St. Olaf CollegeAcademic CatalogSt. Olaf College

Table of Contents
An Education for the 21st Century: Academic Life
Graduation Requirements and Curricular Advice
Academic Regulations and Procedures

International and Off-Campus Studies
» Overview
» Programs Led by St. Olaf Faculty
» Other Programs
» Interim Courses
» Other Semester and Year-Long Programs

Special Programs
Admissions and Financial Aid
Life Outside the Classroom
Facts and Figures
College Calendar

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Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.

Programs Led by St. Olaf Faculty

St. Olaf faculty members organize and lead programs that range in length from one to five months and cover a wide variety of subjects. Three programs are offered annually during Fall Semester and the January Interim, a fourth is offered every other year during the Spring Semester and many others are offered during the January Interim.

Term in the Middle East (Fall Semester and Interim)

Term in the Middle East provides students the opportunity to experience the rich cultural achievements of this ancient and dynamic part of the world. Students take five courses in affiliation with Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey; Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech, Morocco; American University in Cairo, Egypt; and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, or an alternative site. In 2004-05 the courses are:

  • Political Science ME254, Political Institutions of the Middle East — Istanbul, Turkey
  • Sociology/Anthropology ME257, Social Change in the Middle East and North Africa — Marrakech, Morocco
  • History ME250, Egypt in the Ancient and Modern World — Cairo, Egypt
  • Religion ME256, Comparative Monotheism — Jerusalem, Israel
  • interdisciplinary ME 265: Cross-cultural learning in context (taught by accompanying St. Olaf faculty member Patrick Quade)

Term in Asia (Fall Semester and Interim)

Term in Asia combines cross-cultural experience with academic study at Waseda University in Tokyo, East China Normal University in Shanghai, China and Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and with staff of CET Academic Programs in Vietnam. A month is spent in Japan and China, two and one half months in Thailand and a month in Vietnam. The stay in Thailand is highlighted by an extended family stay. In 2004-05 the courses are:

  • Asian Studies TA 250, environmental issues in Japan and China
  • Sociology/Anthropology TA255, Thai society — Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Thai TA111, Thai Language — Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • History TA267, Modern Vietnam History
  • Sociology/Anthropology TA281, tradition and change in contemporary asia (taught by accompanying St. Olaf faculty member Bruce Nordstrom-Loeb)

The Global Semester (Fall Semester and Interim)

Global Semester examines issues facing developing countries. The itinerary takes the group around the world with visits to Switzerland, Turkey, Egypt, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and South Korea. Participants study at the American University in Cairo, the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Bangalore, India, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. They take five courses. In 2004-05, the courses are:

  • History GL257, Themes in Ancient Graeco-Roman and Islamic-Egyptian History — Cairo, Egypt
  • Religion GL251, Religions of India — Bangalore, India
  • Art GL241, The Arts of China — Hong Kong
  • Sociology/Anthropology GL255, Korean Society — Seoul, South Korea
  • Interdisciplinary GL247, Global Issues: religious ideas — cultural consequences (taught by accompanying St. Olaf faculty member Bruce Benson)

Environmental Science in Australia (Spring Semester)

The flora, fauna, ecological habits and human history of Australia offer opportunities for study that are unique in diversity. This program begins in Melbourne during their late summer (February) and moves northward into the warmer latitudes during the semester as their fall progresses. All travel will be in the eastern half of the country where the greatest diversity of natural habitats and human activity occur. A combination of lectures, extensive field experiences, a short internship and a brief research project should enable students to learn about and appreciate this fascinating continent.

  • Biology 224, Marine Biology
  • Biology 226, Terrestrial Ecology
  • Sociology/Anthropology 222, Cultural Anthropology
  • Political Science 221, Environmental Policy

NOTE: Offered in alternate years. Program will next be offered in Spring 2006.