Each semester Avila University offers study away courses in which students complete coursework throughout the semester and then immerse themselves in a short-term, faculty-led travel experience either domestically or internationally.
These courses are designed to bring on-campus, academic coursework together with culturally immersive opportunities beyond campus. Taught by two professors, these are rich experiences that stretch our levels of cultural understanding, our capacity to relate well with others who are different from us, and finally provide an opportunity to move outside our own zones of familiarity into relations that are exciting and new.
Email any of the professors below if you have questions and feel free to email us if you want to know more about these courses or other study away, study abroad, or international internship opportunities offered here at Avila.
Fall 2017 IS travel courses
This coming Fall 2017 the following courses will be offered and grant funding is available for qualified students to offset the cost of the lab fee for the courses:
IS 362: The Art of War
Using an interdisciplinary methodology drawing upon the expertise from the disciplines of English and visual design, this course develops students’ ability to see beyond the surface meaning of works of art in order to develop an understanding of the ways in which art is used to both clarify and confuse the issues behind war in modern America. Students will explore several rhetorical theories and apply them to a variety of genres including art, film, literature, and posters. Key components of this course are a reconsideration of what should be properly considered “propaganda” and a focus on the moral and ethical implications inherent in creating art in service to a political/national cause. Prerequisite: EN 111 or EN 112. PRE-2015 CORE: Level III. 2015 CORE: Creativity & Culture, Transform, Interdisciplinary Studies designation.
Lab Fee: $975. Dep. $100. Travel 10/11-10/14.
IS 369 Reasoning, History, and Social Implications of Science
London, England, and Paris, France
To date, science is the process that has allowed us to reveal the best, most accurate information about the universe. This course provides education and training in scientific thought and reasoning and in the implications for social justice of the methods and discoveries of science. These outcomes will be approached through a connection to the history, culture, and contributions of science, partially gained by visiting locations where important advances in scientific thinking have occurred. The course includes a required travel component (either regional or international). Daily itineraries during travel will include science/history/art museums, church visits, university/city tours, unique city/area visits, lecture/discussion, travel, and international meals. 2015 CORE: Belief & Reason, Transform, Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies.
England & France Dates: 1/2-1/16. Lab Fee: $3150. $200 required.