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Central Eurasian Studies Minor

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.

This academic minor is intended for students who wish to better understand the history, society, and culture, of Central Eurasia (the countries of Transcaucasia, Central and Inner Asia) and to gain insight into contemporary political, economic, and social issues in the region. It is intended for students who do not wish to undertake regional language training or cannot declare the full REES major.


A minimum of 15 credit hours of REES-approved courses, including at least three upper-level courses. For examples of REES-approved classes, see CREES Courses. Course selection must include:

  • REEES 340 (From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia)
  • At least one 3-credit course in each arts/culture, history, and social science

All courses must be chosen in consultation with and approved by the CREES Advisor and must cover Central Eurasian-specific topics. Language courses will not count toward the minor.

This minor is not open to those electing a major or another academic minor in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REES).


Appointments can be made using the LSA Advising Appointment System. Visit the International Institute website for more about undergraduate advising.