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Earn academic credit while traveling the world on one of Gannon's faculty-led travel courses. Courses are offered year-round and satisfy program requirements and/or electives.
SWEDEN: Global Project Management (CIS 353)*
leader: Dr. Stephen Frezza
This course focuses on experiential learning
emphasizing project management of IT-related projects with remote,
multi-national teams using an open-ended group project approach. Students
participating in this course will be co-developing software and
software-related deliverables with other remote teams (typically two). The
project is primarily sourced in Uppsala, Sweden. This course emphasizes
leadership, teamwork, project and requirements management and cross-cultural competencies.
For information contact email@example.com.
on a Mission (GOCCT 522)*
leader: Dr. Lynne Oberle
The Occupational Therapy students visit the
Mercy Home Orphanage, run by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Convent. This orphanage
houses between 80 and 120 children, ranging in age from 4 years through
adulthood. The OT students will assess the children’s physical impairments to
develop and provide appropriate therapeutic interventions, including but not
limited to range of motion, oral motor skills, and transfer skills. The sisters
will also be trained to ensure the longevity of the program once the OT
students return to the United States. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISLAND, BAHAMAS: Tropical Marine Biology (BIOL 383)*
leaders: Dr. Greg Andraso, Dr. Mike Ganger
The Tropical Marine Biology travel study
field course occurs yearly and is a special Spring Break program offered by
Gannon University in cooperation with the Gerace Research Centre on San
Salvador Island, Bahamas. The course centers around daily field trips to
various habitats on the island including shrub lands, mangroves, caves, tidal
pools, coral reefs, turtle grass flats, and inland ponds. For information
contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLORIDA: Catholic Social Teaching Immersion (THEO 355)
leader: Dr. Jimmy Menkhaus
Catholic social teaching is an important, yet
often overlooked, area of Church teaching. With the election of Pope Francis,
the social teachings of the Church have experienced a renewed interest.
Immokalee is a small town of migrant farm workers, where, as recently as 2008,
cases of modern day slavery were still being prosecuted. The conditions of the workers
and history of their oppression create an ideal location for students to learn
about the application of Catholic social teaching in the “real world.” This is
a spring semester course with a spring break travel component. For information contact: email@example.com.
Cultural Immersion—Health Care in India (NURS 416)*
leader: Mrs. Dawn Joy
Junior and senior nursing students and
faculty travel to Dindugal, India for a cultural immersion experience, where
they collaborate with their counterparts at the Sacred Heart of Jesus School of
Nursing to explore the health care system and practices as well as food, dance,
and temples of southern India. Students provide a health camp for local
villages and spend time in both the clinical and community practice sites of
their Indian peers. This course may be used to meet the Leadership Seminar
requirement or as an elective in their nursing program of study. This course
travels over spring break with group meetings before and after the trip. For
information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
POLAND AND PRAGUE: Good & Evil: Reconciling the Holocaust (LBST 383/LTHE 265)*
leaders: Dr. Jeff Bloodworth, Dr. Jimmy Menkhaus
Good & Evil: Reconciling the Holocaust: is a
cross-disciplinary course that satisfies either the liberal studies capstone
(LBST 383) or theology II requirement. In May, faculty and students will travel to Poland and Prague (the Czech
Republic). In Poland, students will visit the cities of Warsaw and Krakow, the
Auschwitz and Treblinka death camps, and various Jewish and Polish cultural
sites. Students will also have the opportunity to learn
about Jewish-Catholic reconciliation, as well as partake in an on-sight service
project. The study tour will
culminate in Prague where students and faculty will reflect and tour one of the
Europe’s most historic cities. For information contact: email@example.com.
PUERTO RICO: Spanish for Medical Professionals (SPAN 238)*
Dr. Martha Kosir, Dr. Tania Flink
This spring semester course with a 10-day
travel component to Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
in May, includes Spanish language instruction, study of health care in Latin
America, and service-learning activities. The course is open to all majors with
the appropriate language background (SPAN 112 or 3-4 years of high school
Spanish), who are interested in working in health care-related professions
(administrative positions included). In addition to health science majors,
other majors for whom the course could prove to be very beneficial are Social
Work, Criminal Justice, and Business majors. For information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate Change in the Land of Fire and Ice (LBST 383)*
staff leaders: Dr. Michelle Homan, Mrs. Gretchen Fairley
This senior capstone course will explore how
the unique island nation of Iceland is creating sustainability initiatives
aimed at the significant and observable impacts of climate change. In Iceland,
students will tour alternative energy facilities and meet with government
officials and organizations that are leading Iceland to adapt to climate change
and mitigate its detrimental effects. Sites will include a geothermal power
plant and carbon sequestration operation, plus natural wonders that have connections
to climate change, such as glaciers, volcanoes, and geothermal pools. For
information contact: email@example.com
WALES: Introduction to Literature, a Travel Course (LENG 247)
leaders: Dr. Doug King, Fr. Shawn Clerkin
Introduction to Literature helps students
develop an appreciation, understanding, and evaluation of literature as it
reflects human experience in diverse cultural contexts. This course focuses on
the essential elements of prose, drama, and poetry. This spring offering will
explore the rich literary tradition flowing from England and Wales, including
works by Shakespeare, Eliot, Wilde, Rowling, and more. Students will experience
the glories of London, Stratford, Bath and Stonehenge, as well as the beautiful
bays, castles, and waterfalls of southern Wales during their May travels. For
information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living the Gannon Mission in Thailand Leadership Seminar (LHES 240)*
leader: Dr. Kathy Kingston
This leadership seminar situates leadership
and Catholic social justice within an international community. It requires the application
of leadership skills and knowledge while learning about the situation of the
Thail people. Students travel to Thailand, the Land of Smiles, for three weeks
in May to help students in the Catholic schools in Thailand learn to speak and understanding
English through teaching in the students’ classrooms and conducting an English camp.
The course meets 5 times throughout the spring semester by appointment before
travel in May. For information contact: email@example.com.
CHINA: Sport, Wellness and Recreation in China (SMGT 372)
leader: Dr. Eric Brownlee
This course is an exploration of the Chinese culture
and experiences in being the world leader in sports, recreation and wellness;
it will examine the historical and contemporary role of sport business on the
national stage through visitation and understanding of a modern Olympic Host
(2008), an expanding hub for U.S. sports globally (NBA China) and examining an
American company (AEG Global), the theories and practices of international
sports management, and issues in international sport management. For
information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEXICO: A Vision for Merida, Mexico (NURS 416)
leaders: Dr. Lisa Quinn, Professor Karen Lumia
This course has been developed to reestablish
the Villa Maria School of Nursing’s relationship with the Mission of Friendship
in Merida, Mexico as a collaborative learning experience. It will enhance the
students’ cultural awareness and globalization. They will be involved in health
education, home visits, and observation of health care delivery systems, as
well as a visit to a local nursing school and participation in a service
project. Students will be immersed in the culture and will reflect on their
experiences in the Mexican culture and how it affects their understanding of
the similarities and differences in our health care system. For information
contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL PARK: Field Zoology/Biology Travel Studies (BIOL 384)*
leaders: Dr. Steve Ropski, Professor David Gustafson
This course will examine many aspects of
Yellowstone National Park. Topics to be covered include grizzly bears, wolf
reintroduction, impact of fires, geysers and past volcanic activity, geological
history including earthquakes, and the herbivores of the park (bison, moose,
antelope, and elk). The program will be joined by experts in each area who will
spend time with the class. Students will attend lectures throughout the spring
semester and the course will travel in June. For information contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roman Mythology: On Site in Rome
leader: Dr. Phil Kelly
New in 2016: this course, intended to fulfill
a core requirement, will be a four-week summer program based in Rome, Italy.
Students will learn about Roman Mythology via classroom sessions and lessons
taught on-site by Gannon faculty at some of Rome’s most notable monuments,
churches, and ruins. The group will also take a number of day trips to cities
such as Assisi, Pompeii, and Florence as part of the program’s course of study.
The course meets by appointment throughout the spring semester before travel
during the summer. For information contact: email@example.com.
PARIS, FRANCE: The Art of Film (LFIN 254.99) [Honors Program]
leaders: Dr. Ann Bomberger, Mr. Jack Marcus
will explore the City of Lights and the birthplace of cinema: Paris! In the
spring semester, we will discuss French films and culture. In May, we will
travel to Paris to experience the culture, eating the food, taking a cruise
down the Seine, enjoying the Museum of Cinema, and much more. No knowledge of
French is required; however, Mr. Marcus teaches French and can assist those who
would like to use this as an opportunity to
strengthen their French. Counts toward a Fine Arts requirement and honors
requirements. For information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRANCE: Business Management (MGMT 375)
leader: Dr. Constantine Kliorys
The course (in English) will be a 40 hour, 4
week summer course (in June, 2016) at the Catholique Université de Lille,
France. The course has been developed jointly and will be taught jointly by a
French professor and Dr. Kliorys. It will cover and contrast European
leadership and management styles versus those in the U.S. Additionally, French
language classes will be provided in the mornings for students at all levels of
French language knowledge (including none). Field trips to Beligum, Bruges, and
Brussels (capital of European Union) and WWI battlefields are included in the
program. The student body will consist of Gannon University students and
international students from the Catholique Université de Lille. For information