Gustavus J-Term Courses
The application deadline has passed, but please contact us if you see a program that interests you. Please also see the HECUA and St. Olaf courses below.
HECUA Consortium Program
Application deadline: October 1
J-Term Exchange: St. Olaf
Gusties who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors also have the option to participate in a St. Olaf J-Term course through the Gustavus/St. Olaf J-Term Exchange program. If you are interested in one of the following programs, please contact Bryan Messerly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details and instructions for applying.
Argentina and World Agricultural Trade - Mendoza, Argentina; Santa Fe, Argentina
Argentina is a global leader in production and exports of several major agricultural products: corn, soy, beef, and wine. We will explore the economic and political factors that affect these goods' internal markets and how domestic production responds to these factors and world market conditions.
Emerging Adulthood in China: Immersion and Reflection - Qingdao, China; Shanghai, China
This course offers students the opportunity to explore the developmental stage of emerging adulthood (ages 18-25) during one month of study/travel in China. Students employ a psychological perspective to read and discuss literature about the influence of culture, gender, history, and current issues on development during this critical milestone in the lifespan. Interactions and field projects with the group's hosts at universities and research sites in China provide firsthand experience and foster cross-cultural comparisons.
Environmental Research in Asia at the Asian Rural Institute - Japan (Directed Undergraduate Research) - Nasushiobara, Tochigi, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
How does environmental stewardship manifest itself in Asia? How do landscapes and their dependent activities recover after a major disturbance? Students interested in such questions collaboratively design, conduct, and communicate environment and sustainability research during this Interim course at the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) in northern Japan. Field trips, discussion, and symposia with Japanese students and other Oles, as well as participation in the daily food life at ARI enrich the context of the work. This is an Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) course.
Environmental Sustainability in Japan - Nasushiobara, Tochigi, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
This course will introduce ideas and practices of community leadership around environmental sustainability in Asia. Learn how Japanese communities provide answers to global environmental challenges, countering the popular image in the US that Asia's relevance rests mostly as a source of economic problems. Focus will be on the ways that community involvement and civic engagement support environmental sustainability in Asia by partnering with a local institution with deep community roots and broad global connections: the Asian Rural Institute. This is an Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) course.
French Language and Moroccan Culture in Fes - Fes, Morocco
Students study French language and Moroccan culture in the Imperial City of Fes. An immersion experience that includes home stays with local French-speaking families, the course focuses on Moroccan culture yesterday and today, emphasizing the multicultural aspects of Morocco and facilitating student interaction with the local population. Field trips to various sites in and around Fes, day-long visits to Meknès and Moulay Idriss, and a longer excursion to Marrakech and Casablanca. Review of second-year French grammar is integrated into the reading and discussion of texts pertaining to Morocco’s history and culture and their relation to present-day Morocco. Taught in French.
Gateway to the World: Global Connections/Local Identities of Hamburg - Flensburg, Germany; Hamburg, Germany
Students immerse themselves in Hamburg, Germany, one of Europe's major historical port cities recognized for its international character. Students examine social, cultural, political, and economic transformations of Europe and deepen their German language skills. They study diverse texts, conduct ethnographic fieldwork, keep a journal of cultural and linguistic observations, write short papers, and complete a research project involving internationalism in Hamburg. Taught in German.
Immigration: The U.S. and the Netherlands - Amsterdam, Netherlands; Miami, United States
Students examine migration into the United States and the Netherlands. This includes an historical overview, but also a focus on migration in recent decades. Using readings, lectures, and site visits in Miami and Amsterdam, students learn and apply concepts and theories of migration. They compare and contrast migration causes and pathways; consequences of and responses to migration; and contemporary issues such as refugee crises, unauthorized migration, and anti-immigration movements. Offered periodically during Interim.
Innovation in New Zealand - Auckland, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand; Dunedin, New Zealand; Queenstown, New Zealand; Rotorua, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand is recognized as being one of the world's most entrepreneurial countries. This course explores the unique innovation ecosystems that have developed to support entrepreneurship and economic development in New Zealand.
Interdisciplinary French Studies in Paris - Paris, France
Students delve into advanced language work and on-the-spot investigation of French culture, past and present, including theater, film, visual arts, the French court, and the medieval cathedral through background readings and visits to important monuments. Students read, discuss, see, and critique plays ranging from the classical to the contemporary. Taught in French.
Intermediate Spanish II in Ecuador - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Quito, Ecuador
This course provides students with an intensive linguistic and cultural immersion experience in Ecuador. In-class activities focus on development of language skills and cross-cultural awareness. Outside of class, students improve their language proficiency and explore the cultural identity of Ecuador through a three-and-a-half-week home stay with a family in Quito; excursions and activities in and around the city of Quito; and field trips to the indigenous market of Otavalo, the Amazon region, and other areas in rural Ecuador.
Living Faith: Theology and Practice at Holden Village - Chelan, Washington, United States
This course examines how the gospel transforms the practice of personal and social life. Students explore the nature of Christian community and the connections between Christian theological beliefs and practices. Students participate in the life of Holden Village, an isolated Lutheran retreat center in the Cascade Mountains of Washington.
Number Theory: Budapest - Budapest, Hungary
This course introduces the study of patterns and relationships satisfied by natural numbers. Topics include divisibility, modular arithmetic, prime numbers, congruences, primitive roots, and quadratic residues.
O'Keeffe's Art and New Mexico - Abiquiu, New Mexico, United States; Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States; Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Students study Georgia O'Keeffe's New Mexican art, natural and cultural contexts. Three weeks at Ghost Ranch, follows a week in Santa Fe at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and other resources. Discussions, readings, activities, and field trips help students gain insight into Native American culture, the desert as a source of spiritual quest; as inspiration to nature writers and artists; and this desert region as a place women found liberation, and scientists created the atom bomb.
Religions of India - Chennai, India; Hyderabad, India; Tiruvannamalai, India
The course introduces students to the religious traditions of India through lectures, readings, discussions, and excursions, including interaction with leaders of religious communities. Indian religious scholars and practitioners provide background for understanding the history, beliefs, and practices of major religious traditions of India, including Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, and Indian perspectives on religious pluralism and interfaith relations.
Slavery in West Africa: Ghana - Accra, Ghana; Tamale, Ghana
Students explore the history and culture of Ghana and examine how people recall slavery and the implications of a constructed concept of slavery. Through primary sources and visits to historic sites, students examine how Africans view slavery; why descendants of slavers and the enslaved rarely discuss slavery; how to transform slave artifacts into storehouses of memory, silences, and fragmentations in history; and how descendants of slaves respond to the burden of such knowledge.
Spain's Cultural and Linguistic Legacy - Barcelona, Spain; Cordoba, Spain; Granada, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Toledo, Spain
This topics course explores a Spanish peninsular culture, literary, and/or linguistic theme from a base in Spain through analysis and discussion of texts, guest lectures, excursions to appropriate cultural sites, field research, and related experiential activities. The theme for 2015 is “Exploring Spain's Multicultural and Multilingual Landscape.” Students will observe, describe and analyze language as it is used and displayed in public spaces. These visual representations will be used to gain a deeper understanding of how Spain's cultural and linguistic landscape has been shaped by historical and current events. The course will be based in Granada, where students will live in private homes, and will include travel to the cities of Madrid, Toledo, Córdoba, and Barcelona.
Tropical Ecology and Sustainable Land Use in Costa Rica - San Jose, Costa Rica
This course offers students the opportunity to study first-hand the most diverse ecosystems on earth. This intensive field-oriented course explores lowland rain forest, montane forest, dry forest, and coastal and agricultural ecosystems through projects and field trips. Students read and discuss texts and primary literature specific to ecology, evolution, conservation, and agricultural practices of each area, and keep reflective journals.
Urban Schools and Communities Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
In this course, students examine how schools and communities in the Twin Cities interact to provide support and developmental opportunities for school-age children. Through lectures, readings, discussions, field trips and in-school and co-curricular placements, students gain an understanding and awareness of how race, class, ethnicity, national origin, and gender shape the complex character of urban youth and schools. Students will spend one week in orientation activities on campus and two weeks in the Twin Cities. During the time in the Twin Cities, students participate as tutors and classroom assistants during the school day and then assist in various after-school and community programs. The last week of Interim is spent back on campus discussing the experience. This is an Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) course.