HIS 330: Travels on the Silk Road of Central Asia (1 unit, Liberal Learning credit in Social Change in Historical Perspectives)
Program Director: Dr. Jo-Ann Gross, Professor of Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian Studies, Department of History
Co-Requisite: HIS 455 Politics, Culture and Identity in Central Asia (Spring 2013)
No GPA Restrictions, No Language Requirements, Open to All Students in All Majors
Applications Available Here!
This 3-week experience is designed to acquaint students first-hand with the historical sites, culture, intellectual life and geography of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, located in the heartland of Central Asia.
The course will examine various cultural and intellectual traditions of central Asia, especially architectural, spiritual, and artistic traditions. During on-site visits, students will examine the relationship between material culture and historical transformation from the Islamic period through the tsarist, Soviet and post-Soviet eras of nation building and economic change. Students will apply and expand upon the knowledge they gained from the spring 2013 seminar (HIS-445) as they experience this ethnically and linguistically diverse region of Turko-Persianate culture.
- visit cities along the Silk Road
- travel through rural villages
- explore ancient settlements and fortresses
- roam through outdoor markets and handicraft centers
- visit tombs and spiritual centers
- attend concerts and dance performances
- visit museums and artist studios
- meet with Uzbek and Tajik faculty and students in universities and research institutes
- Khiva-Aya Qala
- Penjikent – Seven Lakes
The goal of the program is to expand students’ awareness of the rich culture of Central Asia and expose them to a physical landscape different from their own. Students will participate in an active learning experience through study, travel, lectures and discussions while engaged in rigorous trip activities each day of the program.
Program Cost (subject to change depending on the need to make changes to the itinerary)
- In-State: $5,240.72
- Out-of-State: $ 6,676.44
- $150 upon application (December 1, 2012)
- $500 upon acceptance (December 21, 2012)
- $1,147.68/$1,506.61 on January 21, 2013
- $1,147.68/$1,506.61 on February 21, 2013
- $1,147.68/$1,506.61 on March 21, 2013
- $1,147.68/$1,506.61 on April 21, 2013