Undergraduate Minors

In addition to your major, you will select one minor or secondary academic focus. The minor will provide you with complementary knowledge and skills to your major, further ensuring your education is comprehensive, adaptable and relevant to the complexity of work-place and community situations.

In today's global economy, singularly focused degree programmes are falling out of favour and employers around the world want to hire young people that have degrees with both a primary and secondary focus.

Students are able to pursue minors in these areas or choose to minor in one of the six major areas of study. For example, a student studying in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic can pursue minors in Khorog, Tajikistan or Tekeli, Kazakhstan or vice versa.

Central Asian Studies

A minor in Central Asian Studies will provide you with a pluralistic perspective of the region's histories and cultures. It will encourage you to think critically about issues related to Central Asian politics, culture, economy and society.

Required Courses

  • History of Central Asia from Russian Conquest to Independence
  • Politics in Central Asia since Independence
  • Traditional Cultures and Adaptations to Modernity
  • Central Asia through Literature, Music, Visual Arts, Drama and Film.

Possible Electives:

  • Policy in Central Asia
  • Regional Economics
  • Labour and Migration
  • Human Ecology
  • Economic History
  • Kazakh, Kyrgyz or Tajik Language Studies

Development Studies

A minor in Development Studies will equip you with the analytical and technical skills necessary to become an internationally competitive development professional.

Required Courses

  • Development Economics
  • Research Methods in Development Studies
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Programme Interventions
  • Project and Programme Planning and Management
  • Role of International Organisations

Possible Electives:

  • Small and Medium Enterprise Management and Development
  • Local Economic and Community Development
  • Issues in Development Policy and Practice
  • Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD)
  • Agricultural Policy, Trade and Development
  • Economics of Labor and Migration

Globalisation Studies

The minor in Globalisation Studies is designed to produce students that can analyse the causes, processes and consequences of globalisation, as well as implications and future trends in economic, environmental, sociopolitical and technological dimensions of globalisation.

Required Courses

  • International Business and Emerging Markets
  • International Environmental Law
  • Globalisation and Technology
  • Politics in Central Asia since Independence
  • Traditional Cultures and Adaptations to Modernity

Possible Electives:

  • Global Challenges
  • Varieties of Human Organisation around the World
  • International Economics: Trade Theory and Policy
  • Economics of Labour and International Migration
  • International Law and Taxation
  • Science Impact and Complexity of Climate Change on the Globe