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Upcoming Travel Courses for 2022

The Pilgrim’s Way: On the Art and Practice of Walking

HES 2294, SPAN 2294

Course Instructors: Dr. Sharon Brown and Dr. Jeremy Paden

Location: Portugal & Spain

Course Description: Pilgrimages have been a part of human religious practice since the beginning of time. And, pilgrims have walked the Camino de Santiago since the Middle Ages. People have made this walk for a variety of reasons. For some, it is a simple act of devotion or piety, for others is it the fulfillment of a promise, or the striking of a bargain. Today, despite the fact that Western Europe and North America are becoming more secular, more and more people are walking the Camino de Santiago. Their reasons include everything from religious practice to tourism, from a form of exercise to an exploration of a personal secular spirituality. In this course we will read about how and why we walk–that is, the science and neuroscience of walking, on the one hand, and the religious practice and the psychological benefits of walking, on the other. We have chosen the Camino de Santiago because it is one of the more iconic Western pilgrimages. We will study the history of the Camino, the routes, the architecture, and the modern day infrastructure (both the real world and the cybernetic). After a week of preparation, we will walk the Portuguese Way. This will allow us to interact with other pilgrims, explore the built environment and the natural world, and experience a pilgrimage.

Prerequisites: None

Introduction to the Fine Arts and Rhetoric of Criticism in the Arts in London

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FA 1004, WRC 2294

Course Instructors: Gary Deaton & Greg Partain

Location: Great Britain/England

Course Description: A survey of basic ideas, guiding principles, and historical and contemporary practices in art, drama, and music.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding the creative process, analyzing various works of art, developing critical tools for appreciation, perceiving the relationships among the three art forms, and comprehending the fundamental issues in the representation of reality through art.  Travel to artistic events will occur as part of the course when available.  Rhetoric of Criticism in the Arts will be taught as a parallel course, with additional analysis, class discussion responsibilities, and writing assignments.

Prerequisites: None

International Accounting and Logistics Management

ACCT 3214, BA 3214

Course Instructors: Prof. Christi Hayne and Dr. Jeff Hopper

Location: Germany, Italy, Greece

Course Description: This course is an examination and comparison of international accounting and business operational similarities and differences highlighted through the Beverage Industry. A focus on domestic versus international production, production costs, logistics, logistics cost management, inventory management and accounting will be reviewed. Particular emphasis will be placed cultural influences and their impact on business and accounting methodologies.

Prerequisites: ACCT-1234 and BA 3024. ACCT/BA majors only or permission of instructor.

International Human Resource Management

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ECON 3114 

Course Instructors: Dr. Rod Erfani and Dr. Rebecca Hochradel

Location: Russia

Course Description: This course will introduce students to international human resources management issues and international trade and finance issues, including international staffing, human resource policies, and trade and finance through the lens of business management and the associated economic considerations. Given the global nature of the modern business environment, this course provides students an opportunity to experience this international component utilizing a first-hand comparison between the American and Russian business practices. The primary goals of the course are for students to gain an understanding of how international business conditions, standards, regulations and cultures affect businesses.

Prerequisites: BA 3024 and ECON 2034

Tropical Ecology in Belize

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BIO 2144

Course Instructors: Dr. Belinda Sly and Dr. James Wagner

Location: Belize

Course Description: This course will explore firsthand a variety of unique habitats found in the tropics such as rainforests, savannas, and coral reefs. The course also investigates the structure of tropical soils, nutrient cycling, tropical forest dynamics, tropical species diversity, mutualism, and habitat conservation. Lecture, laboratory and travel.

Prerequisite: BIO 1206