Students in this course examine social psychological and other factors related to genocide with a specific focus on the Holocaust. The course meets on campus in the spring semester and then travels to the Czech Republic and Poland in May.
Upon arriving in Central Europe, students first spend time in Prague, Czech Republic, visiting cultural and historical sites including Prague Castle, the Jewish Quarter, Charles University, and the Terezin concentration camp. After taking a train to Kraków, Poland, students tour the Old Town, the Wieliczka Saltmines, and the nearby concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau.
Another train leads to Warsaw, Poland, where students learn more about the effects of WWII and the Holocaust by touring Warsaw and nearby Treblinka, a Nazi death camp. The class also meets with psychology students and faculty from the Warsaw School of Social Sciences.
Contact:Dr. Celeste Gaia
This program will complement what students have learned in their on-campus English and History courses through an intensive and immersive nine-day study abroad program in London including excursions to York and Stratford. It aims to provide a hands-on connection to England’s persistent Renaissance culture in theatre, literature, architecture, and art. Students will engage in a detailed investigation of the interaction between sites of public entertainment, urban geography, and national governance during the English Renaissance.
In addition to expanding their knowledge of the cultural institution of the Renaissance playhouse, students will also further develop their understanding of Tudor and Stuart governance by exploring the architectural, artistic, and textual iconography of Renaissance monarchs present in London’s National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, British Museum, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and numerous other sites in London proper.
Study the history, politics, and literature of ancient Greece on campus in the spring semester and then spend spring break in Athens, Mycenae, Corinth, Epidaurus, and Delphi exploring the ancient remains. Athens is one of the oldest and greatest cities of Western Civilization, with a recorded history that extends back 3,400 years. During the Classical period Athens was a centre for the arts, learning, and philosophy. It was the home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum.
This course meets in the spring semester and examines sport throughout the world with an emphasis on sports that may be more popular outside the U.S., such as soccer, rugby, and cycling. Students also study sport organizations and structure. In May, the class learns more about the world of sport as they travel to Western Europe (possibilities: Ireland, England, France) to attend lectures and sporting events, meet with professionals in sport management, and visit famous sporting venues such as Wimbledon, the 2012 Olympic sites, Roland Garros, and the Stade de France.
Contact: Joy Scruggs
From ancient times through the 20th Century, the cultures of the Italian Peninsula expressed themselves through the visual arts. Trace the development of the civilization from the Roman Forum through the Baroque by visiting Rome, Pompeii, Florence, and Siena. Learn how the Italians work to live rather than live to work. Learn what it is like to be immersed in a culture that is international yet distinctive.
Students study the art of Italy -- 60% of the world’s masterpieces in architecture, painting, and sculpture are preserved in the small peninsula surrounded by the Mediterranean sea. Initially influenced by the Greeks and Etruscans, the Italians ultimately evolved artistic systems that served their Republic and later, Christian agendas. Italian art made a difference in the lives of most Italian citizens. This art has influenced Western thinking ever since its inception.
Contact:Prof. Charles Goolsby
Students in this course study the language and culture of Spain while visiting the cities of Sevilla, Córdoba, Madrid, Granada, Segovia, and Barcelona. Located in an area known as the Iberian Peninsula, Spain possesses a magnificent mix of art, history, culture, and architecture.
To learn more about Spanish culture, students will be exposed to both ancient and modern life of Spain. They will walk through the Plaza Mayor, an old district of Madrid; visit the Reina Sofia y Museo del Prado to see works by Velázquez, Goya, Greco, and Picasso; visit the beautiful Catedral de Sevilla; walk through Barrio de Santa Cruz to enjoy traditional tapas; and visit the grand Alhambra palace in Grenada. This program gives a new perspective on the evolution of Spanish civilization from the 7th century to the present.