The Curriculum

Courses taught by our own professors explore intellectual and cultural history as revealed in literature, art and music. Insights thus gained are enriched by tours with the faculty through Austria, Italy and the Balkans.


Tim Krantz - Fall 2020

SALZ 260: Sustainability in Austria: Learning by  Living (LAI TBD)

JULIE SHULER - Spring 2021

SALZ 260: Understanding Disability: International Connections and Communities (CPI, APW, OC)


CHRIS BEACH - Fall 2021

SALZ 360: Examining Vienna: Lusthaus (LAI Cat: C)

BRYCE RYAN - Spring 2022

SALZ 360: Central Europe: An Incubator of Scientific Genius (LAI Cat: OC, CPI)

GERMAN 101s, 201s, 350s INTENSIVE GERMAN 4 Units

This course will introduce you to the basic elements of the German language and grammatical structure while developing a core vocabulary of words and phrases which you may use in daily living activities in Salzburg. Your study in German will include exercises in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and even singing. Differences in learning styles, customs, and traditions between Americans, Austrians, Germans, and other European cultures will be discussed as appropriate to course content.

SALZ 250 THE SITES AND SOUNDS OF SALZBURG: Engaging with the Visual and Performing Arts in Europe 4 Units LAF: CP , LAI: ESS

Students engage personally in the performance of classical music as well as its history and context, the creation of visual art and its development throughout European history, and the understanding of architecture as a reflection of the European ideal. Presents in a unique manner the expansive European culture of classical music, art and architecture blending concerts, museum study, and excursions in Salzburg and to selected European cities.


This course is designed to introduce students to the history, culture and economics of Austria and its place in Europe from early settlement to the present day. We will study Austria's role in the Roman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, Austria-Hungary, World Wars I, II, the Soviet Empire and Austria's eventual membership in the European Union. Extensive travel around Austria, Europe and the Balkans compliments in-class work.


As a part of the Austria in Europe course, students will complete 20 hours of community service. Students can fulfill their CSAC graduation requirement through this element of the course.


Each semester, a University of Redlands professor from will visit Salzburg and teach an intensive, four week Special Topics Course, that is integrated into the curriculum of the Salzburg Semester.

Fall 2021 SPECIAL TOPICS COURSE: Examining Vienna: Lusthaus (LAI category: C)

This course begins with choreographer Martha Clarke and historian/playwright Charles Mee’s stream-of-consciousness theater piece, Vienna: Lusthaus, as a way into the world of Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century. Clarke and Mee saw the Vienna of Sigmund Freud’s time as “a civilization sleepwalking to the edge of doom, then and now” and together they unpacked Freud’s Interpretations of Dreams, considered the ID, EGO, SUPER-EGO, Studies in Hysteria and more. This course will explore Clarke and Mee’s unique making process, the Vienna of Freud’s time, and how his theories of how internal animal impulses beyond one’s control inform external behaviors in the performance of Vienna: Lusthaus. Course activities will include reading interviews and articles, watching videos of performance and process, dream work, class participation in performance exercises rooted in dance/theatre making practice, field trips to Vienna, and a final presentation. Students will uncover themes of repression, exclusion, impulse, control, and more, woven through the Vienna of the late 19th century, to the NYC of the late 80’s, right up to the America of the early 21st century.

Spring 2022 SPECIAL TOPICS COURSE: Central Europe: An Incubator of Scientific Genius

The course in the history of science will be split between basic science and the stories of the important players and the cultural environments that fostered their brilliance. Salzburg is centrally located among scientific hubs like Munich, Vienna, and Zurich, so students are ideally situated to study the history of science in Central Europe. The sheer number of legendary scientists who were educated or practiced in this area is impressive and many names would be instantly recognizable: Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Gregor Mendel, and Nikola Tesla, to name a few. The role of scientists including Hans Asperger and Dr. Josef Mengele in the Third Reich will also be discussed. Possible course-related excursions include the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna, the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Christian-Doppler’s house in Salzburg and his tomb in Venice, and the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade.

MUSP 350s.01 APPLIED MUSIC (CR/NCR only) 4 Units

Music majors can elect to take this course. The music major can enrich their musical experiences in Salzburg by being tutored in their applied lessons by a member or associate of the world famous Mozarteum faculty.

The opportunity to audition for full inclusion in the Mozarteum does exist for the serious music student with appropriate language and music skills and full backing of their University. Admission into the Mozarteum is the sole province of the Mozarteum itself, and can be finalized only in Salzburg by a student satisfying the audition and exam requirements administered by the Mozarteum staff. If accepted, the student would adapt to the calendar and curriculum of the Mozarteum and such involvement would likely come at the expense of involvement in any of the field experiences of the regular Salzburg Semester program.

Optional Elective

Students are offered the additional opportunity to enroll in an elective Physical Education Activity Course (SALZ 0RZ) called Austrian Outdoor Experience. The course involves regular fitness training and engagement in typical Austrian sports such as skiing, mountaineering, bicycling, hiking, and rock climbing.