Central and Eastern Europe is home to at least 24 majority and minority national groups. These groups differ from each other in their language, traditions, culture, and religion. As a result, civil wars, border shifts, and general unrest continue to persist in Central and Eastern Europe. Students will explore the history of these minority issues and their effects on the region today. Using comprehensive knowledge of the theories of modern nationalism, students will have a hands-on experience of the cultural, linguistic, economic, and political aspects of minority existence. Students study for two months in Budapest, Hungary and for two months in Transylvania, Romania to develop a broad insight into the minority issues of the entire region and to compare the strategies of the two countries in dealing with these issues.
"I have grown immensely from this experience. I am definitely more independent and I know now that I can go to a new country, no matter where it is, and make it my home."