Courses

Fine Arts 

FAR 103  Introduction to Applied Music (Piano, Voice, or Harp)
This course introduces students without any musical background to music notation, reading music on two clefs, note values, meters, and positions them on the piano, voice, or harp. If the students participate actively in the learning process, they will be able to learn basics about piano, voice, or harp and perform pieces from different music styles in front of audiences. Gen. Ed.: Aesthetic Expression. Cr. 1-2 (2-4 ECTS Cr.). This course may be taken twice for a total of Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

FAR 105 AUBG Choir
This course provides elective credit for participation in the AUBG Choir. The AUBG Choir is a vocal ensemble that performs choral repertoire drawn from various periods and styles. Tours and exchange concerts are arranged. Enrollment, open to all students, is through audition/permission of the instructor. This course may be repeated twice for credit. Gen. Ed.: Aesthetic Expression. Cr. 2 (4 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

FAR 109 Music Theory
This course shows the “kitchen” of music. It enables students to read and understand music while offering a theoretical and practical study of the main music components: rhythm, meter, time signatures, clefs, intervals, modes, and keys. Analytical listening and sight singing are regularly used. It also introduces students to basic triads, chord progressions, and cadences, and their use in musical literature through a variety of video materials, live performances, and films. It focuses not only on classical music but also on jazz, pop, and contemporary music, allowing a comparison of the same fundamentals across different music styles. The coordination of theory and practice allows students to harmonize a melody with chords at the end of the semester. Gen. Ed.: Aesthetic Expression. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

FAR 121 Beginning Drawing
This course introduces students to basic concepts and techniques of drawing. This course involves extensive practical work and culminates in a public exhibition of student work. Gen. Ed.: Aesthetic Expression. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

FAR 122 Intermediate Drawing
The student acquires the manual skills needed for three-dimensional drawing and learns to understand the ways in which the instruments of an artist’s sensitivity can be used to serve a cultural vision. Perspective, the role of light, and chiaroscuro are among the techniques presented and developed in this course. Gen. Ed.: Aesthetic Expression. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

FAR 203 Intermediate Applied Music (Piano, Voice, or Harp)
This course provides individual instruction in piano, voice, or harp. An intermediate level repertoire from various music styles is developed depending on the level of each student. Gen. Ed.: Aesthetic Expression. Prerequisite: FAR 103 in the same instrument or voice, or permission of the instructor. Students who take this course on a pass-fail basis may repeat for credit. Cr. 1-2 (2-4 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

FAR 307 History of Jazz
This course explores the origins and historical development of African-American music, both sacred and secular. It traces the stylistic and social evolution of jazz and pre-jazz styles through the music of seminal artists and ensembles that shaped and transformed this uniquely American music. Through a variety of media, students are encouraged to use the appropriate terminology to discuss and analyze the similarities and differences between musical instruments, different performances, styles, and rhythms. Gen. Ed.: Aesthetic Expression. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

FAR 309 Bulgarian Folk Music
This course provides a general study of the main features of Bulgarian folk music: folk regions, rituals, songs, tunes, and dances. Students consider the uniqueness of Bulgarian folk music in comparison with other Balkan folklore and European music. Gen. Ed.: Aesthetic Expression. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

FAR 310 Music in Latin American Culture
This course considers the richness of Latin American music in its historical and cultural context and illustrates Latin American philosophy, lifestyles, rituals, and religions. Through a variety of media, students are given the opportunity to discuss and analyze similarities and differences between traditional genres, rhythms, ensembles, instruments, festivals, and dances. They will also understand how these create a unified, but unique and multisided, culture. Gen. Ed.: Aesthetic Expression. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

FAR 403 Advanced Applied Music (Piano, Voice, or Harp)
This course provides advanced individual instruction in voice or an instrument, with an emphasis on preparing a repertoire for public performances. Weekly lessons and daily practice time are scheduled with the instructor. Gen. Ed.: Aesthetic Expression. Prerequisite: completion of at least two semesters of FAR 203 in the same instrument/voice or permission of the instructor. This class may be repeated for credit. Cr. 1-2 (2-4 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

Modern Languages

MLL 115 Introduction to French Language and Culture I
This course offers a contemporary, interactive, and effective introduction at the beginner level to the French language and various aspects of the French culture. It aims to foster the acquisition of the fundamentals of the French language; vocabulary is chosen on the principle of everyday practicality, and grammar is limited to major structures for basic real-life oral and written communication. Equal emphasis is placed on developing understanding, speaking, and writing skills. Also, this course aims to enable students to understand and appreciate French and Francophone cultural practices, products, and perspectives and to recognize principles of intercultural communication. This course is open to students with no previous study or less than one year of study of French. The instructor reserves the right to place students who demonstrate more than one year of study into the higher-level French classes. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

MLL 116 Introduction to French Language and Culture II
This course offers a contemporary, interactive, intensive, and effective introduction at the elementary level to the French language and various aspects of the French culture. It aims to foster the acquisition of the French language through increased immersion; it helps students master vocabulary needed to accomplish simple and routine tasks, and build more comprehensive grammatical structures necessary to communicate issues of immediate relevance. It encourages students to improve their understanding, speaking, and writing skills further. Also, this course enhances the understanding, appreciation, and interpretation of French and Francophone cultural practices, products, and perspectives and encourages students to apply principles of intercultural communication in their interaction in the French language. Prerequisite: MLL 115 or a placement test before registration (with signed permission from the instructor). Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

MLL 125 Introduction to German Language and Culture I
This course offers a contemporary, interactive, and effective introduction at the beginner level to the German language and various aspects of the German culture. It aims to foster the acquisition of the fundamentals of the German language; vocabulary is chosen on the principle of everyday practicality, and grammar is limited to major structures for basic real-life oral and written communication. Equal emphasis is placed on developing understanding, speaking, and writing skills. Also, this course aims to enable students to understand and appreciate German cultural practices, artifacts, and perspectives and to recognize principles of intercultural communication. This course is open to students with no previous study or less than one year of study of German. The instructor reserves the right to place students who demonstrate more than one year of study into the higher-level German classes. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

MLL 126 Introduction to German Language and Culture II
This course offers a contemporary, interactive, intensive, and effective introduction at the elementary level to the German language and various aspects of the German culture. It aims to foster the acquisition of the German language through increased immersion; it helps students master vocabulary needed to accomplish simple and routine tasks and build more comprehensive grammatical structures necessary to communicate issues of immediate relevance. It encourages students to improve their understanding, speaking, and writing skills further. Also, this course enhances the understanding, appreciation, and interpretation of German cultural practices, artifacts, and perspectives and encourages students to apply principles of intercultural communication in their interaction in the German language. Prerequisite: MLL 125 or a placement test before registration (with signed permission from the instructor). Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

MLL 135 Introduction to Bulgarian Language and Culture I
This course offers a contemporary, interactive, and effective introduction at the beginner level to the Bulgarian language and various aspects of the Bulgarian culture. It aims to foster the acquisition of the fundamentals of the Bulgarian language; vocabulary is chosen on the principle of everyday practicality, and grammar is limited to major structures for basic real-life oral and written communication, while simultaneously introducing the Bulgarian Cyrillic alphabet. Equal emphasis is placed on developing understanding, speaking, and writing skills. Also, this course aims to enable students to understand and appreciate Bulgarian cultural practices, products, and perspectives and to recognize principles of intercultural communication. This course is open to students with no previous study or less than one year of study of Bulgarian. It is not open to students who speak Belarusian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Russian, Serbian, or Ukrainian. The instructor reserves the right to place students who demonstrate more than one year of study into the higher-level Bulgarian classes. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

MLL 136 Introduction to Bulgarian Language and Culture II
This course offers a contemporary, interactive, intensive, and effective introduction at the elementary level to the Bulgarian language and various aspects of the Bulgarian culture. It aims to foster the acquisition of the Bulgarian language through increased immersion; it helps students master vocabulary needed to accomplish simple and routine tasks, and build more comprehensive grammatical structures necessary to communicate issues of immediate relevance. It encourages students to improve their understanding, speaking, and writing skills further. Also, this course enhances the understanding, appreciation, and interpretation of Bulgarian cultural practices, products, and perspectives and encourages students to apply principles of intercultural communication in their interaction in Bulgarian. MLL 136 is the entry-level course for speakers of Russian, Belarusian, or Ukrainian; these students will need a signed permission slip from the instructor to register. This course is not open to students who speak Macedonian, Montenegrin, or Serbian. Prerequisite: MLL 135 or a placement test before registration and a signed permission slip from the instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester.

MLL 155 Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture I
This course offers a contemporary, interactive, and effective introduction at the beginner level to the Spanish language and various aspects of the Hispanic culture. It aims to foster the acquisition of the fundamentals of the Spanish language; vocabulary is chosen on the principle of everyday practicality, and grammar is limited to major structures for basic real-life oral and written communication. Equal emphasis is placed on developing understanding, speaking, and writing skills. Also, this course aims to enable students to understand and appreciate Spanish-speaking cultures, their practices, products, and perspectives and to recognize principles of intercultural communication. This course is open to students with no previous study or less than one year of study of Spanish.

The instructor reserves the right to place students who demonstrate more than one year of study into the higher-level Spanish classes. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

MLL 156 Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture II
This course offers a contemporary, interactive, intensive, and effective introduction at the elementary level to the Spanish language and various aspects of the Hispanic culture. It aims to foster the acquisition of the Spanish language through increased immersion; it helps students master vocabulary needed to accomplish simple and routine tasks and build more comprehensive grammatical structures necessary to communicate issues of immediate relevance. It encourages students to improve their understanding, speaking, and writing skills further. In addition, this course enhances the understanding, appreciation, and interpretation of Spanish-speaking cultures, their practices, products, and perspectives and encourages students to apply principles of intercultural communication in their interactions in Spanish. Prerequisite: MLL 155 or a placement test before registration (with signed permission from the instructor). Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

MLL 175 Introduction to Language and Culture Studies
This course starts from the premise that all language acts are culturally based. This course will stimulate curiosity about the study of human language and what human language reveals about the human cultures it reflects by introducing the fundamental concepts and principles of modern languages. The main topics of this course will focus on the definition of a language, language and cultural diversity, the structural and functional features of language, and the relevance of cultural changes to the development of specific language features, such as lexical borrowing in languages in contact. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

MLL 215 Intermediate French: Perspectives on French and Francophone Cultures
This course offers a contemporary, interactive, and interdisciplinary approach at the intermediate level to the study of the French language and French and Francophone cultures. It introduces students to the analysis of topics such as education, family values, traditions, work ethic, urban life, multicultural society, migration, consumption of resources, politics, identity, stereotypes, and cultural heritage, as well as notions relevant for intercultural communication, such as politeness and formality of interactions. This course exposes students to a large variety of print and electronic media, film, music, literature, and other forms of French and Francophone cultural expression, aiming to promote an in-depth cross-cultural understanding. Students perform individual reflection tasks and work in small teams and other collaborative formats that allow them to consolidate and expand their understanding and their writing and speaking skills, as well as to refine their grammatical and lexical competence in a culturally rich context. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: MLL 116 or permission from instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

MLL 216 Intermediate French Composition and Conversation
This course emphasizes oral and written expression in the French language, grammar skills, and expansion of vocabulary to increase communicative fluency and accuracy at the intermediate level. It provides students with the opportunity to improve their speaking proficiency in a variety of contexts through class discussions, group conversations, and individual oral presentations. Students also develop their written expression based on authentic French texts, selected to illustrate styles and levels of contemporary written French. The language practice is reinforced through publications and communication on French social media and/or with partner classes from French-speaking countries, the USA, etc. This course also provides continued reading and listening practice, reflection on other cultures, as well as the development of effective language learning strategies. Prerequisite: MLL 215 or permission from instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.

MLL 217 Intermediate French Reading
This course introduces students to a broad range of texts in French (short stories, poetry, drama, comics, letters, travel journals, literary critiques, etc.) and familiarizes them with various reading strategies, and the methods of textual analysis and interpretation. Discussion of other sources, such as film and media, will complement the readings. Students will examine the historical and cultural contexts of each literary work. Also, they will refine their French language skills at the intermediate level through active writing, listening, and discussion. Gen. Ed.: Principles of Textual Analysis. Prerequisite: MLL 215 or permission from instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.

MLL 225 Intermediate German: Perspectives on German-Speaking Cultures
This course offers a contemporary, interactive, and interdisciplinary approach at the intermediate level to the study of the German language and German-speaking cultures. It introduces students to the analysis of topics such as education, family values, traditions, work ethic, urban life, multicultural society, migration, consumption of resources, politics, identity, stereotypes, and cultural heritage, as well as notions relevant for intercultural communication, such as politeness and formality of interactions. This course aims to promote an in-depth cross-cultural understanding by exposing students to a large variety of print and electronic media, film, music, literature, and other forms of cultural expression. Students perform individual reflection tasks and work in small teams and other collaborative formats that allow them to consolidate and expand their understanding and their writing and speaking skills, as well as to refine their grammatical and lexical competence in a culturally rich context. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: MLL 126 or permission from instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

MLL 226 Intermediate German Composition and Conversation
This course emphasizes oral and written expression in the German language, grammar skills, and expansion of vocabulary to increase communicative fluency and accuracy at the intermediate level. It provides students with the opportunity to improve their speaking proficiency in a variety of contexts through class discussions, group conversations, and individual oral presentations. Students also develop their written expression based on authentic German texts, selected to illustrate styles and levels of contemporary written German. The language practice is reinforced through publications and communication on German social media and/or with partner classes from German-speaking countries, the USA, etc. This course also provides continued reading and listening practice, reflection on other cultures, as well as the development of effective language learning strategies. Prerequisite: MLL 225 or permission from instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.

MLL 227 Intermediate German Reading

This course introduces students to a broad range of texts in German (short stories, poetry, drama, comics, letters, travel journals, literary critiques, etc.) and familiarizes them with various reading strategies, and the methods of textual analysis and interpretation. Discussion of other sources, such as film and media, will complement the readings. Students will examine the historical and cultural contexts of each literary work. Also, they will refine their German language skills at the intermediate level through active writing, listening, and discussion. Gen. Ed.: Principles of Textual Analysis. Prerequisite: MLL 225 or permission from instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.

MLL 235 Intermediate Bulgarian I
This course is a continuation of the Bulgarian-language sequence for international students. It emphasizes, on the one hand, developing listening and reading comprehension skills and, on the other, speaking and writing skills. By using interactive teaching methods, this course aims at acquainting students with the basics of Bulgarian grammar and vocabulary that are of value beyond everyday usage. In addition to “pure” language issues, topics related to Bulgarian culture, traditions, and current social developments will be discussed. Prerequisite: MLL 136 or a placement test before registration and a permission slip from the instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every spring.

MLL 255 Intermediate Spanish: Perspectives on Spanish-Speaking Cultures
This course offers a contemporary, interactive, and interdisciplinary approach at the intermediate level to the study of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. It introduces students to the analysis of topics such as education, family values, traditions, work ethic, urban life, multicultural society, migration, consumption of resources, politics, identity, stereotypes, and cultural heritage, as well as notions relevant for intercultural communication, such as politeness and formality of interactions. Aiming to promote an in-depth cross-cultural understanding, this course exposes students to a large variety of print and electronic media, film, music, literature, and other forms of Hispanic cultural expression. Students perform individual reflection tasks and work in small teams and other collaborative formats that allow them to consolidate and expand their understanding and their writing and speaking skills, as well as to refine their grammatical and lexical competence in a culturally rich context. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: MLL 156 or permission from instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered every fall.

MLL 256 Intermediate Spanish Composition and Conversation
This course emphasizes oral and written expression in the Spanish language, grammar skills, and expansion of vocabulary to increase communicative fluency and accuracy at the intermediate level. It provides students with the opportunity to improve their speaking proficiency in a variety of contexts through class discussions, group conversations, and individual oral presentations. Students also develop their written expression based on authentic Spanish texts, selected to illustrate styles and levels of contemporary written Spanish. The language practice is reinforced through publications and communication on Spanish social media and/or with partner classes from Spanish-speaking countries, the USA, etc. This course also provides continued reading and listening practice, reflection on other cultures, as well as the development of effective language learning strategies. Prerequisite: MLL 255 or permission from instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.

MLL 257 Intermediate Spanish Reading
This course introduces students to a broad range of texts in Spanish (short stories, poetry, drama, comics, letters, travel journals, literary critiques, etc.) and familiarizes them with various reading strategies, and the methods of textual analysis and interpretation. Discussion of other sources, such as film and media, will complement the readings. Students will examine the historical and cultural contexts of each literary work. Also, they will refine their Spanish language skills at the intermediate level through active writing, listening, and discussion. Gen. Ed.: Principles of Textual Analysis. Prerequisite: MLL 255 or permission from instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.

MLL 275 Intercultural Communication
This course investigates the synergy between communication and culture and how that interface influences human interactions. How does culture affect communication? What happens when people of different cultures engage in communication with the objective of sharing ideas, information, and perspectives? How global interest in the study of intercultural communication – the obstacle to understanding other people, can be mitigated through motivation, knowledge, and appreciation of cultural differences? How to recognize and manage differences to communicate in diverse cultural environments as an individual and a professional? How do cultural differences affect communication in business settings – business protocol, leadership and management, decision-making, conflict management, etc.? In this course, students will explore these and other questions and unpack the ways in which humans communicate across cultures; recognize the relationship between foreign language fluency and effective intercultural interactions, and the potential of literature and film for the understanding of intercultural relations. Using real-world data and various case studies, students will be introduced to a range of theoretical concepts, such as the role of cultural values. Additionally, students will study how dimensions of national cultures and scientific typologies of Cultural Value Dimensions are reflected in human behavior. Students will be exposed to principles and methodological approaches of Geert Hofstede’s cultural value dimensions typology and investigate its application in various contexts. They will learn how to apply principles of intercultural communication through a global perspective in different contexts and become prepared to resolve practical problems in their life and future professional career.. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered in the spring.

MLL 301 Modern France – Society, Politics, and Culture
This course introduces students to contemporary concepts in French society, politics, and culture. This course brings together students’ evolving linguistic skills and their understanding of today’s France through exposure to various types of discourses and contexts. The course also considers the role of French as an official and working language in the framework of European and international organizations and introduces students to specific terminology and sources that enhance their research, communication, and language skills. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: MLL 216, or MLL 217, or permission of instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.

MLL 302 Modern Germany – Society, Politics, and Culture
This course introduces students to contemporary concepts in German society, politics, and culture. This course brings together students’ evolving linguistic skills and their understanding of today’s Germany through exposure to various types of discourses and contexts. This course also considers the role of German as an official and working language in the framework of European and international organizations and introduces students to specific terminology and sources that enhance their research, communication, and language skills. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: MLL 226, or MLL 227, or permission of instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.

MLL 303 Modern Spain – Society, Politics, and Culture
This course introduces students to contemporary concepts in Spanish society, politics, and culture. This course brings together students’ evolving linguistic skills and their understanding of today’s Spain through exposure to various types of discourses and contexts. This course also considers the role of Spanish as an official and working language in the framework of European and international organizations and introduces students to specific terminology and sources that enhance their research, communication, and language skills. Gen. Ed.: Social and Cultural Analysis. Prerequisite: MLL 256, or MLL 257, or permission of instructor. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.

MLL 317 Topics in French Language, Literature, and Film
This course centers on the advanced study of particular aspects of the French language, literature, and film. It may focus on a literary movement or period; a specific genre (such as nouvelle, detective novel, autofiction, chanson, or fantasy); a theme represented in literature and film (e.g., travel, the city, or the quest for identity); or a famous French author (such as Victor Hugo, Marguerite Duras, or Jean-Marie Le Clézio). This course is taught in French. It may be repeated for credit on different topics. Gen. Ed.: Case Studies in Textual Analysis. WIC. Prerequisites: ENG 102, a Principles of Textual Analysis course, and proficiency in French at the upper-intermediate level (which may be satisfied with MLL 216, MLL 217, or a placement test). MLL 217 is recommended for the Principles of Textual Analysis course. Cr. 4 (8 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.

MLL 327 Topics in German Language, Literature, and Film
This course centers on the advanced study of particular aspects of the German language, literature, and film. It may focus on a German literary or film movement or period; a specific literary genre (such as a short story, detective story, fairy tale, or graphic novel); a particular theme (such as language in commercials, language and gender, homeland, migration, or the city); a famous German author (for example Hermann Hesse, Heinrich Böll, or Cornelia Funke); or a film director (such as Werner Herzog, Margarethe von Trotta, or Fatih Akin). This course is taught in German. It may be repeated for credit on different topics. Gen. Ed.: Case Studies in Textual Analysis. Prerequisites: ENG 102, a Principles of Textual Analysis course, and proficiency in German at the upper-intermediate level (which may be satisfied with MLL 226, MLL 227, or a placement test). MLL 227 is recommended for the Principles of Textual Analysis course. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.

MLL 357 Topics in Spanish Language and Hispanic Literature and Film
This course centers on the advanced study of particular aspects of the Spanish language, Hispanic literature, and film. It may focus on a study of a literary movement or period (such as magic realism or avant-garde), a specific genre (such as short stories, greguerías, tales, or graphic novels); a theme (such as identity, travel, migrations, social changes, or representations of the city), a famous author (such as Federico Garcia Lorca, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or Juan Jose Millas), or a famous film director (Pedro Almodovar, Benicio del Toro, or Juan Jose Campanella). This course is taught in Spanish. It may be repeated for credit on different topics. Gen. Ed.: Case Studies in Textual Analysis. Prerequisites: ENG 102, a Principles of Textual Analysis course, and proficiency in Spanish at the upper-intermediate level (which may be satisfied with MLL 256, MLL 257, or a placement test). MLL 257 is recommended for the Principles of Textual Analysis course. Cr. 3 (6 ECTS Cr.). Offered once every two years.

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