AUCA Liberal Arts Gender Studies Concentration is the first and the only undergraduate program of its type in Central Asia offering a US-accredited degree through a partnership with Bard College. It is aimed at preparing young specialists with an interdisciplinary background in gender studies to serve not only in Central Asian institutions but also at the global level. Being a student of Gender Studies Concentration will allow you to allow students to begin to understand the complex issues related to gender in society, how these differ across cultures and provide students a background in Gender Studies as a discipline. The current prominence of gender issues and Gender Studies 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.
Differences between Minor and concentration – While doing a Gender Studies Minor provides an analytical background along with critical and practical sociological skills, a concentration allows students to further develop these skills and their content knowledge, as well as to gain deeper specialization in the field. The Concentration includes courses more classes than the Minor, however, it allows students to gain additional knowledge in the field of Liberal Arts. This makes it possible for students to enter a Master’s program in various liberal arts and social sciences fields; and gives them supplementary knowledge in the field of Gender Studies specifically, which allows developing a higher level of criticality and understanding of everyday life.