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Summer 2017 Faculty-led Experiences

Honors College students have several amazing international opportunities for faculty-led study abroad experiences in summer 2017.


Faculty-Led Ireland: Exploring the History, Culture and Environment of Ireland

Dates: May 9-22, 2017
Credits: HNRS 370, NATRS 312 or HNRS 430 (by permission of the professor)
Faculty member: Matthew Carroll
Application deadline: Feb. 1, 2017
Program Cost: TBD

One island, two countries: contemporary Ireland, north and south, has sustained and developed its rich and highly textured culture in spite of numerous invasions, waves of immigration, and centuries of war and deforestation. Despite (or perhaps because of) its often traumatic history, this beautiful island has a world famous reputation for hospitality and a remarkable willingness to share its history, culture and environment with all who come to its shores.

Destinations
Located in North Atlantic Ireland is an is the second largest island in the British Isles. A popular international travel destination for many, Ireland is known for its welcoming nature. Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom), this rich history will be explored on this program.

For more information
Visit the International Programs website: Faculty-Led Ireland: Exploring the History, Culture and Environment of Ireland


Scandinavia: The Vikings and Beyond

Dates: June 18-July 2, 2017
Credits: HNRS 380 or HNRS 430 (by permission of the professor)
Faculty member: Kim Andersen
Application deadline: Feb. 1, 2016
Program Cost: TBD

The 8th- 11th centuries constitute the roughly 300 years historians have termed ‘the Viking Age.’ During this time the peoples of Scandinavia put their cultural imprint on Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Since those early days of Vikings, Scandinavia has developed into modern Western European nations of high living standards, universal healthcare, and a vibrant social and arts scene. In particular, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden are characterized by a highly social and academic consciousness of their common cultural, Viking past and beyond to ancient times.

Along with first-hand experiences of contemporary life in the three nations, we will search for remnants of ancient Norse cultures (before and after the Viking age) in museums and sights with the purpose of making connections between present and the past to form a holistic understanding only possible when venturing beyond textbooks.

Course requirements include preparatory meetings during spring 2014 to conduct research, a travel journal, and a post-travel research paper examining the confluence of Scandinavian art and culture.

Required readings include: An up-to-date guide to Scandinavia, e.g. The Rough Guide to Scandinavia; Frommer’s Scandinavia, by Darwin Porter, et al;, or Lonely Planet Scandinavian Europe by Graeme Cornwallis, et al. Other texts handled by the instructor.

Destinations
We will arrive in Oslo, sail to Copenhagen, and travel by train to Stockholm. Stay in hostels and hotels.

For more information
Visit the International Programs website: Faculty-Led Scandinavia: The Vikings and Beyond

 

Read more about Professor Andersen’s faculty-led study abroad experience

Read about Professor Andersen’s 2014 trip to Scandinavia
Read his account of the summer 2013 trip to Spain.