Balkans Studies Major

Balkans Studies is a program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples inhabiting the Balkan Peninsula and associated island groups and borderlands, Southern Slavic and non-Slavic, during the medieval, Ottoman, and modern periods.

Balkans Studies majors and degree programs are typically interdisciplinary and may vary from institution to institution.  Courses will likely embrace instruction in the study of the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples inhabiting the Balkan Peninsula and associated island groups and borderlands, Southern Slavic and non-Slavic, during the medieval, Ottoman, and modern periods.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Balkans Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " Balkans Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Balkans Studies?

Typically, this area of study leads to a liberal arts degree and as such, may not lead to a specific set of jobs or career opportunities.  What you focus on during your studies will open doors for employment later.  With a degree in Balkans Studies, opportunities such as work as activists, community workers, and union reps may be possible. As well, work as a lawyer, legal secretary, or legislative aid; or in politics, as a lobbyist, policy analyst, or administrator are possible.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Balkans Studies:

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

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