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Prague Courses – 2022 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Academics

Semester students may enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of a two-week Intensive Czech Language and Culture course plus electives in Czech language, European politics, culture and the arts.

Spring Accelerated Term: During the spring semester, the Prague program offers a collection of courses on an accelerated basis from January to mid-March. These courses are ideal for students from quarter-system universities because the dates often coincide with their winter quarter. Spring Accelerated students enroll in 8 to 12 semester credits comprised of courses in European politics, culture and the arts, and journalism.

Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Click the course title to view course details, description, and availability.

Fall Semester

Language Courses

All students are required to take the two-week Intensive Czech Language and Culture course. Advanced students have the option to take advanced Czech language courses through Charles University.

  • Fall
    Czech 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Czech 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Czech 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course is designed to introduce you to the Czech language and to provide skills for basic communication. The instructor supervises model conversations as well as real conversational situations during walks in the Old Town. Students with previous knowledge of the Czech language attend the advanced module of this course, read short articles in local newspapers, and do independent research on the social and cultural life of Czech society.

  • Fall
    Czech 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Czech 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Czech 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course focuses on providing students with basic skills needed to communicate on a daily basis. This course includes basic grammar, conversation, listening and reading comprehension.

    Required for all students.

European Politics, Culture, and the Arts

  • Fall
    Anthropology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Anthropology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Anthropology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course provides critical insights into a social function of modern and postmodern art, street-art, underground, dissent, alternative, experimental, performance, situationist, alter-globalization movement, etc. Multidisciplinary perspectives of cultural, literary, and media studies are explored. Seminal readings on the listed topics are used to discuss the practices of ‘alternative’ urban lives in postindustrial society and certain trends of artistic production. Focus is on political interpretation of youth subversion and disclosures of power mechanisms. Visuals and field trips to diverse events and sites are a part of this course.

  • Fall
    Art 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Art 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    In this course, students will explore photography as an expression of the creative mind. The focus will be on photographic style, interpretation of individual bias, aesthetics, and societal and cultural influences. Students will challenge themselves to develop strong theoretical knowledge of a variety of photography genres, such as documentary, abstract, and action, and apply their knowledge through hands-on activities and field trips throughout Prague. This course will explore technical applications, such as exposure settings, framing/cropping, angles, focal length, composition, and depth of field, and how these manipulations of technology influence the perception of the photograph. Readings and course discussions will encourage students to think critically about current topics debated in the photography world, including the extent to the medium's contribution to art and the artistic comparison of nude art and soft pornography.

  • Fall
    Art Film / TV Production 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Art Film / TV Production 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Art Film / TV Production 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will cover topics in Czech and Czechoslovak documentary filmmaking. This course is designed to help students develop the skills to identify and analyze a variety of film styles and the relationship between the filmmaker and their subjects. Students will analyze the nature of documentaries, and evaluate its credibility compared to other genres of film.

    Prerequisite: introductory coursework in college-level journalism

  • Fall
    Art English Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Art English Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Art English Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course will offer intensive insight into the Czech cinema. The aim is to show different faces of Czech filmmaking, i.e. the variety of approaches toward the film media. Alongside the classic Czech movies, the students will have a chance to watch and analyze experimental films, the documentary, and poetic film.

  • Fall
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    The course is based on the principle that cooking is a way to get to learn the culture and language of the Czech Republic. The theoretical part of the course consists of discussions and readings on the history, geography, and social customs of the country. Students will learn about Czech traditions, traditional holidays, as well as about the local cuisine; additionally, they will have the chance to sample some typical Czech dishes. The practical side consists of learning to prepare, as well as to taste, various Czech dishes.

  • Fall
    History Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    History Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    History Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The objective of the course is to help students better-understand the nature of the socialist dictatorship, the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the transition, and the complex problems associated with the memory of communism. Each class will include a short introductory lecture followed by a presentation and discussion of the readings, film screenings, fields trips, and discussions with guest speakers.

  • Fall
    Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course takes a synchronic as well as diachronic approach to diplomacy and provides inter-mediate level of insight into what diplomacy is, what its role in international relations is, and what unique tools and instruments it uses. It is partly based on the case study and an exploration of Czech and U.S. foreign policies, both historical and current. It also makes excursions to the major and paramount diplomatic events in the 20th century in Europe and in the world. The emphasis is placed on the current international issues as a result of policies and diplomatic actions. It also discusses EU, its major bodies and mechanisms on which EU operates on the international political scene.

  • Fall
    Music 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Music 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Prague is one of the traditional musical cities, once home to composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, or Dvorak. The music lover may experience here a true musical feast for low cost student tickets. The Music course is combining the lectures on various genres and époques, seminars, or visits to concerts, giving the students the theoretical background for a learned appreciation of various styles, genres, and cultures. A basic understanding of music fundamentals will be taught so that even students without music backgrounds can succeed in this course.

    The course covers non- European musical cultures and their influences as well as the survey of European music. The survey is structured in these blocks: medieval and renaissance music, great Baroque masters, from classicism to national schools of music, styles after WWII and contemporary scene.

    The other focus of the course is a close contact with a particular piece of music, Students will be required to watch and listen to a number of music recordings, analyze them in class, and follow the line in study music scores; however, if a student misses class, it is his or her responsibility to access these recordings. – We use Naxos music library online. The lecturer will pay attention to the main events of the Prague music life. He will provide free tickets to concerts held at the Academy of Performing Arts and elsewhere.

  • Fall
    Architecture Art 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Architecture Art 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Architecture Art 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course is an introductory survey of styles, trends and movements focusing on the fine arts and architecture in Prague and Czech Lands against the background of European influences. It covers the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque times, up to Modernism and the Contemporary art scene. Special attention will be paid to the unique characteristics and developments of art (e.g. Prague Castle, Baroque churches, Czech cubism) and to the most glorious periods in the history of Czech Lands (era of Charles IV, Rudolf II). Tours, field trips and visits to museums and galleries are a substantial part of the course.

  • Fall
    Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course is focused on a region in political and economic transition, as well as on a mode of interpreting the self and the world which is itself constantly in transition. We will explore the extent to which gender relations have operated, been acknowledged and have a bearing on political, social and cultural life in the Czech Republic and in the wider post-communist Eastern European context.

  • Fall
    Economics General Business 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Economics General Business 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Economics General Business 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This multi-disciplinary course covers different aspects of globalization. Special attention is paid to the environmental, cultural and economic dimension of globalization-international trade and the role of multi-national corporations (MNC’s).

    The aim of the course is to help students to understand the process of globalization and its influence on the world economy. It explains the dynamics and importance of internet and mass media for fostering cross-cultural communication. The course combines theoretical approach with case studies and practical discussions. Students are expected to follow press and electronic articles to be able to participate actively

  • Fall
    English 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will cover topics in Czech literature from the Czech National Revival in the nineteenth century to the present. Students will read and analyze texts by iconic Czech novelists of the twentieth century, such as Hašek's The Good Soldier Švejk, Hrabal's Too Loud a Solitude, Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Topol's selected texts. This course will challenge students to explore the historical and cultural contexts of literary works and make theoretical connections between them and film adaptations.

    Prerequisite: one semeseter of college-level writing composition

  • Fall
    History 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course aims to analyze some basic features of medieval culture on the case example of Czech Lands, as well as to initiate discussion about parallels between European Medieval Culture and distant American Modern Culture (distant at least both in time and in space). It will also explain the basic methods of historiography and look at primary sources used for interpreting medieval history. Students will learn how to approach the remains of the past critically and will use this knowledge for practical training in the environment they are more familiar with – American frontier history of the years 1840-1890.

  • Fall
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Central and East European (CEE) countries seem to be standing at the crossroads. Liberal democracy is challenged across the region. Populist, authoritarian and anti-politics tendencies are rising. Does this stem from unresolved legacies of the Communist past? Or does it reflect pre-Communist authoritarian political cultures? Or does it simply mirror contemporary global tendencies of anti-establishment moods? With a similar geopolitical position in the former East Bloc, countries like Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary differed significantly in the types of their communist regimes, as well as their transitions to democracy in 1989-1991. This comparative aspect will be studied with special focus. Students will be also encouraged to challenge the mainstream understanding of “transition” as a predictable, gradual and irreversible progress towards the standard “Western” model. The course is designed as a seminar based on a guided discussion about carefully selected texts collected in a reader; active participation of the students is essential.

  • Fall
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course will provide the students with basic knowledge of the Modern Central European political, social and cultural history. For practical reasons, the course will primarily use the example of Czech history in order to stimulate independent reflections of other cultures, seemingly familiar yet very different from that of the students. It will compare and contrast the Czech modern experience with the histories of other Central European countries, which all historically shared the same fate of small nations between two large historical rivals: Germany in the West and Russia in the East. An integral part of the class will be several field trips.

  • Fall
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The establishment of Communist systems of government in Russia and postwar Eastern Europe was a major phenomenon in 20th-century European history. The ideological basis of these governments was a creative adaptation of Marxism, an innovative alternative to classical capitalism, in reaction to world wars, economic crises, and new international power relations. Stalinism emerged as a striking phase in the development of the communist movement involving intense power struggles and highly developed systems of oppression and corruption, as well as relative economic development and the emancipation of privileged social strata.

    The objective of the course is to help students examine the role of the Stalinist era in the region’s history. Each class will include a short introductory lecture followed by a discussion of the readings, film screenings, field trips, and debates with guest speakers.

  • Fall
    Environmental Science Geography 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Environmental Science Geography 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Sustainable Development has become a commonplace term and a major reference point in global, national, and municipal politics of most countries, and increasingly also in the actions and policies of various political leaders. The overarching 2015 global framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) required UN member states, international organizations, as well as NGOs, businesses, cities and other stakeholders to align their activities/policies along 17 broad areas, ranging from poverty, inequalities to environment, peace, and good governance.

    In this course, we will first explore the theories and concepts that support this global development framework. In the first block of the course, we will discuss links between sustainability and quality of life, learn about different ways to measure progress and discuss the ways in which the SDG is different in comparison to previous global development projects. In the second block, we will analyze, based on selected issues of poverty and migration, the role of different actors, the challenges they face, and the types of solutions they offer. The third block will be devoted to the highly important topic of our day – climate change. After establishing background, we will examine strategies offered by businesses, as well as by local communities, to mitigate the impacts and adapt to the new conditions. We will conclude the course with presentations of field projects and discussions synthesizing course themes and major take-aways.

  • Fall
    History Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    History Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    History Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    In this course, students will explore twentieth-century Jewish theology and analyze specific events from the Holocaust, or properly speaking shoah, meaning catastrophe, annihilation, or devastation. This course will help students develop the theoretical foundation necessary for identifying and analyzing the role of ideology and faith in the Holocaust.

    Prerequisite: college-level humanities

  • Fall
    Anthropology History 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will cover topics related to the processes and events that have shaped the ethnic and political borders of Europe since the arrival of Indo-Europeans. It follows the formations, expansions, and differentiation between the Celtic, Germanic, Romance, and Slavic peoples, and the establishment of medieval nations. The course will also include discussions about the history of Basque, Albanian, Hungarian, and Turkish migration in Europe.

  • Fall
    History Political Science 400-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    History Political Science 400-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    History Political Science 400-level 1 credit Taught in English

    Students will gain an introduction to the culture and civilization of Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary, both in historical and contemporary social and politics perspectives.

    Co-requisite: enrollment in the optional Vienna and Budapest Tour

    This course has an additional fee for transportation, lodging, lectures, and entrance to museums.

Spring Semester/Spring Accelerated Term

Courses available during the Spring Accelerated term are identified in the dropdown menu.

Language Courses

All students are required to take the two-week Intensive Czech Conversation and Culture course. Advanced students have the option to take advanced Czech language courses through Charles University.

  • Fall
    Czech 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Czech 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Czech 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course is designed to introduce you to the Czech language and to provide skills for basic communication. The instructor supervises model conversations as well as real conversational situations during walks in the Old Town. Students with previous knowledge of the Czech language attend the advanced module of this course, read short articles in local newspapers, and do independent research on the social and cultural life of Czech society.

  • Spring
    Czech 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course is intended for yearlong students who have taken Czech for Daily Communication I in the fall and wish to continue their language study during the spring semester. It is also intended for students who have completed previous Czech language coursework. The goal is to build reading, writing, listening and, above all, speaking skills. Topics discussed and written about in class focus on the history and culture of the Czech society.

  • Fall
    Czech 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Czech 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Czech 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course focuses on providing students with basic skills needed to communicate on a daily basis. This course includes basic grammar, conversation, listening and reading comprehension.

    Required for all students.

European Politics, Culture, and the Arts

  • Fall
    Anthropology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Anthropology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Anthropology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course provides critical insights into a social function of modern and postmodern art, street-art, underground, dissent, alternative, experimental, performance, situationist, alter-globalization movement, etc. Multidisciplinary perspectives of cultural, literary, and media studies are explored. Seminal readings on the listed topics are used to discuss the practices of ‘alternative’ urban lives in postindustrial society and certain trends of artistic production. Focus is on political interpretation of youth subversion and disclosures of power mechanisms. Visuals and field trips to diverse events and sites are a part of this course.

  • Fall
    Art 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Art 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    In this course, students will explore photography as an expression of the creative mind. The focus will be on photographic style, interpretation of individual bias, aesthetics, and societal and cultural influences. Students will challenge themselves to develop strong theoretical knowledge of a variety of photography genres, such as documentary, abstract, and action, and apply their knowledge through hands-on activities and field trips throughout Prague. This course will explore technical applications, such as exposure settings, framing/cropping, angles, focal length, composition, and depth of field, and how these manipulations of technology influence the perception of the photograph. Readings and course discussions will encourage students to think critically about current topics debated in the photography world, including the extent to the medium's contribution to art and the artistic comparison of nude art and soft pornography.

  • Fall
    Art Film / TV Production 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Art Film / TV Production 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Art Film / TV Production 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will cover topics in Czech and Czechoslovak documentary filmmaking. This course is designed to help students develop the skills to identify and analyze a variety of film styles and the relationship between the filmmaker and their subjects. Students will analyze the nature of documentaries, and evaluate its credibility compared to other genres of film.

    Prerequisite: introductory coursework in college-level journalism

  • Spring
    Philosophy Religious Studies Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course focuses on recent events and issues that have influenced twentieth-century religious and sociological discourse. Judaism is the foundation of the Hebrew Bible. Students will develop in-depth knowledge of Jewish origin before learning about contemporary Jewish and religious thought. Students will develop a strong theoretical foundation to analyze topics including the relationship between Judaism and science, the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish identity, the Israeli – Arab conflict, and the Czech, Jewish, and German relationships in Prague.

  • Fall
    Art English Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Art English Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Art English Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course will offer intensive insight into the Czech cinema. The aim is to show different faces of Czech filmmaking, i.e. the variety of approaches toward the film media. Alongside the classic Czech movies, the students will have a chance to watch and analyze experimental films, the documentary, and poetic film.

  • Fall
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    The course is based on the principle that cooking is a way to get to learn the culture and language of the Czech Republic. The theoretical part of the course consists of discussions and readings on the history, geography, and social customs of the country. Students will learn about Czech traditions, traditional holidays, as well as about the local cuisine; additionally, they will have the chance to sample some typical Czech dishes. The practical side consists of learning to prepare, as well as to taste, various Czech dishes.

  • Spring
    Economics Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The Czech post-communist transformation was a fascinating process which encompassed profound change of political, social, cultural and economic structures but also meant radical change in people’s lives. The objective of the course is to help the students better understand the dominance of the market narrative in the 1990s, the political utilization of the communist past, and some of the paradoxes of transition winning and losing.

    Each class will include a short introductory lecture followed by a student presentation and discussion of the readings, film screenings, fields trips, debates with guest speakers etc. The course is open both to students new to transition studies and to those who took the “Czech Society: Transition from Communism” course in the Fall term.

  • Fall
    History Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    History Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    History Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The objective of the course is to help students better-understand the nature of the socialist dictatorship, the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the transition, and the complex problems associated with the memory of communism. Each class will include a short introductory lecture followed by a presentation and discussion of the readings, film screenings, fields trips, and discussions with guest speakers.

  • Fall
    Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course takes a synchronic as well as diachronic approach to diplomacy and provides inter-mediate level of insight into what diplomacy is, what its role in international relations is, and what unique tools and instruments it uses. It is partly based on the case study and an exploration of Czech and U.S. foreign policies, both historical and current. It also makes excursions to the major and paramount diplomatic events in the 20th century in Europe and in the world. The emphasis is placed on the current international issues as a result of policies and diplomatic actions. It also discusses EU, its major bodies and mechanisms on which EU operates on the international political scene.

  • Fall
    Music 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Music 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Prague is one of the traditional musical cities, once home to composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, or Dvorak. The music lover may experience here a true musical feast for low cost student tickets. The Music course is combining the lectures on various genres and époques, seminars, or visits to concerts, giving the students the theoretical background for a learned appreciation of various styles, genres, and cultures. A basic understanding of music fundamentals will be taught so that even students without music backgrounds can succeed in this course.

    The course covers non- European musical cultures and their influences as well as the survey of European music. The survey is structured in these blocks: medieval and renaissance music, great Baroque masters, from classicism to national schools of music, styles after WWII and contemporary scene.

    The other focus of the course is a close contact with a particular piece of music, Students will be required to watch and listen to a number of music recordings, analyze them in class, and follow the line in study music scores; however, if a student misses class, it is his or her responsibility to access these recordings. – We use Naxos music library online. The lecturer will pay attention to the main events of the Prague music life. He will provide free tickets to concerts held at the Academy of Performing Arts and elsewhere.

  • Spring
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The very existence and the radical enlargement of the European Union is becoming one of the defining events of the early twenty-first century. The students will get acquainted with history and ideology of European unification process which still play an important role in both philosophical and political discussions of many Europeans. The emergence and transformation of political institutions is the essential part of the class. The collapse of communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe 1989 posed new challenges, culminated in the decision to massively enlarge which has presented new problems: the necessity to write a comprehensive Treaty for Europe. The analysis of the new Reform Treaty (The Treaty of Lisbon) for Europe and the process of its ratification will be one of the central parts of the course. Special attention will be dedicated to the financial crisis in the EURO-zone.

  • Spring
    Art Film 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course will offer the insight into the Czech cinema from the "other side". The aim is to show different faces of Czech filmmaking, i.e. the variety of approaches toward the film media. Alongside the classic Czech movies the students will have a chance to watch experimental films, the documentary, and poetic film. They will learn what magic realism and surrealism is and how these two "ism"s present themselves in the cinema. They will watch the films of a variety of genres, mainly those that are very unique for the European cinema (e.g. Western). They also will watch the films that to a certain extent, experiment with the form of the film - using interesting flashback pattern or excluding a spoken word.

  • Fall
    Architecture Art 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Architecture Art 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Architecture Art 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course is an introductory survey of styles, trends and movements focusing on the fine arts and architecture in Prague and Czech Lands against the background of European influences. It covers the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque times, up to Modernism and the Contemporary art scene. Special attention will be paid to the unique characteristics and developments of art (e.g. Prague Castle, Baroque churches, Czech cubism) and to the most glorious periods in the history of Czech Lands (era of Charles IV, Rudolf II). Tours, field trips and visits to museums and galleries are a substantial part of the course.

  • Spring
    Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will examine how definitions of gender and sexuality are constructed in the context of

    globalization and transnational movements. It will examine key gender issues and debates relating to multiculturalism, western feminism, and cultural imperialism, global labor movements and migration, sex-trafficking, virtual reality, and pornography, ‘third sex’ global communities and religion. The contributions of guest speakers involved in gender issues and the showing of relevant documentary films are an integral part of the course, as are field trips to relevant local sites and exhibitions.

  • Fall
    Economics General Business 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Economics General Business 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Economics General Business 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This multi-disciplinary course covers different aspects of globalization. Special attention is paid to the environmental, cultural and economic dimension of globalization-international trade and the role of multi-national corporations (MNC’s).

    The aim of the course is to help students to understand the process of globalization and its influence on the world economy. It explains the dynamics and importance of internet and mass media for fostering cross-cultural communication. The course combines theoretical approach with case studies and practical discussions. Students are expected to follow press and electronic articles to be able to participate actively

  • Fall
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Central and East European (CEE) countries seem to be standing at the crossroads. Liberal democracy is challenged across the region. Populist, authoritarian and anti-politics tendencies are rising. Does this stem from unresolved legacies of the Communist past? Or does it reflect pre-Communist authoritarian political cultures? Or does it simply mirror contemporary global tendencies of anti-establishment moods? With a similar geopolitical position in the former East Bloc, countries like Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary differed significantly in the types of their communist regimes, as well as their transitions to democracy in 1989-1991. This comparative aspect will be studied with special focus. Students will be also encouraged to challenge the mainstream understanding of “transition” as a predictable, gradual and irreversible progress towards the standard “Western” model. The course is designed as a seminar based on a guided discussion about carefully selected texts collected in a reader; active participation of the students is essential.

  • Fall
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course will provide the students with basic knowledge of the Modern Central European political, social and cultural history. For practical reasons, the course will primarily use the example of Czech history in order to stimulate independent reflections of other cultures, seemingly familiar yet very different from that of the students. It will compare and contrast the Czech modern experience with the histories of other Central European countries, which all historically shared the same fate of small nations between two large historical rivals: Germany in the West and Russia in the East. An integral part of the class will be several field trips.

  • Fall
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The establishment of Communist systems of government in Russia and postwar Eastern Europe was a major phenomenon in 20th-century European history. The ideological basis of these governments was a creative adaptation of Marxism, an innovative alternative to classical capitalism, in reaction to world wars, economic crises, and new international power relations. Stalinism emerged as a striking phase in the development of the communist movement involving intense power struggles and highly developed systems of oppression and corruption, as well as relative economic development and the emancipation of privileged social strata.

    The objective of the course is to help students examine the role of the Stalinist era in the region’s history. Each class will include a short introductory lecture followed by a discussion of the readings, film screenings, field trips, and debates with guest speakers.

  • Fall
    Environmental Science Geography 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Environmental Science Geography 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Sustainable Development has become a commonplace term and a major reference point in global, national, and municipal politics of most countries, and increasingly also in the actions and policies of various political leaders. The overarching 2015 global framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) required UN member states, international organizations, as well as NGOs, businesses, cities and other stakeholders to align their activities/policies along 17 broad areas, ranging from poverty, inequalities to environment, peace, and good governance.

    In this course, we will first explore the theories and concepts that support this global development framework. In the first block of the course, we will discuss links between sustainability and quality of life, learn about different ways to measure progress and discuss the ways in which the SDG is different in comparison to previous global development projects. In the second block, we will analyze, based on selected issues of poverty and migration, the role of different actors, the challenges they face, and the types of solutions they offer. The third block will be devoted to the highly important topic of our day – climate change. After establishing background, we will examine strategies offered by businesses, as well as by local communities, to mitigate the impacts and adapt to the new conditions. We will conclude the course with presentations of field projects and discussions synthesizing course themes and major take-aways.

  • Fall
    History Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    History Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    History Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    In this course, students will explore twentieth-century Jewish theology and analyze specific events from the Holocaust, or properly speaking shoah, meaning catastrophe, annihilation, or devastation. This course will help students develop the theoretical foundation necessary for identifying and analyzing the role of ideology and faith in the Holocaust.

    Prerequisite: college-level humanities

  • Spring
    English 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    English 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Czech writers have played a significant role in the making of the psychogeography of Prague, also known as the myth-making mechanism. In this course, students will explore how artists and writers influenced Czech culture and how it evolved throughout history. This course will include literary works of Neruda, Kafka and Meyrink, Jachym Topol, Vit Janota, and Tereza Brdeckova. These writers have contributed to the mapping of the political and cultural realities of the Czech Republic.

  • Fall
    History Political Science 400-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    History Political Science 400-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    History Political Science 400-level 1 credit Taught in English

    Students will gain an introduction to the culture and civilization of Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary, both in historical and contemporary social and politics perspectives.

    Co-requisite: enrollment in the optional Vienna and Budapest Tour

    This course has an additional fee for transportation, lodging, lectures, and entrance to museums.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Field Studies

Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of the Czech Republic. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

For more information about field study options, see the Prague tour and field study page.

Internships

USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of the Czech Republic, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

  • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
  • Gain practical, hands-on experience
  • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
  • Build a network of professional contacts
  • Improve your resume
  • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
  • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of the Czech Republic

For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

For more information about placement options, see the Prague internship page.

Host University Courses

Attending a host university course is a great option for students looking to expand their academic experience abroad. By auditing a class at Charles University, USAC students can experience firsthand the academic style of the Czech Republic, immerse themselves in the academic community of Prague, and get to know local university students with similar academic interests. Most courses are taught in Czech, but English-language offerings may be available.

While it may be possible to earn academic credit for host university courses, Charles University does not provide an official university transcript for courses completed by USAC students. Instead, they may provide a letter verifying participation in the course and the grade received. Be sure to work with your home university academic advisor to determine if host university courses will be accepted for credit. Please note that Charles University may follow a different academic calendar than USAC. This means that final exams may take place after the USAC program has ended. It may be possible to arrange early exams, but USAC cannot guarantee this. Additionally, there may be supplementary fees associated with host university courses that are not covered by USAC program fees.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Spring: Open

Spring Accelerated: Open

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Open
Fall/Yearlong: Open
Spring: Open

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

Semester: 85 students

Summer: 55 students per session

Instruction

English | Czech

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