Central European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES)
was formerly known as the Russian Area Studies Program. In 2003, its name was changed to CERES to reflect the political changes in the area after the fall of communism as well as the program’s longstanding focus not only on Russia but on Central/Eastern Europe. CERES is a full-fledged undergraduate major offering the Bachelor of Arts degree, and it has traditionally welcomed students intending to double-major. The program brings together an array of Maryland’s finest faculty working on the region in a range of departments in the social sciences, humanities, and other areas. Above and beyond its academic program, CERES is committed to organizing and sponsoring cultural and academic events relating to Russia, Central/Eastern Europe, and Eurasia on the Maryland campus. It also aims to take advantage of the unparalleled resources the Washington area offers, with its embassies, institutes, libraries, and many other institutions linked to our region of study.