Do not go to graduate school at this department! They are nice, but could care less about your completion. The program is unfocused, the classes terrible and the instruction stunningly lazy, there is virtually NO FUNDING but they continually bring in more and more students in a program that is half academic accessory for the department and half scam by the university, virtually no one is doing any research, and the undergraduate program is a disaster -- the degree isn't worth much because LITERALLY EVERYBODY GETS AN A (Sounds great until you can't get a decent job when you graduate).
This is an evil department. One of the biggest regrets of my life is having chosen this program. The statistics instruction is particularly bad, but the entire program is a joke
“It's a good university
Mar 02 2007Unknown
It's a good university. Department: Central Eurasian Studies--great department. CEUS is the only place in the US to study all the Central Asian languages. Unfortunately, the department and grad student population university-wide is underfunded. Most students in this department end up with $10,000 to $60,000 in student loans at the end of an MA. Great well funded summer language program (SWSEEL).
The University: Great ascetic environment for grad study. Lots of drunk Hoosier undergrads, but they're mostly harmless. The university's out-of-state tuition is too high. Good facilities and access to everything you need, but grad school here leaves you feeling like you didn't have time to actually enjoy what the university has to offer. The nature of funding issues leaves most grad students feeling like the university doesn't care about them at all.
Ultimately, its the best available for the study of Central Asia / Inner Asia. If you can get funding elsewhere, you might want to consider just coming here for summer language instruction (which is funded much better than the academic year).
Oh, and University Apartments are a great living option (all bills included in rent)... but there's plenty of reasonably-priced housing options in Bloomington.
“The department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Mar 02 2007Unknown
The department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures has organizational issues which are historically rooted in a political battle that nearly destroyed the department nearly a decade ago. Thus, despite hiring efforts, the department remains too weak to attain Title VI funding, thereby leaving its grad students impoverished & underfunded, while reducing the percentage of US Citizen grad students vis-a-vis international grad students (which are usually more successful at attaining funding to teach languages). Futhermore, Persian and Arabic language programs has major weaknesses: too many unmotivated undergrads in classes, class sizes too big, poor textbook selections, etc. Despite all of this, the department has a very strong Islamic studies and Jewish/Hebrew studies tradition.
Overall, its not a 'bad' choice. Just don't let your expectations for funding opportunities and/or quality language instruction be too high.
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