St. Olaf CollegeAcademic CatalogSt. Olaf College

Table of Contents
Academic Life
Academic Regulations

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

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

Changes that have occurred in St. Olaf academic policy and curriculum since the publication in 2002 of the St. Olaf Catalog for 2002–04 are indicated in red and red strikethrough type.

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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, one is offered annually during Interim and a fifth is offered every other year during the Spring Semester.

Term in the Middle East (Fall Semester and Interim)
The Term in the Middle East program has been suspended for 2003-04 due to political instability in the region.

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. The courses are:

  • Political Science ME254, Political Institutions of the Middle East — Istanbul, Turkey (HBS)
  • Sociology/Anthropology ME257, Social Change in the Middle East and North Africa — Marrakech, Morocco (HBS)
  • History ME250, Egypt in the Ancient and Modern World — Cairo, Egypt (HWC)
  • Religion ME256, Comparative Monotheism — Jerusalem, Israel (MCS-G)

The accompanying St. Olaf faculty member teaches a class that varies in subject from year to year.

Term in Asia (Fall Semester and Interim)
Term in Asia combines cross-cultural experience with academic study at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with staff of CET Academic Programs in Vietnam and a visit to the People's Republic of China. A month is spent in Hong Kong, two and one half months in Thailand and a month in Vietnam. The stay in Thailand is highlighted by an extended family stay.

The following courses are offered in 2003–04:

  • Art TA222, On-site/Insight: An exploration of visual culture — Taught
    by accompanying St. Olaf faculty member (Mary Griep)
  • Political Science TA262, Modern Chinese Politics
  • Sociology/Anthropology TA255, Thai Society —
    Chiang Mai, Thailand (HBS)
  • Thai TA111, Thai Language — Chiang Mai, Thailand
    History TA267, Modern Vietnam History

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, Egypt, Israel, India, Nepal, Hong Kong, China and 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.

The following courses are offered in 2003–04:

  • History GL257, Themes in Ancient Graeco-Roman and Islamic-Egyptian History — Cairo, Egypt (HWC)
  • Religion GL251, Religions of India — Bangalore, India
  • Art GL241, The Arts of China — Hong Kong (ALS-A)
  • Sociology/Anthropology GL255, Korean Society —
    Seoul, South Korea (HBS, MCS-G)
  • Interdisciplinary GL247, Global Issues: Ethics, rights and intolerance — taught by accompanying St. Olaf faculty member (Edward Langerak)

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 (NST-B, NSL, ORC)
  • Sociology/Anthropology 222, Cultural Anthropology (MCS-G)
  • Political Science 220 221, Environmental Policy (HBS)

NOTE: Offered in alternate years. Program will next be offered in spring 2004.