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Trips Around the World




Gambia - Tropical Ecology

Winter Trip

Tropical Ecology
December 26 to January 6
Dr. Wolovich


Caribbean / Latin America

Caribbean Cruise

Caribbean Cruise - Chemistry

Fall Trip - JJ

Natural Product Chemistry in the Caribbean
October 12 to October 20
Dr. Shelby

Permission from the professor. This trip will explore the chemistry and the variety of natural products grown and processed in the Caribbean islands. We will visit five different Caribbean islands to learn about the botanicals historically grown and utilized by islanders, as well as the natural products that are isolated from various plants and utilized for medicinal purposes. We will also explore major historic and cultural sites on each island that have influenced cultural use of natural products and the economization of the associated products.
Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands - English

Winter Trip - JJ

Cayman Workshop for Creative Writing
December 29 to January 4
Dr. Di Leo

This seven-day course will explore the techniques and elements characteristic of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction through practice, interpretation, discussion, and writing. Alongside visits to historical and culturally significant sites throughout Grand Cayman, modern and contemporary Caribbean literature and daily workshops will lead you to discover inspiration for your own writing. You will be able to develop and explore your own distinctive creative style with other students while kayaking and sailing the Western Caribbean Sea, visiting Rum Point and the Cayman Turtle Center, and sampling traditional Caymanian food at restaurants in the “culinary capital of the Caribean.”


Fall Trip - JJ

An Engineering Marvel: The Panama Canal
October 13 to October 20
Dr. Back

This trip is open to all majors interested in the fascinating history of the Panama Canal, one of the world’s greatest feats of engineering ever undertaken. Conceived in the 1580s and finally completed in 1914, we’ll explore the intriguing saga of the Canal from construction to modern day, learn how to operate the locks, and investigate its impact on Panama’s economy and culture. There will be something new to discover everyday as we navigate the rivers and Canal by boat with expeditions to wildlife parks, ancient ruins, rainforests, and caves. Join us on an incredible journey stretching from the Gulf on Panama to the Pacific Ocean!


Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe - Multi-disciplined

Fall Trip - JJ

A Journey through Eastern Europe
October 12 to October 21
Dr. Allen

Travel through Eastern Europe where you’ll be exposed to the rich and diverse history of Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, and Budapest. Beginning in Prague, you’ll walk through Old Town and across the Charles Bridge, and spend time in the Castle District exploring the Old Royal Palace and St. Vitus Cathedral. On the way to Vienna you’ll stop in Salzburg to visit the Cesky Krumlov Castle; once in Vienna you’ll tour the Imperial Palace, St. Stephens Cathedral, Mozart’s house and more. The final stops on the tour will take you to Bratislava and Budapest where you’ll have the chance to discover Heroes Square, Bratislava Castle, and the Blue Church.

London - English

Fall Trip - JJ

Jane Austen's World
October 12 to October 21
Dr. Huneycutt

Open to all majors: This course will explore some of the most important locations in England associated with the life, novels, and mileau of Jane Austen (1775 – 1817). We will spend several days in Bath, where Austen lived from 1801-1806, which provides the setting for two of her novels, and which has preserved many of the Regency-era buildings that she would have known. We will visit Chawton, where Austen lived from 1809 until her death and see the house where she wrote several of her novels – which is now a museum dedicated to the author. We will visit Winchester, where the author died, and see her burial site in Winchester cathedral. We will spend five days in London to visit locations that would have been familiar to Austen and which provide the background for several of her novels. We will go to museums that display art and artifacts that will help us gain a better understanding of the world that Austen knew. We will also explore some major historical & cultural sites not directly associated with Austen – such as Tintern Abbey, The Roman Baths, Hampton Court, and the Globe Theater.

Scotland - Multi-disciplined

Fall Trip - JJ

Explore Scotland
October 12 to October 21
Dr. Malcolm Manners

Explore Scotland, including the city of Edinburgh, castles, fortresses, battlefields, ancient stone monuments, gardens, Loch Ness, and beautiful mountainous scenery, including filming sites for Harry Potter and James Bond's "Sky Fall."

Sicily - Multi-disciplined

Winter Trip - JJ

History of Sicily
December 13 to December 23
Dr. Serrano

Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the "toe" of Italy's "boot." Its rich history is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental, Doric-style Greek temples, and in the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in capital city Palermo. Join in on this winter Junior Journey as we travel the island and explore archeological digs and ruins, visit cathedrals, museums, and theaters, and scale Mt. Etna on this fabulous 11 day journey to Sicily!

Spain - Multidisciplinary

Fall Trip - JJ

A Spanish Cultural Adventure: A Journey of Discovery
October 13 to October 21
Dr. Garcia

This course will try to explore various aspects Southern Spanish history and culture. It will focus on the rich Christian, Islamic and Judaic influences that allowed these religions and cultures to coexist and flourish for hundreds of years with tours, presentations, and museum visits in Madrid, Cordoba, and Seville among with many other cities. We’ll also spend evenings learning about the rich culture through food, art, and Flamenco and Gypsy dancing and music.
Switzerland and Italy

Switzerland and Italy - Healthcare

Fall Trip - JJ

Global Health Organizations
October 13 to October 21
Dr. Krause

This travel course introduces students to international organizations focused on humanitarianism and global health, an interdisciplinary field exploring major health problems, interventions, and policies impacting the health status and well-being of all persons. We will spend several days in Geneva and then Florence and Rome, where we will meet with representatives of global health organizations such as the World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the Red Cross. There will also be visits many museums, cathedrals, and other unique cultural and historical sites in both cities.