/Arabic, Chinese/East Asian, and Indian/South Asian Studies. Michigan's offerings concentrate with particular depth on the Turko-Persian Islamic cultures in the heartland of Central Asia.

CREES offers an interdisciplinary academic minor to students who wish to: a)better understand the history, society, and culture, of Central Eurasia (the countries of Transcaucasia, Central and Inner Asia) and b) gain insight into contemporary political, economic, and social issues in the region. The academic minor does not have prerequisites or require knowledge of the region.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor


Academic Minor Program

At least 15 credits of courses on Central Eurasia, selected in consultation with and approved by the CREES undergraduate academic advisor. A minimum of three courses that will be counted toward the academic minor must be upper-level (300- or 400-level).

  1. REEES 340/HISTORY 340/AAPTIS 340/ASIAN 340/MENAS 340: From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia.
  2. Disciplinary distribution: at least one 3-credit course in each sub area (arts/culture, history, and social science).

Those electing a concentration in the department of Slavic Languages and Literatures may pursue a REES academic minor, but may not count any Slavic department courses toward satisfying the requirements for the REES academic minor. Students may concurrently pursue an academic minor in both REES and Slavic Languages and Literatures, with the following restrictions:

  1. REES academic minors may not count any courses for which Slavic is the home unit;
  2. Slavic Department academic minors may not count REEES 397 nor any courses for which REEES is the home unit, which includes SLAVIC 395 and 396.


Not open to those electing a concentration or another academic minor in REES.

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