Study Abroad: Bulgaria Courses

Study Abroad Bulgaria: Course List

Take a course with an international focus! Virtual Learning: Spring Intersession 2021 Courses taught with alternative instruction–includes online instruction and virtual visits with our partners in Bulgaria.

Under normal circumstances, this would be a traditional travel-based study abroad program, but at the present time, international travel is not possible, so courses are offered as “alternative instruction.” If circumstances change, students enrolled in these courses will have the option to take the course as a Study Abroad course that will include a two-week trip to Bulgaria June 4-16. If the travel option becomes possible, travel expenses are estimated to be approximately $2,000. Scholarships to support international study abroad courses will be available.

Course #TitleUnitsBegin DateEnd DateCostProfessor
ANT 100 35Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3TBDTBDTBDSonja Ulrich
ANT 102 35Ancient Civilizations3TBDTBDTBDJerry Moore
ANT 341 35Folklore3TBDTBDTBDSonja Ulrich
ANT 495 35Special Topics: Eastern European Archaeology3TBDTBDTBDSarah Lacy
ANT 495 36Special Topics: Anthropology of Performance3TBDTBDTBDZach Trebino
BUS 495 35Special Topics: Entrepreneurial Finance for Emerging Markets3TBDTBDTBDJennifer Brodmann
PHI 383 35Comparative Religions3TBDTBDTBDSheela Pawar

* Schedule and costs subject to change | Updated 11/12/2020

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Course Descriptions

ANT 100 35 | Introduction to Cultural Anthropology | Professor Sonja Ulrich

This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology, a major subfield within the discipline of anthropology, the study of humans in all times and places. Cultural anthropology focuses on the study of contemporary and historic peoples. Topics covered include the “culture” concept and ethnography, family, kinship, spirituality, religion; social stratification and inequality, economic and political systems, ethnicity, race, and nationalism, cultural change and contemporary globalization. In this course, these topics are further examined through examples from Bulgarian culture. Throughout history, a number of civilizations — Thracian, ancient Greek and Roman, Slav, and Bulgar — have had an impact on Bulgarian culture. The region was part of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires, and in the late 20th century was part of the Soviet bloc. All of these influences have provided contemporary Bulgaria with a rich cultural heritage.

ANT 102 35 | Ancient Civilizations | Dr. Jerry D. Moore

For the last 5,000 years, human life has been shaped by civilizations: urban social and political systems whose embers that have built monuments, waged war, created great works of art, and inflicted extraordinary sufferings. The evolution and nature of ancient civilizations is one of archaeology’s major research domains. This course explores the origins and development of world civilization in the ancient world (including Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and the pre-Columbian societies of Mesoamerica and the Andes) and later civilizations and nation-states in the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, concluding with the era of European expansion in the 15th century. We examine economic and political organization, technological innovations, religion and world-view, artistic and literary traditions, and the interrelationships between these cultural features. Finally, we consider the legacy of these ancient societies for the modern world. Ancient Civilizations are brought to life during our time in Bulgaria with visits to archaeological sites and museum collections dating from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages.

ANT 341 35 | Folklore | Professor Sonja Ulrich

Folklore, everyday cultural forms of expression, is communicated, enjoyed, replicated, modified, deployed, and interpreted by all of us. Folklore, typically described as “quotidian” — the stuff that makes up everyday life — also has the potential to convey meaning, create boundaries, constitute identity, and create sense out of nonsense. We weave folklore effortlessly into our daily lives, using folklore to shape and understand our world and our place in it. In this course folklore is examined as a reflection of locally situated, ongoing social organization, identity construction and maintenance, and cultural logic. Students will learn about materials and methods used in the study of folklore. They will learn about the practice of ethnographic fieldwork in the discipline of folklore. We will identify the forces that shape folklore, influence society, and give rise to new expressions and cultural expressions, with a particular focus on the historic and contemporary folklore of Bulgaria.

ANT 495 35 | Selected Topics in Anthropology: Eastern European Archaeology | Dr. Sarah Lacy

This course will explore the archaeological history of Eastern Europe from the Middle Paleolithic (Neandertals) through early agriculture to the Roman Empire and the Medieval period. Students will engage with peer-reviewed literature covering topics of evolving foodways practices, spatial evolution of villages to cities, military conquest, and the major cultures of Eastern Europe, focusing on Bulgaria and the Balkan countries, including: Gravettian, Linearbandkeramik, Yamnaya, Thracian/Dacian, Sarmatian, Roman, Goth, Slavic, and Hun. Ultimately this history informs modern geo-politics and the construction of identity in the region.

ANT 495 36 | Selected Topics in Anthropology: Anthropology of Performance | Professor Zach Trebino

This course focuses on anthropological approaches to a variety of cultural performance - such as folklore, ritual, embodied art (theatre and dance) - as they occur in, are exported from, and pertain to Eastern Europe. Particular attention will be paid to Bulgaria, as we will have the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the country's cultural offerings, though we will consider cultural performance from other countries as well. Through a political and historical approach, we will analyze the use of poetic, expressive, or formulaic systems in Eastern European cultural performance, with attention paid to pre- and post-Soviet eras. Here, we will consider how meaning is made through performance and the evolution of meaning over time. Topics of inquiry will include traditional rituals and their modern re-interpretations, folklore, religious ceremonies, contemporary theatre and performance art, oration, poetry, carnivals, processions, and political spectacles, among others. After witnessing examples of Eastern European cultural performance in person and via ethnographic evidence (films, texts, and recordings), we hope to develop a holistic understanding of Eastern European's cultural performances and the meaning-making processes occurring therein both for the performers and the audience.

ENG 495 35 | Travel Writing | Dr. Christopher Potts

Students in this study-abroad course will engage with travel writing from multiple perspectives: first, as surveyors of classical and contemporary texts concerned with appreciating and defining the travel writing genre; second, as literary/culture critics concerned with expanding and problematizing the genre; and, third, as neophyte travel writers concerned with composing and marketing travel writing of their own while studying abroad in Bulgaria. Our goal will be to publish a digital collection of our own travel writing (and pictures) to share our experiences in Bulgaria with the folks back home.

BUS 495 35 | Special Topics: Entrepreneurial Finance for Emerging Markets | Dr. Jennifer Brodmann

This is an applied course where finance and entrepreneurship students will be able to apply their knowledge learned in Business Finance (FIN 360), and Entrepreneurial Finance (FIN 485) in Bulgaria, an emerging market that is part of the European Union. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in decision framework for financial management, which includes forecasting and planning, major investment and financing decisions, control and interaction with capital markets, understanding of sources of capital for start-ups and financial planning for growing businesses. Students will be introduced to local firms and their management in Bulgaria in the manufacturing.

GEO 495 35 | Special Topics: Geodiversity and Sustainability in the Balkans | Dr. John Keyantash

This field course will survey a variety of natural resources in scenic Bulgaria, including rivers, gorges, caves, geothermal springs, and alpine environments. The physical geography of Bulgarian landforms will be examined from the perspective of their geographic and geological uniqueness—their geodiversity. The management and protection of Bulgarian natural resources will be considered in the context of the cultural heritages of Eastern Europe, as well as international norms for conservation. This course will address the important topic of sustainability, as it applies to Bulgaria and beyond.

MGT 495 01 | Special Topics: Managing in Eastern Europe | Dr. Thomas Norman

Technology and political changes are flattening our world. This course explores the business environment for local firms in Bulgaria and the challenges and opportunities for U.S. firms looking to do business in Bulgaria. We will experience the economic, political and cultural dimensions of this country through in country interaction with a variety of organizational types and industries. Students will learn directly from business leaders and managers in the manufacturing, hospitality, education and agricultural sectors through site visits. The mix of readings, lectures, field trips and interviews we enable students to place the current situation of Bulgaria in a global context, noting how globalization and technology are changing existing businesses and creating new opportunities for Bulgarian and American entrepreneurs. Other issues such as sustainability, immigration, outsourcing and global trade agreements are examined.

MUS 390 35 | Music Marketing, Media and Management | Dr. Hal Weary

This course is designed to provide students with an advanced level of understanding of the inner and outer-workings of artist management and concert management, nonprofit arts management and arts enterprise management, financial management and advertising managements, digital marketing and public relations, branding and merchandising, endorsements and sponsorships, promotion and touring, and big data.

PHI 383 35 | Comparative Religion | Dr. Sheela Pawar

This course is a study of the relationships among and development of various religious perspectives of the world, their rituals, their influence on society and their philosophical implications. This semester we will focus on the development and interaction of 2 major religion traditions in Bulgaria: Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Sunni Islam. We will look at the early history of Christianity and the rise of Byzantium, schisms with Rome and Greece, Ottoman rule, and the effects of state atheism. We will also examine the influence of Hinduism on Romani religious practices.

PSY 495 35 | Cross Cultural Psychology in the Field - Bulgaria | Dr. Giacomo Bono

The purpose of this course is to learn about methods, principles and topics in Cross-Cultural Psychology. The field component of the class focuses specifically on Bulgarian culture and history with the Roma migrant population. Field trips provide students with the opportunity to observe and interact with Bulgarians and to critically examine issues covered in the course. See syllabus for more detail.

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