Master of Arts in the Field of European and Eurasian Studies

In the vast geopolitical realm that stretches from the British Isles to Siberia and from the Nordic regions to the Mediterranean, powerful forces are pushing for political, social, and economic change. The European Union (EU) faces the continuing imperative of balancing supranationalism and national sovereignty, while simultaneously deepening its integrative activities and widening its membership.

EU member states and their neighbors confront a host of domestic challenges ranging from economic reform and social diversity to terrorism and separatism. Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States stand at different points along the path of transition from communism to new political institutions. At the same time, a web of political, economic, security, and societal connections increasingly links the various parts of Europe and Eurasia with one another, as well as with the United States, the Islamic world, China, and other parts of the global community. In view of these dynamic interactions, it is essential to study Europe and Eurasia together.

he MA program in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding these important regions. The EES curriculum combines several required courses with a wide variety of additional courses and optional fields that can be selected to suit an individual student's professional goals and intellectual interests. This multifaceted program encompasses academic approaches to European and Eurasian affairs and develops practical analytical skills that are essential in the professional world of international affairs.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the program website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

40 credits, including: 

3 credits of cornerstone courses  
3 credits of international economics courses
15 credits of core courses
9 credits of professional specialization
1 credit skills workshop
6 credits of electives
3 credits of capstone course sequence
Foreign language proficiency

Those students who wish to complete a thesis may do so in lieu of the 6 credits elective courses.

All Elliott School master's degree students (except MIPP students) are required to complete the capstone. Those students who wish to complete a thesis must do so in addition to the capstone requirement. Students pursuing a thesis must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and approval from the faculty member whom they wish to serve as their thesis director. Thesis students also need to complete at least one research methods course. Thesis credits are counted as elective or specialization credits with Program Director approval.

As part of the degree requirements, students must select a professional specialization from the following:

  • Academics
  • European and Eurasian Cultures
  • International Economics, Political Economy and Business
  • International Education
  • International Health Policy and Programs
  • International Organization, Diplomacy and Globalization
  • International Security Policy
  • Science, Technology and International Affairs

Program Requirements

3 credits of cornerstone courses
IAFF 6321European and Eurasian Studies Cornerstone
3 credits of international economics courses
One of the following:
ECON 6280Survey of International Economics
ECON 6283Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
15 credits of core courses
At least two courses from each section:
Section A: Western, Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe
HIST 6001Special Topics (British Atlantic World)
HIST 6001Special Topics (Atlantic History)
HIST 6042Seminar: World War II
HIST 6050Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization
HIST 6101Topics: Europe
HIST 6120Seminar: Early Modern European History
HIST 6121Reading and Research Seminar: Modern European History
HIST 6128Europe and the World, 1500–Present
HIST 6133English People and Institutions
HIST 6135British Imperialism
HIST 6170Eastern European History I
HIST 6171Eastern European History II
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (The European Union)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Turkey's Place in Europe)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Turkish Politics and Society)
IAFF 6505Elliott School Seminars
PSC 6360Western European Politics
PSC 6362Nation-Building in the Balkans
PSC 6361Politics of European Integration
PSC 6364Comparative Governments and Politics of Central And Eastern Europe
PSC 6465The International Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
Section B: Post-Soviet/Post-communist Countries
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education
HIST 6001Special Topics (Central Asian History)
HIST 6001Special Topics (History of the Russian and Soviet Empires)
HIST 6030History and Its Uses in International Affairs (only section reserved for EES)
HIST 6180History of Modern Russia and the Soviet Union
HIST 6185Seminar: Russian and Soviet Thought
HIST 6188The Soviet Union and the World, 1917–1991
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Nationalism in Russia and Eurasia)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Ukraine and Georgia: Between Russia and the West)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Central Asia: Security Politics, Society)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Politics of Post-Soviet Eurasia)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (History and Politics of the Caucasus)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Security in Russia and Eurasia)
PSC 6333Comparative Politics of Russia and Eurasia
PSC 6366Government and Politics of Russia
9 credits of professional specialization
Three courses selected from one professional specialization field as listed below
Students may design their own field with the approval of the Program Director, or select one of the following fields:
1 credit skills workshop
IAFF 6502/6503Professional Skills I
6 credits of electives
3 credits of capstone course sequence
IAFF 6339European and Eurasian Studies Capstone
Foreign Language Proficiency
Students in the regional studies M.A. programs are required to be proficient in a modern foreign language that is used in their region of study to receive the degree. They must fulfill this foreign-language requirement by passing both the reading and the speaking proficiency examinations administered by the Elliott School at a level required by the academic program. Advanced-level language coursework during or prior to enrollment at GW cannot substitute. Foreign-language proficiency examinations will be offered during the fall and spring semesters. Students may take the examination at any point during their enrollment and will have three opportunities to pass the proficiency examination administered by the Elliott School. Failure to pass the exam for a third time will result in dismissal from the program.
NOTE: When a student's native language is not English, and is not a language used in their region of study (for example a student who is a native speaker of Chinese in the Middle East Studies program), that student must still demonstrate proficiency in a modern language used in their region of study by passing the Elliott School language proficiency examination. Students in the European and Eurasian Studies M.A. program may take any major European language other than English.

Professional Specializations

Academics Specialization

This field is designed for students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree in Economics, History, Political Science or some other discipline. With the advice of the Program Director and other faculty members, students choose three courses that will enhance their qualifications for admission into a Ph.D. program.

European & Eurasian Cultures Specialization

Required
At least three of the following:
At least two courses must be foreign-language based, not in English. All courses listed below are undergraduate courses and will require extra work for graduate credit, to be arranged with the instructor and the Program Director.
FREN 3550Studies in Twentieth-Century French Literature (in French)
FREN 3600Special Topics in French Literature (in French)
FREN 4600Special Topics in French Literature (in French)
FREN 3700History of French Cinema (in French)
GER 2161German Culture—in English I (in English)
GER 2162German Culture-in English II (in English)
GER 3181History of German Cinema—in English (in English)
GER 3183Berlin Before and After the Wall (in English)
GER 3184German Thought—in English (in English)
GER 3186German Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries (in German)
GER 4175Literature of two Germanies (in German)
ITAL 4560Modern Italian Novel (in Italian)
SLAV 2015Readings in the Russian Press I (in Russian)
SLAV 2365Twentieth-Century Russian Literature to World War II (in English)
SLAV 2366Russian Literature from World War II to the Present (in English)
SLAV 247320th-Century Russian Prose (in Russian)
SLAV 2474Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry (in Russian)
SLAV 2785Introduction to Russian Cinema I (in English)
SLAV 2786Introduction to Russian Cinema II (in English)
SPAN 3400Theatre of Spain and Latin America (in Spanish)
SPAN 3600Special Topics (in Spanish)
SPAN 3700Cinema of Spain and Latin America (in Spanish)
SPAN 4540The Myth of the Two Spains (in Spanish)

International Economics, Political Economy and Business Specialization 

Required
At least three of the following:
ECON 6217Survey of Economics I
ECON 6283Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
ECON 6295Special Topics (East European Economies in Comparative Perspective)
IBUS 6201International Marketing
IBUS 6202Regional Strategy for Multinationals
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
IBUS 6302Seminar: International Banking
IBUS 6303External Development Financing
IBUS 6305Global Investment Banking
IBUS 6306Seminar: International Financial Markets
IBUS 6307International Portfolio Management
IBUS 6401International Business Strategy
IBUS 6403International Business Negotiations
IBUS 6404New Global Competitive Framework
IBUS 6405Legal Aspects of International and Multinational Business
PSC 6439International Political Economy

 International Education Specialization 

Required
At least three of the following:
EDUC 6601International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education
EDUC 6630International Experiences
EDUC 6631Internship: International Education
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education
EDUC 6650Education and National Development

International Health Policy and Programs Specialization

Required
At least three of the following:
PUBH 6264Quantitative Methods
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems

International Organization, Diplomacy and Globalization Specialization 

Required
At least three of the following:
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
LAW 6534Law of the European Union
PSC 6442Politics and Practice of International Institutions
PSC 6444Politics of International Law
PSC 6345Comparative Foreign Policy
PSC 6346The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 6347U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Theories of Nationalism) *
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Comparative Social Policy) *

International Security Policy Specialization

Required
At least three of the following:
IAFF 6160 and IAFF 6167 are strongly recommended
IAFF 6160Defense Policy and Program Analysis
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6167Defense Policy and Program Analysis II
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (National Security Resources)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Globalization and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Space and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Covert Action and National Security)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Transatlantic Security Issues in the 21st Century)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (NATO and European Security)
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
PSC 6348Politics of U.S. National Security Policy
PSC 6349International Security Politics
PSC 6351Civil-Military Relations
PSC 6457Arms Control and Disarmament

Science, Technology, and International Affairs Specialization 

Required
At least three of the following:
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
IAFF 6121International Development Studies Cornerstone
IAFF 6122Development Policy and Practice
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy
IAFF 6343Indigenous Social Movements

For more information including the thesis option, visit the program website.