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Foreign Area Officer-MA Track

KU and CREES are nationally recognized as one of the leading institutions for the study of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. We have been training Foreign Area Officers (FAOs) for over 30 years, and our graduates consistently rate the REES program at KU as one of the most FAO friendly.

KU's program is also a favorite of the Army because of its low cost. According to Kansas state law, active military personnel pay resident tuition rates. Even with recent tuition increases, KU remains well below the ceiling for low-cost programs.

Following the new military requirements to complete the MA within a calendar year, we have retooled our program to accommodate the needs of FAOs through a newly established FAO track that allows foreign area officers to graduate in 12 months. We have graduated FAOs within the 12 month period and are looking forward to graduating many more.


FAO MA Track: 12-month program

The 12-month program is broken down as follows:
Methodology seminars (three mandatory courses, total 9 hours)
Courses in the area of Concentration (two elective courses, total 6 hours)
Disciplinary Courses outside of concentration area (four elective courses, total 12 hours)
Advanced Language Course at 500 level or above (3 hours).
Total: 30 hours

Methodology seminars:
The students take the capstone seminar sequence, REES 898 (focusing on methodology) in the Fall semester, and REES 899 (focusing on capstone writing) in the Spring semester. In addition, students take GIST 810 Thesis/Project Writing, which is offered in the Summer semester.

Courses in the Area of Concentration:
MA students choose to concentrate in one of the following five disciplinary areas: history; political science; philosophy and religion; literature and the arts; geography/economics/business.

If a student chooses either political science or geography/economics/business as area of concentration, GIST 710, Interdisciplinary Methods for Global Contexts is required along with another elective in this area.

Disciplinary Courses Outside of the Area of Concentration:
Students take one course each in the remaining four disciplinary areas (history; political science; philosophy and religion; literature and the arts; geography/economics/business.)

If the student’s concentration is in literature/arts, history, or philosophy/religion, GIST 710, Interdisciplinary Methods for Global Contexts can be used as an elective for either political science or geography/economics/business.

Note that 25% or more of coursework in GIST 810 and GIST 710 must pertain to the REES geographical area.

Language:  FAOs continue to study their target language while at KU, completing an advanced (500-level or above) language course; placement into appropriate courses will depend on the student’s initial proficiency. While most of our FAOs concentrate in Russian, other languages are offered at KU: Ukrainian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Polish, Turkish, Tajik/Farsi, and more.


Beyond Campus: KU is an attractive choice for graduate study not only because of the quality of the academic program, but also because of the quality of life in Lawrence. With a population of 80,000, Lawrence has the charm of a small Midwestern city. The city boasts about its quality schools, a range of housing options, a wide variety of activities and organizations for families and children, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Moreover, Lawrence, as a college town, has a number of outstanding cultural and athletic events. Lawrence is only 25 miles from Kansas City, and 40 miles from Ft. Leavenworth.

The best endorsements of the REES program at KU and Lawrence come from FAOs who have completed the program. The following current and former KU students have agreed to field any questions you might have about the REES program or life in Lawrence:

Randy Masten MAJ (48C)
REES MA, 2003; LTC instructing at Command & General Staff College
randy.masten@us.army.mil

Shawn McManamy, Major, United States Army REES MA, 2009; after April 2010, he will serve in the US Embassy, Moscow.
shawn.mcmanamy@us.army.mil

Raymond Hackler, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army REES MA, 2006; Psychological Operations & Eurasian Foreign Area Officer Raymond.hackler@us.army.mil


AER Information

AERs: If you are completing your program and graduating this year, please remember to submit the following material to your REES MA Advisor before you leave campus permanently:
•Your AER (DA Form 1059-1); make certain that all the information on the top is filled in and accurate;
•Two (2) official copies of your complete KU transcript, showing award of degree. When you submit your request for transcripts at Registrar's Office, be certain to ask that it be sent to Dr. Renee Perelmutter at the CREES Office, but that it not be sent until after Award of Degree has been posted;
•The dates and results of your APFT and height/weight data;
•A list of "buttons" that you want pushed in the AER narrative: what do you consider your greatest achievements at KU to have been? Categories might include: academic performance, achievements, extracurricular activities, leadership, and whatever else you wish to have mentioned. This is not the time to be modest.


FAO Links

FAO Home Page

Foreign Area Officer Association

George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies


FAO Links

FAO Home Page

Foreign Area Officer Association

George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

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