CentreTerm Programs for 2015

Spain Photo by Katie Penna in Spain, CentreTerm 2012

Ghana Photo by EmmaJulia Jones in Ghana, CentreTerm 2013

Paris Photo by Elizabeth Mackin in Paris, CentreTerm 2013

Israel Israel, CentreTerm 2011

Barbados Barbados, CentreTerm 2011

There is a two-step process to become part of a 2015 CentreTerm course abroad. You must first apply directly to the faculty director of the abroad course. Do this as soon as possible but no later than February 25, 2014. Although professors establish their own criteria for selection and are the final arbiters of how many and which students may participate, most will consider the relevance of the trip to students' academic interests; some may ask students to fill out a form or write a short essay. Soon afterwards, the faculty director will notify you by email if you are approved or are waitlisted for the course. Students approved can hold their "slot" by paying a non-refundable deposit of $200 at the Cashier's Office in Boles Hall by noon on March 10, 2014. Waitlisted students will be notified by email as soon as slots become open.

To continue to hold your slot, you must then pay the rest of the first payment (one-third the cost of the trip, minus your initial $200 deposit) at the Cashier's Office by noon on March 31, 2014. (The second payment is due on September 2; the third on November 3.)

Some students on CentreTerm trips may need to store their belongings at Centre while away and move into different residence-hall rooms at the beginning of spring term. In the past, students on CentreTerm courses abroad have received a reimbursement of about $200 on their spring-term bills because of meals missed in January—though this is not guaranteed for the future.

2015 Courses

Barbados: Research in Primate Behavior (BNS 450). Live the life of a field researcher tracking and observing troops of wild monkeys in the Barbados Wildlife Reserve and Primate Research Center. After familiarizing themselves with the behavior of the monkeys, students will develop a research question, collect behavioral data, conduct statistical analyses, and present their findings. Contact Prof. Melissa Burns-Cusato or Brian Cusato. Estimated cost: $3200

Belgium and Vienna: Art, Empire, and After (ARH 401). The Habsburg Empire dominated European politics and culture for nearly half a millennium, and its influence can be seen in contemporary cultural production to this day. Taking place in Bruges, Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, and Vienna, the course will trace the relationship between political power and the production of visual art during the dynastic rule of the Habsburgs from its beginnings in the late fourteenth century to its dissolution following World War I, and will examine its continuing legacy in the present. Students will not only engage art first-hand in major museums but will also walk along the cobbled streets and canals that define some of the best-preserved medieval and Renaissance cities in Europe. Contact Prof. Jay Bloom. Estimated cost: $3500

Brazil Internships: Rio Internship Program. Centre has recently started exploring possible internships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for students to complete during CentreTerm and/or the summer. Cost: transportation, housing, and meals. Contact Mindy Wilson in Career Services and click here for more information.

Cameroon: African Politics/Civil Society (POL 441). Cameroon has been called "Africa in Miniature" because it encompasses many of the characteristics of the continent with regard to natural resources, social and cultural issues, economic development, and current political challenges. The major themes of this course will be democracy and development, goals especially important for countries in the Global South that are working toward both simultaneously. The course includes meeting with political officials and members of civil society in both rural and urban settings, as well as exploring the black-sand beaches of Limbe and hiking up Mt. Cameroon. Contact Prof. Lori Hartmann-Mahmud. Estimated cost: $3500

Central Europe: Vienna, Prague, and Budapest (GER 305 or HUM 278). The cultural history of Vienna from its Roman roots through its flights of baroque fancy to its turn-of-the-20th-century decadence and its contemporary edge. The Habsburgs, whose capital was Vienna, also loved their Empire's two other main cities, which we will visit—Prague and Budapest. An emphasis on on-site discovery of the geography, urban organization, transportation networks, commerce, and daily life of Central Europe, as well as on discovering the many ways the past is preserved there. Contact Prof. Ian Wilson. Estimated cost: $3290

Ghana: Exploring Education and the Environment Across the Globe (EDU 251). Within a community-based framework, students will observe and analyze another culture from the inside. In response to specifically framed journal questions, students will have the opportunity to enhance their critical thinking skills and written communication. Collaboratively, students will choose content topics of focus and develop hands-on activities that address appropriate curricular objectives. Students' culminating work will be the implementation of their activities in a rural Ghanaian school. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn about the culture as they interact with family members in their homestays, teach outside the city of Accra, and tour local/regional sites. Contact Prof. Sarah Murray. Estimated cost: $3700

Greece: Drama and Math in Ancient Greece (HUM 284). How did both the dramatic arts and mathematics allow the ancient Greeks to create systems that helped them function and flourish in their changing and evolving world? Votive acts and offerings, finance and commerce, architecture and engineering all made great leaps forward. In this course, students will walk a mile (or 8.7 Stadia, where one Stadia=185 meters) in the Ancients' shoes by visiting sites on the Greek mainland (Athens, Delphi, Epidaurus), the islands of Samos and Delos, and a day visit to Miletus, Turkey. DRA or MAT majors may count the course as either an upper-level DRA course or a 200-level MAT course. Contact Prof. Matthew Hallock or Alex McAllister. Estimated cost: $3800

Holy Land: A Journey to Israel and Jordan (History 340/Religion 311). This course explores the ways the land of Israel has been conceptualized and monumentalized as sacred space. In Jerusalem, in Galilee, and in the deserts around the Dead Sea, we will engage and reflect upon the ways in which Jews, Christians, and Muslims have in the past and continue to enfold this land into their theological and ritual worlds. We will utilize art, architecture, texts, and conversations as our sources for understanding. Contact Prof. Tom McCollough. Estimated cost: $3150

London: Urban Politics (POL 453). In the 21st century, London still lives up to Dr. Samuel Johnson's famous 18th-century dictum: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life." In this course, students will study the politics of cities, towns, and their communities, focusing especially closely on the case study of London. The issues facing modern towns and cities, including crime, public education, aging infrastructure, gentrification, racial segregation, immigration, and poverty, will be investigated. Students will also discuss the influence of politicians and citizens on the very cities they live in. Course prerequisite: POL 120 or permission of instructor. Contact Prof. Chris Paskewich. Estimated cost: $3400

Merida Internships: Centre-in-the-Yucatan. Students live in homestays and do a carefully selected internship with a Merida firm or organization. Intermediate Spanish is necessary. Participating students will register for INT 400; internships cannot count toward major or minor requirements. Contact Mindy Wilson in Career Services or Leigh Cocanougher in the Center for Global Citizenship. Cost: $850 plus airfare (a non-refundable $200 deposit is due March 10 with the remaining $650 due September 2. Students interested in the program should attend an information meeting on February 13 at 11:15 a.m. in the Davidson Room of Old Carnegie.

Peru: Exploring Peru's Prehispanic Past/Mathematics and Architecture of Ancient Peru (ANT 456 or 200-level MAT). This course will take students to Peru to study either archaeology or math, based on an itinerary of visits to important archaeological sites and museums on the north coast and the central highlands of Peru, including Machu Picchu. ANT 456 will compare Moche, Chimu, and Inka political, economic, and religious systems in order to understand how ancient Andean states developed in harsh environments and in the absence of writing and money. The math course will address the ways that Andean cultures devised their own mathematical tools and used math, such as symmetry and fractals, in their design. Contact Prof. Robyn Cutright or Lesley Wiglesworth. Estimated cost: $4100

Spain: The Art of the Pilgrimage (REL or ARH 310). For more than 1000 years, people of faith have traveled to the burial site of St. James in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This course is intended to immerse students into the tradition, theology, culture, and environment of pilgrimage. Students should be physically fit, as they will explore the significance of pilgrimage by performing the actions of a pilgrim—i.e., walking—a portion of the pilgrimage route to Santiago. Travel will include stops in Barcelona, Leon, Burgos, Santiago, and Madrid. Contact Prof. David Hall or Lee Jefferson. Estimated cost: $3950

Thailand and Cambodia: The Anthropology of Tourism (ANT 320). Thailand and Cambodia, though contiguous Buddhist nations with strong historical pilgrimage traditions, present a stark, fascinating and on-going contrast in their respective histories and developments of tourism. This course surveys several aspects of the phenomenon of tourism—including historical, cultural, ecological, ethical, semiotic, and psychological dimensions—from an anthropological perspective. Students will explore, document, and compare the impacts and meanings of tourism/pilgrimage in the two countries from both a host and guest point-of-view. The course will be based in Thailand, with an excursion in Cambodia to study the famed Angkor Wat temple complex. Contact Prof. Phyllis Passariello. Estimated cost: $3800

To see photos from past CentreTerm abroad experiences, click here.