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.

2022-2023 SALZBURG FACULTY FELLOWS:

TIM KRANTZ - Fall 2022

SALZ 360: Geography of Eastern Europe (LAI Cat: NSP)

JOSPEH MAGEDANZ - Spring 2023

SALZ 360: Not on the Mayflower: Austrians to America (LAI Cat: APW)

REQUIRED:

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 240: AUSTRIA IN EUROPE: HISTORY, IDENTITY and REMBERANCE: 4 Units, LAI: H

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.

SALZ 230: TRAVELERS AND CITIZENS: 3 Units, LAI: CER and TG

This course integrates the various aspects of the Salzburg Program curriculum through travel and service-learning.  On excursions, experiential assignments draw on students' studies in language, history, art and music.  Community service appointments in Salzburg and the Balkans provide an opportunity to examine institutions and customs for addressing community needs in Austria.

ELECTIVES - CHOOSE TWO

SALZ 251: SITES OF SALZBURG: 3 Units , LAI: ESS

Students engage directly with visual art and its historical development in the European context, and the understanding of architecture as a reflection of the European ideal.  Emphasizes experiential learning by blending museum and site visits in Salzburg, readings and case studies, and excursions to select European cities.

SALZ 252: SOUNDS OF SALZBURG: 3 Units, LAI: ESS

Students develop an appreciation in particular for the music of the European classical tradition on site in Salzburg and other European centers.  Emphasizes methods for "informed hearing," first in theory during class sessions, then in practice with museums, important historic sites, and concert venues.

Fall 2022 SPECIAL TOPICS COURSE: Geography of Eastern Europe (LAI Cat: NSP) 3 to 4 Units

This course will explore the physical and human geography of Austria and Eastern Europe. From plate tectonics and the formation of the Alps, to precipitation and runoff, creating the Danube River—a natural corridor for people and commerce circumnavigating the eastern flanks of this massive mountain range—this course will explore the interrelationships between the physical and human geographies that have conspired to make Austria such a strategic country with regard to its influence on European politics, culture and history.

Spring 2023 SPECIAL TOPICS COURSE: Not on the Mayflower: Austrians to America (LAI Cat: APW) 3 to 4 units

Many examples of Austrian immigrants in America and their contributions can be taken from the 18th century to now, including not only the von Trapp family of The Sound of Music fame, but also those who ended up in Illinois or California, as citizens or governor. By examining some of these Austrians in America, our students can have a fuller picture of a more diverse, broader American society and of our ties to Austria. Panning out from a brief snapshot of a past moment in history, as we read about the immigrants in class, into a eyes-open panoramic visit to some of the places left behind by the immigrants, students can make real connections between the cultures of Austria and the US. 

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.