Upcoming Programs

Study Away programs support on-campus courses with off-campus research or projects. These are the upcoming programs. 

Upcoming Study Away Programs, 2018-2019 

Fall 2018

Betsy Konefal and Silvia Tandeciarz, Global Studies, Guatemala

LAS 390/HIST 311/HISP 389, Beyond Recollection: Memory as Possibility After State Terror. COLL 300 credit possible. This 3-credit course with its Study Away component in Guatemala involves an interdisciplinary research and teaching exploration of the multiple ways these periods of violence and terror are being unearthed, and the “memory work” being done by a new generation of Argentines and Guatemalans who are recovering histories of opposition and remembering their protagonists. The course aims to open spaces to study a subject with no clear disciplinary boundaries. A wide range of cultural and historical documents can be powerful tools in shaping recollection: art, literature, and film offer impassioned interpretations of events that not only reflect and intervene in the debates of their time, but seek to move their audiences and generate action; official paper trails, witness testimony, legal trial proceedings, and exhumed bones reveal detail, nuance and causation, factors that often challenge established narratives of the past. We will compare these difficult histories and seek to understand and reflect on people’s responses to them across three generations and in a variety of contexts.

Winter 2019

Monika Gosin and Paulina Carrion, Latin American Studies, Arizona and Mexico

LAS 301 Border Studies. The Border Studies program is nearing its 10th anniversary. During the program’s ten-year existence, news about immigration to the U.S. and the U.S.’s “immigration problem,” has been a constant. The Border Studies program’s primary goal is to cut through the “background noise” of immigration hysteria in order to give students a clear-eyed sense of the daily realities of life on the U.S. Mexico border. To this end, students participate in a weeklong immersion trip in the US-Mexican border region in the Tucson, AZ and Nogales, Sonora area. The immersion trip takes place during Winter Break, and students receive one-credit. Preparation occurs in the fall semester. Upon their return to campus students enroll in linked, interdisciplinary seminars offered by the program's co-directors. These seminars are offered in different departments and cross-listed with Latin American Studies. They hold several joint sessions over the course of the semester. The seminars provide students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge regarding immigration issues and provide an intellectual framework to equip students with the necessary analytical tools to process what they observed while traveling in the border region.

Spring 2019

Carla Buck, Modern Languages and Literatures, Basque Country, Spain

HISP 489: Senior Seminar. COLL 300 credit possible. This Senior Seminar TAUGHT IN SPANISH explores how the unique Basque culture and language of northern Spain have survived and flourished under the often repressive Spanish dominant culture. We begin with an introduction to Basque language, a language unrelated to the Romance languages of the Iberian peninsula, history and the invention of Basque nationalism. We study representations of the bombing of Gernika during the Spanish Civil War, the changing meanings of Picasso’s Guernica, and the work of memory and reconciliation in the Gernika Peace Museum; novels and film will inform our understanding of identity politics, the group ETA’s evolution from cultural organization to terrorism, the peace process, and post-ETA Basque culture. Spanish language proficiency level: at least one W&M post-HISP 320 course.

Sean Burns, Government, Tunisia

GOVT 491: The Arab Spring and Its Consequences. COLL 300 credit possible. The Arab Spring of 2010-2011 was an optimistic time of rapid and unexpected change that has had far reaching consequences. Its reverberations continue to be felt in the multiple civil wars in the Middle East as well as the hopeful signs of transformation in Tunisia. This class will look closely at the causes and outcomes of the Arab Spring from 2010 until now. The first half of the class will look at the causes and the variation of protest and government response across the region. The second half of the class will focus on longer–term outcomes, including civil war, regional conflict, Islamism, and the effects on women and minorities. Optional Travel Component: Students will also have the option of taking a trip to Tunisia over Spring Break. Students will meet with politicians and representatives of civil society to more deeply engage with the history of the revolution and the ongoing democratization process in Tunisia. Prerequisite: Middle East Political Systems or, with instructor approval, other course work on Middle East politics and society. 

Magali Compan, Modern Languages and Literatures, Guadeloupe

FREN 385: Contested Memories in Francophone Cultures. COLL 300 credit possible. Memory is a key aspect of identity construction, and can be “stored” in different kinds of media: objects, rituals/cultural practices, monuments and literary and cinematographic texts. With a violent past made of slavery and colonization, how has France, and more particularly its oversea territories (which used to be French colonies) articulated their collective memory? This course will focus on the representation of slavery and colonization through monuments, literature, songs, historical sites and how these contested memories exist side by side with an over arching historical narrative use in the construction of a homogeneous French national identity. The off-campus component of the course will take place in Guadeloupe. Pre-requisite, French 314 or 315. 

Iyabo Osiapem, Africana Studies, Barbados

AFST 251: Caribbean languages and Identities. COLL 300 credit possible. This course can serve as the language requirement for Africana Studies. The goal of this course is to take a select number of students during Spring Break to Barbados to collect language data to be used for either senior thesis or projects. Students will learn more about the history of the island and the effect that English colonization has on the population.

School of Education, Cuba

EDU 360, Globalization and Education. COLL 300 credit possible. This course critically examines how globalization-- and the ensuing political, economic, and social effects-- has impacted education (broadly defined). Students will examine these effects both domestically and internationally, deliberate how to best prepare students as global citizens, and research solutions for addressing global challenges and inequities.

 Summer 2019

Carey Bagdassarian and Patty Zwollo, Biology, Alaska

BIOL 404, Salmon Tales: Biology, Complexity, and Story. COLL 300 credit possible. This 8-­day course takes place in South-­Central Alaska and explores the biology of migrating sockeye salmon. An arching theme throughout is a critical consideration of differences between wild and hatchery salmon, both biologically and metaphorically. Fieldwork involves the capture of migrating salmon and collection of immune samples for analysis. This biology will be nestled into the larger-­‐scale river ecosystem with a general exploration of complex systems. Native (Athabaskan) and non-­native narratives tying the salmon to the land will be explored through on-­site observations, readings, visits to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and guest lectures. A crucial component of the course is learning about safety and travel in remote landscapes. There will be an on-­campus component in the Spring prior to the field component that includes three 2-­hour meetings. Two of these meetings will focus on the purpose and objectives of the course and on the logistics of the field component. Background readings will be assigned at this time. Additionally, there will be one 2-­hour lab experience to train students on basic lab skills.

Camilla Buchanan, Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Kenya

KINE 460, East Africa Project. COLL 300 credit possible. Faculty and select students will travel to Narok County, Kenya to participate in a five week service-learning experience at the Olderkesi Primary School to work with girls in grades 5-7. Students will work to mentor the young female students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will encourage them to remain enrolled in school until they complete grade 8 and to aspire to enroll in secondary school.

Paula Pickering, Government, Bosnia

Government 390, The Bosnia Project. COLL 300 credit possible. This course prepares volunteers for the Bosnia Project for participating in a 4 week international community engagement and research experience in Sarajevo.  It critically analyzes literature explaining political and social problems in post-war Bosnia and assessing efforts by international and local non-governmental organizations to promote inter-cultural communication skills and reconciliation.

John Swaddle, Biology, London

Biology 404, Evolution of Organisms UK Field Course. COLL 300 credit possible. This course is a study away enhancement to BIOL312 Evolution of Organisms. Students enrolled in this course will attend class with BIOL312 students in the spring semester but then also participate in a structured study away program in early June, based in London, U.K. Students will visit the home of Charles Darwin, interact with numerous British scientists, and work in the extensive collections of the British Museum of Natural History and Kew Gardens. There will also be several cultural trips in and around London. While in London, students will apply some of the concepts taught in the spring lecture course and also write a paper that analyzes the cultural differences between the US and UK in terms of how evolutionary science is communicated to the public. Pre-requisites: BIOL220 or BIOL225

Fall 2019

Betsy Konefal and Silvia Tandeciarz, Global Studies, Guatemala

LAS 390/HIST 311/HISP 389, Beyond Recollection: Memory as Possibility After State Terror. COLL 300 credit possible. This 3-credit course with its Study Away component in Guatemala involves an interdisciplinary research and teaching exploration of the multiple ways these periods of violence and terror are being unearthed, and the “memory work” being done by a new generation of Argentines and Guatemalans who are recovering histories of opposition and remembering their protagonists. The course aims to open spaces to study a subject with no clear disciplinary boundaries. A wide range of cultural and historical documents can be powerful tools in shaping recollection: art, literature, and film offer impassioned interpretations of events that not only reflect and intervene in the debates of their time, but seek to move their audiences and generate action; official paper trails, witness testimony, legal trial proceedings, and exhumed bones reveal detail, nuance and causation, factors that often challenge established narratives of the past. We will compare these difficult histories and seek to understand and reflect on people’s responses to them across three generations and in a variety of contexts. 

Past Study Away programs

Fall 2017

Iyabo Osiapem, Linguistics

LING 420: Caribbean Linguistics. COLL 300 credit possible. Faculty and select students will travel to Barbados during fall break to study the three major languages on the island, Barbadian English, Bajan, and British English. Students will review, use, and analyze language usage, as well as experience the Barbados community and culture, and visit the Cave Hill linguistics laboratory and location of The Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage.

Spring 2018

Iyabo Osiapem, Africana Studies

AFST 251: Caribbean languages and Identities. COLL 300 credit possible. This course can serve as the language requirement for Africana Studies. The goal of this course is to take a select number of students during Spring Break to Barbados to collect language data to be used for either senior thesis or projects. Students will learn more about the history of the island and the effect that English colonization has on the population.

Francie Cate-Arries, Modern Languages and Literatures

HISP 150, “Madrid Capital, 1808-2018”. This Freshman Seminar taught in Spanish explores how Spanish writers and artists from the 18th century to the present inscribe the "place" of Madrid--literary landscapes, imagined spaces, geographical locations--according to changing concepts of Spanish history, cultural identity, and modes of representation. We study the representations of Madrid in art, literature, journalism, and film.

Summer 2018

Marc Raphael, Religious Studies, Germany and Czech Reublic

The Third Reich, National Socialism, and the Jews in Germany and Prague. Select students and faculty will travel throughout Germany and Czech Republic for 11 days exploring first hand major Holocaust sites. Some sites included Munich, Dachau Concentration Memorial Site, Documentation Centre at the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Nuremberg Trials museums in Nuremberg, Prague, Terezin, Military History Museum in Dresen, and the Wannsee Conference Center in Berlin. Can fulfill COLL 300 for students taking RELG 309 "The Holocaust", or other related 3-credit courses, in Spring 2018 or in 2018-19.

Jacqueline Rodriguez and Jacob Sims, School of Education, Cuba

EDU 360, Globalization and Education. COLL 300 credit possible. This course critically examines how globalization-- and the ensuing political, economic, and social effects-- has impacted education (broadly defined). Students will examine these effects both domestically and internationally, deliberate how to best prepare students as global citizens, and research solutions for addressing global challenges and inequities. 

Carey Bagdassarian and Patty Zwollo, Biology, Alaska

BIOL 404, Salmon Tales: Biology, Complexity, and Story. COLL 300 credit possible. This 8-­day course takes place in South-­Central Alaska and explores the biology of migrating sockeye salmon. An arching theme throughout is a critical consideration of differences between wild and hatchery salmon, both biologically and metaphorically. Fieldwork involves the capture of migrating salmon and collection of immune samples for analysis. This biology will be nestled into the larger-­‐scale river ecosystem with a general exploration of complex systems. Native (Athabaskan) and non-­native narratives tying the salmon to the land will be explored through on-­site observations, readings, visits to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and guest lectures. A crucial component of the course is learning about safety and travel in remote landscapes. There will be an on-­campus component in the Spring prior to the field component that includes three 2-­hour meetings. Two of these meetings will focus on the purpose and objectives of the course and on the logistics of the field component. Background readings will be assigned at this time. Additionally, there will be one 2-­hour lab experience to train students on basic lab skills.

Camilla Buchanan, Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Kenya

KINE 460, East Africa Project. COLL 300 credit possible. Faculty and select students will travel to Narok County, Kenya to participate in a five week service-learning experience at the Olderkesi Primary School to work with girls in grades 5-7. Students will work to mentor the young female students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will encourage them to remain enrolled in school until they complete grade 8 and to aspire to enroll in secondary school.

Harmony Dalgleish, Biology, Kansas

Biology 404, Fire Ecology Field course. COLL 300 credit. Faculty and students will travel to Flint Hills, Kansas, the largest remaining tract of tallgrass prairie in the world, to study the evolutionary and societal history of fire and the global importance of fire both ecologically and economically. During the field experience, students will speak and interact with a variety of stakeholders in the region: NGO land managers, research scientists, extension agents, and ranches.

Paula Pickering, Government, Bosnia

Government 390, The Bosnia Project. COLL 300 credit possible. This course prepares volunteers for the Bosnia Project for participating in a 4 week international community engagement and research experience in Sarajevo.  It critically analyzes literature explaining political and social problems in post-war Bosnia and assessing efforts by international and local non-governmental organizations to promote inter-cultural communication skills and reconciliation.

John Swaddle, Biology, London

Biology 404, Evolution of Organisms UK Field Course. COLL 300 credit possible. This course is a study away enhancement to BIOL312 Evolution of Organisms. Students enrolled in this course will attend class with BIOL312 students in the spring semester but then also participate in a structured study away program in early June, based in London, U.K. Students will visit the home of Charles Darwin, interact with numerous British scientists, and work in the extensive collections of the British Museum of Natural History and Kew Gardens. There will also be several cultural trips in and around London. While in London, students will apply some of the concepts taught in the spring lecture course and also write a paper that analyzes the cultural differences between the US and UK in terms of how evolutionary science is communicated to the public. Pre-requisites: BIOL220 or BIOL225