Previous Study Away Courses

A studio art course featuring on-location photography. In addition to international travel, the photography fieldwork takes advantage of VWU’s great location with travel to the Virginia Beach resort area, N.C. Outer Banks, and Colonial Williamsburg. Students create photo essays, learn advanced features of digital cameras, and use Adobe Photoshop and Light room to edit images. In previous years, the course traveled to the UK, France, The Netherlands, and New Zealand.
ART 307: Travel Photography

Description: A spring 2016 studio art course featuring on-location photography with the option of European travel in mid-May. The photography fieldwork takes advantage of VWU’s great location with travel to the Virginia Beach resort area, N.C. Outer Banks, and Colonial Williamsburg.  Students create photo essays, learn advanced features of digital cameras, and use Adobe Photoshop and Light room to edit images. The optional travel to London, Paris, and Amsterdam takes place from May 16-25.

For more information, contact Prof. Sharon Swift (sswift@vwu.edu)


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BIO/EES 375: Topics in Tropical Biology

Description: An intensive field experience in neotropical ecosystems (rainforests, coral reefs, mangroves, caves, etc.).  Descriptive studies of local flora and fauna will be combined with an in-depth investigation of a topic of interest.  Field activities will include moderately strenuous exercise under a variety of weather conditions.

For more information, contact Prof. Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson (dgjackson@vwu.edu) or Prof. Maynard Schaus (mschaus@vwu.edu )


Virginia Wesleyan student working in the Clean Room at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, January 2015
CHEM 455: Measurement Science

Description: Students travel to Washington, D.C. to learn about the importance of rigorous analytical methods and standardization across the globe. They visit Chemistry laboratories, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

For more information, contact Prof. Maury Howard (mhoward@vwu.edu)


Virginia Wesleyan students and Prof. Liverman in San Francisco’s Chinatown, June 2017
CJ 215: Study Away Course in Criminal Justice

Description: Experience "The Rock" first hand. This course explores criminal justice issues beyond the classroom. Students travel to places where criminal justice institutions, events, and/or policies have influenced the field of criminal justice.

For more information, contact Prof. Scott Liverman (tliverman@vwu.edu)


Virginia Wesleyan students at Disney World, January 2017. Photograph by Kathy Merlock Jackson
COMM 333: Walt Disney’s America

Description: An investigation of the role of Disney in American culture.

For more information, contact Prof. Kathy Merlock Jackson (kmjackson@vwu.edu) or Prof. Terry Lindvall (tlindvall@vwu.edu).


Virginia Wesleyan students and Profs. Larkin and Malone in New York City, January 2017
ENG 248/348: Topics in Travel Writing

Description: Travel writing is an immensely popular and successful genre. Good travel writing weaves together research, experience, and vivid description. As a field, it is an interesting area to study because it incorporates conventions and styles from many genres. This course considers the complex genre questions surrounding travel writing and then delves into the writing itself. Time is spent researching our destination, planning itineraries, reading current travel writing and, of course, writing your own texts. Travel writing is also, undeniably, an exploration of the self as much as it of your destination.  Be prepared to challenge yourself to reflect on your experiences and responses to the journey. In 2017, this course traveled to New York City.

For more information, contact Prof. Sue Larkin (slarkin@vwu.edu).

Virginia Wesleyan students on the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland, June 2016
ENG/POLS 282: Irish Literature and Politics

Description: This cross-disciplinary course considers the ways in which Irish literary products have been directly influenced by social institutions and political systems and vice versa. The class takes place in and out of the classroom, exploring cultural and historical sites around Dublin. It coincides with the centennial celebration of the Easter Rising. We will also travel to Ireland's scenic west coast as well as to Northern Ireland. Prerequisite: Eng 105 with C or higher.

Prof. Leslie Caughell (lcaughell@vwu.edu) or Prof. Jennifer Slivka (jslivka@vwu.edu)


Virginia Wesleyan students in Haines, Alaska, June 2017
ENVS 283: Seminar in Alaska: Sustainability

Description: The majestic landscape of southeast Alaska provides the backdrop for this field-based course and allows hands-on exploration of the complex relationships between people and environments. "Live the text" as you learn about climate change while walking on a retreating glacier, study the life cycle of salmon while rafting the Chilkat River, identify plants and animals during a hike through a temperate rainforest, and discuss ancient and contemporary concepts of sustainability with native Tlingit people.

For more information, contact Prof. Larry Hultgren (lhultgren@vwu.edu).


Virginia Wesleyan students in South Korea, March 2017
HIST 222: History of Modern Korea

Description: Overview of Korean political, economic, social, and cultural history in the 19th and 20th centuries. Students travel to South Korea.

For more information, contact Prof. Dan Margolies (dmargolies@vwu.edu).


Virginia Wesleyan students on the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, January 2017. Photograph by Sara Sewell.
HIST 262: History of Prague

Description: This course investigates the history of various European cities, including Berlin, Paris, London, Vienna, and Prague. During the 2017 Winter Session, this course explores the history of Prague from its founding in the tenth century, through its existence as the capital of Czechoslovakia in the twentieth century, finally to its current post-communist life. The course employs Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, as a text to examine Czech identity and memory throughout the centuries.

For more information, contact Prof. Sara Sewell (ssewell@vwu.edu)


Virginia Wesleyan students before the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, May 2008
HUMS 231/341: A Tale of Two Cities

Description: A travel and research course that explores the culture of Paris and Normandy.

For more information, contact Prof. Michael Hall (mhall@vwu.edu).


Theatre students in New York, 2013
MBE 490: Independent Study in Management

Description: As a top global destination, London provides a vibrant backdrop for exploring the business of the city. As our course group is formed, together we fashion our itinerary based on student project proposals. Visits to enterprises such as Lloyds of London, the Financial Times, the London Stock Exchange, Fuller's Brewery, Wembley Stadium, and the BBC are arranged. Prior to departure, case studies on the airline, hotel, tour group, and theatre industry introduce students to the culture and commerce of London.

For more information, contact Prof. Linda Ferguson (laferguson@vwu.edu).


Virginia Wesleyan students in the Netherlands, January 2017
PSY 305: History of Psychopathology in Europe

Description: An examination of psychology in cultural settings in Europe.

For more information, contact Prof. Taryn Myers (tmyers@vwu.edu) or Prof. Craig Jackson (cjackson@vwu.edu)


Virginia Wesleyan students working with the staff of Ahihi Kinau’s Natural Area Reserve, Hawaii, January 2015
REC 348: Maui to Moguls

Description: Study the impact of adventure travel on culture and the environment.

For more information, contact Prof. Doug Kennedy (dkennedy@vwu.edu).


Students in Oxford, England with Profs. Terry Lindvall and Ben Haller. June 2014
RELST 326: Methodism

Description: An excursion to Scotland and England to study the Protestant reform movements of John Knox, Thomas Cranmer, John Wesley, and a little bit of C S Lewis. 

For more information, contact Prof. Terry Lindvall (tlindvall@vwu.edu)


Prof. Terry Lindvall with students at Merton College in Oxford, 2014
RELST 352/452: Seminar in Lewis & Tolkien

Description: Study the works of C. S. Lewis & J. R. R. Tolkien where they lived and wrote.

For more information, contact Prof. Terry Lindvall (tlindvall@vwu.edu).


Virginia Wesleyan students and Prof. Lindvall in the UK, May 2016
RELST 361/461 Topics in Religion: Scottish and English Reformations

Description: An excursion to Scotland and England to study the Protestant reform movements of John Knox, Thomas Cranmer, John Wesley, and a little bit of CS Lewis. 

For more information, contact Prof. Terry Lindvall (tlindvall@vwu.edu)


Virginia Wesleyan students in Mexico. January 2016
SPAN 219/319: Seminar in Hispanic Culture

Description: Course combines class instruction with travel to the Mayan World in the Yucatan Peninsula to examine Latin American cultures.

For more information, contact Prof. Diana Risk (drisk@vwu.edu).


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SPAN 313: Seminar in Hispanic Cultures

Description: This course combines traditional class instruction and travel to the Mayan World in the Yucatan Peninsula, a unique archaeological region that reveals the rich past of the Latin American cultures.

For more information, contact Prof. Diana Risk (drisk@vwu.edu)


Theatre students in New York, 2013
TH 270/370: Theatre Seminar

Description: This course examines culture and business in London. As a top global destination, London serves as the backdrop for exploring the interdependent nature of business and culture. Students undertake group and independent experiences that explore the connections between research, on-site experience, and informed reflection and criticism.

For more information, contact Prof. Travis Malone (tmalone@vwu.edu).