BA in Oriental StudiesBA in Turkic Studies
Turkey is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. It is an emerging country, with a complex imperial past, that is playing an increasingly prominent role both in its region and in the world more generally. It is a member of the G-20, the OECD, the OSCE, NATO, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and is a candidate for full membership of the EU.  Knowledge of Turkey and Turkish will become increasingly important in the years ahead, and there is a great shortage of Armenian graduates with this expertise. There are also plenty of career opportunities for graduates of this field in the world, and those who have a good knowledge of Turkic languages and culture are particularly welcome in the public relations, media and education fields.
Nevertheless the term Turkic represents a broad ethno-linguistic group of peoples including existing societies such as   Azerbaijanis, Balkars, Bashkirs, Crimean Tatars, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz people, Qashqai, Tatars, Turkmens, Turkish people, Tuvans, Uyghurs, Uzbeks,  etc., which also  can be studied.
Turkic Studies deals with the languages, literatures, and histories of Turkic-speaking peoples and communities, past and present. This includes studying their intellectual and material cultures as well as their linguistic, cultural, and other encounters with neighboring peoples and populations.
In the degree programme, knowledge and skills are taught that relate to as many of the above-mentioned fields as possible, or at least offer opportunities for getting started in these fields. The degree programme focuses on preparing students for an academic career, while placing special emphasis on imparting knowledge and skills that facilitate competent work in media as well as private and public institutions functioning as consultants in fields related to Turkic Studies.