The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies provides a multidisciplinary program that offers students an integrated knowledge of the language, history, society, and culture of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Each year, the Center offers about 50 courses in the languages of the area and 60 courses in the social sciences, humanities, and professional schools relevant to the study of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. Additionally, the center organizes lectures, cultural events and community outreach programs to further the study of the rich and varied cultures of this region. Since the mid-1980s, the process of reform, collapse and reconstruction in the region has led to a heightened interest in the area and the need for serious and scholarly understanding of the region. It is the mission of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies to facilitate such understanding.
The Department of History at the University of Texas explores the vast array of human activity. When students choose to study history they open doors to a great variety of course offerings. Between 50 and 60 department historians list courses that range through the areas of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the United States, and encompass varieties of cultural, political, social, economic, gender, and foreign relations history. History majors, of course, may choose to specialize in particular clusters of courses but overall what distinguishes the university history program is its breadth of offerings. History emanates from our curiosity about how the world works and how we might understand it. History encompasses so much and far from being some ivory tower discipline, it attracts people with a passion for exploring the complexities of the "real worlds" humans have faced. That quest lies at the heart of the education University of Texas historians are committed to offer.
The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin provides a multi-disciplinary Jewish Studies curriculum for students at the University of Texas and an innovative crossroads for research on the study of Jewish life in the Americas, its place in Jewish history, and its contemporary and future relationship to the State of Israel. The Jewish Studies program has been designed to reflect the dynamic complexity of Jewish histories, literatures, populations, traditions, and transformations wherever they have existed. As a richly diversified field, Jewish Studies at UT has embraced a wide range of interrelated studies including history, archaeology, languages, literature, textual analysis, ritual studies, sociology, art, and religious thought. This diversity of ideas and methods constructs natural bridges for students across the university to enter into dialogue with Jewish culture and, through such conversations, to reflect on their own disciplines or traditions.