Jan Term 2020 courses

Photo of Barcelona roundaboutBarcelona to Marrakesh

Barcelona, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; Fez, Morocco; Marrakesh, Morocco

Morocco, the gateway to Africa, is a country located in the far west of Northern Africa.  It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and is separated from Spain by less than nine miles of ocean at the Strait of Gibraltar.  Come on this exotic experience from the artsy streets of Barcelona to the chaotic medina of Marrakesh.  Meet the people of both Spain and Morocco who are kind, warm, and well known for their hospitality.  Step back in time as you wander down medieval alleyways and through markets fragrant with the smell of spices.  Spruce up your language skills in Spanish and French. Dabble in Catalan and Arabic.  Learn about the Age of Exploration and the historic interactions between Christians, Jews, and Muslims and how the Crusade mentality carried over to the New World explorers.  Discover the modern-day consequences of history on today’s culture with a good dose of tapas and tagine in between.


Downtown Paris screet sceneLa Belle France: Paris, Versailles, Chartres, Vézelay, the Château de Chenonceau, Font-de-Gaume, and Lascaux II 

Paris, France

This study away course includes a five-day stay in Paris, visiting the city’s most famous historical sites and museums:  Notre-Dame-de-Paris, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Rodin, and St-Denis.  Students will also visit Versailles and the Cathedral of Chartres.  During a three-day bus trip, students will visit Vézelay, the Romanesque church where Mary Magdalen is buried, Chenonceau, the most visited Château of the Loire Valley, font-de-Gaume, the last prehistoric polychrome cave still open to the public, as well as Lascaux II, the newly opened reproduction of the entire cave.


Entrance to Buckingham Palace in London, two guards stand on either side.Nursing Since Nightingale

London, United Kingdom

Nursing history is the framework for analyzing themes in nursing care in the United Kingdom from the time of Florence Nightingale to the present.  Prior to departure for travel in the U.K., students will examine written literature discussing the history and evolution of modern nursing as it relates to Florence Nightingale. Upon arrival in the U.K., students tour the Florence Nightingale Museum, the Old Operating Theatre of St. Thomas Hospital, and St. Bartholomew Hospital.  Historical tours of various museums and sites in London and Windsor are included.  An aesthetic presentation as well as a reflective journal will be kept while in the U.K. to satisfy course requirements. 


Wild donegal scenic with sheep in the foregroundTales of the Emerald Isle: Ireland through Music, Theatre, and Literature

Belfast, Ireland; Donegal, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland

This study away experience includes a guided visit of Dublin, Belfast, Donegal, and additional villages.  While in Dublin, students will participate in a writer’s workshop at the Abbey Theatre, activities with the High Hopes Choir, and a visit to the Dublin Writer’s Museum in addition to seeing a show at the Abbey Theatre.  Students will visit LaGrange’s Sister City, Craigavon, on the way to Belfast.  In Belfast students will visit the Titanic exhibit, see a performance at the Belfast Opera, and enjoy an Irish music experience.  On the way to Donegal, students will visit the Seamus Heaney home place, celebrating one of Ireland’s great writers.  Next is the world famous Giant’s Causeway and Carricak-a-Rede Bridge.  In Donegal, activities include visiting Slieve League cliffs near Donegal Bay and the Killybegs fishing village.  Upon returning to Dublin, students will visit the Guinness Storehouse and experience a typical Irish evening filled with folklore, traditional food, singing, and dancing.


view of a mountain range from the oceanThe Universe: Iceland’s Unique Physical and Metaphysical Perspective

Jökulsárlón, Iceland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Skaftafell, Iceland

A descriptive overview of the universe and astronomy.  Topics covered include the celestial coordinate system, time keeping, constellations, ancient astronomy, and a tour of the universe including our planetary system, the sun, stellar evolution, neutron stars, black holes, cosmology and the origin of the universe.  

The course will also guide students in a cultural survey of a part of the world infrequently studied by undergraduates, Icelandic and Norse history. The central focus will be the 13th century saga, The Prose Edda, written by a Viking chief who was twice elected to lead Iceland’s national assembly almost three hundred years before Columbus reached the new world. The Prose Edda is a document full of battles, kings, adventure, magic, democracy, and the story of the Norse cosmos.


underwater scene with a scuba diver and shark in the foregroundTourism, Shipping, Finance, Health, and Sustainability in The Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Students will have a fully immersive experience examining the tourism, banking, and shipping industries of The Bahamas. This will be accomplished by snorkeling and kayaking in nature centers, as well as touring the government, historical, shipping, travel cruise, and financial districts of Nassau.  Students will converse with new friends met while volunteering for a service project with Hands for Hunger. Students will learn to fly drones and take aerial photographs and video. Through these interactions, students will be introduced to the business, ecological, and educational components of Nassau’s culture. Overall, studying in The Bahamas will add diversity to students’ academic preparation and enable them to view their own culture more critically and sensitively during their professional careers.  Activities include: snorkeling, kayaking, a night hike, beach bike excursion, visiting the famous straw market, tour of Atlantis and the Port of Nassau, and a workshop on using drones in marketing.


Exterior of church in New ZealandUnpacking Cultural Identities in New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand

What might we learn about our US society through a 22-day immersion experience with, the New Zealanders of Maori, South Pacific, Asian, British and Irish ancestry? Our course illuminates terms such as indigenous peoples, dominant culture, involuntary minorities and voluntary immigrants as concepts to learn how power operates through cultural identities; and what impact these relationships have on academic performance, relative social status, and economic prosperity. We will engage New Zealanders in their communities to discover their attitudes, beliefs and traditions. Working with university and local program providers, we will visit rural villages and urban neighborhoods to interact with a mix of people who represent the diversity of multicultural New Zealand. In addition to our cultural studies, there will be opportunities to experience New Zealand’s cities, pristine South Pacific beaches, mountains, and bucolic countryside.

As we will be hiking and exploring the outdoors, this experience requires physical fitness and a rugged mindset. While we will stay in hotels sometimes, there will be nights when we lodge in hostels and holiday park campgrounds. If you are up for a adventure of a lifetime, then make an appointment to chat with the Drs. Livingston to learn more. 


May Away 2020

Grecian statues overlooking GreeceEducation, Sport and Society of Ancient Greece

Athens, Greece; Nafplion, Greece; Olympia, Greece; Pylos, Greece

Walk in the footsteps of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in Athens to learn how their ideas on education are still relevant today. Then travel to Peloponnese to learn about the first Olympic Games and grasp the complexities of ancient Greek societies through excursions to historical archaeological sites.


Evening view of a baseball fieldExploring American and Latin American Culture Through Baseball 

Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Cooperstown, New York, United States;New York, New York, United States; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Baseball is a sport that has long occupied a place in American society.  This course uses baseball and its long and colorful history to serve as a reflection for American culture by examining how the game responded to events such as the creation of labor unions, free enterprise (through free agency), segregation/integration, and cheating scandals. This course will also examine the history of baseball in Latin America and how the game of baseball has shaped the society and culture of these Latin America nations.  Students will draft a fantasy team and calculate statistics for their players including some of the new statistical categories introduced over the past decade. In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. The Hall of Fame describes itself as being dedicated to: “fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience.” Finally, students will experience the cultures in several northeast U.S. cities through attending major league games in these cities and participating in historical tours of each city.