Global Field Study Courses

Spring 2022 Global Field Study Courses

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

Check into the courses offered below offering different academic themes and AUC designations, and please note that travel locations, dates, and fees are subject to change. see Global Field Study page for FAQs and more information. 

GFS courses are not open to direct registration; students must submit an application and meet other eligibility requirements. Most students wishing to apply for GFS courses will have received an email with a personalized application link; if you aren't able to locate that email or believe that you did not receive it, please contact 


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GFS320/420 Castles, Forests, and Fairy Tales: Mapping the German Landscape

Travel Location: Bavaria, Germany
Instructors: Allyson McCreery and Rhianon Visinsky
Meeting Time: Tuesday 7:00-10:00 PM 
Travel Dates: 5/21-5/31/22
Travel Fee: $2,400-$2,600
AUC Fulfillment: CE, NP

This Global Field Study will examine the literary, architectural, and landscape intricacies of Germany. Using geocritical theory as a guide, students will explore the ways in which the German landscape influenced the creation of narratives and how those narratives, in turn, influence the ways in which the land is viewed by those “reading” it. We will do this, in part, by reading select fairy tales, myths, and legends of Germany, including some of those collected by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm during the early 19th Century and published in 1812. In the classroom, Grimm’s Fairy Tales (and other German texts) will help us delve into the ways in which the lush landscapes of the German volk imagination were inspired by the physical world. We will create our own visual landscapes of the tales using various methods of computer and artistic generation; research the origins of the tales, the landscape and architecture; write a research essay and a guidebook; and create a map in the GIS Lab. In Germany, we will visit the Black Forest, “fairy-tale” towns, and several castles (including Neuschwanstein), and make connections to our in-class visual creations and research. Come with us and explore the myths, legends, and fairy tales of Germany through the lens of castle architecture and their surrounding geography in this Global Field Study.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students

GFS319/419A CSI UK

Location: Scotland and England
Instructors: Karen Scott and Fabio Oldoni
Meeting Time: Tuesday 5:00-6:30pm
Travel Dates: 5/21-6/4/22
Travel Fee: $2,500-$2,700
AUC Fulfillment: SS, GCE/GCR

This course is intended for MSFS students, pre-Forensic Science (3+2 and 4+2) students, Forensic Investigation Minors and is also applicable for Criminal Justice, pre-Law, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, and History majors or student with a general interest in CSI.    

             Since the late 19th century, the United Kingdom has been pivotal in both the development of forensic techniques and the setting of forensic science standards. Recent media attention has thrust forensics into the spotlight to both positive and negative effect. This course introduces the history and evolution of criminal investigations including the role of Crime Scene Investigators and Forensic Scientists, significant cases, and the framework of international standards within forensic science.  We examine how crimes are investigated in the US and the UK,  the strengths and weaknesses of the US and UK systems, and how this exciting area of the Criminal Justic System is changing in each country.  Finally, we consider a number of related disciplines and issues, such as evidence admissibility, the CSI effect, education and forensic regulation to gain a broader understanding of forensics' modern role and future development within criminal justice. The course culminates in a field trip to the UK focusing on Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh in Scotland, as well as London and Cambridge in England. Through site visits and guest speakers, students will gain insight into the forensic profession as it exists in the US and UK.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students

BI 355 Field Biology: The Florida Everglades, America’s River of Grass

Travel Location: Florida Everglades, Florida Keys
Instructors: Lauretta Bushar and Christopher Binckley
Meeting Time: Wednesday 1:30-2:35pm
Travel Dates: 3/12-3/19/22
Travel Fee: $1750
AUC Fulfillment: GCE/GCR
Prerequisites: BI201 and BI242 

In this course students will explore the biodiversity of the Florida Everglades, specifically how changing hydrology affects fresh-water and coastal habitats. Analysis and discussion of primary literature will illustrate characteristics of plant and animal communities. The Everglades is a river slowly flowing from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico, containing an immense diversity of plants and animals. Students will explore, document, and analyze these species, focusing on how hydrology affects their distribution and abundance. This course includes an immersive 8-day trip to Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys, where students will follow the flow of water and explore Everglades ecology in field trips, a museum and the collection and analysis of ecological data. Students must be able to hike on flat land for several hours to complete the field investigations. This course fulfills the biology major requirement of a 300-level bio elective with lab that has a plant component. Fee covers the cost of airfare, lodging most meals, and all field excursions including snorkeling trip.

GFS317/417 Inspired by the View: The Beauty and Boldness of Ireland

Travel Location: Ballyvaughan, Ireland
Instructor: Maryann Worrell and Krista Profitt
Meeting Time: Tuesday 2:10-3:50pm
Travel Dates: 5/22-6/19/2022
Travel Fee: $4,500-$4,700
AUC Fulfillment: VL, GCE/GCR

This course provides students with the tools to generate creative works, and rediscover and reflect upon  the natural world through the medium of their choice (photography, fine art, writing, performance, research, etc.)  The experience will be classroom-based at Arcadia during the Spring 2018 semester, as well as include a four-week stay in the West of Ireland from May 20th-June 17th.  This course is for sophomore- graduate students, studying any major, and combines lectures, studio work and field trip excursions. Students and two faculty members will be living and studying in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, a rural village in the West of Ireland.  Students will be attending The Burren College of Art, which  will provide all living arrangements, studio space and limited transportation (5 days a week, 9am and 5pm) to and from the College from Ballyvaughan.   Weekly courses at AU will cover a variety of topics including Ireland’s history and culture, artists and writers, various art studio methods, generating creativity, environmental issues (home and abroad), etc.; applicable to studio and writing course works.  

Students will be required to attend all field trips, as well as work in College studios or on campus daily from 9:30am-5pm, with an hour lunch.  Students will share studios, two students per 14’x14’ space and studios are available to students 24/7.   Students will present their works or research in a gallery setting, open to the public, at the end of their stay.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students

GFS306 Marine Biology and Cultural History of Hawaii

Travel Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Instructors: Naomi Phillips and Kelila Jaffe
Meeting Time: Friday 2:00-4:00pm
Travel Dates: 5/21-5/31/22 
Travel Fee: $2,500-$2,700
AUC Fulfillment:  CL, NPL, GCE/GCR

This course will focus on the marine biology and cultural history of the Hawaiian Islands, culminating in a 10-day field study to the Hawaiian Islands (Oahu). This is a global experience course with an optional global reflection piece. The Hawaiian archipelago is a remote (~2500 hundred miles from the nearest land mass) island chain composed of high and low islands. We will be staying at the University of Hawaii’s Oahu campus. We will be taking daily trips to explore and learn about key marine habitats, aquaculture facilities and cultural sites of the Oahu. We will learn about both the marine plants and animals of the island, but will focus on the marine plants. Evening activities include lectures, night snorkels, a luau and other lab activities.

 Prerequisites: An interest in nature, marine biology and/or Pacific 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. Students will need to pass a swim test before the first-class meeting.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors

GFS 321 Exploring National Identity in Central Europe

Travel Location: Vienna, Austria and various cities in Germany
Instructors: Christopher Cerski
Meeting Time: Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-5:40 pm
Travel Dates: 5/21-6/2/22
Travel Fee: $2,800-$2,975
AUC Fulfillment: CL, GCE/GCR

This course will study how nation-states develop a common national identity and its importance to governmental power.  Students will develop an awareness about a nation-state's use of visual culture to form or project a national identity.  This course will study the cultural artifacts that have been used throughout history to form national identity and national narratives, including architecture, monuments, memorials, and art.  Students will visit various cities in Austria and Germany, and read an array of sources that examine the importance of capital city architecture, memorialization of key historical monuments, as well as the use of museums to preserve artifacts and art that construct national narratives, identity, and history.  Before exploring the international sites, students will examine the United States' national identity and visit Washington, D.C. to explore how our government uses architecture, monuments, memorials, and art to construct an American identity that shapes the country's cultural and historical narratives. 

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors

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