May Term 2016 International Travel Courses

As for 10-28-15, the following courses are still accepting new applications on a rolling, space-availability basis.  Some courses may only be open for a short period longer so it is recommended that you submit your application materials soon. 

The ECC designations for each course, if any, are listed following the course instructor name(s).  For specific questions related to the content and/or destinations of a travel course, please contact the course instructor(s). For information about how to apply to participate in one of these travel courses, please click here, and for application related questions, please contact Director of International Education Jay Wilkinson (

Courses traveling to Asia and the Pacific region:

SEA 297-ISJ Religion, History, and Culture in Israel and Jordan (Mark Gammon); ECC: Global Perspective; Preliminary cost estimate: $4,850 plus $75 for books, $150 for meals not covered by course fee, and $135 passport fee, if needed.

Students will explore the intersections among religion, history, and contemporary culture by visiting a number of sites in Jordan and Israel. Using a variety of analytical tools, we will discern how the contemporary Middle East is a product of various historical and cultural movements over thousands of years, with special focus on the region’s importance to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Courses traveling to Central or South America or the Caribbean region:

SEA 197-HON Coral reef and marine biology on Roatán, Bay Islands of Honduras (Ryan Rehmeier & Justin Brown); ECC: Scientific Reasoning; Preliminary cost estimate: $4,090 plus $100 for optional immunizations, $100 for personal diving equipment (mask, snorkel, fins), and $135 passport fee, if needed. For students with SCUBA certification, course fee can be discounted by $600 to $3,490.

This course will explore the ecology and conservation of coral reefs in Roatán, the largest of Honduras’s Bay Islands in the southwest Caribbean Sea. Roatán is located at the south end of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world, making it an ideal place to engage in experiential learning via SCUBA diving and snorkeling. Students will learn about the ecology of fringing and barrier reefs, seagrass beds, intertidal environments, and mangroves. There will be hands-on learning of coral reef ecology; coral, fish, algae, and marine invertebrate identification; mangrove ecology; coral reef monitoring techniques; threats to reefs; and impacts of tourism on conservation. Students will be advised in the design and implementation of marine biology research, and they will carry out group research projects and present on them while there. Discussions in the spring prep course, active participation in all off-campus group activities, group research projects, and a final reflective essay will make up the course work. This is a course with no prerequisites, but it is designed for biology or non-biology majors genuinely interested in science.

Courses traveling to Europe:

SEA 197-EUR An Economic and Cultural Exploration of European Open Air Markets (Jim Palmieri); ECC: Global Perspective; Preliminary cost estimate: $4,360 plus $40 for books, and $135 passport fee, if needed

Open air street markets selling food, clothing and collectibles are common throughout Europe. In this course you will learn about the cultural and historical function of street markets, their economic structure and pricing strategies, and how they compete against the more “formal” business sector. Through interacting with market vendors and customers, as well as carrying out field research, you will develop a deeper understanding of how open air markets work. You will take an assessment exam as part of your spring 2016 preparatory class. During our time in-country, you will carry out field research, share your results with the class and keep a journal of your experiences.

SEA 197-TEG Theatre, Arts and Culture in London and Stratford (Steve McLean); ECC: Global Perspective; Preliminary cost estimate: $3,750 plus $400 for meals not covered by course fee, and $135 passport fee, if needed.

This course will combine opportunities to visit many important historical sites in Western culture with opportunities to experience many theatrical performances by important British companies and performers. Students will investigate London and Stratford. Included will be tours of London and the Covent Garden Theatre area and Shakespeare’s New Globe theatre, Bankside, and the “Ripper” district of London. Also included will be visitations to The British Museum, Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum. Additional sites will be included as funds permit. Theatrical events will include performances and/or tours of the following: Shakespeare’s New Globe Theatre, The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Museum and associated sites (Stratford). Additional performances will be taken in at other important venues in London. Students will have ample free time in London for individual exploration relative the student’s personal interests. Students will research and present reports on one of these sites in advance of the experience and will maintain a reflective journal with entries related to each of the required activities.

Course which is full but is accepting new applications for possible places on a waitlist:

SEA 197-CRI From Coffee and Chocolate to Ziplining and Snorkeling: Ethics of Ecotourism in Costa Rica (Allison Wolf); ECC: Global Perspective and Intercultural Communication; Preliminary cost estimate: $5,050 plus $135 passport fee, if needed.

Rescue a jaguar, tour an indigenous reserve, take an educational hike through the cloud forest, learn how to make chocolate or grow coffee, hold an iguana, or simply snorkel and then relax on a pristine beach. These are just a few activities that tourists can do in Costa Rica. Well, let me correct that, they are activities ecotourists can do when they visit Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is one of the leaders in ecotourism. And, as a result, tourism has surpassed coffee as the largest sector of the Costa Rican economy. In recent years, however, an increasing number of voices are beginning to question the philosophical underpinnings, effectiveness and ethics of ecotourism. In this class, we will explore ethical theories, Costa Rica’s history and culture, and engage in numerous ecotourism activities in order to investigate the ethical nature of ecotourism. Specifically, we will study Spanish, stay with host families, engage in service projects, and travel the country in order to explore where ecotourism has succeeded, where it has challenges, and what should be done in response.

Courses which are full and are no longer accepting new applications:

SEA 197-DMR Inequality and Social Inequity: Service, Culture, and Personal Development in the Dominican Republic (Marzia Corni-Benson & Megan Pilcher)

SEA 197-NZE From A to NZ: An Exploration of Physical Activity and Recreation in New Zealand (Emily Pankow & Cal Busby)

SEA 297-FRN Paris: Turning Points in French History (Sharon Wilkinson)

Courses which have been cancelled and are no longer accepting new applications:

SEA 197-BRA Brazil: From Empire to Dictatorship to Democracy (Eduardo Magalhaes)

SEA 197-BOS Recovery and Reconciliation after Civil War in Bosnia (Pat Singer & Ron Warnet)