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  • Locations: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Program Sponsor: SRAS 
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Fact Sheet:
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Housing Options: Homestay, Residence Hall/Dormitory Language of Instruction: English, Russian
Program Description:

Bishkek: Central Asian Studies

 

Central Asian Studies is an innovative program based in the fascinating region of Central Asia and combines intensive language or linguistics study with a range of regional studies courses.

The semester program looks at geopolitics, policy, and demographics while the summer program offers two distinct tracks: one broadly anthropological and the other specifically focused on linguistic anthropology. No matter which session you chose, a robust travel component will complement your studies, giving you wider, fuller, first-hand, practical perspectives on the issues that interest you most.

 

- Semester Courses (Spring/Fall) -

RUSS 193/293/393/403 Russian Language Study
Russian is a lingua franca for politics and business in Central Asia and thus forms the foundation for Central Asian Studies. Small, intensive classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics.
12 credits

CA-371: The New Great Game
You will gain an overview of the New Great Game as a renewed struggle for hegemony and control over natural resources and geopolitical positioning in Central Asia between competing global powers, the Central Asian republics themselves, and neighboring states.
3 credits

CA-372: Understanding Central Asia
You will take a broad overview of the cultural, social, historical, and religious dimensions of Central Asia and Afghanistan. Attention is given to the media, civil society, gender, and religious environment in these countries.
3 credits

- Summer Courses (pick one track) -

Identity and Ethnicity Track

RUSS 193/293/393/403 Russian Language Study
Russian is a lingua franca for politics and business in Central Asia and thus forms the foundation for Central Asian Studies. Small, intensive classes focus on reading, writing, grammar, speaking, comprehension, and phonetics.
10-week Summer (14 credits); 5-week Summer (4 credits)

Identity and Ethnicity in Central Asia
Examine cultural elements that unite and divide society in modern Central Asia. Overview the ethnic and social divisions in Central Asia and understand their historical roots and modern issues such as clan structure. Explore identity formation in modern Kyrgyzstan, including an overview of the Kyrgyz language as well as traditional Kyrgyz foods, holidays, music, and storytelling. Meet locals and experience the cultural elements first-hand through workshops, guest lectures, and field trips.
Base course is 2 US semester credits. On the full summer session, 3 credits total may be earned with a more extensive research component. Held entirely over the five-week period, students on either summer time frame will take the full course.

Linguistic Anthropology Track

Linguistic Anthropology in Central Asia
This course offers an introduction to the foundational relationship between language and culture by examining anthropological approaches to the study of language. Learn how language both reflects and creates thought, culture, and power relations. This course will offer a Kyrgyz-focus, covering all material in the Identity and Ethnicity in Central Asia course above. It will also overview how Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen, and Uzbek are used in and are shaped by social, cultural, and individual processes to convey culture, thought, ethnicity, religion, status, and gender.
4 credits. Course is held in its entirety over the five-week period, meaning students on either time frame will take the full course.

RUSS 193/293/393/403 Russian Language Study
Russian is a still a lingua franca for politics and business in Central Asia and thus forms the foundation for Central Asian Studies. Small, intensive classes.
10-week Summer (14 credits); 5-week Summer (N/A)

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 11/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.