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2021-22 Study Away Courses

Faculty Study Away Course Spotlights

The Director of Global Engagement, Mandy Reinig, is conducting a series of interviews with VWU faculty who lead study away courses.

Dr. Terry Lindvall discusses his course in Oxford, England.

Dr. Doug Kennedy discusses his course in Maui, Hawaii.

Dr. Craig Wansink discusses his course in Israel and Palestine.

Dr. Elizabeth Malcolm discusses her course in Alaska.

Dr. Antje Schwennicke discusses her course in Berlin, Germany and her Model United Nations course in New York City. 

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. Please contact the Director of Global Engagement, Mandy Reinig, for more information.

Spring 2022

APMU 211: Wesleyan Camerata

Description: Join the Virginia Wesleyan Choirs and travel to Carnegie Hall in New York City to sing Vivaldi's Gloria along with hundreds of other singers. In addition to rehearsals and time in Carnegie Hall, students will have opportunities to explore New York City and attend a variety of performances.
Destination: New York City, NY
Tentative Travel Dates: April 27-May 1, 2022

For more information, please contact Prof. Bryson Mortensen (

HUM 201: Travel in the Humanities (2 or 4 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.
Destination: Oxford, England
Tentative Travel Dates: March 11-20, 2022

For more information, please contact Prof. Terry Lindvall (

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 
Tentative Travel Dates: April 2022

For more information, please contact Prof. Antje Schwennicke (

Summer 2022

ENVS 283: Seminar in Alaska

Description: This unique interdisciplinary 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. The emphasis of this course is to foster students’ awareness of complex relationships that exist throughout the natural world and how they interact to have economic, social, cultural, and philosophical implications. Trip includes visits to the Mendenhall Glacier, Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center and Bald Eagle Preserve, Haines Sheldon Museum, field trips with local experts, and an overnight rafting trip on the Chilkat River.
Destination: Juneau and Haines, Alaska
Tentative Travel Dates: June 6-16, 2022

For more information, please contact Prof. William Gibson (

PSY 205 Lifespan Development Psychology

Description: Have you ever wondered why babies cling to their parents so fiercely, why toddlers say they “drawed” a picture or “goed” to the store, why many teens are so painfully self-conscious or why we get wrinkles when we age, this course will help you answer those questions. You will learn about the diversity of lifespan human development from a cultural perspective. The course may involve visits to various sites to supplement course concepts. Course activities will include interactive modules to help you learn and retain information, short videos of real people to bring the course concepts alive, homework in the form of an interactive video game, and assessment activities in the form of a final.
Destination: Harlaxton, England
Tentative Travel Dates: July 10-August 10, 2022

For additional information please click here to view a video about the course.

Information on the Harlaxton Summer Program

For more information, please contact Prof. Gabriela Martorell ( .

For information on the Batten Honors College courses being offered in 2021-22 please click here.