Research Centers

European Union Center
The University of Illinois European Union Center (EUC) was established in 1998 with support from the European Commission, as one of the ten original EU Centers in the United States. In 2003, the US Department of Education designed the EUC as a Title VI National Resource Center. In 2011, The European Union recognized the EUC as a European Union Center of Excellence. Since its inception, the European Union Center has become the focal point on campus for teaching, research, and outreach programs on the European Union. The EUC brings together faculty and students from diverse disciplines across campus to promote the study of the EU and transatlantic relations, making it one of the most comprehensive EU centers in the US. The mission of the EUC is: a) to promote scholarly research on the EU and transatlantic relations by serving as a national resource center; b) to strengthen the undergraduate, graduate, and professional curricula on the EU across all colleges at the University of Illinois; c) to educate and train a new generation of experts on EU policies and EU-US relations; and d) to deepen the understanding between the peoples of the US and the EU through an extensive outreach program to K-12 educators and students, businesses, government leaders, the media, and the general public.

Russian, East European and Eurasian Center

The Russian, East European and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois, a U.S Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center since 1959, is committed to combining the highest quality undergraduate and graduate training programs with national service to the profession, individual scholars, schools, and the public. In an area when international knowledge and engagement are a necessity, REEEC's primary mission is to promote understanding of and informed engagement with Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. It does so by coordinating and promoting curricula, organizing diverse programmaing activities, supporting area research, and offering an interdisciplinary undergraduate major and minor as well as a master's degree. The Center serves as a resource for faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students in diverse disciplines and works to promote deep intedisciplinary knowledge of the area, disciplinary rigor and innovation, and new perspectives in interatnional studies. A strong commitment to providing outreach programs and curricular assistance to teachers from kindergarden through college, to the business and professional communities, and to the general public is also part of the Center's tradition and mission.

Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) promotes research and scholarship on South Asia and the Middle East. CSAMES was designed a National Resource Center (Title VI) 2006-2010 by the US Department of Education for the study and teaching of the Middle East, enabling the Center to further strengthen its commitment to an academic inquiry into a region that is home to some of the world's oldest religions and civilizations. CSAMES works with more than a dozen departments and affiliated faculty of over 70 faculty members, who bring to the Center their expertise and diverse areas of interest. These members actively participate in lectures and events, including the annual Turkish Studies Symposium and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Lecture Series. Some of the disciplines that CSAMES faculty are associated with are contemporary and historial studies of South Asia and the Middle East, and inquires into such topics as religious and social identities, cultural values, literary expression, urbanization, politics and gender. Courses recently developed in conjuction with these faculty include Muslim-Christian Interactions and Islam in East Africa.

Center for Advanced Study

The Center for Advanced Study (CAS) supports the extraordinary human and physical resources for the University of Illinois by encouraging and promoting exmplary scholarship in all areas of knowledge. One of the primary mission of the Center is to identify the very best scholars at the University. CAS Professors are permanent members of the Center, appointed after a rigorous nomination and election process. These distinguished academics include among others: a Nobel Laureate; a National Book Award winner; a MacArthur Fellow; and a Publitzer Prize winner, along with many members of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering. CAS supports faculty research by awarding, on a competitive basis, one-semester sabbaticals to outstanding junior and seniorcolleagues pursuing innovative and path-breaking research, writing and performance projects. Faculty from every one of the University's college and departments are eligible for CAS sabbaticals. The Center also provides a varied and integrative program throughout the year for a sprawling research university and its surrounding community bysponsoring various series of public lectures, long-term visits by internationally-recognized scholars, interdisciplinary symposia and a variety of educational programs and special events. The diversity of the Center's faculty, the sabbaticals it makes available to all faculty and the range of its activities place it in a unique position both on the Urban-Champaign campus and among similar centers at other institutions around the world. The broad range of programs it supports helps in defining and supporting excellence in scholarship as well as in bringing the fruits of academic research before the university and the public.

Center for Translation Studies
The Center for Translation Studies is a collaboration among the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, the Creative Writing Program, and Dalkey Archive Press to educate translators and to prepare them for the exciting opportunities available to them in today's global economy. The University of Illinois is committed to world-class translation education and to the art and craft of translation and the Translation Studies program provides a combination of rigorous academic study and substantive real-life experience. Internships are available through corporations, hospitals, law firms and legal aid agencies, nonprofit organizations, translation service providers, and community agencies. Study abroad opportunities are available int he European Union, Latin America, and Asia. The University's internationally renowned library is supporting the program through a comprehensive translation studies collection. The center has a state-of-art translation lab to educate students in terminology research and management of the latest in computer assisted translation tools for localization translation memory, terminology management, multilingual document management, and cross-language information exchange and retrieval.

Academic Departments and Schools

The Department of Classics
The Department of Classics is widely known for offering students an academically rigorous program in the primary Classical languages, as well as extensive experience in the teaching of the languages and cultures of Greece and Rome. The department's faculty members are wide-ranging in their areas of expertise, with particular strengths in the fields of Greek and Roman drama, women and gender studies, late antiquity and the reception of the Classical world. It provides encouragement, guidance and material support for students to pursue original research, attend conferences, deliver papers and prepare their work for publication. Currently, all graduate students in residence are supported financially with tuition waivers and either fellowships or teaching assistantships.

The Department of History
The Department of History consists of over 50 faculty members researching and writing, teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students on a range of historical topics. The facutly at UIUC, including a large number of new faculty hired in the last several years- can be characterized both by cutting edge scholarship in particular fields of specialization and a willingness to engage in debate of broad, comparative issues with the intellectual community of the department and the University.

Department of Linguistics
The Linguistics Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the oldest, largest, and most distinguished departments of linguistics in the United States, attracting students from all over the world. With faculty members covering all major areas of linguistic research, the department offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degree programs. Formally established in 1965, the Department of Linguistics quickly became one of the leading linguistics departments in the nation. While its focus was originally on research and the training of graduate students, the Department has also developed an undergraduate program that has attracted some of the best students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Departement's M.A. program in Teaching English as a Second Language is one of the oldest in the United States.

Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science is one of the first ten departments in the USA and has a long tradition of leadership in the discipline. Each year, the Department admits a small incoming class into a supportive and collegial environment, where they can work closely with faculty members. Many students publish articles while in graduate school. Most students receive generous funding throughout their graduate career. The Department's placement record is impressive.

School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
The School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics teaches more than thirty languages, and its linguists study language itself from a variety of perspectives. The School examines the literatures, religions, cinema and other cultural production of the world, making exciting contributions to understanding the diversity of the human experience. One important goal of the School is to encourage people to pool their talents and work together and, in so doing, help create a lively intellectual atmosphere and a rich and forward looking research and instructional environment for students and faculty. It pursues this aim through various interdisciplinary initiatives with the goal to enhance our research, teaching, and service missions inside and outside the University of Illinois.

School of Music
The mission of the School of Music is to advance the art of music and its related disciplines. It seeks to educate students in the various fields of the profession and to promote an understanding of music on the campus and in the larger community. The School endeavors to preserve diverse repertories and cultural traditions while also creating opportunities for artistic, intellectual, technological, and scholarly innovation in the realm of music. The School is dedicated to excellence in research, performance, composition, and teacher education, undertaken in a spirit of collaboration among its own constituents, as well as with those of the College of Fine and Applied Arts and the University at large.


Spurlock Museum
The Spurlock Museum house exhibits representing peoples of the following cultures and geographic areas of the world: Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, and Africa; Ancient Greece and Rome; East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania; Europe; and American Indian Cultures of North and South America. Special exhibits, based in the Campbell Gallery, serve as a springboard for unique programs, tours, and special events. Through our collections and educational programs, we help interpret the diversity of cultures through time and across the globe. With approximately 40,000 objects in its artifact collection, the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign celebrates our shared humanity by collecting, preserving, documenting, exhibiting, and studying objects of cultural heritage.


Dalkey Archive Press
Dalkey Archive Press is a publisher of fiction, poetry, and literary criticism in Illinois in the United States, specializing in the publication or republication of lesser known, often avant-garde works.

Study Programs

The Slate Program
The SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Acquisition) is a multidisciplinary doctoral program for students with an interest in second language acquisition and bilingualism/foreign/second language teaching. Students cannot earn a Ph.D. in SLATE; instead, students in this program earn a Certificate of Advanced Study in Second Language Acquisition and Tearcher Education in conjunction with a Ph.D. in one of the cooperating units. Students in the SLATE program can work with affiliated faculty from a number of different academic units across the campus.

The Program in Comparative and World Literature
The Program in Comparative and World Literature offers exciting and innovative ways to approach comparative literary and cultural studies. At the undergraduate level, the program places two or more literary and cultural traditions, studied in the original languages, into dialogue, while its major on World literature is for students who want to place literary and culture in a comparative context, but without a specific language requirement. At the graduate level, the program provides rigorous competence in multiple languages and literatures, comparative cultural methods, and critical theory. The program covers a broad range of approaches and areas of study. Over a dozen faculty members participate directly in the program, and many more are affiliated members. Their combined interests cover not only a wide range of literatures and cultures (from Europe to Africa and Asia), but fields such as postcolonialism, translation, gender studies, cinema studies, critical theory, psychoanalysis, trauma studies, the history of humanism, Jewish studies, comparative civilizational analysis, and much more.