Students led research projects aim at developing research skills by students in designing and implementing projects which may also have potential for wider civic education. These projects are done under the guidance of faculty and produce data collection by students which can be beneficial for project participants as well as for other scholars. In the past students were collecting data on political elite and on elections in Kyrgyzstan. Some of these students later on defended successful theses based on these data. One of the recent projects is Central Asian Political History (click here) which started with the oral histories of Perestroika in Kyrgyzstan where students mostly were organizing and undertaking themselves their interviews and study of archives. Besides, the Department organizes annual international crisis games where students enhance their communication skills as well as learn about major international issues by playing real political actors. Students can take part in games that are organized for students, or can become co-organizers in games that are organized for high school
The Department organizes various extracurricular activities aimed at further development essential learning and civic skills of its students.