Turkish and Central Asia Studies

Explore the cultures and languages of Central Asia, which includes countries such as Turkey and Uzbekistan.

There are also scholarship opportunities for students through the CLLC and the NSEP Boren Awards for Scholars and Fellows - see our 2022-2023 winner here: https://cllc.osu.edu/news/nsep-boren-recipients

Changes to the requirements for fulfilling the Turkish and Central Asia Studies Minor will go into effect at the start of the 2019/2020 Academic Year. Students who entered OSU prior to the Autumn 2019 semester can choose to fulfill either the old "Turkish Minor" requirements or the new program requirements, in consultation with the NESA Academic Advisor. Students who enroll during or after the Autumn 2019 semester will be required to fulfill the new program requirements. 

The previous major and minor program requirements can be seen here: https://nesa.osu.edu/turkish-old-program-requirements
Students with questions about any of NESA's undergraduate programs should contact the departmental undergraduate advisor Tommy Beyl at beyl.1@osu.edu or call (614) 292-8485 to make an appointment.

Turkish and Central Asia Studies

[official College of Arts & Sciences requirements articulation also available as PDF]

A. Prerequisites (12 credits):
Language coursework - 3 courses/12 units - all 3 of following 3

         Turkish 1101 Elementary Turkish I (4)
         Turkish 1102 Elementary Turkish II (4)
         Turkish 1103 Intermediate Turkish I (4)
         Uzbek 1101 Elementary Uzbek I (4)
         Uzbek 1102 Elementary Uzbek II (4)
         Uzbek 1103 Intermediate Uzbek I (4)

B. Language Requirement (4 credits):
Required Language coursework - 1 course/4 units

         Turkish 2101 Intermediate Turkish II (4)
         Uzbek 2101 Intermediate Uzbek II (4)

C. Literature and Culture in Translation (3 credits):
Required Literature and Culture coursework - 1 course/3 units - choose 1 of following courses:

        Turkish 2241 Turkish Culture (3)
        Turkish 2701 Turkish Literature in Translation (3)
        Turkish 3350 Contemporary Issues in Turkey (3)
        NELC 5204 Culture and Politics in Central Asia (3)

D. Minor Electives (6-8 credits):
Elective coursework - 2 courses/6-8 units - choose 2 of following courses
(one course must be upper division):

Turkish and Uzbek Language Electives:
         Turkish 2102 Intermediate Turkish III (4)
         Uzbek 2102 Intermediate Uzbek III (4)
         Turkish 3001 Advanced Turkish Syntax (4)
         Uzbek 3102 Advanced Uzbek (4)

Turkish and Uzbek Non-Language Electives:
         Turkish 2241 Beyond Belly Dancers and Harems: Turkish Culture (3)
         Turkish 2701 Mystics, Sultans, Prisoners & Dreamers: Turkish Literature in Translation (3)
         Turkish 5377 Turkish Music, Dance Theatre (3)
         Turkish 3350 Contemporary Issues in Turkey (3)
         NELC 5204 Culture and Politics in Central Asia (3)
         History 2352 The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1800 (3)
         History 2375 Islamic Central Asia (3)

Only one course from the list below may be used as a minor elective:
         NELC 2241 Middle East Close Up (3) 
         NELC 2244 Films of the Middle East (3) 
         NELC 3204 The Middle East in the Media (3)
         ISLAM 3205 Women in the Muslim Middle East (3)
         ISLAM 3501 Introduction to Islam (3)
         NELC 3502 Islamic Civilization Through the Ages (3)
         ISLAM 3702 Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World (3)
         NELC 3704 The Novel in the Middle East (3)
         NELC/INTSTDS 5645 Contemporary Issues in the Middle East (3)
         History 3365 History of Afghanistan (3)
         History 3375 Mongol World Empire (3)
         History 3376 The Silk Road (3)

Total: 13-15 credits

Transfer credit hours allowed. No more than one half of the credit hours required on the minor.