American University of Central Asia - AUCA - Curriculum

Human Rights Concentration Profile in AUCA

  1. General Description:

AUCA Liberal Arts Human Rights Concentration is the first and the only undergraduate program of its type in Central Asia aimed at preparing young specialists with inter-disciplinary background in human rights to serve not only in Central Asian institutions but also at the global level. Furthermore the program is designed to prepare specialists to work in organizations that are closely working with human rights such as UN, Council of Europe and OSCE. It is an innovative four year degree program that introduces students to this increasingly important and fascinating field of specialization. Being a student of Human Rights Concentration will allow you to discover the entirely new world of specialty via the prisms of law, history, politics, sociology, film, media anthropology, regional studies and other fields. The rapid development of human rights and the compelling need of the Kyrgyz and Central Asian community for the experts in this particular field would enable the graduates of the program to be of vital importance not only in their local communities but in the region as well.

Students will study general subjects necessary for any specialist with higher education in humanities. The program provides students with an intellectually stimulating and in-depth study of human rights issues.  It combines both theoretical and practical approaches in the learning process. This trans-disciplinary program allows students to study human rights through various fields. Furthermore it recruits students from different disciplines of AUCA, thus offering a unique opportunity to benefit from its curriculum. The courses that are offered cover wide range of issues in Human Rights such as the politics of human rights, the advocacy of human rights through media and documentary films, anthropology of violence, civics, human rights during armed conflicts, protection of Human Rights in the EU and in other regions. The curriculum is designed in such as way as to make a particular emphasis on contemporary issues of human rights in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.

The program strives to equip students with knowledge, essential resources and skills which would enable them to understand, criticize and evaluate the contemporary status of human rights. Furthermore, the program is designed in such a way as to stimulate students to perceive human rights as a distinct profession. The program promotes the development and improvement of general research as well as critical thinking skills. In particular, students learn how to critically integrate knowledge in human rights, creatively identify and solve problems, argue on human rights issues as well as systematize and present their findings in the form of research papers and a senior project.

  1. Program Сurriculum and Requirements:

The program is comprised of both required and elective courses. Below is a list of these courses:

                        HR Core Courses

Elective Courses

1.      Introduction to human rights (HR)

100 level 6 cr. course

  1. International Humanitarian Law (IBL)

200 level 6 cr. course

  1. Politics of Human Rights / Theory and Politics of Human Rights (ICP)

200 level 6 cr. course

  1. International Criminal law (IBL)

200 level 6 cr. course

  1. International Human rights law (IBL)

300 level 6 cr. course

  1. Public International Law I (IBL)

200 level 6 cr. course

  1. Research Methods

300 level 6 cr. course

  1. Visual Legal Advocacy: Human Rights in the digital world (HR)

200 level 6 cr. course

  1. Thesis Research Seminar I

400 level 3 cr. Course

  1. Development Aid and Politics (ICP) / International Development: Donors, NGOs, Communities and Culture (ANT)

300 level 6 cr. course

  1. Thesis Research Seminar II

400 level 3 cr. course

  1. Multicultural Societies: Religious and Social Conflicts in Europe (ES)

300 level 6 cr. course

  1. Internship

300 level 6 cr. course

  1. European Law and Human Rights (ES)

300 level 6 cr. course


  1. World trade organizations and human rights  (HR/IBL)

300 level 6 cr. course


  1. Anthropology of Violence (ANT)

300 level 6 cr. course


10. Refugees law (HR/IBL)


  1. Human Rights law and Criminal Justice (HR/IBL)


To graduate with Human Rights Concentration on Liberal Arts and Science Major Students must complete following credit requirements:

  1. General Education Courses: 80 credits 
  2. Liberal Arts and Science required Courses: 42 credits 
  3. Human Rights Concentration Courses: 60 credits 
    • Required Courses: 18 credits 
    • Elective Courses: 42 credits 
  4. Electives outside Concentration: 58 credits 

Overall: 240 credits

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