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Faculty-Led Travel

​Northern offers a variety of unique opportunities for students and community members to study and learn outside the United States. These opportunities are led by experienced faculty and come with the option to enroll in credit-bearing courses.

ART 4/592: Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam: Modern Art
ARTH 4/592: Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam: The Birth of Modern Art
Instructors: Ms. Sara Christensen Blair, Dr. Greg Blair
Travel Location: Paris, France-Brussels, Belgium-Amsterdam, Netherlands
Travel Dates: May 9-19, 2016
Estimated Cost: $3,703.56

Course Description: (ART 4/592) This course will consist of a study of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism through experiential and topological learning. Each site –Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam– is considered in terms of its historically designated period vis a vis art and ideas; secondly, the sites are considered in topological relation to each other in terms of art and ideas; and thirdly, each site’s contemporary situation vis a vis art and ideas is looked at as an extended moment in its historical development and in topological relation to each of the other sites.

Through readings, discussions, and site visits, we will develop answer to some of the important questions about this period of art and idea development. These questions include: Who were the Impressionists? What's the difference between a Manet and a Monet? And why is Impressionism, a 19th-century phenomenon, still so appealing in the 21st? Whether the subject was a city street, a holiday beach, or a harvest field, the Impressionist and Post-Impressionists virtually invented the sensibility—urbane, contemporary, ever-changing—that today we take for granted as the "modern."

(ARTH 4/592) This course will explore the birth of Modern Art by traveling to Paris, France to see the most important Impressionist paintings of the late 19th century. Some highlights include Édouard Manet’s Olympia and The Luncheon on the Grass, Claude Monet’s Waterlilies, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Bal du moulin de la Galette, and Paul Cezanne’s Apples and Oranges. We will also visit the Louvre Museum which houses some of the most important works in the history of Art including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory. From Paris, we will travel to Brussels, Belgium and Amsterdam, Netherlands to trace the development of the Post-Impressionists. In Brussels we will visit the Magritte museum and discuss the emergence of Surrealism at the beginning of the 20th century – and we will sample some of the best chocolate in the world!! In Amsterdam, we will be able to see the Dutch Baroque masterpieces which led to the emergence of the Modern era such as Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Milkmaid. Our journey will end with a visit to the Van Gogh museum to see some of the greatest paintings by one of the leaders of the Post-Impressionist movement.
Credit: 1-3
Course Dates: May 23-July 29, 2016
•    All payments to be made to Online and Continuing Education, Krikac 102

BIOL 492- Tp: Cultural Perspectives in Conservation Biology and Medical Health Care
Instructors: Dr. Alyssa Kiesow, Dr. Susan Landon-Arnold
Travel Location: Costa Rica
Travel Dates: Jan. 2-15, 2016
Estimated Cost: $3,446.21

Course Description: This course focuses on experiential learning in Spanish, Latin American culture, conservation iology, and medical health care in Costa Rica. Learning will include a combination of field and laboratory explorations and discussions. Prior to travel, there will be several meetings to familiarize the students with the course goals and expectations, develop familiarity with regions, medical facilities, and environments unique to Costa Rica, and explore relevant literature. Time spent in Costa Rica will be largely hands-on via observation or experiences. Days will be long and intense, and composed of conservation biology experiences and/or medical health care observations, depending on the day.
Credit: 1
Course Dates: Jan. 11-May 6, 2016
•    All payments to be made to Online and Continuing Education, Krikac 102

ECE 492 – Learning about Education Models in Italy
Instructors: Dr. Andria Moon, Dr. Gayle Bortnem
Travel Location: Italy- Milan, Florence & Rome
Travel Dates: June 2-10, 2016
Estimated Cost: $4,499
Course Description: The focus of this course will be to observe and experience educational programs such as Montessori and Reggio Emilia in Italy. The students will be immersed in the arts, language, and culture of Italy.  
Credit: 1-4
Course Dates: May 31-June 1, 2016
•    All payments to be made to World Classrooms.

ENGL 492 – Literary Tour of Europe
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Haller
Travel Location: Wales: Cardiff, Swansea, Cotswolds; England: York, London, Stratford, Oxford
Travel Dates: May 12-25, 2016
Estimated Cost: $4,102.30
Course Description: You will learn the rich British literary history of Great Britain and discuss significant British authors such William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, the Brontë sisters, and J.K. Rowling. Students will become familiar with and consider these authors in their critical, historical, and cultural contexts. The class is preparation for a 14-day literary tour of Wales and England. Students will integrate their classroom learning with the significant locations of these authors’ lives and the inspiration behind much of their literary contributions. 
Credit: 1
Course Dates: Jan. 11-May 6, 2016
•    All payments to be made to Online and Continuing Education, Krikac 102

GER 460 – Study & Travel Abroad
MUS 492 – Study & Travel Abroad
Instructor: Dr. Ginny Lewis, Dr. Marcela Faflak
Travel Location: Germany: Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Prague, Terezin
Travel Dates: May 26-June 5, 2016
Estimated Cost: $4,102.46
Course Description: During this 11-day tour, participants will explore the German capital of Berlin and the Czech capital of Prague, with additional visits to Leipzig and Dresden, to learn about outstanding cultural achievements and landmarks of these vibrant cities. Participants will tour several unforgettable castles: Sanssouci, Charlottenburg, Cecilienhof, Neuer Palais, Zwinger, and Prague Castle. Historical churches such as the Gedächtniskirche in Berlin, Frauenkirche in Dresden, and St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague are also featured on our itinerary, alongside museums and memorials that commemorate crucial historical events and artistic accomplishments. Our stay will include two or three concerts in major performance venues.

This tour will take us to the following cities: Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Terezin, and Prague. Many exciting places are on our agenda: the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, KaDeWe department store, the Zwinger Palace in Dresden, St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Terezin, the Charles Bridge in Prague, as well as the Jewish Town, National Theater, Rodulfinum, and more.
Credit: 2
Course Dates: Jan. 11-May 6, 2016