Come to LaGrange and see the world
The Interim, or 'Jan Term,' is the middle of LaGrange College's academic calendar,
between fall and spring semesters. Interim courses are designed to encourage students
to explore course content outside of their majors through personal, hands-on experience.
Jan Term classes include on-campus projects, independent research, internships
and study-travel experiences. Capture a glimpse of the fun and challenge of Jan
Term by taking a look at recent classes below.
2015 Study-Away Courses
Download the 2015 Study Away course listing.
International Travel Projects
Art and Architecture of London
This course focuses on the rich legacy of art and architecture of London. Students
will visit the city's museums and architectural monuments: The British Museum,
The National Gallery, The Tate Museum of British Art, Tate Modern, The Victoria
and Albert Museum, The Wellington Collection, Saint Paul's Cathedral, and Westminster
Abbey. The group will also visit Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, and Windsor Castle.
This is a course in documentary photography. The students will travel to London,
England, and also make a day excursion to Stonehenge and Salisbury. While in England,
the students will produce a portfolio of photographs representing a theme related
to their individual interest in visual imagery—architecture, people, events, landscape,
Cuban Culture and Sport
After almost a half century of embargos, the opportunity to travel to Cuba became
a reality in 2011 when the U.S. government created the People-to-People program
allowing American citizens to visit for educational and cultural exchanges. In
2015 LaGrange College will be offering students a study away course that will explore
Cuba's intriguing history and culture through experiencing its music, art, literature,
and sports. Before departing for Cuba, students will spend time in the classroom
preparing for this visit.
It will begin with a briefing in Miami before flying to Havana, Cuba, early the
next morning. This study away course begins and ends in Havana where students will
tour the Museum of the Revolution; Ernest Hemingway's house, Finca Viga; the house
of Jose Fuster, the "Picasso of the Caribbean"; Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage
Site; an organic farm; and visits to sports training facilities and a chance to
attend a baseball game. In between will be a stop in Santa Clara where the group
will visit the Mausoleum of CheGuevara, then travel on to Cienfuegos for two days
to meet with local members of the National Union of Writers and Arts of Cuba, visit
an artist workshop, and attend a musical performance. Cuba's natural beauty and
early history will be explored in the 16th century colonial Spanish town of Trinidad
where students spend a day touring the town, visiting a botanical garden and relaxing
on the beach.
Peru: Empire of Hidden Treasures
A rebel alliance fights against Imperial forces, but it's not Star Wars. A country
fights wars with all of its neighbors, but it's not Israel. An aristocratic class
rebuilds its homeland after years of war, but it's not Gone with the Wind. Dissidents
are executed for what they believe, but it's not Schindler's List. A wicked terrorist
group targets innocents via bombings and assassinations, but it's not Al-Qaeda.
And a leftist dictator from the military comes to power, but it's not Hugo Chavez.
What fascinating country could have experienced all of these? It's Peru. In addition
to its captivating political tale, Peru has a rich history as local natives, especially
the Incas, fought to build their empire, domesticate the Peruvian highlands, and
defend against Spanish colonialism. You do not need to travel to the other side
of the world to witness evidence of classic civilizations or climb ancient ruins.
Peru's complex civilizations date to 900 BC, making them contemporaries of Ancient
Greece. The history of the area is a tale of empires and conquest, from the ancient
Chavin culture to the colonial conflict between the Incas and the Spanish to Tupac
Amaru II's continued rebellion in the late eighteenth century.
The past and the present are connected by the Quechua language and culture. The
same language spoken by workers constructing Machu Picchu in the 15th century can
be heard on the streets of Cuzco today. The people of Peru blend their heritage
with their current lives through their religion, food, dress and many other aspects
of their daily life. We will experience this collision of past and present first
hand as we travel to Lima, the urban capital, the Urubamba Valley, home to sacred
ruins, Machu Picchu, the wondrous city of the lost Incas, and Cuzco, the so called
"navel of the world." To find out more about this captivating country, join us
on this trip through history.
The Vietnam War
This course will examine the U.S. involvement in Vietnam from the initial efforts
in World War II, through the financial and material support of France until the
latter's defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, and then follow our growing efforts to
prop up the South Vietnamese Government leading to full escalation of U.S. troop
commitment in the 1964-1973 period. The course will also cover the uneasy "peace"
brought about by the Paris Peace Accords of 1973 and conclude with the final defeat
of the South and the unification of the nation by the North Vietnamese.
Literature of the Vietnam War
Since 1958, journalists, filmmakers, writers, and historians have committed no
fewer than seventy major motion pictures, thirty documentaries, countless hours
of news coverage, and innumerable pages of text to unraveling America's involvement
in Vietnam. This level of scrutiny has given Vietnam a prismatic quality; some
argue it's the war that erased the line between fact and fiction. And no writer
has explored this concept with greater depth and eloquence than Tim O'Brien, specifically
in his surrealistic adventure Going After Cacciato. In conjunction with Vietnamese
and American history, we will focus on the Vietnam war's lasting cultural effects
and investigate how literature adds a dimension to our understanding of history.
The American War in Vietnamese and Global Perspectives
The Vietnam War is often cast as a period of American history rather than a chapter
of Vietnamese history. This class will provide students the opportunity to explore
the ways in which Vietnamese thinkers, as well as common Vietnamese people, understood
the Vietnam War, or the American War, in the contexts of Vietnamese and global
histories. Course materials will center on the political writings of Ho Chi Minh
and memoirs of Vietnamese veterans of the war to provide student access to both
official and personal narratives.
Walking the Camino De Santiago
One of the most fascinating walking trails in Europe, the pilgrimage to Santiago
de Compostela originated as an act of faith. For over a thousand years, pilgrims
have been trekking across Europe to the sacred tomb of Saint James. Declared one
of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, the Camino continues to attract the spiritual
as well as the adventurous seeking exhilaration on many levels.
Prior to traveling to Spain, students will be introduced to various aspects of
the Camino experience. Some of the topics to be addressed include the following:
history of the Camino, who was St. James, pilgrimage, survival Spanish, physical
conditioning, journal writing, fundraising, and travel planning and preparation.
Finally, during one week in May, students will undertake the physical and spiritual
challenge of walking 100 kilometers (62 miles) to Santiago de Compostela. On the
way, they will experience the stunning beauty of northern Spain up close. In addition,
they will have the opportunity to meet travelers from all over the world along
the way. When completed, our itinerary will qualify participants for the Compostela,
a certificate of completion issued upon arrival in Santiago. Breakfast and dinner
are included daily; however, students should bring enough money to get their own
lunch. The trip will be van supported, so there is no need to carry a heavy bag.
ENGLAND AND ITALY
London and Florence: Perspectives in Nursing History, Art and Culture
This course provides an exploration of the history of nursing and healthcare since
the Victorian era of Florence Nightingale as well as the world of art and culture
of London, England, and Florence, Italy. Students will visit the birthplace of
Florence Nightingale and the Nightingale Museum, historic hospitals, art museums
such as the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Uffizi, and the Accademia,
and historic sites in both of these magnificent cities including Westminster Abbey,
Windsor Castle, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Convent at San Marco,
and the Bargello.
Schooling in Thailand
The objective of this course is to learn about Thai education through teaching
English and the arts in rural schools of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Volunteer opportunities
for building and construction are also available. Cultural excursions in the city
and surrounding mountain regions of northern Thailand are part of this 17-day experience.
Enterprise and Service in Ecuador
In Aida Leon, a poor community in Quito, students will work on the project, Tottias
de Experanza (Little Tears of Hope). We will be building a two-story structure
that will house a kitchen and cafeteria on the first floor and classrooms for almost
200 children on the second. We will also offer a Christian education component
branching out into five different marginalized areas of Quito, teaching very poor
children about the love of Jesus. Students will also work with youth providing
education, mentoring, and sports play.
Micro-enterprise and coffee production will be studied as well as Fair Trade issues.
Students will consult with low-income locals regarding business ventures and visit
a coffee plantation and the equator.
Service and Sustainability in the Philippines
This travel course provides an opportunity to experience service learning in Manila,
Philippines and study coral reef ecology in the Philippines. Metro Manila is one
of the densest population centers on the planet and includes 14 million inhabitants
spread along Manila Bay. The Philippines is a nation of almost staggering complexity.
This nation of over 80 million people includes 7000 islands and 80 local languages.
Since English is the language of instruction in schools, students will be able
to relate to local people through English. Filipino culture has an Asian foundation,
but has been modified by 3 centuries of Spanish and American colonial rule. The
Philippines ecology also is diverse and beautiful, including volcanoes, rain forests,
beaches, and one of the world's most diverse coral reefs. All students will work
with the Kapatiran - Kaunlaran Foundation, a Methodist-related organization that
serves some of the poorest communities in Manila. We will serve as teachers in
the kindergarten enrichment program, distribute food, and serve as big brothers
and sisters to the abandoned children who now live at the Gilead Center in the
town of Bulacan. Students in Section A will do more extensive work at KKFI.
Nursing students are encouraged to sign up for Section B. You will be able to
serve at Mary Johnston Hospital near Manila. You will work with local nursing students
and nurses as they do their clinical rotations. After approximately 10 days of
service, all students will travel to the island of Oriental Mindoro to explore
the biodiversity of coral reefs. Students will snorkel in shallow water. Some students
may choose to complete an optional scuba diving short course to explore the reefs
at great depth. Trip duration: 15 -18 days.
El Salvador Immersion
Experience a full cultural and educational immersion in Ahuachapán, El Salvador,
by spending almost three weeks working with and for the El Salvadoran people. This
Servant Leadership themed course will provide opportunities to serve in health
clinics, children's education/after school programs and slum neighborhoods, while
elevating Spanish language skills, and working alongside the United Methodist Church
and missions organizations with possible church or school programs and construction
Students will also have a chance to work and serve in their major area of interest.
On weekends we will enjoy days off to travel to volcanoes, enjoy hikes in the mountains
and even surfing in the Pacific. Some Spanish language skills are helpful. All
majors are welcome.
DOMESTIC TRAVEL PROJECTS
On this travel course students will study two musicals, one straight play, and
an opera and see live productions of each. The course includes six days and five
nights in New York City where students will see and critique a total of four productions
and attend a seminar with a Broadway/Off-Broadway performer. The trip includes
backstage tours of Radio City Music Hall and The Met.
Postcards from the Road: Writing about Travel in the Deep South
Students will visit significant cultural sites in four states—Alabama, Tennessee,
Mississippi, and Louisiana—and write several expository essays and other less formal
reflections about the experience. This interdisciplinary course will entail sampling
regional cuisine, learning about American culture and history, and capturing impressions
in words and photos.
Exploring Southern California's Coast
The Pacific coast has abundant marine life and interesting terrestrial habitats
and geology that sharply contrast the familiar southeastern coast. For example
tide pools team with marine organisms like sea stars, sea urchins, sea anemones,
and mussels. Fish and marine mammals like seals and sea lions are also common near
the shoreline. This course will explore intertidal zones, including tide pools,
and terrestrial environments including the organisms that live there as well as
the local geology of San Diego/La Jolla through hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling.
We will also visit the San Diego Zoo and Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution
of Oceanography to get a wider perspective of animals and marine life and their
habitats. A day of service will be carried out with the La Jolla Historical Society.
Topics important to the region like conservation, ocean science issues, or sustainability
may also be explored.
Wolves and North Woods Carnivores
Students will study the gray wolf at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in
Minnesota. There are approximately 3,000 wolves in Minnesota and it is home to
the largest and only continuous population of wolves in the lower 48 states. Countries
around the world as well as other states look to Minnesota as an example of how
wolves and humans can co-exist in relative harmony. Students will work on two wolf
projects: 1) determine pack numbers, territories, and behavior through tracking
surveys near Ely, MN, and 2) determine wolf pack size, territory, and the impacts
of prey species on the historic Jonvick Deer Yard along the north shore of Lake
Superior. In addition, data will be collected on wolves and moose in the area in
cooperation with the Superior National Forest and US Geologic Survey.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Dr. Sarah Beth
Associate Provost and Biology Professor
Office of General Education and Global Engagement
Office of General Education and Global Engagement
Office of General Education and Global Engagement
200 Quillian Building
601 Broad Street
LaGrange, GA 30240
Although no major revisions are anticipated in the courses described in this brochure,
LaGrange College reserves the right to make whatever changes may be necessary in
the status, costs, requirements, or other details of its Interim courses. Any course
may be canceled for adequate reason, such as lack of sufficient enrollment.