The Master of Science program in Balkan Studies offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to studying the Balkan region, fostering both general knowledge and specialized expertise. Through a range of core courses in politics, economic, diplomatic, cultural, linguistic, and other relevant disciplines, the program equips students with the analytical skills to address Balkan issues, navigate international relations, and tackle challenges related to Balkan countries’ integration into the European Union. Moreover, the curriculum delves into historical, cultural, and linguistic ties among Balkan nations examines regional economic relations, and explores regional cooperation topics.
The program’s core objective is to develop a robust understanding of international theories and practices by combining foundational and elective courses, complemented by substantial research work, including a master’s thesis of 15,000 words. Academic supervision and modules on research skills and methodology support this research component. The program is designed for full-time enrollment, spanning 24 months.
The program specification covers core and compulsory courses (A), elective courses (B), and master’s thesis (C). These courses are to be taken irrespective of the track chosen.
A. Core Courses
- International Relations: (Theory and Practice)
- European History and Civilization
- Geopolitics of the 21st Century
- Balkan Demography
- Balkans Cultural Heritage Management
- Nationalism in the Balkans
- The History of Religions in the Balkans
- History of Art and Architecture
- Research Methods
B. Elective Courses
- Ethnicity and Nationalism
- Transitions in the Central and South Eastern Europe
- Balkans’ Tourism Business
- International Finance
- History of Economic Theories and Systems
- The Culture of Diplomacy: (Theory and Practice)
C. Master Thesis
- Graduate Seminar Thesis