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

All students should complete the general education requirements, 94 or 96 credits in total in accordance with the year of student enrollment. For the details, please follow the link of General education requirements and policies -

All courses are 6-credit courses unless noted otherwise. For course details, please consult to your advisor or the program chair.
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
Internship I
Two ICP elective courses at 300-level
4th year
Senior Thesis I
Senior Thesis II
One ICP course at 400-level
Internship II

ELECTIVE COURSES: 50 credits total
Students are expected to take additional elective courses: 50 credits total, maximum of 18 credits or minimum of 6 credits should be taken within the major, the rest credits should be taken outside the major.

Minor Requirements



Faculty & Staff


ICP Events

Policy and Civic Engagement Activities

Extracurricular Activities and Events

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Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720060

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