Courses

American Studies

AMS 201 North American Cultural Studies: An Introduction  
This course provides an introductory look at the field of North American Cultural Studies. Over the course of the semester, we will examine the values, ideas, myths, and debates that define North American cultural identity. Cultural studies are by definition an interdisciplinary field and therefore the course will draw upon various methodologies and theories from the social sciences and humanities. The topics we will focus on include memory, race, class, gender, youth, national identity, regionalism, frontiers and the American West, the American city and spatial organization, social change, ideological movements, and popular culture. We will also pay close attention to cultural specific genres and subgenres, popular culture, globalization, and the impact of 9/11 on the American psyche and culture. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: ENG 102. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.) WIC. Offered in the Fall.

AMS 301 America in a Global Perspective 
This course deals with views of America outside of the United States, particularly in Europe, the former Communist world and the Near East. It covers the way American culture, society and politics have had an impact in a global context, particularly over the last century, and how America has consequently been perceived in non-American cultures. The course thus addresses the shaping of the relationship between American culture, society and politics and the wider world, and also focuses on the way this relationship has influenced the development of American identity and the cultural and political role the United States plays in a globalized context. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural AnalysisPrerequisite: ENG 102. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered irregularly.

AMS 491/492 Senior Thesis I/ Senior Thesis II
The Senior Thesis may be arranged by qualifying students with a faculty advisor for ambitious research programs that cover two semesters. It is restricted to students majoring in American Studies who, by the end of the semester when they discuss their thesis, will have completed at least 24 credit hours in AMS courses and who possess a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher. Successful completion of AMS 492 is based on the completion of a 10,000-word thesis and a public defense. Students receiving at least a grade of A- each semester in a two-semester project and who successfully defend the thesis receive honors in American Studies. A completed senior thesis may count as a state exam. Senior Thesis I, AMS 491, Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Senior Thesis II, AMS 492, Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.) (WIC). Offered every semester.

Anthropology

ANT 101  Introduction to Anthropology 
This class serves as a general introduction to anthropology and its four subfields: archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology. it covers the integration of subfields in approaches to the definition of humanity and the meaning of being human. The nature of the anthropological approach is provided. Gen. Ed: Social and Cultural Analysis. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered irregularly.   

ANT 237  Ethnicity and Culture Conflict  
The course is a study of ethnicity in historical and contemporary perspective examining factors involved in the inter-group relationships, with emphasis on majority and minority groups. The focus is upon the dynamics of ethnicity, stressing those social processes, which surround it. It covers an analysis of efforts by political and social, racial and ethnic movements and organizations to change the stratification system to improve their social conditions. Major stress is placed upon the substantive study of ethnicity in a variety of specific enclaves. Gen. Ed: Social and Cultural Analysis Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered irregularly.

ANT 304  Political Anthropology  
Political and legal institutions are covered in this class from a cross-cultural perspective. It covers problems of political boundaries, allocation of authority resolution of conflict. The impact of modern nation-states on other societies is explored. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered irregularly.

ANT 312  Anthropology of Religion  
This course includes the study of religions in their cultural contexts; magic and witchcraft as aspects of religion; myths, rituals, and symbols; priests and shamans. It covers change in religions and looks at theoretical approaches. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered irregularly.

ANT 350    Comparative Mythology   
The course investigates analogies and parallels in the legends in the societies of Greece, Rome and Thrace. It will discuss how far the myths of the pre-literate societies reflect the complexities of social family structures. Explains different approaches to understanding myth (e.g., Freud, Jung, Levi-Strauss, Propp and Burket). Gen. Ed: Social and Cultural Analysis.Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered irregularly.

History

HTY 101 Global History to 1500   
The course provides an introduction to the history of the world, with emphasis on such broad aspects of the subject as major civilizations, development of religions, cultural diversity, and global convergence up to the beginning of the 16th century. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered in the Fall.

HTY 102    Global History since 1500    
The course introduces students to the history of the world beginning with the establishment of global exchange between Europe, Africa, and Asia. The course has an emphasis on trans-cultural ties, especially in politics, economics, and religion. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered in the Spring.

HTY 201 Myth-making in History 
This course is designed to give basic knowledge about the major types of myths that were developed and were proliferated in history since antiquity to the present; and to help students to understand the abiding power of myths in both historiography and politics. The course explores the goals and the techniques of creating historical myths in religion, nationalism, racism, and totalitarianism. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered in the Fall.

HTY 208  Greece, Thrace, the Black Sea and the Ancient World 
This course treats the history of Ancient Greece, Thrace and the Black Sea from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great. It covers the major social, economic, political, and intellectual and cultural developments. It also specificaly discusses Homer, Greek identity and the rise of the city-state, the Peloponnesian War, and Macedonia. Cr. 3. (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered irregularly.

HTY 209  Rome and the Ancient World 
This course deals with Roman History from the beginning of Roman expansion in Latium (VIII c. BCE) and later into Provinces in Southeastern Europe to the fall of the Western Roman Empire (476 CE). The course especially focuses on political, military and social history. Moreover, the most significant cultural and intellectual elements of Roman civilization are taken into account. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

HTY 210 Medieval Europe
This course provides a conceptual introduction to the Middle Ages. Special emphasis is given to the Middle Ages as the "beginning" of European history, the emergence of a European identity and the criteria that shaped this identity (e.g., Christianity). Special attention is given to everyday life in medieval Europe, as well as the political, economic, and social developments of the period culminating in the transition to the Early Modern Age. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered irregularly.

HTY 212    Early Modern Europe    
This course is an intensive survey of the political, social and intellectual development of Europe from the Reformation to the Congress of Vienna. Special emphasis will be laid on the rise of the European state system. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered in the Fall.

HTY 213    Modern Europe  
This course provides a survey of the major political, social, and economic forces that have shaped modern Europe, particularly nationalism and industrialization. Attention will also focus on the rise of Fascism, Nazism and Communism. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered in the Spring.

HTY 214 Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries 
A survey of the history of the lands from Poland to Greece during the formative period of their modern existence. The course is comparative in nature, emphasizing similar experiences such as: domination by outside powers, the rise of national consciousness, the struggle for independence, and the difficulties in developing a democratic ethos in the region. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered in the Fall.

HTY 221  The Medieval Balkans
This course examines the history of the peoples living in the Balkan Peninsula, from the emergence of the 'barbaric' states in the Balkan provinces of the Byzantine Empire until the advent of the age of nationalism in the 18th century. It explores the specific political, social and cultural features of the Balkan states from their  emergence until the Ottoman conquest as well as the factors which enabled the Ottomans to establish control over the peninsula; the changes in the lives of the Balkan populace resulting from its inclusion in the empire; the way people of different ethnicities and religions shared and cohabited in common spaces; the emergence of the Eastern Question and its impact on political developments in the region. Gen Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Fall.

HTY 222  The Modern Balkans 
This course stresses the reforms of the Ottoman Empire, the cultural renaissance, nation building in Southeast Europe, national liberation struggles and the emergence of the successor states of the Ottoman Empire in relation to the Eastern Question. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Fall.

HTY 223  History of the Ottoman Empire 
This course is a survey of the early Ottoman Empire, from the founding of the Ottoman state through its expansion. The course notes economic, cultural, and religious components of both the empire and the ethnic and religious groups within it and its effect on the variety of ethnic and religious groups inhabiting it through to its demise in the 1920's and the emergence of the Turkish republic. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

HTY 224 Bulgarian History (681-1990) 
This course covers both chronologically and topically major events of Bulgarian history (The Bulgarian Medieval States, Bulgarian Society during the Revival Period, Capitalism and Nationalism in Bulgaria, the Socialist Period). Less known topics such as "Minorities in Bulgaria" receive specific attention during the class. The course has a chronological framework beginning with 681 and Medieval Age, Modern Times (Bulgarian Revival Period and the Third Bulgarian Kingdom) and Recent Bulgarian History (since 1944 to 1990). This course replaces HTY 131 and HTY 132. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Spring.

HTY 230    Byzantine History   
The course is a systematic introduction into the history of the Eastern Roman Empire. From the early 4th century and well beyond 1453 AD, its cultural, religious, social, and political history was an active and often challenging factor in all developmental European processes. In lectures, discussions, multimedia thematic presentations, and student speeches, participants will study the pre-history of Byzantium, the epochs of the Late Antiquity and the mature empire (including a detailed explanation of the imperial state ideology), the Crusades, the decline and fall, as well as all noteworthy events, in the "Byzantine Commonwealth" (e.g., the formation of the world of the "Orthodox Slavs", the "Moscow Third Rome" doctrine's essence and implication, etc.). Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Fall.

HTY 241   United States History to the Civil War
This is a survey of American history from the period of exploration of the New World through post-Civil War Reconstruction. Topics include the development of the American colonies and their institutions, the Revolution, the creation of a federal union, the people of America, the Civil War and Reconstruction. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.) Offered in the Fall.

HTY 242   United States History from 1865 to Present 
This class provides a survey of American history from the Reconstruction era to the present. Topics include the economic expansion of the United States, the political evolution of the American government, the rise of an American role in world affairs, the Cold War, and globalization. Gen. Ed: Historical Sources. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Spring.

HTY 291    Historical Methods    
Analysis of the basic techniques used in the research and writing of history, particularly the use of sources and the philosophical approaches to the study of history. Seminar topics taught under this course include European Historiography, Themes in Interwar European History, and Bad Decision-Making in History. Prerequisite: ENG 102. Cr. 3-4 (6-8 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Spring.

HTY 301    Falsifications in History    
This course is a basic survey of falsifications of history since antiquity to the present, with attention to the abiding power of hoaxes and falsehoods in both historiography and politics. The course explores "innovations" in the forging of history, particularly their use by the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: one Historical Sources course. Gen. Ed: Historical Research. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Spring.

HTY 304  Topics in European History 
This course is focused study of specific subjects and periods in the history of European civilization. Topics include issues related to European political, social, cultural and intellectual history, such as Classical Antiquity, Renaissance and Reformation, the Age of Enlightenment, European Jewry, German History (1871-1991), Imperial Russia, Soviet History, Totalitarian Regimes, Europe in Flames (1936-1949), and European Diplomatic History. Prerequisite: one Historical Sources course. Gen. Ed: Historical Research. Cr. 3-4 (6-8 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

HTY 305:  Topics in Southeast European History 
This course focuses on specific subjects in the history of specific Southeastern Europe or key issues in the history of the region. Topics include Bulgaria in the 20th Century, Yugoslavia 1918-1999, Communist Regimes in the Balkans, Southeastern Europe in the Twentieth Century and Religious Communities in the Balkans.  Pre-requisite: one Historical Sources course. Gen. Ed: Historical Research. Cr. 3-4 (6-8 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.   

HTY 306  Topics in Ottoman History 
This course focuses on the study of specific subjects in Ottoman history. Topics include Women in Islam, the Islamic City, Ottoman Heritage in the Balkans, and Jews, Muslims, and Christians in the Ottoman Empire. Gen. Ed: Historical Research. Pre-requisites: one Historical Sources course. Cr. 3-4. (6-8 ECTS Cr.) Offered in the Fall.   

HTY 307  Topics in American History 
This course includes focused study of specific subjects in the history of the United States. Topics offered have included Colonial America, America in the Twentieth Century and American Diplomatic History. Gen. Ed:   Historical Research. Prerequisites: one Historical Sources course. Cr. 3-4 (6-8 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.  

HTY 308 Topics in Global History 
This course addresses the chronological development of a specific theme in global history. The course explores the crucial problems of the topic theme in terms of society, politics, economics, and culture in a global context. Gen. Ed. Historical Research. Prerequisites: one Historical Sources course. Cr. 3-4 (6-8 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

HTY 310 History of Christianity 
This course examines the history of Christianity as an explanation of the past and of the Judeo-Christian pattern of civilization. This history has shaped the whole of the political, social, cultural, ideological, and even scientific, juridical, etc. development of more nations and states than any other civilization through the whole of the human history. In the course of the semester this introduction will cover the most essential (and significant up to the present day) events and developments of Christianity. Gen Ed.: Historical Research. (WIC) Prerequisites: one Historical Sources course. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Fall.

HTY 401    Critical Issues in History    
This course offers an advanced study seminars focusing on "critical issues" in history. Topics include: Nationalism, War and Culture, Reforms and Modernization, and Religion and the State. Gen. Ed.: Historical Research. Prerequisite: one Historical Sources course junior standing or permission of the instructor. Cr. 3-4 (6-8 ECTS Cr.) (WIC). Offered irregularly.  

HTY 491/492 Senior Thesis I and II 
A senior thesis may be arranged by qualifying students with a faculty advisor for ambitious research programs that cover two semesters. Students are encouraged to contact the advisor of their choice during the second semester of their junior year and indicate their intention to pursue a senior thesis project. A completed senior thesis project with at least a grade of C substitutes for the Bulgarian state exam in History. Students receiving at least a grade of A- on both courses and who successfully defend the thesis receive Disciplinary Honors in History and Civilizations. Prerequisite: HTY 491: completion of the core courses of the History and Civilizations Major (i.e. HTY 101, HTY 102, and HTY 291); HTY 492: completion of HTY 491 with a grade of C or better. Each Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.) (WIC). Offered every semester.   

Southeast European Studies 

SES 238   Archaeology in Southeast Europe
This course studies the cultures of Southeast Europe from the beginning of the Neolithic food producing economy in the 7th millennium BCE to the end of the Copper Age in the 4th millennium BCE. It will especially focus on the development of farming through the domestication of plants and animals and the advent of metallurgy and concomitant new social formations and institutions that developed in Southeast Europe. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered irregularly.

SES 325  Environmental Issues and Education in Southeast Europe 
This course will focus on the impact of environmental changes in the 19th - and 20th centuries and the unintended consequences of the social, political, and economic preferences that have prevailed. The role of cheap energy and fresh water, rapid population and economic growth in some parts of the world and the impact on the peoples of the slower developing economies of Eastern and Southeast Europe today will be a main interest. Gen. Ed: Social and Cultural Analysis. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Fall.

SES 360 Cross-Cultural Management and Corporate Culture  
This course looks at culture at the global, international, corporate, subunit, and family levels. Using organizational theory and behavior it examines culture as it relates to international issues, global business, management of organizations and interpersonal relations. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the Fall.

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