Formerly the Russian Area Studies Program

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of Maryland
3215 Jimenez Hall
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-4244
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CERES is administered through the SLLC

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CERES is international
The CERES program fosters in-depth knowledge of the region stretching from Prague in the West to Vladivostok in the East. This includes three main areas: Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia (the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union).

CERES is interdisciplinary

Our majors take courses in a range of different departments, gaining a firm grounding in the languages, literatures, history, politics, and economics of their area of study. They have the flexibility to do coursework in other fields related to the area as well. Students learn to examine our area of study with the tools of many scholarly fields.

CERES is comparative

Our goal is to advance knowledge about a wide array of different peoples, countries, and cultures in the former Soviet Union and Eastern/Central Europe. Students develop the skills to compare diverse areas by studying the entire region.

CERES is practical
Our majors prepare for careers and graduate programs in which an in-depth knowledge of Russia, Central Europe, and Eurasia can be applied with great benefit, such as journalism, government service, diplomacy, business, a variety of professional schools, and M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the humanities and social sciences.