CES 510-517: IMMERSION PROGRAM IN GERMAN/RUSSIAN LANGUAGE STUDIES
These courses provide students with intensive foreign language training. Two languages are offered regularly: German and Russian. The student is required to master only one of these languages. Other Slavic languages (e.g., Polish and Ukrainian) are offered on a tutorial basis. The course includes a cultural component; the students are expected to develop skills in comprehending, speaking, reading, and writing the given language.
CES 605: INTRODUCTION TO INTELLIGENCE/SECURITY POLICY: CENTRAL/EASTERN EUROPE
Using a comparative approach to intelligence/security policy, this course focuses on case studies from various nations of Central/Eastern Europe to examine the interplay and role of intelligence in the policy making process. Students are expected to gain a broad understanding of how policy-makers impact the intelligence process and how they use intelligence in the decision-making and policy-making processes.
CES 610: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS: CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
The course offers an overview of diverse economic systems and compares and contrasts the economy of Germany and that of the Eastern European countries as well as the demand supply market vs. planned economies. It focuses on the macroeconomics of tomorrow, analyzing emerging issues, formation of new trading blocks, and variations in growth and development. It also offers a survey of new markets and new challenges and a summary of economic transition in Eastern Europe.
CES 611-612: TOPICS IN THE GEOPOLITICS OF THE BALKAN, CASPIAN, AND CAUCASUS REGIONS
These courses present a chronology of major events and trends, both historic and present, in the Balkan, Caspian, and Caucasus regions. The students are provided with an opportunity to analyze intercultural and geopolitical aspects of life and times in these regions. Topics include: Conflict in the Caucasus, Geopolitics of the Caspian Region, Pipeline Wars, Revolutions by Colors in the Former Soviet Union, and Balkan Conflicts. Topics vary from semester to semester; may be repeated for credit if the material is essentially different.
CES 620-621: TOPICS IN EASTERN EUROPEAN CULTURES
These courses are a survey of the national cultures of the peoples of Eastern Europe and an examination of cultural influences and convergences between East and West with emphasis on modern times. These courses also provide an examination of national cultures within empires, national cultures under Marxism, and the political and cultural freedom of more recent times. Topics include Modern Poland; Modern Ukraine; Russian Civilization in Transition; and the Culture of Judaism in Easter Europe. Topics vary from semester to semester, may be repeated for credit if the material is essentially different.
CES 630-631: TOPICS IN SLAVIC LITERATURES
A survey of great literary works of the Slavic peoples with emphasis on the
19th and 20th centuries, featuring an examination of spiritual values and ideological conflict in literature within the context of diverse social and political systems. Topics include: 19th-20th Century Slavic Literatures; Eastern Reception of Heroes and Villains; and Literature of the Evil Empire. Topics vary from semester to semester, may be repeated for credit if the material is essentially different.
CES 640-641: TOPICS IN GERMAN CULTURE
The courses focus on the study of the major works of great German poets and philosophers of the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Emphasis is on the writers’ attempts to define ultimate reality, the search for das Ding-an-sich (the thing-in-itself), and their conceptions of paradise. Topics include great German thinkers, 20th-century German thinkers, German cultural history, 20th-century German cultural history, Goethe, Rilke, and Heidegger. Topics vary from semester to semester, and the course may be repeated for credit if the material is essentially different.
CES 650-651: TOPICS IN THE MODERN HISTORY OF EASTERN EUROPE
These courses are a survey of major historical developments in the countries of Eastern Europe from Napoleon to the present. They begin with an analysis of the birth of modern European Nationalism and end with an examination of the present state of Eastern Europe and the internal and external problems of the successor states to the Soviet Empire. Topics include: History of Russia; History of Poland; History of Ukraine; 20th-Century Russian History; 20th-Century Ukrainian History; and the Rise of the Cossacks. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit if material is essentially different.
CES 660-661: TOPICS IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN POLITICS
These courses analyze the issues surrounding the formation and dismantlement of what was known as the Eastern Bloc and its transformation into a region of developing democratic states. They include an analysis of the ideological and historical underpinnings of Communism and the formation of the Eastern Bloc. They examine contemporary issues of intelligence and security. Topics include the democratic development of Eastern Europe, espionage in Central/Eastern Europe: Cold War and beyond, contemporary Russian politics, Russian foreign policy, Russian military doctrine in the 21st century, Russian intelligence agencies, and Central and Eastern Europe in U.S. national security strategy. Topics vary from semester to semester, and the course may be repeated for credit if the material is essentially different.
CES 680: OPPORTUNITIES IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN MARKETS
The purpose of this course is to provide the students with a greater understanding of current business opportunities in selected markets of the region; to make aware the difficulties likely to be faced by the
businessperson attempting to take advantage of those opportunities; and to enable him/her, through acquisition of skills and increasing awareness, to explore these opportunities, independently and in considerable depth.
CES 685-86: TOPICS IN THE RELIGIONS OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
These courses provide a critical and historical survey of the religious traditions of the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe. Primarily, the courses examine some of the historic and cultural developments within the Christian community with particular attention given to Catholicism and the Eastern Rites (e.g., Ukrainian Catholics), the role of the Orthodox Church in the region, and Protestantism. The courses also consider the Jewish presence in the region with respect to Yiddish culture and religious practice. Likewise, the courses consider the Islamic presence in Eastern Europe. Topics include religions of Eastern Europe, the Crusades, and Orders of Chivalry and Eastern Europe. Topics vary from semester to semester, and the course may be repeated for credit if the material is essentially different.
CES 690: CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE IN THE WORLD ECONOMY
The course focuses on issues and theories of international economics. It explores the changing institution, organization, product, destination, and general structure of trade, and analyzes the impact of current economic changes in Central and Eastern Europe on prices, employment, exchange rate, trade, and capital flow. It also examines the increasing economic interdependence of countries, which makes the whole world a single market for many commodities, while placing constraints on the extent to which prices can diverge across borders.
CES 695: INTELLIGENCE/SECURITY POLICY SEMINAR
This course provides the student with the opportunity to complete an in-depth paper in an area of focus under the close supervision of a professor. This paper should address a particular policy issue—for example, possible Russian reactions to the democratization process in Ukraine—producing policy options, along with proposals for implementing the options. The candidate will defend the study before a panel of professors.
CES 700-701: CAPSTONE SEMINAR
The courses will consist of regular meetings with students and will feature discussion and analysis of their individual M.A. theses. Initial meetings will be devoted to bibliographical searches, reading and comprehension of primary sources, and methodology. At the final meeting, each student will present his/her M.A. thesis. International students may participate in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) as a component of their seminar experience. International students interested in CPT must apply for this through the International Education Coordinator and comply with all immigration regulations regarding CPT.