Bishkek Forest

Cultural Diversity and Ethics


This course, purposefully designed for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors, uses real-world examples and case studies to explore the diverse nature of human culture and ethics globally. In this writing intensive (W'), collaborative and reflective class we will use an anthropological mindset to assess and address the sociocultural impacts of engineering and other types of projects in global settings. By learning firsthand about the culture, history, and contemporary politics of Kyrgyzstan, students will develop an appreciation of the power of culture to define morality and normalcy - an appreciation that cannot be replicated in a classroom. Furthermore, they will develop skills necessary to communicate respectfully and function in an increasingly globalized society and economy. These skills will be integral to their future success in navigating diverse industries that often take workers to locations around the world. Students will not enroll in a course at another institution.

There is an optional field trip at the end of the program – a 5-6 day horseback trek in the Issyk Kul region of Kyrgyzstan. Students who participate in the horseback trek will have an opportunity to learn more about rural life in Kyrgyzstan and to encounter Kyrgyz herders on their way to summer pastures.

Locations and Dates

  • Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Dates: May 13, 2018 - May 28, 2018

Location Information


Kyrgyzstan is a small, landlocked and mountainous country in a geopolitically strategic location in Central Asia. Through this study abroad experience, students will have the opportunity to learn about the cultural diversity of Central Asia, a region populated by Muslim ethnic groups (such as the Kyrgyz and Uzbeks) as well as Orthodox Christians (such as Russians and Ukrainians). Students will also have the opportunity to learn firsthand how engineers have played a key role in the post-Soviet development of the country by working on the construction of hydroelectric dam projects and the development of mines to exploit valuable natural resources, such as gold and uranium. Throughout the course, students will be asked to consider how ethical issues and cultural diversity issues relate to these projects.

For more information contact

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Cynthia Werner
Department of Anthropology | (979) 458-4037

Engineering Global Programs
Engineering Activities Building A

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Mr. Jordan Threadgill
Study Abroad Program Office
3262 TAMU | (979) 845-0544

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Courses Offered

ANTH 370: Cultural Diversity & Ethics (3 Cr)

Prerequisites: Senior or Junior classification, or approval of instructor

Students please confirm with your academic advisor if ANTH 370 counts for your engineering ethics requirement.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Good academic standing with university
  • Approval of the professor
  • Required to attend all program specific orientations

Funding Opportunities

Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Program Office for financial resources:



The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid offers scholarships based on merit and financial need. Applications are available through the university’s Scholarships & Financial Aid website and deadlines are listed on the website below. The Continuing Student Scholarship application opens Nov. 1, 2017 and closes at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 1, 2018. To apply, please visit:

Students majoring in Anthropology will have the opportunity to apply for competitive scholarships from the Department of Anthropology. Contact Jeff Winking for more information on how to apply.

Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of Texas A&M study abroad programs. If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid (2nd Floor Pavilion) or (979) 845-3236. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Program Office for financial resources:


The following chart estimates the total out of pocket expenses a student may have participating in this program.
Cost subject to change.

Estimated Program Fee (subject to change)Cost
Housing, Tours, Excursions, Most Meals, Coordination and Administration, Faculty Expenses, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), SAPO Administrative Fee, Miscellaneous $2,500
Additional Expenses (not included in program fee) 
Tuition & Fees (in-state resident for 3 credit hours)* $1,300
International Airfare $2,000
Passport (if not previously obtained) $145
Personal Spending (varies) $200
Textbooks & Supplies $100
Total Estimated Cost$6,245

Check the Student Business Services website ( for exact tuition/fee amount as it varies per student.