Harriot College Summer Study Abroad Programs for 2008

Argentina: Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures/Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Students will study Spanish while immersing themselves in the culture of Argentina. The courses are based in the city of Cordoba, with travel planned to Mendoza, Beunos Aires and Iguazu Falls. SSI: May 14 - June 24; SSII: June 11 - July 20
Courses Offered: SPAN 1003, 1004
Cost: $3680
For more information, contact Susana Castano-Schultz at

India: Religious Studies Program/Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

This course will explore some of the relationships between religion and culture in a living context.  Students will visit a variety of key cultural and religious sites in India, including the Jama Masjid, the Bahai Temple, the Taj Mahal, the Ganges River and various Hindu Temples in Varanasi, Haridwar, and Rishikesh, as well as a variety of Buddhist sites throughout the Dharamsala region.  These sites are sacred to Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Bahais.  Through readings, on-site lectures, and their own experience, students will learn the significance of these locations.  They will also discover how adherents to these different faiths encounter their own sacred territory and how their cultural forms intersect with these spaces.  In Rishikesh, students will participate in a two-day yoga training course at a Hindu ashram.  In the Dharamsala (population: 10,000) region in northern India, students will participate in a two-day Buddhist meditation training program.  The group will spend two days doing volunteer work at a NGO called Tong-len.  This organization is a Buddhist service organization with the primary mission of serving internally displaced Hindu members of the community.  Students will also visit various Tibetan cultural institutions including the Tibetan edical and Astrological Institute, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Norbu LIngka, and various monasteries. May 20-June 12
Courses Offered: RELI 2500, other courses as approved
Cost: $2830
For more information, contact Derek Maher at or visit

England: Department of English/Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

A three week study program in Central London, focusing on the literary works, culture and history of the city as it is revealed in the poetry, drama, fiction and children's literature produced there. May 25-June 15 Courses Offered: ENGL 4550, 7165, 4950, 6515
Cost: $2700
For more information, contact Dr. Richard Taylor at

Costa Rica: Department of Biology/Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

This is a Summer Study Abroad field course for undergraduate and graduate students. The course will be conducted at East Carolina University and at the Tropical Forest Initiatives (TFI) Facilities at Los Arboles located near San Juan de Dios, Costa Rica. After completing this course, students will be able to demonstrate some understanding of the customs, culture and language of the Costa Rican people, understand the sociopolitical and economic driving forces that impact conservation and recreational policies in Costa Rica, acquire basic skills in analyzing forest conditions, addressing needs in ecotourism, conducting onsite resource inventories, and developing park management strategies, review the private and public economic, social and ecological sustainability of conservation efforts in Costa Rica, assess the impacts of traditional agricultural practices on the biodiversity of the country, evaluate the economic, social and ecological sustainability of alternative practices of agritourism, nature-based tourism, ecotourism, and sustainable tourism, and develop an understanding of the impact that foreign landowners have on the economic, social and ecological conditions of the region. May 20-June 25 Courses offered: RCLS 4702, 6803
Cost: $3017
For more information, contact Joe Flood at

Ghana: Department of History/Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

"The Spell of Africa" program will examine Ghana, the Slave Trade, and African American Identity. The program is an intensive study of Africans in the diaspora with special emphasis on the transatlantic voyage from West Africa to the Americas. It devotes primary attention to Ghana, both as a principal center of the atlantic slave trade and as a place that has figured prominently in the African American search for identity and post-colonial African independence. Through a broad examination of pertinent literature on Ghana, the atlantic slave trade and African Americans, coupled with a visit to the modern state of Ghana, students will explore the historical, cultural and geographical terrain of Africans in West Africa and other diasporic countries. June 28-July 12 Courses offered: History 5005, 5230, 4533, 3110, 3810 Cost: $3460For more information, contact Ken Wilburn at or David Dennard at