Global Field Study Courses

Spring 2019

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

Baroque Art

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Jill Pederson 5/19-5/26 Italy $2,300 W 10:00 am - 12:00 pm IL, CL, RW, CB

(AH 224): This course analyzes works of art and architecture in Southern Europe from the end of the sixteenth through the beginning of the eighteenth centuries. The beginning of this period is characterized by massive upheaval in religious systems, vast scientific discoveries, and political turmoil, all of which contributed to the fundamental reconsideration of the values that had underpinned European society for centuries, leading to a range of dramatic responses in the visual arts. Students in this course will be introduced to artistic production across a range of media, including painting, sculpture, and architecture, in important European artistic centers. Special emphasis will be placed on Rome, the political and cultural center of Western Christendom. Though the authority of this city was undermined in the sixteenth century, it emerged in even grander glory in the following century as it came to represent the cultural jewel of the West, reflecting the power and wealth of kings, popes, and cardinals.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Includes: airfare, accommodations, a welcome dinner, and other activities in Rome.

BioDesign: Andean Adventures

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, Forests, and Fairy Tales: Mapping the German Landscape

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

Allyson McCreery
Rhianon Visinsky

5/18-5/28 Germany $2500 W 5:30-7:00 pm


(GFS 381): 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 new Global Field Study.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Includes: airfare, accommodations, a group dinner, and entrances.

Inspired by the View: The Beauty and Boldness of Ireland

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

Maryann Worrell

5/19-6/16 Ballyvaughan, Ireland
(The Burren)
$4,600 TH 2:10-3:40pm GCE/GCR, VL

(GFS 317): 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
5/20-5/31 Fiji $3,350 F 2:00 - 4:00 GCE/GCR, CL, NPL

(GFS 306): 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 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. 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 5/18-5/30 Poland, Austria, Hungary $2,750 T/Th 4:00-5:45 GCE/GCR, CL

(GFS381): This course will study the cultural artifacts that have been used throughout history to form national identity and nationalism, including architecture, monuments, memorials, and art. This course is designed to develop an awareness about a nation-state's use of visual culture to form a common identity that binds its citizens to the state.  Students will visit Krakow, Poland, Budapest, Hungary, 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.  Before exploring the international sites, students will examine our own domestic use of architecture, monuments, memorials, and art used to 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 5/18-5/27 Cape Town, Johannesburg,
& Pretoria, South Africa
$3,000 T 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: airfare, hotels, admission fees, some meals (all breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner), activities include university visit to meet students, Robben Island and other museums, Table Mountain, drumming lesson, safari, visits to see penguins and seals, craft markets

Spain's Pilgrimage: The Camino

Instructor:  Travel Dates: Destination: Fee: Meeting Time: AUC Fulfillment:
Jojo Lucena
Patrice Laurant
5/19-5/29 Spain $2,400 M/W 2:45-3:50 pm CL, W

(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.

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 $2,595 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.