The perfect opportunity to go abroad for the first time
Our students travel across the globe every Winter Term. We hope you’ll be one of them!
To participate in these trips, complete an application and fill out the certification. You’ll also need to get your passport and pay a deposit. Scholarships are available. We help you through this application process.
Application begins on Monday, September 4, 2017 and closes on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 5 P.M.
2018 Program Descriptions
Professor Christina Petersen
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.
Professor Kirk Wang
Imagine going to a place of rich history yet frozen in time, or encountering people in a fishing village depicted in the books of Hemingway? This Winter Term course will explore the cultural, historical and social environment of today’s Cuba, by studying photography and photojournalism. We will visit places, such as schools, factories, stores, museums, public facilities, farms or fishing villages, etc., in Havana, the capital, and other urban and rural areas in Cuba. We will interact, research and document Cuban people in all walks of life, as well as scenes of streets and countryside, via photography or “visual essay/journals”. We will study the fundamental skills of photography, digital or film, while gaining a service-learning experience. By the end of the Winter Term, we will develop and create a photographic portfolio. If situation allows, we will exhibit the images of our discovery on campus when we return.
Chaplain Doug McMahon
When we arrive at the little village of Punta Banco on the edge of the rainforest, we will begin a rigorous 20-minute walk up a steep mountain and look out at the Pacific Ocean from the Yoga Farm. In this beautiful setting, we will learn about a more sustainable way of life through permaculture based design and land use. During the course, we gain an intimate understanding of this rural region of Costa Rica, regarded as one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. In this environment, we can expect to see an abundance of wildlife, learn to harvest both rainwater and natural spring water on site, work in organic gardens, eat from fruit trees, and live in buildings built with natural materials in an architecture that eliminates separation for the natural beauty around us. We will walk through areas that were cleared for cattle lands in recent decades learning about reforestation efforts in this portion of the Costa Rican rainforest. Finally, we will visit nearby neighbors who live and work at the Conte Burica Indigenous Reserve and complete service learning projects at a local one-room school house nestled within the rainforest.
Fulfills the RSL requirement.
Professor David Duncan
Although Cuba is only 90 miles from south Florida, it is completely different from a cultural, political, and environmental perspective. Cuba offers a wide variety of tropical terrestrial and marine environments and this course will explore all of these as well as how the Cuban culture has adapted to modern life while preserving their traditions and environment. We will spend approximately two weeks touring Cuba, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (La Habana Vieja, the Vinales valley with the spectacular mogote rock formations , and the city of Trinidad). We will also explore the extensive coastal environments of the Zapata peninsula and the cultural/political aspects associated with the Bay of Pigs while staying in Playa Larga. While in Havana we will explore the association Cuba has with Ernest Hemingway where he wrote his most famous novels. Just west of Havana we will visit the fishing village of Cojimar, the setting for his famous novel, The Old Man and the Sea. Concluding with visits to the National Natural History Museum, and the National Fine Arts Museum to round out the environmental and culture components of this fascinating country.
This will be an active trip that may, at times, be physically demanding, including hiking and snorkeling.
Students will be graded using the following criteria.
- Reading the assigned materials
- Keeping a research journal
- An individual research paper on a particular aspect of Cuban culture and/or the environment.
- An exam based on readings and activities
Professor Bill Szelistowski
Cuba’s marine environment is considered to be among the most pristine in the entire Caribbean. In light of the rapid changes currently underway in the Cuban economy and political situation, scientists are working to better understand Cuba’s unique marine ecology, with the aim of providing scientific information to best manage and protect the country’s marine resources. This project will investigate current scientific research in Cuban waters, focusing heavily on coral reef ecology. Topics may include recent advances in marine reserve effectiveness, reef fish populations, shark biology, lionfish impacts, goliath grouper conservation, benthic reef structure, and the causes of reef degradation, among others. Following on-campus preparation and study, we will travel via Havana to the Bay of Pigs on the southern coast of Cuba, where we will assess the status of the coastal environment and its use in ecotourism and aquaculture. Then, we will travel by boat to the Gardens of the Queen Archipelago, famous for its unusually high densities of sharks and large groupers. At both locations, we will meet and interact with Cuban researchers. In addition, students will explore Cuban culture, including visits to sites of historical importance in and outside of Havana. Good swimming and snorkeling ability required. SCUBA certification strongly recommended.
Professor Cory Krediet
Marine ecology is a subset of the study of marine biology and includes observations at the biochemical, cellular, individual, and community levels as well as the study of marine ecosystems and the biosphere. Studying in Belize offers a unique opportunity to explore ecological and evolutionary principles, with an emphasis on examples from tropical marine habitats, including coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves. After a brief orientation, we will travel to Belize and begin at the Blue Creek Rainforest Preserve, where students will have opportunity to hike in the rainforest, explore limestone caves, and interact with local communities. We will then travel to South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Students will become familiar with techniques used in field studies of shallow marine ecosystems and conduct independent research projects on an array of topics related to coral-reef habitats. This is an intensive field-based course and good swimming skills and snorkeling abilities are required.
Professor Amy Langenberg
This Winter Term project explores the effects of religious tourism on environment and local development in three important Buddhist pilgrimage towns: Lumbini, Nepal, site of the Buddha’s birth; Sarnath (near Varanasi), India, site of the Buddha’s first sermon; and Bodh Gaya, India, site of his enlightenment. Two of these three sacred Buddhist sites have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Students will perform service work with a locally founded and run Buddhist educational and environmental organization in Nepal, meet with environmental activists working on Ganga River cleanup in Varanasi, and collaborate with students from Nālandā University on environmental studies fieldwork at the Mahābodhi Temple complex in Bodh Gaya. Students will learn about the complexities of environmentalism in religious South Asia, become sensitive observers of social environments different than their own, develop an understanding of the social and environmental impacts of transnational religious tourism, and consider the role that religion plays in nurturing intentional and agentive social change in communities with little political power or economic means, or in exploiting those same communities. This year’s service in Nepal will also include collaborative work with recent graduate and Fulbright scholar, Henry Ashworth, who is seeking to establish an emergency response service in Lumbini.
Fulfills RSL the requirement.
Professor Athena Rycyk
This course presents a unique opportunity to explore and study one of the most geologically and biologically diverse regions in the world. While in Ecuador, you will learn about the amazing geology and ecology of the Andes Mountains, the Galapagos Islands, tropical rain forests, and cloud forests. Additionally, you will broadly study the natural history and biodiversity of Ecuador. Participants must be in excellent physical condition, as you will hike through mountainous and varied terrain, spend a week exploring the Galapagos Islands by land and by sea, and camp in the Amazon Rain Forest.
Pre-departure classes, readings, and activities will prepare you for the study-abroad portion of the course. Evaluation will be based on participation, examinations, and a final project.
Professor Carl DiNardo
This course is designed to familiarize you with diverse environments of Roatán, 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.
This course format will include preparatory lectures on campus, a field program at the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences, and a multi-night visit to historic Mayan ruins. The field portion will require, at times, long periods on and in the water while making observations. Consequently good swimming skills and snorkeling abilities are required. SCUBA certification is not required, but is recommended. Non-divers are welcome. A significant portion of this program will also be dedicated to examining the Roatán culture and how the population interacts with the environment. Evaluation will be based on class participation, performance on projects and presentations and examinations.
Professor Gregg Brooks
St Lucia and Dominica are part of the eastern Caribbean Lesser Antilles island chain. Both have a volcanic origin and Dominica (known as the “Nature Island”), still has active volcanism, as it is the youngest island in the eastern Caribbean. Both also share a similar cultural history, originally settled by the French, but taken over by the British in the early 1800s.
St Lucia and Dominica offer a wide variety of tropical terrestrial and marine environments including rainforests, canyons with rushing mountainous rivers and waterfalls, volcanoes, and spectacular coral reefs. This course will explore all of these environments, as well as how the cultures have adapted to modern life while preserving their traditions and environment. We will spend approximately weeks touring the islands, experiencing their unique environments and cultures. This will be an active trip that may at times be physically demanding. Modes of transportation will include hiking, biking, sailing, skin/SCUBA diving, rafting, and kayaking, as well as a ferry ride to/from St. Lucia and Dominica by way of Martinique.
Course expectations include active participation including water activities (SCUBA available but not required). Grades will be based on participation, a field journal, an exams, and a written report based upon journal observations.
Professor Frank Hamilton
What does it mean to live in a truly global city? The London metropolitan area is the largest in the European Union and houses over 13.9 million people with over 300 languages spoken. This winter term will trace the development of London in the context of urban ecology with an emphasis on managing for sustainability. More than 50% of the world’s population now live in urban areas. The future is urban! We will start with how and why our cities are transforming. How do we plan and manage sustainable growth from here? We will focus on development, green spaces, landscape and urban planning: students will look at 25 London initiatives to transform the future. This will help the class understand what differences are we trying to make, who do we aim to help and how we plan and manage how we do it?
Costs do not include airfare, round trip transport from the airport to the London Study Centre, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.
Students should plan to arrive in London on Wednesday, January 3 and to depart on Wednesday, January 24.
Professor Alan Meyers
This program explores the cultural heritage of The Bahamas through an archaeological investigation of its plantation past. Travel to Cat Island, a slender stretch of land on the eastern edge of the Bahama archipelago, to study one of several deserted settlements that were established after the American Revolution by colonists who were loyal to the British Crown. Recognized today as important heritage sites, the old plantations have become the focus of efforts to learn more about slavery and colonialism in the 18th and 19th centuries. Through field survey of ruined buildings, students become acquainted with some essential methods of archaeological data collection. This fieldwork, set against a backdrop of subtropical forest and limestone hills, will at times be demanding. Consequently, good physical condition is necessary. In addition, conversations with Bahamian collaborators will consider how to best preserve and make use of the important historical resources on Cat Island. The course includes preparatory sessions on the Eckerd campus followed by approximately two and half weeks abroad. Evaluation will be based on writing assignments, reading quizzes, participation, command of field methods, a journal, and a final mapping project.
Professor Jon Chopan
The Teal Guide to London: Markets Edition is a collaborative course where students will work together to create a guide to the London Markets. Your objective is to explore creative writing through a close study of and reimagining of form. You will look carefully at reviews from the New York Times and travel writing from Lonely Planet. You will then write your own reviews and profiles, critique and edit one another’s work, and finally, compile a guide that shows audiences London’s Markets like they’ve never seen them before.
Costs do not include airfare, round trip transport from the airport to the London Study Centre, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.
Students should plan to arrive in London on Wednesday, January 3 and to depart on Wednesday, January 24.
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 CuChi 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 enoy “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.
Professor Hong Gu
This program provides a unique opportunity for everyone who is interested in China and especially in her rapid rise in the 21st century. Shanghai, one of the most dynamic and vibrant metropolises in the world, represents what China has achieved in the past 30 years. Students will study Chinese language and culture at the College of Chinese Studies at East China Normal University, a globally top-ranked university in Shanghai. The city offers endless cultural attractions and students will experience first-hand its vitality and colorfulness. This trip will also include a short trip to Beijing, the capital of China, which will cover the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Tiananmen Square, etc. There is no Chinese language prerequisite for this course, and successful students will also earn one full semester of language credit.
Professor Ashley Scheu
Montpellier’s stunning Place de la Comédie at the city’s center encapsulates the heart of this culturally vibrant city on France’s Mediterranean coast. Nineteenth-century buildings and the central fountain of the Three Graces give a nod to the city’s rich history while sleek trams and students bustle below, an indicator of Montpellier’s modern upgrades and university culture (students account for about one third of Montpellier’s population). As the city also boasts of reputable language schools, there is no better place to immerse yourself in French language and culture. Upon your arrival, you will be placed in an intensive course at the Institut Linguistique du Peyrou (ILP) where you will study French every morning. True beginners to advanced students are welcome. In the afternoons, you will learn about French culture through activities ranging from cooking classes with a French chef to a session on French music at the ILP and a visit to the grounds of a local chateau and winery. On some afternoons, we will gather in a local café to sip coffee, eat pain au chocolat, and discuss French culture. This winter term also includes excursions to Avignon, Arles, and Aigues-Mortes. Students will further improve their knowledge of French language and culture by living with host families near the city’s center. Successful completion of this winter term will fulfill a global perspective and will count as one semester of French language study.
Professor Yanira Angulo-Cano
Take advantage of a unique opportunity to study and learn Spanish while living and exploring one of Spain’s most historic and celebrated cities, Salamanca. Attend intensive classes (four hours daily) taught by the staff of Hispano Continental School. Exposure to and knowledge of Spanish history and culture through discussions and lectures. Students live with local Spanish families, which greatly facilitates the learning process. Students are tested upon arrival and placed in appropriate language levels for classes. Evaluation by written test and oral interviews. Successful students will earn a full semester language credit. Excursions to nearby cities include LaAlberca, Pena de Francia, and Avila-Segovia. Also included in the program are a tapas party, dinner at a Zamora winery, cinema, dance lessons and horseback riding.
Professor Tony Brunello
GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
How do we balance the need for security with the vital human need for freedom, sustainable development and peace? Peace and human rights in the 21st Century are constantly in tension with war, poverty, and environmental deterioration. How effective is the United Nations in building global relationships of cooperation and trust?
At the United Nations in New York City students will learn about the work of the UN through discussions with UN Staff, delegates from Member-States and representatives of non-governmental international organizations. The main topics of the course include the UN role in peacekeeping, human development, Refugees, environmental sustainability, human rights, and collective security. Eckerd College students stay in midtown Manhattan near Grand Central Station, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and other attractions at the heart of a great city. Students study at first-hand how the UN fosters paths to peace, security and human development in global affairs. We will have meetings with the Missions of the permanent members of the Security Council, and the work of committees involved in the Sustainable Development Goals. We will also study the role of the UN in many ongoing crisis situations from Syria to the Congo and around the world. The primary objective is for the students to personally participate in discussions concerning how the UN works toward a future of trust, peace, and common decency.
Evaluation for the course is based on completion of assigned readings, 100% attendance at all briefings in New York, the keeping of a daily New York journal, and a final paper.
Students should plan arrive in New York City on January 7, 2018, and will depart on January 20, 2018. Costs do not include round trip airfare from home to New York or return to Eckerd Campus.
Professor Virginie Khare
Want to check a few items on your bucket list and at the same time learn about the world of international business?
This winter term will take you to two major European metropolises, Brussels and Paris. You will of course visit the Eiffel Tower and see the Mona Lisa, but you will also visit major institutions that impact international business, such as the European Parliament, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Add to that a multitude of cultural visits and company visits and this trip will get you to experience culture and business first-hand! This experience will help you understand the importance of culture in international business with a focus on French culture. And yes, there will be gastronomic places to visit too!
Professor Olivier Debure
Have you wanted to make a difference by engaging yourself in a service project?
The program starts with a 2-day stay in one of India’s largest towns, Bengaluru, to acclimate ourselves and learn about the culture and history of the world’s most populated democracy. Then, we will travel to Sanchore, located in the state of Rajasthan, where we will contribute our time and energy to improve the facilities of the small town’s hospital. During these two weeks, we will participate in a construction project. Be ready to shovel dirt, learn to mix cement, and practice building block walls! Next up, we will travel back to the state of Karnataka. There, we will relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the state before returning to the U.S.
Evaluation is based upon participation in the service effort, group meetings and discussions, as well as reflective papers that connect assigned readings and lectures with the service work done.
Fulfills the RSL requirement.
Professor Peter Hammerschmidt
This off campus Winter Term in Cuba will explicitly compare and contrast the USA political economy oriented toward capitalism with the Cuban system oriented toward socialism. Specific attention will be given to the history/development of these systems, issues of efficiency, equity, income distribution, government involvement, resource ownership and cultural development/diversity. The overall goal will be to directly experience the virtues and flaws of each system. Specifically students will investigate the above by exploring, comparing and contrasting the following components of the Cuban political economy while in Cuba:
- Government Structure
- Business: Agriculture, Cigar, Rum,
- Current Issues
- Current status of USA/Cuban Relationships
- CUC and Peso currencies.
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.
Professor Nathan Andersen
The art and architecture of Ancient Greece has stood the test of time as perhaps the clearest example of the enduring aesthetic ideal of beauty. We will consider this ideal and its influence on philosophy and aesthetics, beginning by reading some of what the philosopher Plato had to say about the subject of beauty and art. We will travel to Greece to examine firsthand, on site and in museums, many of the most famous works of art and architecture from ancient Greek and Byzantine cultures. We will visit Athens and the Acropolis and Parthenon, Heraklion, the Temple of Poseidon, Olympia, Delphi, the islands of Aegina and of Crete, and many more sites. Evaluations based on participation, blogging, and presentations.
Ghost Ranch is a working ranch located in the uniquely beautiful high desert of northern New Mexico. Students will be immersed in local culture through the lens of an academic course (select from list below) and activities such as hikes, presentations (cooking, dancing, speaker series), and excursions to Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, and Ojo Caliente Hot Springs. On the ranch, students can participate in yoga, massage, horseback riding, hiking trails, a high ropes course, and museums. Participate in a regional orientation program and enroll in one individual study project. Students travel on their own. Participants in this program should plan to arrive in New Mexico on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 and to depart on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Additional travel information will be furnished at the time of registration.
Costs do not include airfare. Costs are, however, inclusive of all fees 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.
The rich earth of this mysterious and sacred landscape is the starting point for the class—the brilliant geological formations, the earth’s clay, the yucca paintbrush. After thanking the earth and gathering the clay, you will learn how to prepare it and coil it into pots, then fire your pots in ways traditional to the Pueblo potter. Join in the rare opportunity to experience the potter’s relationship to the earth, which is rooted in respect and honoring, and carry the earth of northern New Mexico back to your homes as micaceous pots.
An outdoor adventure to hike first-hand the geology, paleontology and archaeology of northern New Mexico, all of which the Ghost Ranch area is internationally known. The class includes field trips to the spectacular geology of the Colorado Plateau, Rio Grande Rift and Jemez volcanic field (the first week), the dinosaur quarries of Ghost Ranch (paleontology, the second week), and ancient village ruins of the Southwest (archaeology, the third week). This is an opportunity to explore the ancient worlds of cliff dwellings and kivas and the primordial worlds of oceans, volcanoes, Coelophysis and Effigia.
Listen to the minerals in the cliff, mesa and canyon walls of Ghost Ranch. See the colors of land and its creatures shimmer with each slant of light. They are story. Let them infiltrate your own writings as you live in and explore for three weeks the heart of this high desert. Muskogee poet Joy Harjo said that we are “memory alive.” Explore memory in songs, ceremony and stories evoked by the landscapes and cultures of northern New Mexico that have inspired the writings of Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo, Luci Tapahonso, Rudolfo Anaya, N. Scott Momaday, Paula Gunn Allen, Demetria Martinez, Sherwin Bitsui and others. This is a field-based, mixed-genre writing course that traverses the vibrant communities and lands of northern New Mexico alive with spirits, history, ceremony and story.
Prepare for the extraordinary possibilities of a Ghost Ranch photographic adventure. Explore and experience the natural beauty of the ranch and seldom seen places in northern New Mexico in a course for all who want to craft and hone their photography skills. This is both a field class and a studio class. Participants will hike to absorb many landscapes by day and capture the stars by night. Then make the most of your images apprenticing in the studio using state of the art techniques to edit and craft images that were coached in the field by the eye, intuition and perspective of a master teacher and artist.
During January, Washington University offers concentrated introductory courses in engineering and applied science. These course 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.
Please see Professor Anne Cox for additional information.
Introduction to Electrical & Electronic Circuits
Engineering Mechanics I
December 26th, 2017- January 7th, 2018
Approximate Cost: $1,975