May 2020 Travel Courses

Most courses are now full.

Applications are still be being accepted for other courses as noted below.

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INQ/HIST 277 Japan in the Long Twentieth Century
Instructor: Dr. Stella Xu
Prerequisite: Permission
Fee: $ 4800
Includes airfare, lodging, some meals, entrance fees, and in-country transportation
On location in Japan, May 16-30
Eligible for scholarship support: Measure of a Maroon, Cobbs, and Fortnightly

How did the Japanese people live through the turbulent course of events in the twentieth century? How have people remembered and commemorated this century? This course helps students take a close look at Japanese history and culture through the direct experience of visiting museums, historical sites, and conducting conversation with local people to learn about their experience and memory of the past century.    We will visit three major cities, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. Important sites to be visited include the Tokyo National Museum; Yūshūkan, a modern history museum inside the Yasukuni Shrine; Showakan (National Showa Memorial Museum, a museum of Japanese history from 1926-1989); the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and the Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum. Through these visits, students will explore multiple layers of Japanese history, culture, and the daily life of Japanese people. We will also visit Kansai Kaidai, the Japanese university with which Roanoke College has a direct exchange program.


OPEN and ACCEPTING applications.

INQ/CJUS 277 Comparative Legal Systems-United Kingdom
Instructor: Professor Thomas Rambo
Prerequisites: Permission
Fee: $5000
Includes airfare, lodging, some meals, tours, and in-country transportation
On location in the United Kingdom, May 4-17 
Eligible for scholarship support: Measure of a Maroon, Cobbs, Fortnightly, and Fowler Legacy.

How are differences in US culture and British culture reflected in the countries' legal systems and law enforcement practices? While in the United Kingdom, students will examine the British legal system and law enforcement practices. Through lectures by British faculty, site visits to legislative bodies and court/police facilities, and cultural events, students gain first-hand knowledge and experience so that they may compare this system and culture to that of the United States. Group neighborhood projects, attending events important to the British culture and living in flats in London and Edinburgh will give the students the ability to compare the legal systems and law enforcement practices of the United Kingdom and United States through a cultural lens.


OPEN and ACCEPTING applications.

INQ/ENST 277 Sustainability & Spirituality in the Pacific Northwest
Instructor: Dr. Laura Hartman
Prerequisite: Permission
Fee: $2580
Includes airfare, onsite transportation, lodging, most meals, and entrance fees
On location in the Cascade Mountains of Washington, May 5-30
Eligible for scholarship support: Fortnightly

Holden Village is a very special place. Formerly a mining camp in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state, Holden was bought by Lutherans who transformed it into a phenomenon that is hard to describe. Part eco-village, part religious community; part village, part retreat center; remote, yet grounding; creative, yet rooted in tradition. In our time at Holden, we will participate in its daily rhythms and study its environmental sustainability. In so doing, we will learn to answer questions about renewal, restoration, reformation, and ritual. The place itself is our primary text and students will learn to articulate what they learn through creative projects.


All courses below are currently closed. They are not accepting additional students at this time.

INQ/HIST 277 Pausanias' Grand Tour of Greece
Instructor: Dr. Jason Hawke
Prerequisite: Permission
Fee: $5300
Includes airfare, lodging, all dinners, and in-country transportation
On location in Greece, May 6-22
Eligible for scholarship support: Measure of a Maroon, Cobbs, and Fortnightly


Pausanias, a 2nd-century AD Greek living under Roman rule, visited sites of past glory and wrote an informative travelogue and cultural history of ancient Greece.  Students will travel in his footsteps, a journey that will take them to Athens, Sparta, Corinth, and Delphi, among other sites.  Students will experience firsthand the monuments of ancient Greece and the modern presentation of them and confront the landscapes that Pausanias describes.  In reflecting upon their own reactions and Pausanias’ account of the ancient Greek past and its remains, students will interpret their responses to Greece ancient and modern.  By immersing ourselves in Pausanias’ account, relevant modern scholarship, and visiting the landscapes Pausanias once beheld, we will be able to consider the interplay among the physical and imagined pasts, and think about the ways we construct identities through the conversations we choose to have with those pasts and how we conduct them.
Course Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Greece-May-Term-2020-2047034005565100/


Currently closed. Not accepting new applications.

INQ/SPAN 377 Contemporary Spain-Global:  Lengua y cultura
Instructors: Dr. Charlene Kalinoski and Dr. Alba Arias Alvarez
Prerequisite: SPAN 202 and permission
Fee: $4200
Includes airfare, homestays with two meals daily, hotels, classes, entrance fees, and in-country transportation
On location in Spain, May 8-28
Eligible for scholarship support: Measure of a Maroon, Cobbs, and Fortnightly

Encounter the language and culture of Spain through this three-week immersion experience.  From our base in Valencia on the Mediterranean coast, we will explore this city and venture beyond it to Madrid and Andalucía to learn about linguistic and cultural variations within Spain.  This course is designed to promote the development of spoken Spanish through immersion and to increase cultural awareness and multi-cultural literacy. This course will count as an elective in the Spanish major and minor programs.  It satisfies the study abroad requirement for the Spanish major.


Currently closed. Not accepting new applications.

INQ 277 Vampires, Witches and Werewolves in Slavic Culture-Global
Instructor: Dr. Martha Kuchar
Prerequisites: Permission
Fee: $4150
Includes airfare, lodging with breakfasts, some group meals, entrance fees, and in-country transportation
On location in Poland and far western Ukraine, May 10-30 
Eligible for Measure of a Maroon, Cobb and Fortnightly Scholarships

Who are the "undead" in the context of Slavic culture, and why has this region been so rich in their expression, from Dracula to Baba Yaga to Vovkulaka? Why have witches, vampires, and other mythological creatures so captivated the minds of pre-Christian and Christian Slaves that a rich and persistent iconography has risen around them? This course examines the mythology and beliefs about the vampire, witch, and werewolf because they are central to Slavic beliefs about death and the afterlife, concepts which form the broad canvas of the course. The vampiric "undead," the shamanic witch, and the metamorphic werewolf stand at the boundary between two worlds, the living and the dead. Other mythological creatures will be included in the study: dragons, firebirds, and the like. We will read about them in histories, legends, myths, and folk tales. The course will challenge students to separate historical fact from popular fiction, and to consider the complex role of these iconic figures in Slavic and East European cultures. This course is an excellent follow-up to INQ 270: Slavic Folklore, but completion of that course is not required.


Currently closed. Not accepting new applications.

INQ 377 Emerging Adulthood in Thailand-Global
Instructor: Dr. Darcey Powell
Prerequisite:  Permission
Fee:  $4675
Includes airfare, lodging, some meals, group activities, and in-country transportation
On location in Thailand, May 5-26
Eligible for scholarship support: Measure of a Maroon, Cobbs, and Fortnightly

What do we know about emerging adulthood? How are U.S. emerging adults’ paths similar to or different from Thai emerging adults’ paths towards achieving adult roles and responsibilities? In this travel course, we will read about U.S. emerging adults, discuss our own experiences as emerging adults, as well as engage in an ethnographic study to discover what it is like to be an emerging adult in Thailand. While abroad, we will travel to various regions of Thailand to consider the contextual factors that influence one’s experiences during emerging adulthood. For more information see: Facebook: @RCtoThailand; Instagram: RCmayterm_Thailand


Currently closed. Not accepting new applications.

INQ/ARTH 277 The Grand Tour of Italy
Instructor: Dr. Julia Sienkewicz
Prerequisite:  Permission
Fee: $5000
Includes airfare, lodging with breakfasts, some group meals, entrance fees, and in-country transportation 
On location in Italy, May 10-25 
Eligible for scholarship support: Measure of a Maroon, Cobbs, and Fortnightly

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, artists, scholars, and socialites alike embarked in a practice called the “Grand Tour,” as a crucial, and often the final, stage in their educations.  Travelling through Continental Europe (and for American artists, also the voyage to the United Kingdom) allowed individuals to see significant sites and works of art, as well as to participate in vibrant communities of like-minded individuals.  This course will consider the cultural, historical, and artistic phenomenon that was the “Grand Tour.” This intensive learning course is designed to immerse students in the experience of the grand tour, both by visiting sites central to the historical grand tour and also by inviting students to enter into the role of grand tourists.


Currently closed. Not accepting new applications.

INQ 177 Scotland: Artistic Legacies & Cultural Identities
Instructor: Dr. Dana-Linn Whiteside
Prerequisite: Permission 
Fee: $4500
Includes airfare, lodging with breakfasts, entrance fees, and in-country transportation
On location in Scotland, May 12-28
Eligible for scholarship support: Measure of a Maroon, Cobbs, and Fortnightly

This course is a multidisciplinary study of Scottish art and identity as manifested in art, literature, and landscape.  Students will gain a broad understanding of Scotland as a case study of European cultural history. Ideally, students will take away from this course not only a deep understanding of an important European civilization, but a more refined awareness of the characteristics, manifestations and role of material and social culture as factors that reflect and shape social identity in any nation or among any unified group of peoples.

Currently closed. Not accepting new applications.

INQ-277 Business Culture in Spain-Global  
Instructor: Dr. Pamela Galluch
Prerequisite: Permission
Fee: $4800
Includes airfare, lodging with breakfast, most lunches, entrance fees, and in-country transportation
On location in Spain, May 12-27
Eligible for scholarship support: Measure of a Maroon, Cobbs, Fortnightly, and Fowler Legacy

This course provides students with an introduction to business practices in Madrid by examining the interests of communication strategies alongside the influence of culture. This course facilitates learning through ethnographic methods: studying business culture in museums, tourists’ hot spots, restaurants and cafes, architecture, and shops.


Currently closed. Not accepting new applications.

INQ 277 Stockholm on the Water
Instructor: Dr. Jim Peterson
Prerequisite: Permission
Fee: $4800
Includes airfare, lodging with breakfast, entrance fees, and in-country transportation
On location in Stockholm, Sweden, May 11-27
Eligible for scholarship support: Measure of a Maroon, Cobbs, Fortnightly, and Fowler Legacy

Stockholm, Sweden has pioneered an influential and complex model of social ethics. It is the birthplace of social security from birth to death to implement  lagom- to each an equal share, but it is also the home of a popular royal family in their palaces, Ingvar Kamprad (the founder of IKEA who is often listed as the world's wealthiest businessman), and the ultimate personal distinction of the Nobel Prizes. To make our study of the city's social choices manageable, we will focus on the multifaceted interaction of Stockholm life with water. Stockholm is built on 14 islands where Lake Malaren meets the Baltic Sea, such that it is one third parks, one third city, and one third water. We will start each day at a site where Stockholm and water meet and then free students to complete a project investigating that point of interaction. What are the social choices and underlying ethic that shape how the people of Stockholm live with one another and ever present water. See the course Facebook page: 

https://www.facebook.com/StockholmRCMayterm/