Located in the heart of Central Asia, Uzbekistan was a historic center of empires, education, and trade. Many cities in Uzbekistan were hubs on the ancient Silk Road, the famous trading route between China and the West.Today, Uzbekistan is the second largest exporter of cotton after the U.S. and has rich natural resources: natural gas, oil, gold, copper, uranium, and others. Also, Uzbekistan is a strategically important country in Central Asia.Uzbek is a Turkic language and the official language of Uzbekistan. It has about 35.3 million native speakers and belongs to the southeastern Turkic (or Karluk) family of Turkic languages, from which it gets its lexicon and grammar. Other influences stem from Persian, Arabic and Russian.
Uzbek is one of the languages available for the Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) Undergraduate Major. Tracks with two or three years of language study are available. Fulfill your foreign language requirement in a small class with dedicated teachers. You can also recieve a CEUS Minor with two years of Uzbek language study and a related culture course.
For more information about the Uzbek Language and study at Indiana University, visit the Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center here on campus. For additional language materials and resources, visit the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region