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Programs and Centers

SAS Area Studies Programs and Centers bring together a multi-disciplinary group of faculty and students devoted to the study of global concerns and major world regions. The Programs and Centers offer a selection of degree and certificate options for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as special programs, conferences, and talks on a wide variety of topics by distinguished scholars across the campus and around the world.

Asian Studies Program

The Asian Studies Program was established in 1969 to cultivate, promote, and coordinate the study of all aspects of Asia. In addition to administering the undergraduate minor and the graduate certificate in Asian studies, the program also encourages research, develops curricula, and sponsors lectures and other cultural activities intended to enhance the understanding of Asia. The program is housed in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Center for African Studies

CAS promotes the teaching of Africa through curricular and faculty development. It informs a broader public through a vigorous outreach program of community projects and educators' workshops for K-12 teachers and coordinates a large offering of Africa-related courses throughout the university system. Building on the Rutgers commitment to international education, CAS also supports faculty research in Africa and builds linkages with Africa-based scholars, institutions of higher-learning and non-governmental organizations. CAS members serve as consultants to public officials, businesses, schools and non-governmental organizations.

Center for European Studies

The Rutgers Center For European Studies is dedicated to the strengthening of multidisciplinary research in European studies at Rutgers, and to the development of intellectual exchanges with European scholars and institutions. In an effort to foster a deeper understanding of the complex history, politics, and culture of Europe, the Center hosts visiting scholars from a wide range of European countries, coordinates the development of major projects and initiates, or supports, a significant number of seminars and public events every year.

Institute for Hungarian Studies

The Institute for Hungarian Studies (IHS) was created in 1991 through an agreement between Rutgers and the Ministry of Culture and Education of the Republic of Hungary.  It supports the study of the culture, history, politics and society of Hungary and Hungarians with programs on the Rutgers campus and abroad.

Center for Latin American Studies

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is an organizational home for scholarship and pedagogy on the Latin American region at Rutgers University.  CLAS offers both major and minor degrees in Latin American Studies. CLAS provides students with a strong grounding in Latin American history, culture, economics and languages. Affiliated faculty come from the departments of Anthropology, Spanish and Portuguese, Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Africana Studies, History, Political Science, Economics, Music and Sociology among others.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) is an interdisciplinary area studies center, comprising faculty members drawn from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences within the School of Arts and Sciences. CMES offers a major and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies, as well as courses on the cultures and religions of the contemporary Middle East and several levels of instruction in the languages of the region, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish.

South Asian Studies Program

Rutgers University has recently established a new South Asian Studies Program (SASP). Faculty members associated with SASP have chosen to define the term 'South Asia' broadly, to include the nations of Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet, as well as the bordering nations of Afghanistan and Myanmar. SASP seeks to promote the study of this region and its diasporic communities through the development of an interdisciplinary set of courses, speakers' series, and public events.

Center for Women’s Global Leadership

The Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) develops and facilitates women's leadership for women's human rights and social justice worldwide.  CWGL's programs advance feminist perspectives in policy-making processes in local, national and international arenas. Since 1990, CWGL has fostered women's leadership in the area of human rights through women's global leadership institutes, strategic planning activities, international mobilization campaigns, UN monitoring, global education endeavors, publications, and a resource center. CWGL works from a human rights perspective with an emphasis on violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and socio-economic well-being. CWGL's programs are in two broad areas of policy & advocacy and leadership development & women's human rights education.

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