Croatia: Heritage Conservation and Classical Studies
The heritage of a nation, of a people, encompasses both past and present, the tangible and intangible. It is reflected in ancient monuments and contemporary art, in medieval street patterns and modern architecture, in traditional foods and the latest fashion in music, and the ways in which people interact with their environment. Heritage is complicated, and so are nations. The Croatia Maymester Abroad is an exploration of Croatian heritage, its storied past, its exciting present, and most importantly, its people.
The program offers two courses totaling six hours, one concerned with built heritage and the second concentrating on archaeology. Both courses share a common goal – a better understanding of Croatia and Slovenia through an exploration of their cultural heritage. Students will spend considerable time 'in the field', actively exploring, and analyzing, the built heritage of the cities of Zagreb, Zadar, Pula, Split, Ljubljana and other places we will visit. Through this active study, and through interaction with professionals engaged in these fields, students will gain an understanding of Croatia and Slovenia and the way in which cultural heritage reflects – and perhaps influences – national identity.