Two-year MA Program

The 2-year MA Program

The program was accredited by the Hungarian Higher Education Accreditation Board in March, 2007, (as Kisebbségpolitika Mesterszak" in Hungarian) The Nationalism Studies Program (Kisebbségpolitika mesterszak) responds to the rapid growth of demand for knowledge and teaching in the field that has been obvious for the past decade. Besides considerable gains in empirical knowledge however, the resurgence of interest in nationalism and minority protection has also led to an alarming process, observed in East-Central Europe, the FSU region and beyond, as a result of which the field is being swamped by quick converts to the study of nationalism and minority protection producing works and educational materials that are theoretically and conceptually poor, narrowly focused and frequently reflect parochial, or even nationalist views. A non-sectarian and internationally comparative program in nationalism and minority protection is in a strategic position to counteract this disturbing tendency. The program will therefore fill a vital role in Hungarian higher education. It aims to shape the next generation of scholars, public officials and activists, endow them with rich empirical knowledge, and sensitize them to a non-sectarian, open and critical perspective on nationhood, nationalism and minority protection. Given the specificities of the region, it also places heavy emphasis on the study of Roma issues within the wider framework of minority studies.

Students enrolled in the Nationalism Studies Program receive the opportunity to engage in a complex approach to the study of nationalism and minority protection, subsumed under the general heading of political science with involvement of history, sociology, legal studies and anthropology as subfields.

The aim of the Program is to train future scholars, educators and professional experts. A comparative, theoretically grounded and empirically well-informed curriculum will sensitize students to the bewildering complexities of issues of nationalism, ethnic relations and minority protection both in global and local contexts. More concretely, students will get a full year's immersion in questions of citizenship, migration, statelessness, multiculturalism, racism, xenophobia, the refugee problem within and outside the European Union. Special attention will be devoted to those mechanisms and institutions within the European Union that are devoted to handle national and ethnic diversity such as processes of regionalisation and power sharing, the mechanisms of the OSCE and the developments related to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Special attention is devoted to the study of Roma society. Beyond the relevant scholarship, graduates of the program will exit with a firm knowledge in the political, legal and institutional frameworks available for dealing with issues of ethnic relations and minority protection.

Specialists trained in the program will be prepared for employment in supranational organizations, such as the offices and institutions of the European Union, OSCE, in international and domestic foundations for the protection of minorities, for employment in domestic public administration, local governments and in NGOs as well as for employment in the private sector, especially within the media and public survey institutions.