2017-18 Study Away Courses

Virginia Wesleyan University offers study away courses taught by our own faculty. The 2017-18 courses are listed below. For more information about individual courses, contact the faculty instructor directly.

Students may apply for the Lighthouse’s Study Away Course Grants.

Read about students’ experiences in Environmental Studies 283: Seminar in Alaska: Sustainability with Profs. Larry Hultgren and Elizabeth Malcolm during summer 2017.

Winter Session 2018

Registration for Winter Session 2018 opens on September 18, 2017.

BIO375/EES 375: Tropical Ecology in Costa Rica

Description: An intensive field experience in neotropical ecosystems (coral reef, rainforests, a cloud forest, 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. The course is open to both science and non-science majors.
Course Dates: Winter Session 2018 (January 3-25, 2018)
Tentative Travel Dates: January 7-21, 2018
Approximate Cost: $2,125

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

HIST 262: History of the European City: Berlin

Description: This course examines the history of Berlin, focusing on the twentieth century. Berlin has been at the center of Germany’s tumultuous past for many decades. Through a study of Berlin’s historical landscape, including memorials, museums, architecture, and ruins, students examine the public debates that surround Berlin’s and Germany’s past. Students earn “Historical Perspective” credit. No German is required.
Course Dates: Winter Session 2018 (January 3-25, 2018)
Tentative Travel Dates: January 5-18, 2018
Approximate Travel Cost: $2,500

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


REC 348: Maui Sea to Sky: Principles of Adventure Tourism

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 help students to understand how tourist activities (such as snorkeling, hiking, surfing, luau, and agri-tourism) have an effect on culture, the economy, and preservation of the environment.
Course Dates: Winter Session 2018 (January 3-25, 2018)
Tentative Travel Dates: January 10-18, 2018
Approximate Travel Cost: $2,100

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

הר הבית והכותל
By מאור וינטרוב (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
RELST 361: Ancient to Modern Israel

Description: This course travels to Israel, a land whose history and sites offer a unique opportunity to explore the history and development of biblical literature, as well as the three major monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Course Dates: Winter Session 2018 (January 3-25, 2018)
Tentative Travel Dates: January 12-21, 2018
Approximate Travel Cost: $3,500

For more information, please contact Prof. Craig Wansink (cwansink@vwu.edu)

Spring 2018

Virginia Wesleyan students at Carnegie Hall, 2014
APMU 111: Virginia Wesleyan Singers

Description: The Virginia Wesleyan Singers have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in April 2018 under the direction of Prof. Bryson Mortensen, the conductor the 125-member choir. The course will be offered during the spring 2018 semester when the choir will prepare for the performance.
Course Dates: Spring 2018 semester
Tentative Travel Dates: April 20-24, 2018
Approximate Travel Cost: $1,500

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


Theatre students in New York, 2013
HIST 222: History of Modern Korea

Description: This course provides an overview of Korean political, economic, social, and cultural history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It pays special attention to the impact of colonialism and South Korea’s relationship with other countries during the era of colonization.
Course Dates: Spring 2018 semester
Tentative Travel Dates: Spring Break 2018 (March 26 -- April 2, 2018)
Approximate Travel Cost: $3,300

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

Tower Bridge, London, England, UK
HUM 201: Travel in the Humanities

Description: Through campus activities and travel, students understand the breadth and influence of the Humanities by visiting historical sites, experiencing theatrical performances, discovering world-renowned museums, and exploring one of the world’s most influential cities. 
Course Dates: Spring 2018 semester
Tentative Travel Dates: Spring Break 2018 (March 23 - April 2, 2018)
Approximate Travel Cost: $3,200
Tentative Syllabus with Itinerary

For more information, please contact Prof. Travis Malone (tmalone@vwu.edu) or Prof. Susan Larkin (slarkin@vwu.edu)

Summer Session 2018

SHIPP study away grants are available for the following courses. For information and the application, visit The Lighthouse on VWU's Portal.

El Yunque Puerto Rico
By Björn Söderqvist (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via flikr
BIO 489: Biodiversity of Harvestmen in Puerto Rico

Description:In this intensive research course, students explore the large variety of biodiversity that exists on the island of Puerto Rico. Students explore rainforests, swamps, and more. Field activities require moderate strenuous exercise and considerable hiking.
Course Dates: Summer Session
Tentative Travel Dates: June 1-14, 2018
Approximate Cost: $2,500

For more information, please contact Prof. Maynard Schaus (mschaus@vwu.edu) or Prof. Victor Townsend (vtownsend@vwu.edu)

British Parliament and Big Ben
CJ 215: Criminal Justice in London

Description: This course offers students the opportunity to study the British criminal justice system first hand. Site visits include Parliament and the Inns of Court, where British lawyers train. Students observe court cases and meet with British law enforcement officials.
Course Dates: Summer Session
Tentative Travel Dates: Early June 2018
Approximate Cost: $3,250

For more information, please contact Prof. William Pruitt (wpruitt@vwu.edu)


VWU students in 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.

Course Dates: Summer Session 
Tentative Travel Dates: Early June 5-15, 2018
Approximate Cost: $3,700

For more information, contact Prof. Bill Gibson (wgibson@vwu.edu).


Berlin reichstag CP
By Cezary Piwowarski (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
POLS 318: Germany in a Changing World

Description: This course provides an introduction to German politics over the past 70 years. It relates Germany’s history to international developments, focusing on the political development of Berlin.
Course Dates: Summer Session
Tentative Travel Dates: 3 weeks from late May to early June 2018
Approximate Cost: $3,000

For more information, please contact Prof. Antje Schwennicke (aschwennicke@vwu.edu)