Faculty-Led Academic Trips provide a remarkable opportunity for an intensive learning experience with a group of Saint Michael's College students and faculty. The 2019/2020 offerings 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.
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.
Senegal: Culture and Service
GL/FR 270 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: GL/FR 271 + FR 101 or permission of the instructor
Date: December 26, 2019 - January 11, 2020
Are you ready for a life-changing experience full of new discoveries in a beautiful and welcoming country? Join us and come to Senegal, a model for democracy in Africa, and get a taste of Senegalese culture through service, excursions, and lectures. You will be staying in Dakar, the capital city, and will work with very enthusiastic children of the Grande Royale elementary school (earning an internship certificate for your work) in the underserved neighborhood of Guinaw Rails where you will also meet students from their welcoming English Club. You will go where tourists seldom visit, experience Senegal’s legendary teranga (Wolof for hospitality), and eat tasty Senegalese food! An introduction to Wolof, the main language spoken in Senegal, will facilitate your interactions with the local community.
Several excursions will enable you to learn more about Senegal’s history, religion, and culture. You will visit the House of Slaves on Gorée Island, the beautiful Museum of Black Civilizations in Dakar, the lively fish market in M’Bour, the Great Mosque of Touba, and Joal-Fadiouth, the birthplace of Léopold Sédar Senghor (the first Senegalese President elected at Senegal’s independence in 1960). Fascinating lectures by speakers in various fields will also help you understand the importance of Senegal’s hip hop culture, cinema, and arts. You will also participate in a painting on glass workshop and create a piece of art to bring home!
Professor Laurence Clerfeuille, firstname.lastname@example.org
Moise St. Louis, email@example.com
France: Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy
HI/RS/AH/HU 280 (4 credits)
Date: May 2020
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
Guyana: A Study in Solidarity
GL 341 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: Required 2-credit pre-trip course in Spring 2020
Date: May 2020
The main focus of this trip will be twofold. We will offer support to a variety of organizations in Georgetown, Guyana that provide care for individuals living in vulnerable communities (orphanages, a leprosy residence, and a geriatric institution), and we will philosophically explore the meaning of the ethical relationship we have with others in our global world. Students will discuss both the universality of struggle in situations of marginalization in any setting and the non-universal, unique circumstances that individuals face. Grounded upon the radical ethical theory of a contemporary philosopher, our coursework will consider the nature of human relatedness and responsibility and the challenges of enacting justice and living & working in solidarity with others. We will also learn about the variety of cultural influences in Guyana and spend a few days in an Arawak village in the Interior. Guyana's history provides an excellent example of many factors that contribute to global marginalization experienced in the developing world. Students will learn this history and gain understanding of Guyana's politics, economics, and culture through course readings and engagement with Guyanese individuals. A collaborative project with our Guyanese hosts will give students an opportunity to utilize their talents, skills, and education to create long-term benefit for the service organizations we will support in Guyana.
Professor Katie Kirby, email@example.com
England: Shakespeare in Performance
EN 307 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: EN 306 (Spring 2020; 2 credits)
Date: May 19 - 30, 2020
This course on Shakespeare’s plays in performance on stage is an intensive two-week study trip to England and to summer performances of Shakespeare’s plays by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as by other companies in other venues, including London’s Globe. Field trips will include Oxford University and Blenheim Palace (site for the filming of Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet).
While the 2-credit study trip in England will focus on the summer performances that students will witness on the stage, the 2-credit spring course on campus will focus directly on performances of Shakespeare’s plays on screen. Taken together, the sequence of two 2-credit courses will satisfy the Art and Literature LSC requirement or the 300 level English major requirement. The spring course will focus on screen performances of five of Shakespeare’s plays, and the summer study trip will focus on stage interpretations of the five Shakespeare plays we will attend.
Professor Kerry Shea, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Christina Root, email@example.com
Denmark: Business, Government, and Health Care the Danish Way Study Tour
BU/PO/PB (2 credits)
Prerequisite: Business, Government and Health Care the Danish Way (Spring 2020, 2 credits)
Date: May 24 - June 4, 2020 (proposed)
This 12-day study tour will visit Copenhagen to study Danish culture, business, government, and health care. We will visit Danish businesses including Lego; government institutions including Parliament; and health care experts and practitioners to understand how Danish values inform and influence business and public policy. Visits to cultural sites such as the National Gallery of Denmark, Rosenborg Castle, and Tivoli Gardens will enable you to learn more about Denmark’s history and culture.
Professor Paul Olsen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Patricia Siplon, email@example.com