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Each study abroad program fulfills one year (6 credits) of Honors credit requirements. Note that all programs are Spring/Summer, except for Costa Rica: Fall/Fall mini-term (winter break.)
Cambodia-Vietnam: Their Place in American History
This is an interdisciplinary service-research program. During the spring semester, students are introduced to features of Cambodian and Vietnamese culture and history, with their relevance to recent American history and America’s involvement in the Indochinese conflicts. The trip portion of this program will take students to Bangkok, then to Vietnam to learn about the importance of the US-Vietnam War, its historic roots, the influence it has had on shaping current foreign policy decisions, and today’s relationship between Vietnam and the US. For more information, click here.
Costa Rica: Environment and Sustainability
Costa Rica is determined to become the first carbon-neutral country in the world by 2021. Students on the 4-week winter break trip will focus on the country’s initiatives in social responsibility, “green” development, biodiversity, ecotourism, indigenous community, and the fight against global warming. They will explore everything from ant farms to rainforest medicines, from volcanoes to snorkeling, from exotic birds to gulch-spanning ziplines, from crocodiles to frog ponds. In El Copal, La Fortuna and Chira Island we will be living with and working hand-in-hand giving our service to local entrepreneurs and farmers in the initial stages of developing small-scale sustainable tourism enterprises and coffee plantations. For more information, click here.
France: Art, War, and Human Rights
From great conflict comes great change. This interdisciplinary course examines France’s dramatic political, intellectual, and cultural conflicts. Students will experience French history firsthand, from the Roman conquest of Gaul to the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy, by way of the intellectual battles of the Enlightenment and the artistic revolution of the 19th century. Based in Paris, the class will navigate Francois I’s Renaissance in the Loire castles, Marie Antoinette’s final trek through Paris to the guillotine, and Hemingway’s walk through the streets of the Latin Quarter. Engage in debates about absolutism, nationalism, revolution and human rights in the country that saw the most radical, idealistic, and brutal revolution in Europe. For more information, click here.
Italy: Grand Tour Redux
Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Venice – an Honors College seminar taught on location in the most historic and magical destinations in Italy. Grand Tour Redux is built on the premise that understanding our past enables us to understand ourselves. This interdisciplinary course examines the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance and the influence of these eras on the contemporary world. The seminar reconstructs the traditional 18th century Grans Tour. Students will reflect on the contemporary and personal relevance of Italian culture in the 21st century world. For more information, click here.
Japan: Searching Reciprocity in Japan
We will observe Japan from 1600 to 1868, focusing on various perspectives from the society of the Tokugawa years—also known as the Edo period. We will research Edo’s ecological and reciprocal lifestyle in downtown Tokyo first, and then research the spiritual interrelation between nature and the Ainu people (indigenous people) in Hokkaido. The Ainu have maintained a reciprocal lifestyle with nature and animals. A multi-perspective approach will be used to discuss and analyze the development of the Edo and Ainu societies. For more information, click here.
South Africa: One Health, Global Communicable Diseases: an African Exposure
This hands-on field course provides insights into the history, geography, culture, flora and fauna of South Africa combined with a consideration of the modern political, social, and institutional systems which impact regional and national health problems. The country, with its spectrum of diseases and resources, is ideally suited to study challenges and solutions to Global Health issues. For more information, click here.
Spain: Miami España: Ida y Vuelta
Reflecting on the sacred (Catholicism, language, art) and the profane (futbol, tapas, paseo), students will develop unique cultural perspectives based on study and experience. After a semester exploring the Spanish influence on the Americas in Miami, students will spend three weeks in Madrid, Sevilla, and Barcelona studying Spanish culture and searching for American manifestations in Spain. In addition the class will make day trips to Segovia, Toledo, El Escorial, and Montserrat. For more information, click here.