American University of Central Asia - AUCA - Major requirements

Major requirements




Required (for all students)
• Cultural Concepts and Social Networks
• International Development: Donors, NGOs, Communities and Culture
• Intro to Archaeology
• Ethnographic Research Methods

• History of Anthropological Theory (1,2)

• Senior Seminar

• Senior Thesis

• Ethnographic Fieldwork
• Archaeological Fieldwork or Internship with Development Organization

Ethno-Religious Block (student must take 3 out of 4 following courses)
• Ethnicity and Identity in Multicultural Societies
• Gender, Kinship and Family
• Religion and Spirituality as Cultural Categories

• Archaeology of Central Asia

Human Diversity Block (students must take 2 out of 4 following courses)

• Professional Practice and Project Management

• Language, Culture and Power

• Production and Exchange in Social Life

• Races, Human Diversity and Biology


Elective Courses (students can choose any of the following courses)

• Islam in Central Asia: Anthropological Approach

• Power, State and Infolrmal Politics in Central Asia

• Folklore of Central Asia

• Human and Culture Co-Evolution

• Globalization, Migration and Transnationalism

• Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East

• Contemporary History of Central Asia

• Anthropology of Violence

• Rock Art of Eurasia

• Social Media, Urban Life and Youth Cultures

• Language Policies in Central Asian Republics: Soviet and Post-Soviet Periods

• History of Central Asia: Culture and Identity

• People and Cultures of Central Asia

• Islam, Modernity and Secularism

• Great Game : The Competition for Central Asia

• Religion and Culture of Japan

• People and Cultures of East Asia

• Psychological Anthropology


Major Requirements
• 144 credits, including Fieldwork and Senior thesis
• a senior thesis and State exam of Anthropology
• TOEFL not below than 550 points
• observance of the Honors Code of AUCA.


American University of Central Asia
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Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720060

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