Around the World
Depart about September 1; return about January 25
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
The Global Semester is a five-month academic program offering five courses in different parts of the world under the supervision of St. Olaf faculty. In cooperation with academic institutions in four countries, courses are designed to enable students to develop windows on the world from distinct academic perspectives through class lectures, field trips, and other activities. The program aims to facilitate immersion in the daily life of each community and develop comparisons with American society. Students are encouraged to incorporate a global view into their liberal arts study of what it means to be a citizen of the world.
Extending over the first semester and the January Interim, the Global Semester provides students with a series of unique opportunities to gain insight into issues confronting the non-Western world. The countries selected figure prominently in the political and cultural life of the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia. Direct academic involvement through lectures, discussion, field trips, reading and exams deepens each student’s understanding of the prevailing issues and provides a total experience readily evaluated in terms of normal standards of academic measurement.
The itinerary takes the group around the world with visits to Switzerland (the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva), Egypt, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and South Korea. The academic program focuses for one month each on four countries: Egypt, India, Hong Kong and South Korea. In cooperation with coordinators in each of the four countries and in association with staff members of The American University (Cairo, Egypt), the Ecumenical Christian Centre (Bangalore, India), Chinese University of Hong Kong and Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea), students study Egyptian history, religions of South Asia, Chinese art and Korean society. A St. Olaf faculty member, serving as field supervisor, provides concurrent interpretations and evaluations of the curricular and co-curricular experience and offers a course of study that relates his or her own academic field to the other features of the program.
Group size is limited to a maximum of
28 and a minimum of 25 students. This program is open to qualified students of other institutions. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Final selection is made on the basis of an applicant’s scholastic standing, aptitude for the type of program involved, faculty recommendations, interview and class in college.
Around-the-world group ticketing includes the domestic transportation from a participant’s nearest major airport. St. Olaf students must return to the St. Olaf campus in time for regularly scheduled second semester registration.
Except during the break periods, participants are required to remain with the group at all times and take part in all curricular and co-curricular activities and to travel internationally with the group in accordance with group rate regulations.
The cost for the 2011-2012 program was $12, 975 over and above the St. Olaf tuition. The program covers the following: around-the-world group travel via regularly scheduled jet aircraft in economy class; tuition and fees; accommodations en route in standard hotels two to three persons sharing a room; breakfast and one main meal per day; accommodations in student hostels or similar establishments in the four principal university centers; participation in scheduled sightseeing programs according to itinerary; transportation of 44 pounds of baggage, checked or unchecked. The program cost does not cover meals, accommodations and travel during break periods.
Courses of Study
Five courses are offered. The interdisciplinary course is taught by the St. Olaf faculty member.
What makes for a good quality of life? Is the definition of Quality of Life (QoL) country-specific, or can it be measured cross culturally? Students consider these questions by exploring traditional measures of QoL, learning about alternatives and applying them to the countries we visit. Students collectively develop their own QoL measures while exploring the notions of quality of life in their own culture and the world over.
Prerequisite: 200 level course in one of the following: statistics, political science, biology (with interest in health sciences), psychology, economics, philosophy, religion or permission of the instructor.
History GL 257: Themes in Ancient Graeco-Roman and Islamic- Egyptian History
Lectures, discussions and extensive field trips provide understanding of significant developments and themes in Egypt’s ancient and medieval past with emphasis on dynastic Coptic and Islamic periods. Field trips include a visit to Luxor. Counts toward major. GE: Historical Studies in Western Culture (HWC).
Religion GL 251: Religions of India
Lectures, discussions and field trips provide the basis for an understanding of the history and practice of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and other religions in India. Religious scholars from India provide the background for an understanding of the assumptions, views, nature, traditions and contemporary practices of the dominant religious expressions in India. Counts toward major.
Art GL 241: The Arts of China
Survey of Chinese art, its function, technique and aesthetic elements from bronzes and oracle bones of the Shang Dynasty to porcelain and scroll paintings of the Ching Dynasty. Counts toward major. GE: Artistic Studies (ALS-A), Multicultural Studies Course (MCG).
Sociology GL 255: Korean Society
Introduction to the social structure and institutions of contemporary South Korea, including population, urbanization, social class and mobility, work organizations and labor relations, family and women. Counts toward major. GE: Studies in Human Behavior and Society (HBS). Multicultural Studies Course (MCG).
Letter grades are recorded on the student’s transcript, but not computed in the grade point average. There is one exception: students have the option of taking the course taught by the accompanying field supervisor either graded or S/U. In this case, the graded course is figured into the GPA; if S/U, no course credit is given where the grade earned is below C-.