Master of Arts in Area Studies
Area Studies include concentrations in European Studies, American Studies, Caucasus Studies, Turkic World Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Russian Studies, and East Asian Studies.
Area Studies programs are interdisciplinary and include several departments. Except students admitted to the Middle Eastern Studies and European Public Affairs programs, all other area studies students will have an individual study track, designed conjointly by several faculty members and tailored towards meeting students interests.
Additional information on some of the area studies programs is provided below. Others are similar, but, of course, with their own specific requirements.
International Relations / American Studies
Khazar University's strong links at the institutional, departmental and professional levels with different American institutions, including universities, foundations and business companies, forms a solid base for establishing the interdisciplinary American Studies program.
The Khazar community always enjoys lectures delivered by prominent American visitors, including politicians, professors, entrepreneurs and artists.
Middle Eastern Studies program
Students who choose the Middle East area as a sub-field must pass one of the Middle Eastern language proficiency examinations. Ideally, they should mix more policy-oriented courses with those that have a more “classical” and historical bent, including the research seminar. Among the subjects taught (already offered and planned) in this program are the following:
Middle East Area Studies
- Arab-Israeli Conflict
- Conflicts in the Modern Middle East
- Diplomacy in the Modern Middle East
- History of Modern Iran
- History of Modern Israel
- History of Modern Saudi Arabia
- History of Modern Turkey
- History of the Ottoman Empire
- History of the Modern Middle East (1)
- History of the Modern Middle East (2)
- Middle East in World Politics
- Middle East: Its People and Its Cultures
- Selected Topics on History of the Modern Middle East
- History of Islam
- Islamic Civilization
- Philosophy of Islam
- History of Religions
- Interreligious Relations
- Sociology of Religion
- Islamic Art
- Islamic Culture
- Islamic Law
- Islamic Thought
- Islamic Ethics
- Religion and Globalization
- Main Ideological Movements in Islam
- Modern Trends in Islam
- Political Thought in Islam
- Women, Gender and Family in Islam
Turkic World Studies program
In the United States and European countries almost all Soviet Studies centers have been engaged mainly in studying the Russian and other Slavic republics, ignoring Caucasian and Central Asian history, the history of Turks settled in the wider area of Eurasia, culture, languages and other values. The Caucasus, Central Asia and Turkic Studies, except the history of Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey, rarely have been objects of serious investigations. But, changes in the geopolitical and social situation emphasize the necessity for establishing an area studies programs, including Turkic World Studies.