Academics

In order to earn a Bachelor degree and graduate from SHSS, a student must complete a degree program. Each program includes a number of required courses to be taken at various levels as well as a large number of courses to be taken outside of the degree program.

Political Science and International Relations

The degree program in Political Science and International relations (PSIR) offers a flexible and applied degree that is designed to train the next generation of political scientists as well as provide a solid generalist degree to prepare students in variety of professions. It also provides excellent training for future graduate study.

*Both major and minor are available in PSIR

Economics 

The B.A. in Economics provides an undergraduate education in economics with a particular focus on its application to decision making not only in business, but also in the public sector and non-profit organizations. The program offers a terrific academic experience with an emphasis on skills and capabilities appropriate to the study of modern market economies and their relevance to decision making of economic entities.

*Both major and minor are available in Economics

History, Philosophy and Religious Studies

History is the study of the past. Studying History does not merely consist in the acquisition and reproduction of a standard knowledge of past events: it is about their continual discovery and critical appraisal.

Different sub-fields of History are defined on the basis of the time span covered (Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern, and Contemporary History), of the geographic area concerned, or of the specific approach or viewpoint they involve. Therefore we talk about cultural history, intellectual history, diplomatic history, economic history, and so on. In many cases, the research and teaching interests of one historian encompass more than one sub-field.

*Both major and minor are available in PSIR

*Both major and minor are available in History. Only minor is available in Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Languages, Linguistics, and Literature

The degree program in Languages, Linguistics and Literature offers a flexible and applied degree that is designed to train the next generation of specialists in linguistics, languages and literature, as well as provide a solid generalist degree to prepare students in a variety of professions. This major program provides students with a focused familiarity with one of four languages, cultures, and history of the world: Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish and German. Students in LLL program can study everything from the history of the Theater, to the literature of Japan, to the way language is produced and processed in the human brain, varies and changes through time and space. By studying the programs offered by LLL department, students will gain a nuanced understanding of the intricacies of language, culture, poetry and literature, and will become critical and creative writers, and effective communicators. Students completing a degree in Languages and Literature may choose to specialize in one particular area or language, including Anglophone, Spanish, French, German, Chinese and others.

*Both major and minor are available in LLL. Minor in LLL is available in 3 tracks (optional): World languages, Literature, and Culture; Spanish and Hispanic Studies; French and Francophone Studies.

Sociology

Sociology is the study of human society. Rather than investigating the motivations and behavior of individuals - which is what the field of psychology does - sociology focuses on group patterns in a wide range of contexts, from interactions at the "micro" level, to systematic processes at the "macro" or global level, and everything in between. Sociologists try to make the familiar strange, that is they look beyond superficial explanations in an attempt to understand the complexities of social phenomena. To do so, sociologists use a wide variety of research methods, including survey and questionnaires, statistical analysis, informal and in-depth interviews, participant observation and ethnography, and content and textual analysis. Sociology is also a very broad field, with sub-fields focused on the main social institutions (family, work and economy, religion, education, politics, and media), the social divisions (including race/ethnicity, gender and social class), and a variety of other areas, from culture, the environment, and migration to organizations, sport, and social psychology.

*Both major and minor are available in Sociology

Anthropology

The B.A. in Anthropology is designed to give students the fullest possible understanding of what humanity is. This program is a holistic study of humans with courses in sociocultural, archaeological, biological and linguistic anthropology. In these courses, students will study the cultures of living people around the world, past cultures and the material parts of life such as technology and architecture, as well as genetics, human evolution, human physiology and languages.

*Both major and minor are available in Anthropology

Communication

Program Requirements

  1. Foundation Courses: All students will take two required courses
    • Under the direction of an adviser, a student will choose to specialize in one of three areas or take a broad approach to the minor.
  2. Specialization
    • Specialization: A student who specializes in an area will take 9 credit hours in that area.
    • Broad: A student who chooses not to specialize in an area will take one course from each of the three areas.
  3. Electives
    • The final 3 credit hours are elective hours selected from any Communication courses.

*Only a minor is available in Communication

Biology

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biological Sciences program comprises both state-of-the-art theoretical and hands-on laboratory courses in modern areas of the biological and biomedical sciences and technology including but not limited to, cell and molecular biology, bioinformatics, cell, recombinant, microscopy and imaging technologies, molecular genetics, microbiology, immunology, neurosciences, and a various others.

Our program aligns with the Modernization 3.0 strategy to train a professional, competitive workforce able to succeed nationally and internationally and to promote research and development in Kazakhstan. The integrated teaching, research and innovation approach provides an outstanding preparation for careers in research, academia, medicine, industry, and related fields. Biological Sciences graduates, who have taken advantage of their elective choices, can find work in different fields related to Kazakhstan’s economy, education, environment and health. In these fields they can grow into senior positions in either scientific/technical or non-technical areas.


Chemistry

In the Department of Chemistry, we offer the Bachelor of Science degree program with a set of core courses and a list of electives in Organic, Inorganic, Physical, Analytical chemistry, and Biochemistry. We have provided the fundamental knowledge, essential problem solving skills and strategies in various chemistry related areas.

Industries where the major can be applied:

  • Research and experimental development in natural sciences and engineering (NSE)
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Water Resource management
  • Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
  • Pharmacy

Mathematics
The Bachelor of Science Program in Mathematics is a 240 ECTS program and is to be completed in 8 regular semesters. The program is designed to train students in the theory of mathematics and to develop mathematical skills and mastery, used in the modern applications of mathematics in science and engineering. Through specialized courses as part of mathematics elective and technical elective requirements, students will have the opportunity to deepen and broaden their mathematical foundations and skills, which will make them more competitive in the mathematics-related job market and/or will prepare them for graduate studies in the area of pure and applied mathematics or statistics. Flexibility in selecting non-mathematics electives will also allow students to complete a minor in a different discipline.

Physics

Assumptions about students

Students who begin a Physics major course curriculum will generally possess:
1) natural curiosity and excitement about science in general, physics and mathematics in  particular, and their applications;
2) knowledge of high-school physics;
3) good mathematical abilities with the basic differentiation and integration skills;
4) level of English speaking, writing and reading skills sufficient for successful completion of courses offered in English.

Program outcomes

1) The Program will prepare students for national and international careers and/or graduate studies in diverse areas of physical sciences and engineering.
2) Students will develop comprehensive understanding of the fundamental laws of physics, abstract reasoning ability and creative scientific approach supplemented by mathematical, computational and experimental skills. Students are also expected to develop a mature understanding of their personal strengths and interests in physics research and beyond.
3) Additional outcomes preparing students for modern science and technology careers will include the ability to work effectively within a team, strong scientific communication skills, and exposure to academic and/or industrial research environment.

Major

major is a focused area of study that a student commits to and, upon completion of degree program requirements, earns a degree in. Each major in SHSS is completed by following a program of study that is designed to ensure that students develop expertise in a chosen field.  In order to develop expertise in the field, all of the programs of study include a number of courses that are required within the major area. Those courses are known as Major Requirements.

A total of 240 ECTS credits are required to complete any SHSS Major, which takes four years of full-time study.

Double Major

Some students will be able to complete a Double Major by fulfilling the Major Requirements of two SHSS majors. Because of the different Distribution Requirements in each NU school, it is not possible to complete a Major in SHSS as well as one in another school within four years.

Minor

SHSS also provides students with the opportunity to study a Minor Program. A minor is an academic area that a student emphasizes in her or his studies but does not commit to as intensely as a major. A student does not need to have a minor to graduate. This is intended as a way to help a student focus a portion of their studies on a field that they find interesting or useful. Successful completion of a minor will be noted on a student's transcript, but no diploma or formal certification is issued. Completion of a Minor typically requires 38 ECTS credits of specific coursework to be completed within a discipline.

In most cases students may take a double major or a major and a minor but not more than this.