Program Dates: June 16 - 29, 2018
Course: ANTH 307: Modernization in Global Perspective
(GE, D2, capstone, global issues) OR ANTH 440: Ethnographic Field School
Approximate Travel Cost: $1,900 (includes accommodations, meals, local transportation, and excursions), + airfare
Course Description: The course explores the sociocultural, historical, and psychological dynamics underlying the different processes associated with modernization and development. As a study abroad course, we will examine modernization as a lived reality in Bulgaria, a country that is currently undergoing tremendous cultural and political change as a former Soviet Bloc state and now as one of the newer member states of the European Union. In Bulgaria, students will learn how to “read” the city as a space where modernization, cultural changes and historical shifts can be seen in the physical and emotional landscape. Through the use of ethnographic techniques such as observations, interviews, and photographs/video storytelling, students will compare rural and urban dimensions of modernization in Bulgaria. Students will also explore notions of “traditional” and “modern” in the context of health and healing practices, the use of public and medical spas, and how medical tourism is an emerging industry.
Students who have previously completed ANTH 307 may enroll in
: Ethnographic Field School
(3 units): Experiential field-based course providing students with training and opportunities to apply ethnographic methods to study, observe, and learn about Bulgarian culture and history. Students choose one of the following topics to explore while in Bulgaria: a) modernization and tourism; b) health/healing as applied to the use of thermal springs/medical spas; c) constructing urban/rural spaces in time/place. Other topics considered in consultation with instructors. Analysis of methodology and data collection will be conducted throughout the course.
For a flyer with full details, click here: Stone & Compass CSULB Bulgaria Brochure.pdf
This is a CSULB short-term, faculty-led study abroad course.
Contact Professor Karen Quintiliani for more information at
Open to all majors (as well as staff, faculty, alumni,
and community members on a space available basis).
Faculty permission required.
ASI-CSULB Study Abroad Scholarship
A limited number of $750 scholarships are available for short-term, study abroad programs.
for more information and to apply for the scholarships.
Deadline to apply for scholarship: March 12, 2018