Program Dates: July 6 - 20, 2019 [Please note: Online content and in-person instruction will be arranged prior to departure.]
Course: ANTH 412: Culture and Communication
(GE, D2, Capstone, Global Issues) OR ANTH 440: Ethnographic Field School
Approximate Travel Cost: $1400
(includes all accommodations, meals, local transportation, and excursions) + airfare.
Course Description: What is the relationship between culture and communication? Drawing primarily from the disciplines of anthropology and linguistics, we will examine the ways that language, nonverbal behavior, and other interactional features of communication vary across situations and societies around the world. As this is a study-abroad course, course material will place special emphasis on issues of language and communication in Eastern Europe in general, and Bulgaria in particular. The course will begin with an examination of the concepts of “culture” and “communication,” and then delve into the different ways in which cross-cultural and contextual communication and miscommunication might been analyzed, and thus better understood. Readings and discussions will provide students with tools necessary to analyze semiotic systems, language variation, identity-construction, and general interaction in a variety of real-world settings. Students will apply these tools in data-collection and cursory data-analysis on-site in Bulgaria. Lectures and discussions will be used to work through examples to clarify and elaborate on theoretical and empirical perspectives presented in course material. Reading and participation is required as these activities are an important component of student learning.
Students who have previously completed ANTH 412 may enroll in ANTH 490: Special Topics in Anthropology (3 units) The course can be repeated for up to 6 units: Experiential field-based course providing students with training and opportunities to apply linguistic and ethnographic methods to study, observe, and learn about Bulgarian culture and communication, to better understand the ways in which they are entwined. Students will choose one of the following topics to explore while in Bulgaria: a) linguistic diversity and standardization in modernization and tourism; b) multimodal considerations of culture and communication; c) haptic sociality in constructing Bulgarian identities. Other topics considered in consultation with instructors. Students will become familiar with various methods for identifying and analyzing linguistic phenomena in different contexts and modalities. Students also learn technologies for capturing and analyzing data.
or a flyer with full details, click here: Stone & Compass CSULB Bulgaria Brochure 2019.pdf
This is a CSULB short-term, faculty-led study abroad course.
Contact Professor Melissa Maceyko 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 11, 2019