The program “Past and Present of Southeast Europe” is the newest BA Program at the Faculty of History. The training of students began in 2006.
The aim of the program is to prepare students in a wide variety of subjects: history, political science, the languages and culture of Southeast Europe. Students receive theoretical and practical knowledge in History, Political Science, Economics, languages, enabling them to start a career in various fields of the scientific, social, political and cultural life in Bulgaria and the European Union.
The Bachelor’s degree is obtained after four years (8 semesters). The curriculum includes three modules – historical, linguistic and politico-cultural. It also includes two mandatory courses of practice: in the archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and field practice in Emergency Anthropology. An important component of the curriculum are the elective subjects, divided into two modules: History and Political Science. The list of subjects in the elective modules is open and can be expanded and updated. Students must choose at least two subjects from the History module and three from the Political Science module. Elective subjects from the latter are divided into three areas: Theory and Methodology, Politics and Regional Security, Regional Political Problems.
The module “Balkan Language and Culture” requires students to select two out of three optional Balkan languages: Greek, Romanian and Turkish.
In addition, the program offers training in additional foreign languages and sports as optional courses. The curriculum also includes study excursions in Balkan countries.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs with renowned European universities (The Faculty of History currently has student exchange contracts with 12 countries and 20 universities – Paris, Groningen, Copenhagen, Bologna, Prague, Madrid, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Belgrade and many others).
After acquiring a bachelor’s degree in “Past and Present of Southeast Europe”, students can continue their studies by pursuing a master’s and doctoral degree, or to work in various ministries, committees, media, NGOs with activities directed towards the countries, societies, minority and religious groups in the Balkans. The excellent language training is a prerequisite for their successful realization in other promising fields, such as tourism, or as translators, in the field of international trade and various administrative and non-governmental structures.