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2018-19 Study Away Courses

Grant Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester 2018: June 1, 2018
  • Winter Session 2019: September 7, 2018
  • Spring Semester 2019: November 15, 2018
  • Summer Session 2019: See SHIPP

Virginia Wesleyan University offers study away courses taught by our own faculty. The 2018-19 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.

Fall 2018

BIO 340 student off Turtle Rock Island, Belize, January 2016. Anonymous photograph.

BIO 340: Tropical Marine Ecology

Description: This course provides an introduction to the major tropical marine habitats and the ecological processes that control tropical marine ecosystems with focus on coral reefs, mangroves and tropical seagrass beds. The increasing environmental degradation in tropical marine communities are also discussed. The course includes the option of completing an intensive field experience in the Florida Keys or a research paper examining tropical ecosystems such coral reefs, mangroves, or seagrass beds.
Destination: Florida Keys, FL
Course Dates: Fall Semester Session 2018
Tentative Travel Dates: October 11-16, 2018
Approximate Cost: $1,300
Tentative Syllabus with Itinerary

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

Winter Session 2019

Registration for Winter Session 2019 opens for incoming first-year students in June and for returning student on September 17th.

CHEM 310 students. Washington, D.C., January 2016. Photograph by Prof. Maury Howard.

CHEM 310: Metrology: Measurement of Science

Description: This course introduces students to metrology as it applies to global commerce as well as the measurement systems and standards it generates. Students engage in high-level measurement practices with scientists at the U.S. metrology institute, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in the Washington DC area. Students investigate how industrial chemists, regulated by those standards, ensure compliance with product specifications in a commercial laboratory; including day trips to local labs in Virginia. This is an advanced elective for science majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 120 and the successful completion of any 200-level chemistry course with a grade of C or better.
Destination: Washington, D.C.
Course Dates: Winter Session 2018 (January 3-25, 2018)
Tentative Travel Dates: January 7-11, 2019
Approximate Travel Cost: $750
Tentative Syllabus with Itinerary

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


HIST 262 students on the Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic, January  2017. Photograph by Prof. Sara Sewell.

HIST 262: History of the European City: Prague

Description: This course explores the history of Prague from its founding in the tenth century, through its medieval years, its Early Modern period, the nineteenth century, its existence at the capital of Czechoslovakia, to finally 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. Students earn “Historical Perspective” credit.
Destination: Prague, Czech Republic
Course Dates: Winter Session 2019 (January 3-25, 2019)
Tentative Travel Dates: January 7-25, 2019
Approximate Travel Cost: $3,000
Tentative Syllabus with Itinerary

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


Virginia Wesleyan students exploring Ek Balam's cenote in Yucatan, Mexico. Photograph by Diana Risk.

HON 200: Societies and Resources from Local Practices to Global Impact

Description: Combining perspectives based on the sciences and the humanities, this course examines the ways that societies adapt to and transform the natural environment. Beginning in the magnificent ancient cities of Chichen Itza and Ek-Balam, we enter the Mayan world of science and religion. Our course includes a visit to Universidad de Oriente in Valladolid, Yucatán where a specialist in Mayan cosmogony guides us through the study of medicinal plants and the notion of holistic healing. Students have an opportunity to research regional resources in interaction with local people and specialists in order to explore the co-evolutionary process by which man transforms and is transformed by the natural environment.
Prerequisite: Batten Honors College

Destination: Mexico
Course Dates: Winter Session 2019 (January 3-25, 2019)
Tentative Travel Dates: January 8-22, 2019
Tentative Syllabus with Itinerary
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For more information, please contact Prof. Diana Risk (drisk@vwu.edu) or Prof. Dan Margolies (dmargolies@vwu.edu.


REC 348 students on the Waihee Ridge in Maui, Hawaii, January  2018. Photograph by Prof. Doug Kennedy.

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.
Destination: Maui, Hawaii
Course Dates: Winter Session 2019 (January 3-25, 2019)
Tentative Travel Dates: January 9-16, 2019
Approximate Travel Cost: $2,200
Tentative Syllabus with Itinerary

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

Spring 2019

RELST 361 students in Oxford, England, U.K., May  2016. Anonymous photograph.

RELST 361: Topics in Religion: Oxford Faith and Literature

Description: This course studies key authors of faith literature burgeoning out of Oxford University, including Dorothy Sayers, Charles Williams, C S Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, plus an immersion into their University world.
Destination: Oxford, England, UK
Course Dates: Spring Semester 2019
Tentative Travel Dates: March 16-23, 2019

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

Summer 2019

VWU’s Wesleyan Singers performing at Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY, April 2018. Anonymous photograph.

APMU 230: Wesleyan Chorale Tour

Description: This course provides students with the opportunity to perform in Florence, Italy and learn about world-class Italian music. They also explore the sights and sounds of Florence and discover the Italian way of life.
Destination: Florence, Italy
Course Dates: Summer Semester 2019
Tentative Travel Dates: May 31 - June 10, 2019

For more information, please contact Prof. Byrson Mortenson (bmortenson@vwu.edu).


Caleb Mercer ‘19 at Iwashimizu Hachimangu in Kyoto, Japan, September 2017. Photograph by Toshihikosan.

HIST 223: History of Japan

Description: This course provides an overview of Japanese political, economic, social, and cultural history with an emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A major focus is a close examination of the impact of the capitalist world system on the formation of modern state and society. We also learn about the intangible cultural heritage of Japan in the forms of food, music, and art. This course is a 1-credit enhancement to the 4-credit spring 2019 semester course.
Destinations: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, & Hiroshima, Japan
Course Dates: Summer Semester 2019
Tentative Travel Dates: May 31 - June 10, 2019

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


Students inside Harlaxton Manor. Photograph provided by Harlaxton College.

HIST 323: Tudor England

Description: This course introduces students to the political, social, religious, economic, intellectual and literary developments that ushered England from the late Middle Ages into a renaissance of culture under the Tudor rulers. Topics include the Lancastrian ascendancy, the Wars of the Roses, early Tudor humanism, the Henrician “revolution.” the English Reformation, the “Little Tudors” and the reign of “Gloriana” Elizabeth I. Students gain an appreciation for the failings and triumphs of human nature through their study of the great events and personalities of the Tudor age.
Destinations: Harlaxton, UK
Course Dates: Summer Semester 2019
Tentative Travel Dates: May 26 - June 29, 2019

For more information, please contact Prof. Clay Drees (cdrees@vwu.edu).


Amanda Gerni '19 in Haines, Alaska, summer 2016.

HON 200: Environmental and Cultural Sustainability in Alaska

Description: This course focuses on the distinctive and dramatic landscape of Southeast Alaska to illustrate the interconnectedness between the major forces that have shaped our planet and how its inhabitants live their lives. It emphasizes the complex relationships that exist throughout the natural world and how they interact to have economic, social, cultural, and philosophical implications. Prerequisite: Batten Honors College.
Destination: Haines, Alaska
Course Dates: Summer Session 2019 (May 29-June 15)
Tentative Travel Dates: June 3-13, 2019

For more information, please contact Prof. Larry Hultgren (lhultgren@vwu.edu) or Prof. Elizabeth Malcolm (emalcolm@vwu.edu).


Machu Picchu, Peru, June 2017. Photograph by Michael Hall.

HON 200: From the Amazon to the Andes

Description: This course investigates and experiences two adjacent and long-interrelated areas of Peru. We’ll go off the grid for five days into the Amazon jungle, which is perhaps the most biodiverse area on the planet, then go high into the Andes to the heartland of the Incan empire, including a visit to one of the world’s great sights, Machu Picchu. In both places we’ll spend considerable time with indigenous peoples, learning through them a different way to understand not only their but our own world. Prerequisite: Batten Honors College.
Destination: Peru
Course Dates: Summer Session 2019
Tentative Travel Dates: May 20--31, 2019

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


Virginia Wesleyan students in Berlin, Germany, summer 2018. Photograph by Antje Schwennicke.

HON 200: Germany in a Changing World

Description: An introduction to German politics over the last 60 years. It relates the historical developments in 20th-century Germany to global and international developments. A special focus is the political historical development of Berlin, which provides the background for different excursions in the city. The course seeks to bring history to life by taking you to historical places that relate German politics to international developments. Movie screenings and guest lectures also facilitate the understanding. As a service project, students engage with Syrian refugees that arrived in Berlin in great numbers over the past two years. Prerequisite: Batten Honors College.
Destination: Berlin Germany
Course Dates: Summer Session 2019 (May 28–June 16)
Tentative Travel Dates: May 31 -- June 16,, 2019

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


Jenna Serna ‘18 in London, England, U.K., January 2017.

HUM 201: Travel in the Humanities

Description: Students are given the opportunity to experience and explore the humanities in London. The course includes tours of local attractions, historical sites, attendance at theatrical performances, and museums. In both classroom activities and the tour, students are given a new perspective on a city rich with historical and cultural diversity.
Destinations: London, England, UK
Course Dates: Summer Semester 2019
Tentative Travel Dates: May 31 - June 9, 2019

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

 


VWU students at the National Institute of Health, Washington, D.C. October 2017. Photograph by Prof. Kathy Stolley.

SOC 215: Story of Medicine

Description: Acknowledging that health, illness, the practice of medicine, and medical institutions are social and cultural as well as matters of biology, this course is designed and structured to introduce a sociological examination of medicine and medical knowledge. Students visits locations that combine to tell the story of medicine and how medical knowledge is created, ranging from the lens of historical perspectives to cutting-edge research.
Destinations: Washington, D.C.
Course Dates: Summer Semester 2019
Tentative Travel Dates: June 2019

For more information, please contact Prof. Kathy Stolley (kstolley@vwu.edu).