International Studies Programs

Study Away In May

Maymester 2014 -- New Programs Available!!

Franklin Pierce University will offer Maymester programs to those students that are interested in studying abroad or away for a short term. These six courses and their accompanying travel trips will be held between May 19 and June 6, 2014.

Stockbridge, MAMaymester in Massachusetts
3-weeks: May 19-June 6
The “Raven” Tour: Literary New England
Red Lion Inn Stockbridge, MA

How to Register

Program Outline
Franklin Pierce University is pleased to offer a 3-week Maymester program designed specifically for students interested in a study away experience while earning English or GLE credits (3 credits total). Students will explore the impressive legacy of New England’s literary figures, including Edith Wharton, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, and others.  The program combines classroom lectures with various day and overnight visits to various literary homes in the New England region, including Stockbridge, Concord, and Salem, Massachusetts.

Highlights


About the Course
Course Number: EN 217: The “Raven” Tour: Literary New England
Pre-requisites: Comp I and Comp II
Instructor: Dr. Donna Decker, Professor of English
Credits: Three (3) Credit Course

Course Description
New England is home to a number of houses where famous writers once lived and worked. In this course, students will visit those homes and related historic literary sites in order to contextualize the rich literary heritage from which the course texts were born. Students will read and analyze significant works of New England’s literary canon, engaging not only their aesthetics but their social, historical, and political relevance to American life in New England.
Textbooks
•    A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses by Anne Trubek. University of Pennsylvania Press
•    Alternative Alcott by Louisa May Alcott, Elaine Showalter, Ed.
•    The Crucible by Arthur Miller
•    Walden (1854) by Henry David Thoreau
•    Self Reliance and Other Essays by Emerson
•    Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Maymester Fees
$   500.00         Non-refundable deposit due February 1, 2014
$     40.00         Per night, if staying on campus
$1,038.00         Tuition for three credit course
$1,000.00        Program fee (includes deposit)        

Note: All fees are estimated and may change pending Board of Trustees approval.  

What’s Included
Academic program, off-campus housing, transportation around New England, day and overnight field trips, FPU-sponsored cultural activities  

What is NOT Included
Books, Meals, Personal Expenses


Scotland

Maymester in Scotland
3-weeks: May 19-June 7
Scottish Ecovillage Immersion
Ecovillage Findhorn, Scotland

How to Register

Program Outline
Franklin Pierce University is pleased to offer a 3-week Maymester program designed specifically for students interested in a short-term study abroad or study away experience while earning transferable credits (3 credits total).  What does it mean to truly live a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable lifestyle? During this two-week journey to Scotland, you will live among and work within a community practicing this lifestyle. Findhorn is one of hundreds of ecovillages around the world. Ecovillages attract people who care about protecting the Earth’s resources and want to intentionally practice sustainable living. If you’re looking for a tourist destination, this Maymester program is not it. If you’re looking to challenge convention and build concrete eco-friendly skills to put on your resume or improve your own lifestyle, this Maymester program is for you.


Highlights
•    Live and work within a pioneering ecovillage that includes:
•    55 “green” buildings
•    4 wind turbines for 100% of its electricity generation
•    A biological Living Machine sewage treatment system
•    Numerous solar water heating systems
•    Comprehensive recycling scheme; Green businesses within the village
•    Overnight in the Caledonian Forest within the Scottish highlands
•    3 credits earned

About the Course
Course Number: ES 226: Scottish Ecovillage Immersion
Pre-requisites: None        
Instructor: Dr. Verna DeLauer, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
Credits: Three (3) Credit Course
 
Course Description
You will learn about the increasing and urgent global need for viable, sustainable human settlements through total immersion within an ecovillage.  Ecovillages provide environmental, social, and economic sustainability, and an enhanced quality of life for all.  Ecovillage communities are cohesive social structures, united by common social values. Working with the simple principle of not taking more away from the Earth than one gives back, ecovillages are consciously diminishing their ecological footprint.  Those living at Findhorn speak about “inspired action” which is a commitment to open and honest interactions, working together, growing organic food, building ecohouses, running businesses, erecting wind turbines, recycling, exploring alternative economic systems, and self exploration. You will interact with the tools, the landscape, and with individuals from around the world to intentionally act in ways that balance human needs and ecological integrity. You will participate in daily Service Learning and/or Workshops on topics such as permaculture, local organic food production, renewable energy systems, cooperative social economies, group building and global networks, ecological building and engineering, and alternative waste-water treatment. The culminating projects will be self-designed by each student given his/her area of interest.

Textbooks
None. Individual readings will be handed out.

Maymester Fees
$   500.00                     Non-refundable deposit due February 1, 2014
$     40.00                     Per night, if staying on campus
$1,038.00                     Tuition for three credit course
$3,200.00                    Program fee (includes deposit)        

Note: All fees are estimated and may change pending Board of Trustees approval.  

What’s Included:
Academic program, host country housing, meals, airfare to and transportation in Scotland, day and overnight field trips, FPU-sponsored cultural activities.  We will spend one week at the Cluny Hill site, a former Victorian spa hotel and one week at The Park, a village with various eco-bungalows and eco-chalets. Most of the meals are made from organic and local products.

What’s Not Included: Books, Personal Expenses


Grenada

Maymester in The Caribbean
3-weeks: May 19-June 6
Health Psychology in Grenada
St. George, Grenada

How to Register

Program Outline
Franklin Pierce University is pleased to offer a 3-week Maymester program designed specifically for students interested in a short-term study abroad or study away experience while earning transferable credits (3 credits total).  The course will focus on comparing healthcare, delivery systems and treatment interventions in the US vs. Grenada and the Caribbean.

Highlights
•    3-week exploratory journey with a focus on healthcare conditions in Grenada
•    Stay at St. George’s Medical School in Grenada
•    Cultural activities planned at various locations in Grenada
•    3-credits earned

About the Course
Course Number: PS 215: Health Psychology
Pre-requisites: None
Instructor: Dr. William Flynn, Professor of Psychology
Credits: Three (3) Credit Course

Course Description:  This course will offer students an international learning experience dealing with health issues in an emerging country as well as an opportunity to experience the advantages of studying at St. George’s undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences and on a university medical school campus.  The focus of the course will be to examine the relative incidence of healthcare conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity as well as anxiety, depression and substance abuse in both countries. Emphasis will be placed on primary prevention and the cause of disease, as well as the management and treatment of patients with health conditions. Students will have the opportunity to explore the customs, culture and lifestyle of the people of the West Indies.  

Textbook:  Straub, Richard O. Health Psychology. New York: Worth Publishers, 2012 and selected readings.

Program Calendar
Travel to Grenada -Sunday, May 18, 2014
Course begins -Monday, May 19, 2014
Last day of Classes -Thursday, June 5, 2014
Return to Boston -Saturday, June 7, 2014

Maymester Fees
$   500.00         Non-refundable deposit due February 1, 2014
$     40.00         Per night, if staying on campus
$1,038.00         Tuition for three credit course
$3,200.00        Program fee (includes deposit)

Note: All fees are estimated and may change pending Board of Trustees approval.  

What’s Included:
Academic program, airfare, host country housing, transportation around Grenada, day and overnight field trips, FPU-sponsored cultural activities  

What’s NOT Included:
Books, Meals, Personal Expenses


Maine

Maymester in New England
3-weeks: May 19-June 6
Strangers in a New Land: The Experience of Refugees in New England
Portland, ME

How to Register

Program Outline
Franklin Pierce University is pleased to offer a 3-week Maymester program designed specifically for students interested in a short-term study away experience while earning transferable credits (3 credits total).  The Northeast has long welcomed successive waves of immigrants and refugees, including Iraqi, Somali, and Bhutanese refugees today.  In travel around New England, students will have the opportunity to hear first-hand the experience of New Americans.  The program combines travel with classroom discussions on refugee populations from a historical and sociological context, focusing particularly on education.

Highlights

About the Course
Course Number ED 310: Strangers in a New Land: The Experience of Refugees in New England
Pre-requisites: None        
Instructor: Martha Ritter, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Education
Credits:  Three (3) Credit Course

Textbooks
Haines, David (2010) Safe Haven? A History of Refugees in America
St. John, Warren (2009) Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference
Webber, Frances (2012) Borderline Justice: The Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights

Program Calendar
Course begins on Monday, May 19, 2014
Travel to Manchester, NH, Lowell, MA, Burlington, VT, and Portland, ME
Classroom Session on campus in Rindge, NH
Last day of classes and final exam/paper due on Friday, June 6, 2014

Maymester Fees
$   500.00         Non-refundable deposit due February 1, 2014
$     40.00         Per night, if staying on campus
$1,038.00         Tuition for three credit course
$1,000.00        Program fee (includes deposit)        

Note: All fees are estimated and may change pending Board of Trustees approval.  

What’s Included
Academic program, off-campus housing, transportation around New England, day and overnight field trips, FPU-sponsored cultural activities  

What is NOT Included
Books, Meals, Personal Expenses


Spain

Maymester in Spain
3-weeks: May 19-June 6
World Business and Finance: Special Topic Spain
Capital City Madrid, Spain

How to Register

Program Outline
Franklin Pierce University is pleased to offer a 3-week Maymester program designed specifically for students interested in a short-term study abroad or study away experience while earning transferable credits (3 credits total).  Experience the culture of Spain to see if and how it influences the economic landscape compared to the US.  Learn and practice Spanish. The program combines classroom lectures with a 14-day trip abroad to Spain.

Highlights
•    14-day exploratory journey with a focus financial issues in current Spain on the rich culture of Spain and the financial issues it’s having to address
•    Field trips to various cities, including Madrid, Seville and Valencia
•    Meetings with local business as well as cultural activities planned
•    3-credits earned

About the Course
Course:   BA 410: World Business and Finance: Special Topic Spain
Pre-requisites:  Permissions of the Instructor        
Instructor:  Dr. MaryAnn Gaal, Assistant Professor of Business
Credits:  Three (3) Credit Course
 
Course Description
This course will offer a discussion of specific topics dealing with culture and world finance issues.  Spain is an interesting country to focus on due to its continued high unemployment and large debt.  Including a trip to the country allows students to experience first-hand the culture and explore the potential reasons behind the slow recovery by Spain in contrast to the other EU countries.

Textbooks
TBA

Program Calendar
Course begins on the Rindge Campus    Monday, May 19, 2014
Travel to Madrid, Spain             Monday, May 25, 2014
Final Exam/Paper Due            Thursday, June 5, 2014
Last day of Classes                Thursday, June 5, 2014
Return to Boston                Friday, June 6, 2013

Maymester Fees
$   500.00         Non-refundable deposit due February 1, 2014
$     40.00         Per night, if staying on campus
$1,038.00         Tuition for three credit course
$3,200.00        Program fee (includes deposit)        

Note: All fees are estimated and may change pending Board of Trustees approval.

What’s Included
Academic program, airfare, host country housing, transportation around Spain, day and overnight field trips, FPU-sponsored cultural activities.  

What is NOT Included     
Books, Meals, Personal Expenses


New York

Maymester in New York City
3-weeks: May 19-June 6
Art Trends: Art in New York
Times Square, NYC

How to Register

Program OutlineThis course will cover the development of the art scene in New York from the mid-20th century to the present. One week of study on campus will be followed by a ten day intensive in New York City visiting and examining various art venues such as museums, galleries, auction houses, art centers and other art venues in and around the city. Fulfills Art and Design and Career Exploration.

Highlights
•    10-day exploratory journey with a focus on art in New York City; Museum field trips
•    Meetings with local business as well as cultural activities planned  
•    3-credits earned

About the Course
Course: FA264: Art Trends: Art in New York
Pre-requisites: Permission of the Instructor        
Instructors: 
 
Susan Silverman, Associate Professor of Fine Arts
  Nathan Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Credits: Three (3) Credit Course
 
Course Description
Since the mid-20th century New York City became a world hub for contemporary art, its movements, advances and dialogues.  In the 21st century other cities and regions around the world have emerged as important and influential centers, yet NYC remains amongst the largest markets and hosts many preeminent institutions.  Through this course’s on campus content students will be introduced to development of contemporary art, the art “scenes”, institutions, and art practices in NYC. Through lectures, readings, discussions and presentations we will chart the developments and seminal movements of contemporary art and explore the plurality that has emerged in contemporary art practice   in the city. During our trip the students will experience first-hand the many forms and approaches contemporary art takes. Through their journals students will contemplate the various forms of contemporary art within the context of NYC, and consider the connections, dialogues, developments, and concerns of contemporary artists.

Textbooks and Resources
•    Time Out NY (App)
•    Group Me app for smart phone
•    Kalb, Peter R., Art Since 1980, Charting the Contemporary, Pearson, 2013
•    Blistene, Bernard, A History of 20th-Century Art, Flammarion, 2001
•    Smith, Patti, Just Kids, Harper Collins, 2010.

Program Calendar
Course begins on the Rindge Campus - Monday, May 19, 2014
Travel to New York City, NY - Sunday, May 23, 2014    
Final Exam/Paper Due - TBA
Last day of Classes - Friday, June 6, 2014

Maymester Fees
$   500.00         Non-refundable deposit due February 1, 2014
$     40.00         Per night, if staying on campus
$1,038.00         Tuition for three credit course
$1,500.00        Program fee (includes deposit)        

What’s Included
Academic program, NYC housing, transportation to/around New York, day and overnight field trips, FPU-sponsored cultural activities.  

What is NOT Included
Books, Meals, Personal Expenses



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