International Education

International Education

2014 Program Descriptions

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WTI – 1E Micronesia: Biology, Geology & Culture of Pacific Tropical Islands

Professor Joel Thompson

Study and experience the rich tropical diversity and culture of Yap and Palau in the western Pacific Ocean.  Dive or snorkel some of the most diverse coral reefs in the world around these beautiful tropical islands.  Observe a coral reef cleaning station first hand, where many giant Manta Rays come to get cleaned off Yap.  Snorkel in the world famous Jellyfish Lake where the jellyfish do not sting, but have evolved to be algal farmers and visit the giant clam, Tridacna gigas, aquaculture facility in Palau.  We will study the important biological and geological principles operating in both coral reef environments and small volcanic islands.  We will also experience the unique cultures of these two beautiful tropical islands.  Yap is known as the land of stone money and the native language is Yapese. They have many unique traditional dances, stories and cultural traditions.  Learn about the culture of Palau and the use of story boards to tell their unique historical and cultural stories.  We will have readings and discussion sessions on the significant features to be observed during the trip.  Court evaluation will be based on participation, journal, and exam.  Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $ 6,750
Carbon Offset Fee: $ 36

WTI – 2E Natural History of the Galapagos Islands & Ecuador

Professor David Duncan

A unique opportunity to explore and study one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world.  We will camp in the Amazon rain forest, hike through the highland cloud forest, and spend a week snorkeling and exploring the Galapagos Islands.  While in Ecuador, students will have an opportunity to learn about tropical rain forest ecology, examine the history and culture of Ecuador, and study the unique features of the Galapagos Islands where Darwin developed his ideas on the origin of species.  Participants must be in excellent physical condition. 
A service learning component will be integrated into this class.  Pre-departure readings and lectures will prepare us for the trip.  Evaluation will be based on student participation, examinations, daily journal entries, and a final project.  Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $ 6,100
Carbon Offset Fee: $7

WTI – 1G Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia: A Business and Multicultural Adventure

Professor Ed Grasso

Explore ancient civilizations and world class organizations on this adventure.  The countries of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia have exhibited high levels of economic growth, business development, and cultural changes over the last decade and are designated as the new Asian Tigers or the next Mini Dragons.  We will compare and contrast the management strategies and leadership styles of organizations in each country while exploring their historical and cultural treasures, and interacting with students and faculty at major universities.

In Thailand we will visit ancient temples in Bangkok, ride elephants at the Lampang training center and visit a hill tribe village near Chiang Mai.  While in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam we will explore the Cu Chi Tunnels near Saigon, visit clothing manufacturers in Hoi An and walk the grounds of the Forbidden Purple City in Hue, the former imperial capital of past Vietnamese dynasties.  In the capital city of Hanoi we will visit Ho Chi Minh’s House, the Temple of Literature and enjoy “Roi Nuoc” a traditional water puppet show.  While in Cambodia we will explore the more than 100 sacred temples of Angkor Wat built between the 9th and 13th centuries in honor of the Khmer Kings.  Evaluation will be based on group project, paper, journal and intercultural interactions.  Open to all majors.  Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $ 8,525
Carbon Offset Fee: $38

WTI – 3E Tropical Marine Environments: Roatan

Professor Bruce Barber

This course is designed to familiarize you with diverse environments of Roatan, Honduras, and to provide you with an appreciation of the complex, interdisciplinary nature of this fragile environment.  The course will examine the integrated tropical ecosystems including coral reefs, sea grasses, mangroves, and rocky intertidal zones.  The geological component will examine carbonate systems particularly as related to the unique geological features, and the role tropical shallow-water ecosystems play in the geological development of the region.  This environment is an optimum site in which to see firsthand the interaction of geologic and biologic processes operating to produce this unique environment while requiring only a basic scientific understanding.  The course format will include preparatory lectures on the Eckerd campus, a field program at the Institute of Marine Sciences on Roatan, and a wrap-up on campus following return.  The field portion will require, at times, long periods on and in the water,  making observations and collecting data.  Consequently good swimming skills and snorkeling abilities are required.  SCUBA certification is not required, but recommended.  Non-divers are welcome.  A significant portion of this program will also be dedicated to examining the Roatan culture and how the population interacts with the environment.  Evaluation will be based on class participation, performance on research projects and presentations, and examinations. Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $3,300
Carbon Offset Fee: $3

WTI – 2G Spanish Language Immersion – Ecuador

Professor Nancy DiBella

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador.  Live with a host family and attend intensive language classes taught by local instructors.  Other activities include culinary and dance classes, as well as guided visits to museums, markets, archaeological sites, and hot springs.  One weekend excursion features hiking in Cajas National Park, with its scenic trails and blue lagoons.  A second weekend excursion includes a visit to Ingapirca, Ecuador’s most impressive Inca ruins.  Students will also visit the historic center of Quito, Ecuador’s capital.  Perched at 8,000 feet in the Andes Mountains, Cuenca is one of South America’s best preserved colonial cities.  Its historic core is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city has gained renown as a production center for Panama hats.  The program is open to all students who wish to study Spanish at the beginning or intermediate level.  Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $ 4,675
Carbon Offset Fee: $7

WTI – 3G French Language and Culture in Paris

Professor Ashley Scheu

In this course, we explore the vibrant city of Paris while learning French at an accelerated rate.  Each quartier or neighborhood in this sprawling cultural center offers its own slice of French life from world famous gardens, museums, and iconic historical buildings to a thriving music scene, intellectual centers, culinary diversity, haute couture fashion, and ethnic enclaves.  In this program, morning language study precedes afternoons of casual conversation or cultural activities.  Your intensive language courses will take place at the Alliance Francaise, a world-renowned institute for the study of French as a foreign language.  Weekends provide opportunities for longer group excursions to nearby Versailles, the opulent chateau where Louis VIX and Marie Antoinette lived out their last days, and to Giverny, the picturesque gardens where Monet painted many of his masterpieces.  Students will further improve their knowledge of French language and culture by living with host families in the city of Paris. This course, completed with a passing grade, may be used as part of the language requirement or as credit toward the major or minor.  No previous French experience required.  Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $ 5,200
Carbon Offset Fee: $17

WTI – 4G Cuban Connections Then and Now

Professor Mary Meyer

Cuban has long occupied a significant place in world and regional history, in American foreign policy and politics, in the popular American imagination and culture, and in the Tampa Bay area’s economic and socio-cultural history. This course examines Cuba’s unique history and culture as well as Cuba’s important connections with the US and the Tampa Bay area to the present day.  Special attention includes consideration of the complex images and on political relations today.  This course includes travel to Cuba for 12 days (11 nights), and a half-day excursion to Ybor City (Tampa) to explore our local Cuban connections.  Evaluation based on mastery of required readings and lectures, participation in seminar-style discussions, travel log/journal, short research paper, final exam and positive contribution as student-diplomat traveling in Cuba.  Prerequisites:  Permission of professor; some Spanish is preferred but is not required.  Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $ 4,450
Carbon Offset Fee: $2

WTI – 5G Bahamas: Field Archaeology

Professor Allan Meyers

This program explores the history and cultural heritage of the Bahamian people through an archaeological investigation of its plantation past. Students travel to Cat Island, a slender stretch of land on the eastern edge of the Bahamanian archipelago.  There they participate in an investigation of an abandoned settlement, set against a backdrop of subtropical forest, that was established after the American Revolutionary War by colonists who were loyal to the British Crown.  Recognized by locals as an important heritage site, the location is the focus of efforts to learn more about slavery in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Through field survey and mapping of the plantation's physical remains, students not only become acquainted with some essential methods of archaeological data collection, but they also assume a special vantage point from which to view key features of the Bahamian past.  In addition to fieldwork, the program considers the role of heritage management policy in addressing local attitudes toward the preservation and stewardship of archaeological remains related to slavery. The course includes preparatory sessions on the Eckerd campus followed by the field program near historic Port Howe on Cat Island.  Evaluation will be based on several writing assignments, class participation, command of field methods, a journal, and a final project.  Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $3,950
Carbon Offset Fee: $1

WTI – 1H American Independent Film:  the Sundance Film Festival

Professor Nathan Andersen

For the past several decades, independent film has played an important role in challenging the authority of the film industry represented by Hollywood, providing alternatives for viewers fed up with mainstream cinema.  The increasing quality of digital video and the potential for online funding and distribution has provided more opportunities for film makers to tell their stories and make them available, but with so many films out there it is harder for the good ones to stand out.  Film festivals, such as the Sundance Film Festival, remain vital for their role in getting the word out about what’s worth watching.  In this class we’ll spend two weeks exploring the history of American independent film, from the ‘70s, when maverick filmmakers like Dennis Hopper showed the world a different side of America, to the unique styles of filmmakers like Stephen Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino in the early ‘90s, to the radical changes in films of the last decade or so as a result of digital technologies and the internet.  The class will culminate in a visit to the Sundance Film Festival, held in Park City, Utah, where students will be a part of the action, spreading the word about the latest and greatest, and posting images and videos of their experience, in an online course blog.  Fulfills the Humanities Area Requirement.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $4,350
Carbon Offset Fee: $7

WTI – 6G Arabic Language Immersion and Culture in Morocco

Professor Abdullah Lux

Learn Arabic, a vital global language of culture, international affairs and business and an official UN language in the ancient city of Fez, Morocco, once called the “Mecca of the West”.’ This  enchanting hub of Arab and North African art, culture and commerce has retained its mystique and contains the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fas el-Bali, the world’s largest car-free urban area.  Attend language classes taught by local faculty, and experience the intriguing cultural delights daily, with visits to historical monuments, shrines and markets.  Weekend excursions planned to Meknes, Volubilis, and the desert with a final excursion to the legendary fortified medina (city) of Marrakesh, famous for its architecture and the vendor stalls of its bustling souq (market), under the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.  No prerequisite.  Course is open to all students at various levels.  Fulfills the Global Perspective. students, including those with no previous coursework in Arabic.  Final grade is based on exams, homework, and participatory exercises.  Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $6,165
Carbon Offset Fee: $17

WTI – 4E Biodiversity and Conservation in Peru

Professor Alison Ormsby

Learn about Peru’s environmental issues and conservation initiatives.  Meet with conservation professionals and visit conservation sites.  The course will address biodiversity and conservation issues within Peru and students will explore sites of environmental significance including Manu Biosphere Reserve.  The course format will include lectures and informal discussions on-campus and abroad, readings, field observations, and an individual project.  Evaluation will be based on class participation, performance on project, and final examination on readings and field experience.  There are no prerequisites for participation in this program.  Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $5,850
Carbon Offset Fee: $ 11

WTI – 1A Art and Culture in London and Paris

Professor David Gliem

This course will immerse you in the bustling cultural life of London and Paris, two of the most exciting and lively cities in Europe.  From your home away from home at 35 Gower Street, an advantageously located 225-year old townhouse, you will explore important historical sites and many of the world’s best museums to see firsthand cultural treasures from around the globe.  Visits to the British Museum, The National Gallery, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Museum of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Courtauld Gallery, The Tate, Tate Modern, Stonehenge, and Salisbury Cathedral are planned.  Evening theatrical performances  will round out your visit to London.  After a quick dash under the English Channel on high-speed rail, you will spend four days in Paris touring the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles, hanging out at a café, and walking down the nave of Notre Dame de Paris.  All the while you will learn how to hone your skills in making sense of, evaluating, documenting and writing about these experiences to share with your housemates and others. Costs do not include airfare, transportation to and from the study centre, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.  Students should plan to arrive in London on January 3 or 4.   Fulfills the Arts Area Requirement.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $3,800
Carbon Offset Fee: $17

WTI – 7G Managing, Leading and Serving in London

Professor Frank Hamilton

This winter term provides a unique opportunity to examine management, leadership and the international community while living in London. Engage with some of the distinguishing features of British management and organizations while absorbing London’s culture.  Visits to businesses, universities, government, historical sites and NGO’s are a part of this experience.  Live in Historic Bloomsburg in the heart of the university and theatre districts.  Use your free time to explore one of the most fascinating cities on earth – or perhaps a weekend on the Continent via the Chunnel.  Evaluations will be based on daily journals, site visits, a project, and demonstrated understanding of and engagement with the culture.  Work with fellow students to present a day’s learning to classmates.  Costs do not include airfare, transport to and from the hotel, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.  Students should plan to arrive in London on January 3 or 4.  Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $4,000
Carbon Offset Fee: $17

WTI – 8G Language Immersion in Italy

Professor Antonio Melchor

Learn Italian (and earn a semester of language credit) in Florence, the birthplace of Italian culture and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Florence is the city that gave us writers like Dante and Boccaccio, and artists like Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Botticelli (and many more too numerous to mention).  You will be learning Italian in the city where it originated, and putting it to use every day. And while Florence is a city full of cultural treasures, many of which we will visit, it is also a lively university town rich in the art of living, a magnet for young people from Europe and beyond.  In addition to living in Florence, you will also travel to Rome and Venice, two cities as extraordinary as Florence, yet as different from it – and from each other -  as possible.  Rome is the city of emperors and popes, the home of the Coliseum and the Sistine Chapel, as well as a bustling, multicultural metropolis that epitomizes the Italy of the twenty-first century; Venice, on the other hand, is a startling urban creation, a city precariously standing in a lagoon in the northeastern reaches of Italy, a traditional port of entry into Europe of luxury goods and dreams of the exotic. These three cities will give you a glimpse of the richness and variety of il bel paese, the beautiful country.  Don’t miss this opportunity.  Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $5,900
Carbon Offset Fee: $20

WTI – 9G Service Learning in Malawi, Africa

Professor Doug McMahon

A small hand reaches into yours as you walk to collect water for the day.  A smile spreads across that child’s face as she watches you carry the water through the field on the way back to the guest house.  A laugh erupts from that smile when she later gets half-way through the English alphabet that you’ve taught her.  These are the moments that make up our day at the Go-Malawi campus in M’Pamila, Ntchisi District.  During our winter term we will spend most of our time with the orphans and other village children, tutoring English and doing after-school enrichment.  We will also spend time in neighboring villages doing medical outreach regarding HIV/AIDS and malaria.  We will travel to the nearby rainforest, visit local farms and learn about micro-finance and cash-crops that provide income to improve living standards, and we will also go on a safari in Zambia.  Our home for the majority of our trip will be Go-Malawi, giving us an intimate understanding of the workings and culture of village life in Malawi.  If you are looking for a winter term that inspires the best in you, this is it.  Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $6,175
Carbon Offset Fee: $29

WTI – 10G Global Citizenship:  A Peace Corps Experience in Cameroon

Professor Olivier Debure

This program will begin with a short stay in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde.  While there we will visit the town and get acclimated to the country while learning about its current economic position, political history, and culture. After experiencing city life first-hand, we will travel to Fundong, a village in the mountainous northwestern state, where we will volunteer alongside an Eckerd College graduate who is in the Peace Corps and currently working with communities primarily on environmental (tree nurseries, gardens, sustainable farming, etc.) and water projects (installation of taps, tanks, etc.).  During the two weeks in Fundong, we will live in homestays and participate in village life and the day to day activities of local inhabitants. We will also have the opportunity to visit other Peace Corps volunteers in surrounding villages to learn about their programs and efforts.  Evaluation based on (1) participation in the lectures and service projects, (2) reflections that detail the student’s service experience, and (3) written papers on the assigned readings and assignments. Fulfills the Global Perspective.
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Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $4,450
Carbon Offset Fee: $29

WTI – 1S New York City – Business and Finance

Professor Robert Jozkowski

New York City is inseparable from its back-story of business and finance. In this winter term we will examine significant markets, institutions, and locales in New York and look at the ways in which they have shaped the NYC business world, and we will explore where to invest money (New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ Exchange, where we will help ring the opening bell!).  We will also learn how money is exchanged (foreign exchange floor and a commodities exchange), the New York Mercantile Exchange, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, to name but a few.  We will investigate the important contributions made by families including Vanderbilts, Morgans, Rockefellers, and Astors.  We will follow the footsteps of J.P.Morgan to Wall Street and see how he singlehandedly stopped the financial panic of 1907.  We’ll encounter some financial scoundrels too, who also made their mark on New York and ultimately made investing safer for us all.  Meetings with local business professionals will be arranged, and students will have the opportunity to talk with Eckerd business alumnae now working in Manhattan and hear about their NYC business experiences firsthand.  No prerequisites. Fulfills the Social Science Area Requirement.       

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $4,100
Carbon Offset Fee: $4

WTI – 5E Cultural and Natural Environments of the World: Safari through South Africa

Professor Gregg Brooks

This program is varied in that it combines the politics of apartheid, marine life along the Cape of Good Hope, the rugged coastline of the Garden Route, and game viewing in one of South Africa’s best private game reserves, all of which include physically active components.  Activities include: A visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela and other African National Congress members were detained during the apartheid struggle (including a tour by a former inmate - currently a guide). Cape Point tour including the Fynbos (the smallest and most diverse of the world’s six floral kingdoms) with penguins, seals and other wildlife.  Grootbos Nature Reserve along the SW coast for marine life including whales (Southern Right and Humpback) and “Great Whites”.  The Garden Route for spectacular geology and biology. Kariega Game Reserve (a private 'owner-operated' game reserve) incorporating contrasting riverine, bushveld and grassland Eco-systems, and more than 25 species of game, including Giraffe, Zebra, Eland, Wildebeest, a wide variety of antelope and more than 200 bird species. This trip will be physically active including hiking, boat trips (marine and safari river cruise) and zip lining.  Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $9,075
Carbon Offset Fee: $30

WTI – 11G Sacred Byzantium:  Greece, Ukraine, Republic of Georgia

Professor Bruce Foltz

An immersion in one of the world’s greatest and most enduring civilizations, whose powerful currents of ancient spirituality still animate increasingly important regions of Eastern Europe and Asia.  Beginning from Athens, its awe-inspiring Acropolis and incomparable museums displaying the aesthetic treasures of antiquity, we will spend a day on the Greek Island of Aegina; look out from the Temple of Poseidon over Cape Sounion; and tour Delphi, home of the Oracle of Apollo, comparing the spiritual visions of Early Greek and Byzantine Religions.  We will visit medieval monasteries clinging to steep rock pinnacles in Meteora; linger in Thessalonica, Imperial Byzantium’s venerable “Second City,” nestled between mountain fortresses and the Aegean Sea; and descend into the immense, perfectly-preserved tomb of King Philip of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great.  Traveling north to Ukraine, once known as “Little Russia,” Byzantine civilization assumes a distinctively Slavonic form.  Here we will explore the ancient city of Kiev, cradle of Russian civilization, whose gleaming gold-domed churches and vast, early-medieval Monastery of the Caves overlook the Dnieper River, amidst stylish shops and stately avenues.  Finally, traveling beyond the Black Sea into Asia, we will explore the Republic of Georgia, the most dazzling, and least known, ancient kingdom of the East – an independent appropriation of Byzantine culture in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains, lying at the crossroads between East and West on the fabled Silk Road.  In this legendary land where Jason found the Golden Fleece and Prometheus was chained to the icy peak of Mt. Kazbeg, we will tour vineyard-covered hills and monasteries perched atop mountains.  In Tbilisi, we will experience colorful markets and ageless Persian baths; its inimitable juxtaposition of Russian, Persian, Turkish, Arabic, and contemporary architectural styles ; its art, must and celebrated cuisine; its vibrant spirituality; and the extraordinary warmth and hospitality of its people, who believe that every visitor is a gift from God.  Altogether our itinerary will include at least eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Evaluation on readings, participation, and journal or final paper.  Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $8,100
Carbon Offset Fee: $26

WTI – 12G Spanish Language and Culture in Madrid

Professor Yolanda Molina-Gavilan

Learn Spanish while living in Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital, its largest and most exciting city and a center of art, culture and entertainment. Live with a host family and attend intensive language classes taught by expert faculty at the Centro de Estudios Hispanicos of University of Nebrija. Students will have access to University facilities such as the Library, Computer Lab, and Recreation Areas and to all activities organized by the International Club. The program includes a guided tour of downtown Madrid and guided visits to the world famous Prado Museum and the National Museum of Anthropology. An excursion to the city of Segovia, a World Heritage Site best known for its spectacular Roman aqueduct, is also included. Other optional cultural activities and excursions to nearby towns will be available. Grade is based on performance in the language class as well as knowledge of Spanish society, history and culture presented during the course. Students with no previous knowledge of Spanish and also those who are currently studying the language are invited to participate. This course, completed with a passing grade, may be used as credit towards the Spanish major or minor. Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Date
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $5,600
Carbon Offset Fee: $17

WTI – 13G Service Learning in Nicaragua

Professor Jeannine Lessmann

Immerse yourself in a culture and learn about one of the poorest countries of the western hemisphere. Volunteer alongside the non-profit organization, Pronica, and actively participate in their pre-established development projects to alleviate Nicaragua's struggle after years of dictatorship, revolutionary and civil war, and the destruction caused by Hurricane Mitch. The trip will begin with a 4 day instruction period in Managua that will cover political history, the effects of globalization on the economy and trade, as well as health care and education systems in Nicaragua. We will then travel around the country actively participating in a service project. While traveling, students will have the opportunity to experience home stays with a Nicaraguan family. Evaluation based on active participation in the lectures and service project as well as several written reflections that detail the student’s international service-learning experience and personal growth.  Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $4,050
Carbon Offset Fee: $4

WTI – 14G Language Immersion in Japan

Professor Eileen Mikals-Adachi

Learn Japanese in Tokyo while experiencing the culture of this fascinating nation.  Mornings will be dedicated to language study, and following the theme of harmony between old and new, afternoon and weekend activities will explore the cultural heritage and contemporary trends of Japan.  Cultural excursions will include:  the largest Shinto shrine and Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Meiji Jingu and Sensoji; the pop culture of Japan, Harajuki; the historical city of Kamakura; the mecca of anime and otaku culture, Akihabrara; theGhibili Museum; and the world heritage site of Nikko.  Visits to the Kabuki theater and the Sumo stadium will be scheduled, as will the opportunity to make a traditional glass wind chime.  Evaluation will be based on performance in the language classes, overall participation, a journal and final paper.  Fulfills the Global Perspective.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $7,550
Carbon Offset Fee: $27

WTI – 2S Human-Animal Studies at Busch Gardens and the San Diego Zoo

Professor Lauren Highfill

In this course, we will examine different ways in which humans and non-human animals impact each others’ lives; our approach will be primarily from a psychological perspective.  Some topics to be covered include:  companion animals, therapy animals, zoo animals, animal welfare, and wildlife conservation.  The class will spend two days at Busch Gardens Tampa for an intense exploration of working with animals and the relationships that develop.  Students will gain insight into managing a world-class zoological facility with opportunities to interact with staff and animals that call Busch Gardens home.  The class will culminate with a week-long trip to San Diego, CA.  While in San Diego, the class will visit several animal parks where the students will be provided the opportunity to speak with zookeepers, animal researchers, and wildlife conservationists.  Class format will be a mix of lecture, guest lectures, discussions of research, and in-class activities.  Fulfills the Social Science area requirement.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Approximate Cost: $2,625
Carbon Offset Fee: $8

WTI – 1 Ghost Ranch: Abiquiu, New Mexico

Ghost Ranch is a working ranch located in the uniquely beautiful high desert of northern New  Mexico. Participate in a regional orientation program and enroll in one individual study project.
All January term courses have CORE (Cultural Opportunities-Reflection and Engagement) Experiences including special cultural lectures and field trips (to places like Santa Fe and Taos) as well as tours and offerings on Ghost Ranch.  Your January term experience culminates with attendance to a New Mexico Pueblo Feast Day at San Idelfonso Pueblo.

Prioritize three selections in 1-2-3 order; every effort will be make to confirm your first choice. Evaluation by project leaders. Students travel on their own. Costs do not include airfare. Costs are, however, inclusive of all fees except where noted and include round trip transportation from the Albuquerque Airport. Weekend and evening activities, dances, movies, and worship services are included. Enrollment is limited by Ghost Ranch –apply early.

Tentative Dates
January 4-24, 2014
Carbon Offset Fee: $6

Courses include:

G14-A115 Southwest Weaving and Southwest Culture $2565

Textile arts have been a way of life for the people of the Southwest for generations as a means of survival, creative expression and connection to the Earth and one another.   Learning from a master Southwest weaver, this course will teach you the process of how these beautiful rugs and tapestries are created as well as learning to weave them (returning home with completed pieces).  In addition, you will learn about the culture of the Southwest and how it has formed and shaped the people using this art medium (field trip to ancient pueblo ruins).  Studio time will be enhanced with visits to museums and/or private studios to observe the works of traditional and contemporary weavers native to this area.

G14-A113 Introduction to Silversmithing in the Southwest Tradition $2765 (plus silver and stones for purchase, prices range from $200-400)

This is a hands-on course in the basics of silver jewelry making and lapidary. Techniques are demonstrated, but learning comes from actually doing the work. Problem solving is a significant part of this learning process. Studio work will be supplemented by demonstrations, discussions, guest instructors, and gallery visits. Students will leave with multiple pieces of wearable art and a discovery of their own creative potential.

G14-A112 Indigenous Pottery and Southwest Culture $2565

The colorful geological formations of Ghost Ranch contain clay deposits that will be used in learning about the rich history of this mysterious, sacred land and its people as well as learning to create pottery.  We will dig clay out of this ground and use it to make pinch and coil pots using traditional techniques in firing them. We will use stoneware clay to form slab and wheel-thrown pottery and we will have at least one outdoor firing.  Cultural excursions and experiences will include visits to ancient pueblo ruins and petroglyph sites, including a trip to Chaco Canyon.  Studio time will be enhanced with visits to museums and/or private studios to observe the works of traditional and contemporary potters native to this area.

G14-A114 Photography in the Desert-Going Retro In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams (literally) $2765

Just as Ansel Adams did in the Autumn of 1937, you, too, can come and photograph the amazing Ghost Ranch landscape.  This course is designed for students who want to learn the foundations and benefits of black and white photography, but also who want to learn about the mystical aspects of the desert.  Previous experience is not necessary. A great deal of time will be spent learning and practicing photography, with extensive darkroom time.  The schedule will be rounded out with readings, studying imagery and field trips.  This course is an intensive experience (you will be outdoors-often in the cold), but the rewards and results are amazing.

G14-C111 Sustainability Practices in Action: Agriculture and Earth $2565

Do you want to learn theory and practices that could serve you the rest of your life?  What might be more important than learning about how to grow and be nourished by your own food?  This course will discuss the history of food and the many varied methods of farming along with explorations into the ethics of land-use, seed saving, and health and well-being related to foods you choose to eat.  This is a class where you shouldn’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.  Spend three weeks learning how to become better stewards of this Earth community we call home.

G14-A111 Art & Writing – The Spirit of Place: Inspiration From and Immersion into the Paintings, Letters and Life of Georgia O’Keeffe $2565

Ghost Ranch is an expansive PLACE with a capacity to lure people into experiences of deep reflection and creativity.  Many have been drawn to this land including legendary artist George O’Keeffe (whose Ghost Ranch home dwells on a restricted part of the Ranch).  This course will offer a framework and foundation on “the notion of place” as well as instruction and experiences with landscape painting and writing. Additionally, it will explore the works and words of Georgia O’Keeffe to provide a path for discovering/expanding one’s own creativity and expression.  The class is open to beginning as well as more advanced students.  Studio time will be supplemented with library study, demonstrations, guest instructors, and visits to museums and galleries in Santa Fe.

WTI – 999 Washington University Engineering & Applied Science

During January, Washington University offers concentrated introductory courses in engineering and applied science. These courses allow students attending institutions affiliated with the dual-degree program to explore their interest in and aptitude for these fields. Students should plan for travel expenses to and from St. Louis, personal expenses, dinners and incidental expenses.
Course:  Introduction to Electrical & Electronic Circuits
See Professor Harry Ellis for additional information

Tentative Dates
December 26, 2013 – January 7, 2014
Approximate Cost: $1,900
Carbon Offset Fee: $3

Winter Term 2014

Winter Term 2014

Winter Term 2014 course information available in the 2014 Passport

London Study Centre

London Study Centre

The London Study Centre is the heart of the Eckerd College study abroad program. Since 1970, when Eckerd College leased a 200-year-old Georgian row house from the Bedford Estates, over 2,000 students have called the Centre home. Learn more.