Recent Academic Study Tours have included trips to Brazil, Mexico, Greece, Scandinavia & Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland & Lithuania, Russia, and Scotland. Academic Study Tours have counted for college credit in areas including, but not limited to: Education, Religious Studies, Women's Studies, History, and Sociology.
Italy: Siena Mission, Tradition Transformed (ATDV 250)
This interdisciplinary course will afford students an opportunity to connect and ground their academic pursuits with an in-depth exploration of the meaning, significance and relevance of the College’s Mission: its Catholic identity, Franciscan tradition and core values. Students will be introduced to some of the great minds of the Middle Ages influenced by Francis of Assisi (e.g., Bonaventure, Roger Bacon, John Duns Scotus), poets (e.g.; Jacopone da Todi and Dante), artists (e.g.; Cimabue, Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo De Vinci) as well as the social, political, ethical and economic theorists (e.g., Peter John Olivi, John Duns Scotus, Bernardine of Siena, Luca Pacioli) who brought the Franciscan vision into creative conversation with a variety of practical, social, economic and political problems of their time.
- Travel Dates: December 27, 2017 - January 5, 2018
- Estimated Cost: $2800
For more information, please contact Fr. Mark Reamer at email@example.com.
France: The Religious Treasures of Southern France (RELG 400)
In this course, students take upon an exploration of the history and significance of many religious treasures in Southern France. Along the way, students will visit: Vezelay, the tradition burial place of Mary Magdalene; the sacred and cultural monuments of Lyon; the historic city of Viennes, site of some of the earliest Christian martyrdoms; the righteous village of le Chandon sur Lignon, where thousands of Jews were rescued from the Nazi holocaust; Avignon, the site of the exiled Papacy of the 14th century; the papal vineyards of Chateuneuf du Pape and the abbeys and lavender fields of Provence; and much more. This course satisfies the Heritage Franciscan Concern (CFH). Non-student members of the Siena community are welcome, subject to availability.
- Travel Dates: May 14-28, 2018
- Estimated Cost: $4650
For more information, please contact Dr. Peter Zaas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spain: Culture through Cuisine: Exploring the Basque Region in Spain (SPAN 305)
In this course, students will learn about the disinctive identities of regional culture in Spain and how that regionalism is expressed through culinary differences and practices. Focusing on the Basque Country, students will explore different aspects of culinary culture in Spain to answer questions like: How does the architecture of the city space in Bilbao influence food production and consumption? What does the consumption of pintxos (larger tapas) mean for the economy and identity in San Sebastián, Spain? What role does the Slow Food movement play in countryside locations like the salt mines in Añana?
- Travel Dates: May 14-24, 2018
- Estimated Cost: TBD
For more information, please contact Dr. Marcela Garcés at email@example.com.
EU Member States (Belgium, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia): The EU of 2018 (POSC 450)
The European Union (EU) has faced several major challenges since the early 2000s. First, in 2004, came the largest enlargement with 10 post-communist East European countries becoming part of the EU. Second, since the summer of 2015, the ongoing Syrian civil war put EU unity to the test as millions of refugees from the Middle East and South Asia crossed EU borders and sought refuge in the most economically well-to-do EU states. Third, in 2016, the most recent jolt took place when Britain voted to leave the EU. This course will cover major political, historical, and economic developments that shaped the EU from its inception to the present, concluding with a travel to five EU member states: Belgium, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia (with transportation transfers in the Netherlands and Finland).
- Travel Dates: May 15-28, 2018
- Estimated Cost: $3100
For more information, please contact Dr. Ausra Park at firstname.lastname@example.org.