2020-21 Study Away Courses

2020-21 Study Away Course Preview

Originally held on April 30, 2020, this workshop features three VWU faculty discussing their 2020-21 short term study away courses. Professors Nafar (MBE 209, Morocco), Gonsalves-Jackson (BIO/EES 375, Belize and Guatemala), and D. Kennedy (SRM 348, Hawaii) provide information on the location, itinerary, and registration process for each course. Hosted by The Lighthouse's Study Away Program (SAP). For more information, contact the SAP director, Ms. Mandy Reinig.

Grant Application Deadlines

  • Summer Session 2020: See SHIPP

Virginia Wesleyan University offers study away courses taught by our own faculty. The 2020-21 courses are listed below. For more information about individual courses, contact the faculty instructor directly.

Students enrolled in VWU’s study away courses may apply for The Lighthouse’s Study Away Course Grants.

Spring 2021

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as il Duomo,in Florence, Italy. Photo by Taylor McIntyre/Trip Savvy

APMU 212: Wesleyan Choirs: Vox Vera

Description: The Vox Vera will be touring and performing in Italy, partnering with several choirs in the Tuscany region. The trip will include opportunities to see Florence, Venice, Arezzo, and Pisa, with performing opportunities with the University of Florence and the Schuola Cantorum di Bazzano.
Destination: Italy
Course Dates: Spring Semester 2021
Tentative Travel Dates: March 15-23, 2021
Estimated Course Travel Fee: $2,100

For more information, please contact Prof. Bryson Mortensen (bmortensen@vwu.edu).


Virginia Wesleyan student, Dayna Cook, snorkeling in Belize, January 2009. Photograph by Prof. Maynard Schaus.

BIO/EES 375: Tropical Ecology: Belize and Guatemala

Description:

An intensive field experience in neotropical ecosystems (coral reefs, rainforests, caves, mangrove swamps, etc.), that links ecological phenomena with social and historical factors to examine the conservation of biodiversity. Field activities require moderately strenuous exercise and considerable hiking.
Destination: Belize and Guatemala
Tentative Travel Dates: May 2021
Estimated Course Travel Fee: $3,350

For more information, please contact Prof. Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson (dgonsalvesjackson@vwu.edu).


The historical Medina of the city of Rabat, capital of Morocco. Photograph from internationaltraveller.com/africa/morocco/city-guide-to-rabat-morocco/

MBE 209: Business in Emerging Markets

Description:

This course investigates the opportunities and challenges of doing business in emerging markets. It examines the political, legal, cultural, and economic factors that shape the business environment in such markets. The course also investigates business entry mode strategies, negotiating and relationship building in emerging markets and methods to assess risks and opportunities. The course will travel to Morocco. The country is currently categorized as an emerging market and has undergone major changes to foster political stability, improve economic activity and enhance the quality of life of its citizens.
Destination: Morocco
Tentative Travel Dates: May 2021
Estimated Course Travel Fee: $3,600

For more information, please contact Prof. Nadia Nafar (nnafar@vwu.edu).


MODEL UN

POLS 346/347: Model United Nations

Description: These two courses provide understanding of the operations of the United Nations, including the UN’s bureaucratic structure, resolution writing, multilateral diplomacy, and specific issues in contemporary international politics. POLS 347 involves participation in the National Model UN Conference in New York City (NMUN). NMUN conferences replicate the rigorous process international learners must go through to find agreeable solutions to major problems in the world today.
Destination: New York City 
Course Dates: Spring Semester 2021
Tentative Travel Dates: April 2021
Estimated Course Travel Fee: $450

For more information, please contact Prof. Modupe Oshikoya (moshikoya@vwu.edu).

 


Virginia Wesleyan students and Prof. Terry Lindvall in the UK, Spring 2019. Anonymous photographer.

RELST 361/461: Topics in Religion: Oxford Faith and Literature (4 credits)
HUM 201: Travel in the Humanities: Oxford (2 credits)

Description: This seminar aims at establishing conversations with the writings of key Christian authors who studied and taught at Oxford University. Writers such as Dorothy Sayers, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams contributed a diverse catalogue of literature, ranging from detective fiction, plays, fantasy literature, children’s literature, apologetics, science-fiction, and supernatural thrillers. The course will be enhanced by the study away portion in which students will reside in Oxford for six days. 
Destination: Oxford, United Kingdom
Course Dates: Spring Semester 2021
Tentative Travel Dates: March 14-20, 2021
Estimated Course Travel Fee: $3,300

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

 


Virginia Wesleyan students participating in Goat Yoga in Maui, Hawaii, January 2020. Anonymous photographer.

SRM 348: Maui Sea to Sky: Adventure Travel's Impact on Culture and The Environment

Description:This course examines the impact that adventure travel has on culture and the environment. To study the impact, students travel to Maui and local Hampton Roads destinations. These trips, and working with local partners in Hawaii, help students understand how the activities they'll participate in (such as snorkeling, hiking, surfing, luau, and agri-tourism) have an effect on culture, the economy, and preservation of the environment. This is an active adventure-filled course.
Destination: Maui, Hawaii
Tentative Travel Dates: May 2021
Estimated Course Travel Fee: $2,200

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