Study Central Asia in Central Asia with the CASI
The Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI) at the American University is currently accepting applications for the Master of Arts in Central Asian Studies (MACAS)in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Master of Arts in Central Asian Studies
The program is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of past and present social, political, economic and cultural processes in Central Asia and an overview of the various academic disciplines that have shaped the production of knowledge on the region. Graduates of the program will be prepared to enroll in social science PhD programs with a focus on Central Asia or to move seamlessly into careers in government, diplomacy, international organizations, development, journalism, or into any other field that requires solid area expertise and knowledge of a local language.
The Master of Arts in Central Asian Studies offers students a unique opportunity to acquire a degree that meets Western standards of education without ever leaving Central Asia. Courses are conducted entirely in English and supervised by Western faculty. Those who successfully complete the program will have a solid grounding in Western academic writing, research, and critical thinking, skills that are highly valued in any context. Take the next step in building your future today by applying to the program.
Central Asian Studies Institute
The program is hosted by the Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI) of the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. AUCA is an international, multi-disciplinary learning community in the American liberal arts tradition. Since its foundation in 1993, the University has proven its distinctiveness by encouraging and maintaining intellectual freedom and critical thinking. Capitalizing on its location and on its international faculty and student bodies, AUCA is determined to become the best teaching and research university in the region and a center of excellence in research on Central Asia with an increasing presence of international scholars and graduate students.
Towards this end AUCA established a Central Asian Studies Institute in 2011. By bringing together local and international researchers, fostering synergy between students, faculty members and visiting scholars and by privileging multidisciplinary and comparative research projects, the Central Asian Studies Institute aims to produce innovative and responsible knowledge on the ongoing processes in the five Central Asian republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and on regions bordering them. Students enrolled in the MA degree program in Central Asian Studies become part of a vibrant academic and research community and are offered the possibility, through an ongoing series of meetings, lectures, seminars and round tables, to meet key political actors and experts and to get in touch with a variety of visiting scholars.
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Students studying the Master of Arts in Central Asian Studies will conduct the program over 4 full-time semesters at the Bishkek AUCA campus.
Graduates of the program will be equally prepared to enroll in social science PhD programs with a focus on Central Asia or to move seamlessly into careers in government, diplomacy, international organizations, development, journalism, and any other field that requires solid area expertise and knowledge of a local language.
Last updated March 2, 2016