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Summer Travel Programs / Classes

Summer Session & Winter Courses

The Office of Summer Session & Winter Courses at the University of Wyoming is pleased to announce the recipients of a Summer 2017 Innovative Course Grant*.  
Students who might be interested in participating in one of these exciting opportunities are encouraged to contact the instructor ASAP as all courses are actively recruiting for their summer 2017 course:


Modern & Classical Languages - Contemporary and Traditional Chinese Culture Intensive Chinese Study in Xia Men - Yan Zhang

CHIN 2041

3 Credit Hours Summer 2017

This comprehensive, stimulating, and interdisciplinary course will be offered in China.  Classes will run for a period of eight weeks.  Monday through Thursday, classes will focus on culture and language aspects in which all students will discuss the traditional and modern Chinese cultures: learning Taichi, calligraphy, paper cutting, tea ceremony, traditional red knot tying, etc.  On some weekends, students will take academic excursions to famous Chinese historical sites in order to explore Chinese history. In addition, the new business aspect of this course will help students understand the Chinese business culture by requiring students to participate in a number of projects where they will interview Chinese people and commercial businesses.  They will then make a formal presentation on what they learned.  Finally, all students will present an instructor approved “capstone” project in Chinese, based on their learning experiences.  In order to better immersed students into authentic China, students will live with a Chinese roommate and a host family. There also will be an opportunity for students to work with charity organizations volunteering at a school for underprivileged children.

History - Museums and Society: Empire & Identity in UK Cultural Institutions - Isadora Helfgott

HIST 4990

3 Credit Hours Summer 2017

The proposed Summer 2017 study abroad course contributes to ongoing efforts to make a targeted international experience available to Museum Studies minors at UW. Currently, Museum Studies minors tend to fulfill the Cultural Experience requirement of the minor  through language courses that are already required in their major fields of study. There is, however, great demand from our students for international courses specifically targeted to Museum Studies content. Our long-term goal is to develop a stable of such courses to offer on a rotating basis. We offered the first such class to Cambodia in January 2016. Building on the success and demand from the Cambodia trip we would like to develop a second class in London and surrounding areas in the United Kingdom for Summer 2017.

International Studies - Topics:  Democratization and Development in Taiwan - Thomas R. Seitz


3 Credit Hours Summer 2017

This course focuses on the changes in Chinese agricultural policy as the Beijing government prioritizes food self-sufficiency and on the impact of these changes on the environment and on rural and urban populations. With its emphasis on agriculture in 2013, China's Communist Party has wrestled with the twin goals of achieving food security while protecting farmers in rural areas. China struggles to modernize and optimize its agriculture while keeping farmers in the countryside -- keeping the tillers on the land they have traditionally worked. How do these policies in the affect international agribusiness and agricultural trade in the context of globalization?

Conversational Japanese Abroad - Noah Miles

JAPN 2070

3 Credit Hours Summer 2017

Four-week (four credit) intensive Japanese language study in Tokyo. Program includes four weeks of three-four hours of class per day in classes of eight to ten students. The course will run from June 5th – July 1st, summer 2017. The first topics covered will focus on necessary daily interactions, after that, we will progress to language about entertainment, regional topics, finally historical and artistic. Each lesson will consist of daily vocabulary, kanji characters, and conversation practice with native speakers from Saitama University, our partner institution near Tokyo and regular Japanese people. The group will be staying in a Tokyo “share house,” a single building with private bedrooms and a shared kitchen. Each afternoon, students will have the opportunity to visit museums and locations that pertain to their morning lessons. For instance, during week one, students will learn about and interact with local people at restaurants, grocery stores and on the trains. During week two, they will attend a festival and a Japanese high school baseball game. These topics will be covered in class in the morning. Week three will center on regional differences, to prepare students for the final week of travel to important cultural and historical locations in Nara and Kyoto.

Religious Studies - International Field Course to Israel - Seth Ward
RELI 4960

3 Credit Hours Summer 2017

Study Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the heartland of Western Religions. Experience sacred sites in Jerusalem, Galilee and elsewhere in Israel, while meeting with religious leaders and others committed to the teaching and living of religious life. Spend three weeks in Jerusalem, in Haifa and the Galilee, and elsewhere visiting the places associated with Israelite kings, the life of Jesus, Jewish Rabbis and Muslim caliphs, ancient Canaanite and Greco-Roman traditions, and Bahai and Druze communities.

Students interested in participating should contact Seth Ward at ASAP

Modern & Classical Languages - The Loct City of Machu Picchu: Following the Inca Trail (Peru) - Conxita Domenech

SPAN 4600

3 Credit Hours Summer 2017

Students will be introduced to the literature, the culture, and the history of Peru from preHispanic time to the contemporary. Throughout the trip, students will attend academic lectures, engage with local scholars, and participate in relevant cultural activities, all conducted in Spanish. While the lectures will illustrate the influences and contributions of the Peruvian Nobel Prize Mario Vargas Llosa and his works, students will learn about critical compression of Peruvian culture with artistic impression: ceramics, textiles, religious jewelry, architecture, dances, celebrations, music, painting, clothes, and imagery. For this purpose the course includes guided tours to the museums, convents, artisan workshops, public places, art galleries, and churches in the Sacred Valley. The course will finish with the classic four-day Inca Trail trek that starts in Cusco to Aguas Calientes passing the Inca ruins of Llactapata, Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, and arriving at Machu Picchu for sunrise on the fourth day of the trek. Students will live with a Peruvian family during two weeks in Cusco and while traveling they will be in hotels.

Modern & Classical Languages - Heritage Language Teaching and Maintenance - Irene Checa-García

SPAN 4990

3 Credit Hours Summer 2017

In this class, we will look at: (i) issues in the teaching and learning of a heritage language, in particular for Spanish, (ii) methodologies applied and applicable to teaching Spanish as a heritage language, and (iii) resources for teaching heritage language with a focus on Spanish. We will address these topics in several innovative ways. First, we will have a hybrid format with on campus and online instruction. On campus, students will become familiar with the electronic resources and the format of the class, and will discuss some of the materials; online there will be readings to familiarize students with the current debates and useful resources to design teaching materials. Second, this class will also have a service learning component: students will create their own teaching materials that will be shared with the Wyoming teaching community via Wyocourses (public shell) publicized in the MCL (Modern and Classical Languages) web-site and the FACEBOOK group WFLTA (Wyoming Foreign Language Teachers Association). Third, the instructional component of the class will include a visit to the NHLC (National Heritage Language Center) at UCLA, where students will attend a workshop as well as get acquainted with more teaching resources and research being done on this topic.

Zoology - Charles Darwin and the Galapagos Islands - Hayley C. Lanier


3 Credit Hours Summer 2017

The course will combine a Spring 2017 semester seminar with a summer expedition to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands National Park. The goals of the course are to introduce students to: (1) the history and natural history of the Galapagos Islands, (2) the role of the islands in the development of the theory of evolution by Charles Darwin, (3) current research on the biology and ecology of the islands and the impact on evolutionary theory, and (4) current conservation issues on the Islands and similarities to issues in Wyoming. An important component of the trip is that while on the islands the group will be lead by Greg Estes, co-author with Thalia Grant of Darwin in Galapagos: Footsteps to a New World, published in 2009 by Princeton Press. Greg has 20+ years experience as a researcher and guide on the islands and has consulted on numerous projects about Darwin and the islands including the BBC/National Geographic Society documentary Galapagos: the islands that changed the world. The target audience for the course is undergraduate and graduate students in the biological sciences at community colleges and the University of Wyoming (see additional comments below for more detail). Advertising will be coordinated between Outreach School Outreach Credit Programs, UW Casper, UW International Programs, and Casper College. In order to achieve the target number (16 total) for the trip non-credit adult students may also be permitted to enroll on a limited basis. This will be the first time for Hayley Lanier to participate in leading the course, but the seventh overall offering of a course with this focus (seminar plus expedition). Inquiries from students across Wyoming suggest there is significant interest. An application process will ensure selection of qualified and motivated students. The spring seminar will be scheduled for 50 minutes/week on the Outreach Video Network and will be open to students intending to travel to Ecuador and students that desire to take the seminar alone. The expedition will take place approximately May 25 to June 6, 2017. There may also be a 2-3 day extension trip on the mainland in this time period. The spring seminar is 1 academic credit and the expedition is an additional 2 credits. In addition to time spent in direct instruction on the expedition students will be required to keep a journal, give a presentation, and write a summary paper on their return about their experience.

* In addition to the courses listed above the International Programs Office Study Abroad webpage has information on additional international travel course opportunities.

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