St. Olaf 's Own Semester Programs
For more information click on the Search Program button in the right column of the IOS homepage or contact the program adviser and the field supervisor for each program, listed below.
Environmental Science in Australia
Second Semester Program
►Explore contemporary Australia in its major, east coast cities.
►Design and execute biological studies in national parks.
►Tent camp in the outback and at a rainforest.
►Conduct hands-on research projects at the Great Barrier reef.
►Probe historic and current aspects of Australian cultures.
Campus Program Advisers: Paul Jackson (Regents Hall NS 422 x3404)
2013 Field Supervisors: David Van Wylen (Regents Hall NS 216 x3979) and Pat Van Wylen (Tomson 387 x3747)
2014 Field Supervisors: Steve Freedberg (Regents Hall NS 414 x3102) and Kelly Wolford Freedberg
►Biology: Marine Biology
►Biology: Terrestrial Ecology (GE: SED, ORC)
►Sociology: Cultural Anthropology (GE: MCG)
►Political Science: Environmental Policy (GE: HBS)
More information about the program is available on the Environmental Studies webpages:
Term in the Middle East
First semester program
►Study Turkish and Arabic societies and learn the basics of their languages.
►Experience urban life in Istanbul plus the rural Asian part of Turkey.
►Live with a family for three weeks in Fez, Morocco.
►Study Egyptian history in Cairo and travel up the Nile and to Sinai.
►Learn about various formulations of Islam.
Program Adviser: Eric Lund (Tomson 380 x3069)
2012 Field Supervisors: Mark Allister (Rølvaag Library 506, x3492) and Meredith Allister
2013 Field Supervisors: Paddy Dale (Holland 103E. x3723) and Ruthie Neuger (Tomson 226, x3937)
►Political Science: Political Institutions of the Middle East (GE: HBS, MCG)
►Sociology: Social Change in Moroccan Society (GE: HBS).
►History: Egypt in the Ancient and Modern World (GE: HWC)
►Field Supervisor’s Course 2013: States and Societal Change in the Middle East (Political Science, HBS, MCG)
First Semester and Interim program
►Circumnavigate the globe encountering cultural diversity.
►Compare societies in Europe, the Mideast and Asia.
►Study a wide range of topics: humanities, arts and social science.
►Visit ancient monuments, natural wonders and modern cities.
►Experience the Pyramids, Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China.
Campus Program Adviser: Donna McMillan (Regents Hall NS x3589)
2012-2013 Field Supervisors: Julie Legler (Regents Hall of Mathematical Sciences 509 x3573) and Paul Legler
2013-2014 Field Supervisors: Marty Hodel (Christiansen Hall of Music 118, x3075) and Shana Hodel
►History: Themes in Ancient Graeco-Roman and Islamic- Egyptian History (GE credit: HWC).
►Religion: Religions of India
►Art: The Arts of China (GE credit: ALS-A, MCG)
►Sociology: Korean Society (GE credits: HBS, MCG)
►Field Supervisor’s Course 2013: Traditional and Popular Music: Global Perspectives (ALS-A, ORC pending)
Term in Asia
This First Semester Program will not be offered in 2013. Next offering: 2014
►Compare various features of three Asian cultures
►Explore several regions of China and study environmental issues
►Immerse yourself for 6 weeks in Thai culture at Chiang Mai University
►Live with a local family while in Thailand
►Study the ‘American War’ in Vietnam
Campus Program Adviser: John Barbour (Chapel 302 x 3083)
2012 Field Supervisors: Ted Johnson (Regents Hall NS 366 x3392) and Michelle Johnson
Next offered in 2014.
►Asian Studies : Environmental Issues in China
►Sociology: Thai Society (GE: HBS)
►History: Modern Vietnam History (GE: MCG)
►Field Supervisor’s Course 2012: Health Care and Emerging Diseases in Asia (GE: NST-B/IST, ORC)
Term in Asia video made by past participants.
PowerPoint Intro to Term in Asia
Biology in South India
►Immersion into South Indian life and culture—urban and rural
►One-on-one interaction with experts in environment, health care and public policy
► Two biological research projects combine study and service to NGOs and other agencies
►Explore unique ecosystems from scrub jungle to mountain rainforest
►Visit schools, hospitals, colleges, art venues, religious sites, markets and slums
Campus Program Adviser: Anne Walter (Regents Hall NS 378 x3961) Mike Swift (Regents Hall 420 378 x3886)
Sponsoring Department: Biology
ID: Orientation to India (GE: MSG)
2 Biology credits: Research projects (GE: WRI) (Both count for Bio major)
One additional IS option available
Term in China
►Advance your Chinese language competence through intensive courses
►Learn about Chinese culture and Society through courses and daily living
►Live in university dormitory with non-English speaking students
►Explore Shanghai – one of China’s most dynamic cities
►Enjoy time for independent travel in China
Campus Program Adviser: Pin Wan (Tomson Hall 350, 1st Floor x3684)
Chinese Culture and Society (GE: HBS)