Faculty-Led Academic Trips provide a remarkable opportunity for an intensive learning experience with a group of Saint Michael's College students and faculty. This year's trips reflect our commitment to international education and to experiential learning. We recognize that not all students can afford to study abroad for an entire semester, and these courses represent an exciting alternative. Trip destinations have been carefully selected to immerse students in their learning and to integrate their theoretical knowledge with the perspective of place. Most people will agree that this is the best way to learn and to retain knowledge. All trips meet the Experiential Learning Requirement if successfully completed.
If you have questions about any of these trips, please contact the faculty members who are indicated as the instructors for the course as soon as possible. Trip size will be limited, and a minimum number of students must register in order for the course to proceed. Travel expenses are paid by the students prior to the trip according to a schedule of payments established by the College. Academic Study Trips are not eligible for tuition remission. Half tuition is charged (per credit) during the winter or summer session. A limited number of need based scholarships are available for qualified applicants.
France: Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy
HI/RS/AH/HU 280 (4 credits)
Date: May 13 - 31, 2017
This program offers students first-hand experience of living at the place of SMC's origins in Burgundy – a
12th-century abbey – while studying medieval history and culture in its original context. Classes held every other day in Pontigny prepare students for site visits the next day to castles, churches, cathedrals, battlefields, abbeys, archeological excavations, towns and cities, museums and libraries. In this way reading, studying and exploring the material remains of this culture are integrated.
Terryl Kinder (Distinguished Visiting Professor of Fine Arts), a practicing medieval archeologist, lives in the town of Pontigny and speaks fluent French. The places the students will visit are an integral part of her research and some are not otherwise open to the public.
Professor Terryl Kinder, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Marie-France Nelson, email@example.com
Mongolia & China: In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan
MJD 226 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing and Permission of Instructor
Date: May 15 - 25, 2017
Our course will explore the historical and cultural connections between Mongolia and China, with a focus on the Mongol Empire of ancient times, the 21st century People’s Republic of China, and the physical and digital walls that divide these two vital regions of Asia today. Students will read widely on the China/Mongolia relationship, explore the varied history of this region through multimedia research projects, and travel to Mongolia and China during the last two weeks of May to experience the rich culture and history of this region firsthand. The program schedule includes a 7 day trip into Mongolia and 4 days in Beijing (with visits to the Great Wall of China, including a hike on the Wild Wall).
Professor Traci Griffith, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Rob Williams, email@example.com
Wales: Environmental Study of Sustainable Places
ES 244 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: ES243 Environmental Study of Sustainable Places (Spring 2017; 2 credits)
Date: May 18 - June 1, 2017
In this study abroad trip, students will link ecological and aesthetic perspectives as they witness how the Welsh have integrated a green sensibility to their political and cultural identity. We examine "place" by hiking in a geo-global national park, interacting with environmental policy makers, entrepreneurs, artists, and designers and walking within an historical landscape including castles, cathedrals and the Welsh coastal path full of inspiring topography, ancient relics, and timeless villages. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a research project (which may include an artistic inquiry or global issues component) developed in the spring half course and implemented in Wales.
Professor Jeffrey Ayres, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Jonathan Silverman, email@example.com