Global Field Study Courses

Fall 2018

*AUC = Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum 
AUC fullfillments shown with an asterisk (*) are anticipated but pending, awaiting final approval.


Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Tom Brinker January Dominica $2,495 Tuesday 4:00-6:50 GE/GCR, SS

GFS 308: This is an interdisciplinary upper level four credit course offered by Arcadia University that studies the pre-history, politics, economics and/or artistic heritage of a foreign culture. It is not intended for tourists, but rather for individuals with a sincere interest in learning about and interacting with people and events in another culture. In January, we travel to the Capitol, Roseau, and throughout Dominica during our visit.

So why study in Dominica….a detailed description

The trip to Dominica will take you out of your comfort zone and will strengthen you in more ways than you can imagine. It will open your mind and give you the chance to really see how other cultures live. Less developed regions of the world can be difficult to witness firsthand, but there's no better way to change your perspective on life than to witness how little people in the rest of the world have and live with on a daily basis. Moreover, you will have an opportunity to visit and interact with factories, power plants, organic farming, community leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, local citizens and high ranking civil servants.

Includes: airfare, accommodations, in-country travel, and a group meal.

Human Origins and Migration: Oman Field Study

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Warren Haffar 1/3/19-1/11/19 Oman $2,600 Wednesday 4:00-5:50 IL

GFS 381: This semester long interdisciplinary course surveys the foundations of human geography and migration that appear in Oman. From the development of early stone tool technology, we are able to trace early human migration patterns out of Africa, to the Arabian peninsula, and beyond. Throughout the semester, students will examine archaeological evidence that supports this migration, as well as track early human movement using GIS.  In a semester long research project, students will combine their analysis of the material archaeological evidence with the advanced mapping of archaeological sites in the Salalah region of southern Oman and in partnership with National Geographic’s Dr. Jeff Rose.  While this course curriculum is contextually and regionally focused, the larger foci of human geography, migration studies, and GIS practices can be utilized in a variety of disciplines

Includes: airfare, accommodations, in-country travel, and academic experiences.

Medieval Art

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Robin Fickle 1/3/19-1/10/19 Paris, France $2,575 11:00-12:40 IL, CL, VL

AH 220:  This field study course explores major examples of medieval art within the context of cultural history.  Special focus will be given to the art of medieval Paris since students will travel to this historic city for a week with a day excursion to Chartres Cathedral.  A variety of cultural themes that bear particular relevance for the art of Paris, such as the art of courtly love, life in the castle, chivalry and the rules of the tournament, the impact of the music and poetry of the troubadours and trouvères and the culinary practices of the knightly class, will be explored in relationship to key works of art. The semester will culminate with a medieval banquet in the Grey Towers Castle. Lectures and classroom discussions will introduce students to important frescoes, sculptures, manuscript illuminations, metalwork, ivories, tapestries and stained glass of the era.  The construction and symbolism of key architectural monuments from the Christian basilica, Islamic mosque and crusader castle to the Gothic cathedral will be investigated. 

Includes: airfare, accommodations, in-country travel, and  Seine River boat cruise (Bateau-Mouche).

Spring 2018

*AUC = Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum 
AUC fullfillments shown with an asterisk (*) are anticipated but pending, awaiting final approval.

Americans in Paris

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Rachel Collins 5/9-5/16 France $2,250 T 4:00-6:50 pm IL, CL, CB

(GFS 301/401.1):  Paris was at the global heart of aesthetic production among writers and artists during the first half of the twentieth century, and making a pilgrimage to Paris was a rite of passage for many young American writers.  Why?  What did Paris symbolize for American expatriate writers like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Langston Hughes? Why was being part of an international artistic community in Paris so crucial to their work?  And how did the realities of French life compare to the Paris they had imagined?  In pursuit of answers to these questions, students will read and interpret the literature that expatriate writers produced in and about Paris, and during our class's own journey to Paris students will deepen their understanding by retracing the expatriates' steps and recreating some of the key experiences that shaped the expatriates’ writing during the 1920s.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Includes: airfare, accommodations, transportation, a group meal, and entrance into all required destinations. 

BioDesign: Machu Picchu

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Sheryl Smith,
Jerry Habarth
5/22-5/31 Peru $2,600 M 2:00-4:00 pm GCE/GCR, CE, NP

(GFS 303.1):  This course seeks to explore the 15th century Inca settlement of Machu Picchu and nearby regions, considered one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The purpose of this settlement remains a mystery. However, much is known about the Inca and their extraordinary achievements. The Inca were masterful at integrating the elements of regional ecosystems with architectural features in the establishment of new settlements. They constructed extensive, tiered, agricultural and irrigation systems on the mountainside to feed great numbers of people.  They built a road system that spanned more that 25,000 miles that linked Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.  The Inca were master stone workers who constructed settlements, fortresses, and temples that still stand today.  In advance of traveling to Peru, students will be challenged to conceive and design a hypothetical human settlement/city that integrates features of a specific ecosystem. Our in-country experience will take us to numerous archeological sites that exemplify the integration of environment and design.  A highlight of this excursion will be a hike of part of the Inca Trail from Chachabamba to Aguas Calientes where we will camp at the base of Machu Picchu. Through our research and experiences, we will learn about the enduring aspects of Inca culture including agriculture, engineering, and community organization. Prerequisite: Must be at a moderate to high level of fitness as the hikes are strenuous and at high altitude.

Open to juniors, seniors and graduate students.

Includes: airfare, accommodations, transportation, hiking gear, guides, and a boat excursion.

Castles and Forts of the Peloponnese - Exploring the History and Cultural heritage of Greece from the Bronze Age to the Ottoman Period

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Konstantinos Chalikias 5/20-5/28 Greece $2,400 W 10:00-12:00pm IL

(GFS 381): Students learn about the history and archaeology of Greece by visiting citadels, castles, and fortifications in the Peloponnese Peninsula, dating from the Mycenaean Bronze Age to the Ottoman period. The Peloponnese provides unique architectural landscapes, evidence of the rich, complex history, and the various cultures that influenced the region throughout the centuries. Students have the opportunity to stay for a night in the castle of Monemvasia, and to experience what life was like in a fortified medieval town.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate, and non-Arcadia students.

Includes: airfare, accommodations, transportation, a group meal, and entrances to archeological sites.  

Ceramics and Cuisine

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Tobias Landberg
Gregg Moore
5/20-5/30 Denmark $3,010 F 1:00-3:20 pm GCE/GCR, CL

(GFS 381): This seminar studies the development of place based ceramic traditions and regional cuisines. The class will study the natural and cultural conditions in which unique aesthetic and culinary traditions emerge and evolve. The course is for students interested in exploring cultures through food, art, and domestic design. On campus, students will lead group discussions on historical traditions and contemporary foodways, hygge, vikings, social democracy, geography, agriculture, bog people, ancient history, modern history, design, homewares, furniture, Danish Modern, architecture, public transport, economics, and customs. In country experiences may include food foraging expedition, open sea fishing, artist studio visits, ceramics factory tours, art museum exhibitions, flea markets and local shops. Daily evening discussions will recap experience of the day with a focus on image collection and narrative construction. The course culminates with a student directed feast.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and non-Arcadia students.

Includes: airfare, accommodations, a group dinner, and entrance into all required sites.  

History on Display

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Nancy Rosoff 3/10-3/17 England $1,800 M 4:00-5:40 pm IL, CL

(GFS 381): This course will offer the opportunity to consider how historical and cultural displays are constructed and the impact these displays have on their viewer.  The course includes a trip to London over spring break, where most of the museum evaluations will occur.  Readings, critical examinations of internet sites, and other class activities will prepare students to evaluate the sites to be visited.  This course will meet the HN390 requirement for those in the Honors Program.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and senior students.

Includes: airfare, accommodations, welcome dinner, museum entrances and transportation.

Inspired by the View: The Beauty and Boldness of Ireland

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:

Maryann Worrell,
Jeanne Buckley

5/20-6/17 Ballyvaughan, Ireland
(The Burren)
$4,500 T 2:10-3:40pm GCE/GCR, VL

(GFS 381): Reflection and introspection are essential to thinking creatively, regardless your field of study. Explore the history, culture and ecological make-up of the West of Ireland’s Burren region.  Discover the artists, writers and ecologists who have drawn inspiration from this unique landscape and the history of Ireland in this region.  At the Burren College of Art, seminars and various outdoor expeditions emphasize how art, literature, and science continues to live beyond the confines of the studio or lab, but are shaped and influenced by its environment; aesthetically, politically and culturally.  Through projects, presentations and writing, students convey their reflections on the experience of this Irish landscape, its history and the people.  Course meets weekly and includes a four- week stay in the West of Ireland. It is open to undergrad and graduate students.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Includes: airfare, accommodations (for all 4 weeks), studio access, some transportation, and various expeditions. 

Marine Biology and Cultural History of the Fijian Archipelago

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Naomi Phillips
Marie Murphy
3/10-3/17 Fiji $2,850 F 2:00 - 4:00 GCE/GCR, CL, NPL

GFS 381: This is an in depth marine biology course with a week-long field trip to Fiji. The course will cover the basics of marine biology from ocean currents to marine biota. It will also explore the marine biology and cultural history of Fijian archipelago during the field component to Fiji.  This is a global experience course with a global reflection option. The Fijian archipelago has more than 330 islands with 110 permanently inhabited. The Fijian islands encompassing a land area of about 18,300 square kilometers (7,100 sq mi). We will be taking daily boat trips to explore and learn about key marine habitats and cultural sites of the islands. We will learn about both the marine plants and animals of the island, but will focus on the marine plants since these are less well characterized. Evening activities include lectures, night snorkels, and other lecture/lab activities.  Prerequisites: An interest in nature, marine biology and/or Polynesian culture. Trip includes rigorous daily hikes and snorkeling, thus one needs to be in reasonable physical shape and a capable swimmer. Snorkeling and water safety will be taught in the required pre-trip classes. A swim test will be given the first class meeting along with a health issue survey. Nacula Island is a remote location and safety is our primary concern.  Check-out of Facebook page for more!

Open to sophmores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students. 

Includes: airfare, accommodations, in-country transportation, and some meals.

National Identity in Central Europe

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Chris Cerski
Amy Widestrom
5/19-5/31 Poland, Austria, Hungary $2,650 T/Th 4:00-5:45 GCE/GCR, CL

(GFS381): This course examines how nation states use architecture, monuments, memorials, art, and the design of capital cities to form a common sense of national identity, which serves to bind a country’s citizens to the state. Students visit Krakow, Poland, Budapest, Hungry, and Vienna, Austria, and read an array of sources that examine the importance of capital city architecture, memorialization of key historical moments, as well as the use of museums to preserve national artifacts and art that construct national narratives, identity, and history. Students compare these international sites to the United States’ use of architecture, monuments, memorials, and art that construct an American identity and shape our own cultural and historical narrative. 

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors.

Includes: airfare, accommodations, transportation, and group dinner.

Promoting Youth Development in the USA and South Africa

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Elaine F. Jones 5/19-5/28 Cape Town, Johannesburg,
& Pretoria, South Africa
$2,950 TH 4:00-6:00pm IL, CL, CB

(GFS 312/412): Youth worldwide are the future leaders in their respective countries and imperative is their well-being and development so that they may later assume leadership roles. You will utilize the ideals and principles of Positive Youth Development (PYD) to promote healthy developmental outcomes among youth in post-Civil Rights U.S.A. and post-apartheid South Africa, an emerging democracy. Course content considers PYD for improving education, (physical and behavioral) health, and community building among youth in contemporary U.S.A. and South Africa. Course topics include (1) historical, cultural, and social contexts to understand and contrast youth developmental outcomes (in education, health, and community) across both countries, (2) social class-, race-, and gender-related disparities in youth developmental outcomes in both countries and (3) organizations and youth programs in both countries.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Includes: airfares, hotels, all admission fees, some meals (all breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner), activities include Table Mountain, Robben Island and other museums, meet students at university, Cradle of Humankind, penguins and seals, drumming lesson, craft markets 

Shakespeare in Performance

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Jim Casey 5/20-5/31 England & Virginia $2,650 T/TH 2:10-3:50 pm IL, CL

(GFS 381): Spend your spring semester studying the plays of Shakespeare and then watching them on historically reconstructed stages in London and Virginia.  See plays performed at the Globe Theatre in London and the Blackfriars Theatre in Virginia; talk with the actors; learn about Original Staging Practices; tour London; see Shakespeare’s Birthplace; explore Warwick Castle.  Experience Shakespeare’s plays as they were meant to be experienced—on the stage, performed by world-class actors, in spaces similar to Shakespeare’s own theatres.

Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be performed.  By combining traditional literary approaches with theatrical activities, this course will help students—of all majors, from sophomores to graduate students—experience Shakespeare as a linguistically rich performed text.  Early modern original practices will be stressed, active participation in acting exercises will be expected, and attendance at various professionally produced plays in the US and the UK will be required.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduates.

Includes: airfare, accommodations, and theatre tickets.

Spain's Pilgrimage: The Camino

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Jojo Lucena
Patrice Diaz
5/19-5/29 Spain $2,400 F 2:45-5:15 pm GCE/GCR

(GFS 305.1): Students in this course will undertake a portion of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. We will be starting in the province of Lugo (Sarria) and walking 70 miles in 6 days which is the least amount of distance to still get official credit in Spain and a certificate for having walked the Road to Santiago. Students will be provided with a training schedule and a group trainer during the semester to make sure that they are in optimal physical shape to begin the endeavor. This pilgrimage was, and is, one of the holiest journeys dating from the Middle Ages. Current participants speak of the discovery of spirituality, the connection with nature, and a way to meet people from all over the world. We will end the journey at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and spend two days discovering the wonder of this World Heritage Site. The total time of the trip will be 10 days. The academic portion of the course will focus on travel narratives, pilgrimages, and contemporary Spain. There will also be much emphasis placed on the relationship between physical hardship, team building, and spirituality through observations of nature.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate, and non-Arcadia students.

Includes: airfare, accommodations, and transportation.

The Politics of Peace: Youth, Development and Democracy in Sierra Leone

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Jennifer Riggan
Fodeba Daboh
5/5-5/16 Sierra Leone $2,700 W 4:00-7:00 pm IL, CE

GFS 381: Like youth in many post-conflict settings across the global south, youth in Sierra Leone are at the epicenter of profound social, political and economic changes. The literature on youth and social change notes the paradoxical role that youth play-- they are simultaneously “vandals” or “breakers” who embody societies’ fears of violence and disorder, but also “vanguards” or “makers” carving out new roles for themselves and thereby shifting the socio-political field (Abbink and van Kessel 2005; Honwana and de Boek 2005; see also Bay and Donham 2006 and Diouf 2002). Sierra Leoneans, like citizens of other post-conflict nations, hope that youth will be the harbingers of a long-standing peaceful, prosperous democracy but still fear that the instability brought on by youth poverty and unemployment will lead to violence and potentially thrust the country back into chaos and war.  Thus, the politics and politicization of youth are tightly intertwined with the politics of peace, in which peace is both a contested discursive construct and an actual condition marked by the absence of widespread political violence. 

Open to sophmores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. 

Includes: airfare, accommodations, in-country travel, a visit to a peace corps site, and a group meal.