Academics make up the most significant part of this program. Classes are an integrated learning environment where you'll not only be reading, but also experiencing the places and people where the books were written. You'll be surrounded by an entire learning community of students who are studying and writing the same papers as you. Have a question about your paper? Since your professors are along on the trip, you can even ask for help with your thesis at midnight.
Global Studies Minor: 18 units
The courses listed below will inform and inspire you along your journey around the world. Papers will be written on tablets and texts read on Kindles so you can save space in your backpack.
This course surveys the transition from Modernism to Postmodernism with novels from 8-10 countries as well as postcolonial theory with novels from Africa and South Asia. Readings, lectures, discussions, and assessments cover postcolonial theory, postmodernism, literary technique, the role of religion, and the question of personal and national identity.
- The Violent Land
- The Heart of Redness
- The Forty Rules of Rule
- The Accident
- The Royal Ghosts: Stories
- Under the Banyan Tree
This course will study the literary and sacred masterpieces from the countries visited during the Around-the-World semester and examine these texts in light of their historical context, literary technique, the role of religion, and the question of personal and national identity.
- African Legends, Myths, & Folktales for Readers Theatre
- The Kindle Qur’an
- The Bhagavad Gita
- Jaina Sutras (Part II)
- The Forest of Thieves and the Magic Garden: An Anthology of Medieval Jain Stories
- Guru Granth Sahib – English Version
This course will introduce the basic concepts of international service and development projects as it prepares students for the rigor and routines of the Around-the-World Semester and gives students the tools to begin studying, serving, and traveling for eighteen weeks abroad.
Students will study theories of cross-cultural adaptation, acclimation, and assimilation in this course. Occurring before their departure for the study-abroad country, students will be better prepared to make the transition to their new home and develop an awareness of others and self, and become more effective observers of internal (intra-personal) changes, and external (inter-personal) discovery.
The globalization of organizations, public and private, and their multicultural make-up requires today's citizens to have a solid cross-cultural competence, involving an understanding of one's own culture and communication preferences, identifying others' preferences, and having a flexible behavioral repertoire to bridge cultural differences.
This course will provide specific applications for learning a new foreign language and understanding English structure and usage, including sound system, word formation, grammar, syntax, expression of meaning, variation, etymology, and/or change; cultural and artistic uses of languages; and comparison of oral and written aspects of language.
This course is meant to bring the practical service experience to students as they take responsibility for a variety of service projects that will challenge them, not only as they prepare ahead of time for outreach, but also as they adapt to sharing messages of love and forgiveness.
- Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence
- Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things
- Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission
- Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Meaningful Work and Service
- Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
An intense creative nonfiction writing course combined with ethnographic research, blogging, and backpack journalism as students write about thirty-five pages of essays, profiles, literary journalism, and reviews that will be published weekly on a blog together with photos and video content. Assignments will require students to observe and engage with people in various countries where they are volunteering and studying.
- Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer
- Pass The Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered
- Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East
- Backpacks, Backroads, and Backstories: a Textbook for Travel Writing
Dr. John Norton
ATW Faculty Committee
- Dr. Steven Mueller
- Dr. Tim Preuss
- Professor Jonathan Ruehs
- Dr. Jack Schultz
- Professor Heather Vezner
- Professor Tony Vezner
- Dr. Dan Waite