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.
San Salvador Island, Bahamas
Course Dates: Jan. 12-May 8, 2015
Travel Dates: March 5-15, 2015
Led by Dr. Alyssa Anderson and Janne Jockheck Holt, this course will focus on tropical marine and island biology at Gerace Research Station on San Salvador in the Bahamas. Learning will include a combination of traditional lecture, field, and laboratory explorations of marine and island biology. Prior to travel, weekly class sessions will be held to familiarize students with course goals and expectations, develop familiarity with concepts and environments unique to the marine and island setting, and explore relevant literature. Time spent on the island will be largely hands-on. Considering that there is so much to see and learn on the island, days will be long and intense.
San Salvador offers the perfect environment to observe ecological processes, evolutionary histories, and biodiversity trends unique to islands. The island also provides a great variety of unique terrestrial and aquatic habitats to explore and study. Terrestrial habitats include scrub forests, sandy and rocky shorelines, and limestone caves, while aquatic habitats include coral reefs, sea grass beds, mangrove zones, intertidal areas, and inland saline ponds.
A typical weekday on San Salvador Island would involve breakfast at 7:30 a.m., a morning lecture and/or field activity (or work on research projects), lunch at noon at the field station (or a packout lunch if on a day-long field trip), an afternoon lecture and/or field activity, and dinner around 5 p.m. There will usually be organized evening activities, such as night snorkels, discussions, or lectures. Some evenings may be free for relaxing or working on research projects or course materials.
Literary Tour of Europe (Wales and England)
Course Dates: Jan. 12-May 8, 2015
Travel Dates: May 25-June 7, 2015
Led by Dr. Elizabeth Haller and Dr. Lysbeth Benkert-Rasmussen, this course (ENGL 492) will focus on the rich literary and cultural history of Great Britain and will include a study of significant British authors such as William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, the Brontë sisters, and J.K. Rowling. This online 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. Students will become familiar with and consider these authors in their critical, historical, and cultural contexts.
As we travel throughout the Welsh countryside along the Celtic and Irish Seas, stops will include the city of Cardiff (perhaps most familiar to Doctor Who fans as the location of this long-running British phenomenon), the Dylan Thomas Center in Swansea, the famed Tintern Abbey of the Wordsworth poem, and King Edwards stronghold Conwy Castle. In England, stops will include the Roman walled city of York (inspiration for much of the Harry Potter series), the Brontë Parsonage where the sisters wrote some of the most powerful novels in English literary history, Shakespeare’s Stratford and The Globe, Tolkien’s Oxford, Dicken’s London, and all of the essential London sites, including a stop at the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studios tour.
Participants will have ample opportunity to further explore each location at their own pace, as we begin each day at 7:30 a.m. and end all group activities by 4 p.m. There will be some optional organized evening activities as well, including an evening walking tour to view the lights of London. The price of the tour includes round-trip airfare, all hotel accommodations, all ground transportation, all admission fees, and international travel insurance. Participants are responsible for all meals. For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Haller at Elizabeth.Haller@northern.edu