American University of Central Asia - AUCA - International and Comparative Politics

International and Comparative Politics

The new "Great Game" is happening here and now. As a student of the International and Comparative Politics (ICP) program, learn how Russia, Iran, China, and the United States vie for influence in Central Asia.

Major Requirements

To graduate from the Department of International and Comparative Politics students must complete General Education requirements (80 credits), ICP major requirements (90), internship (6 credits) and 64 credits of elective courses. (64 elective credits required in total: maximum of 18 credits and minimum of 6 credits should be taken within the major, the remaining credits should be taken outside the major.) After completing 240 credits overall, the students will take final examinations that include the defense of a senior thesis, a written exam on International and Comparative Politics, a History of Kyrgyzstan exam, and an English language test.

All students should complete the general education requirements. For details, please check here.

All courses are 6-credit courses unless noted otherwise. For course details, please consult to your advisor or the program chair in Room 231.

1st year
Introduction to Political Studies
Introduction to Comparative Politics

2nd year
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Political Theory
Introduction to Political Economy
Central Asian Politics
One ICP course at 200-level

3rd year
Public Policy Analysis
Foreign Policy Analysis
Method of Political Research
Two ICP elective courses at 300-level
400-level courses
Senior Thesis I
Senior Thesis II
One ICP course at 400-level

Two internships must be completed, six credits total

Students are expected to take additional elective courses, 64 credits total.

Minor Requirements





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