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The College of Arts, Sciences, and Business, in partnership with the Office of International and Cultural Affairs, is offering a number of faculty-led study abroad opportunities for the summer 2018 semester. These trips range from two to four weeks, and include three credit courses in disciplines ranging from literature and history to psychology and engineering design. The programs span the length of the globe, with trips planned to Italy, Costa Rica and Great Britain.
Summer 2018 offerings
The English and technical communication department is offering two new three-week, three-credit study abroad opportunities for the summer 2018 semester—one in Great Britain and one in Costa Rica.
English 2243: Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature
Do you wish you had gone to Hogwarts instead of Missouri S&T? Is it really hard for you to decide which of the 12 Doctors is your favorite because you love them all so much? Did you dream of living in the Shire when you were a kid, or maybe you still do? If so, Dr. Daniel Reardon’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature class is for you.
You’ll complete both the Harry Potter and Dr. Who experiences in London, grab a bite at the Eagle and Child Pub in Oxford, where J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis talked writing over pints, visit famous sites in Cardiff, Wales, connected to the legend of King Arthur, including Stonehenge and Cadbury Castle, and head north to Edinburgh, Scotland to meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
The trip is scheduled for May 18-June 8, and will cost an estimated total of $9,000. Costs cover all expenses, including in state tuition and fees for three hours of university credit, round trip airfare from St. Louis to London, accommodations through the program, all excursion costs, $50 a day for meals and miscellaneous expenses, health/travel insurance, and a $300 study abroad fee. Financial assistance is available.
Please contact Dr. Daniel Reardon, associate professor of English and technical communication
Costa rica in text: Environmental Rhetoric and Current Issues
On this trip, you’ll immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture, examining how the most ecologically sustainable country in the world addresses environmental challenges. You’ll focus on a single, site-specific challenge, which could include:
- A weeklong Spanish survival or refresher course at the Coastal Spanish Institute in Tamarindo
- A small boat-wildlife tour of Rio Tamarindo as part of exploring a rapidly developing town in a marine park environment
- Exploration of a cloud forest, including a biodiversity study of rare animals such as kinkajous, coatimundis and quetzals, at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
- Coffee, chocolate and sugar farming on a plantation in Monteverde
- A week in service at Proyecto Asis protecting and caring for injured wildlife
- A four to five night stay with a host family in La Fortuna or San Jose
You’ll compare your experience to what you know about environmental efforts in your home country, reading published reports, speaking with experts and non-expert citizens of Costa Rica, documenting your observations, and traveling with instructors to gain deeper understandings.
The trip is scheduled for May 20-June 9. Estimated expenses are $3,500 plus tuition. Financial assistance is available.
Dr. Kathy Northcut, professor of English and technical communication and co-director of technical communication programs
Dr. Kathryn Dolan, assistant professor of English and technical communication
As part of the Missouri London Program, our faculty brought students to London for semester-long study in 2010 (Dr. Cotterill), 2011 (Dr. Eric Bryan), 2012 (Dr. Ed Malone), 2014 (Dr. David Wright), and 2015 (Dr. Kathryn Dolan).
Missouri London Program
Students in Dr. Malone's Shakespeare class look at the bard's will as an employee of the National Archives, Kew, discusses its content, provenance, and preservation.
Dr. Wright and his social-media students hold class at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. Dr. Wright is the one sitting in front of the "Your Ocean" sign.
Chaucer's pilgrims (if they were real) would have begun their journey from this spot in what is now an alley in Southwark.