This course is required by both the Ministry of Education in Kyrgyzstan and Bard College. You have to pass this course in order to get a Kyrgyz diploma. The study of history is also central to a liberal arts education because history teaches critical thinking, persuasive writing and the cause and effect relation. You have to pass this course to get a Bard accredited degree as well.

Another requirement for receiving a Kyrgyz diploma is to pass the state exam on the History of Kyrgyzstan. This course does not aim to prepare students for the state exam. You may attend review sessions which are scheduled two months prior to the state exam on the History of Kyrgyzstan in May. Nevertheless, this course will cover all material that is required by the state exam.

This course intends to teach students the basics of historical research, the use of primary and secondary sources, analytical thinking and reasoning within the framework of the history of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.