The Division of Modern Languages offers courses each spring in which students have the opportunity to learn about a foreign culture and to travel abroad for two weeks with faculty from the division. These courses foster global awareness and appreciation of intercultural diversity.
Global Perspectives: Paris enables students to develop an understanding and appreciation of French culture, first in the classroom during the semester, and then during two weeks in Paris in May when students visit all the major monuments and museums and take guided tours of the most beautiful and historically rich neighborhoods of the city. The focus is on history, art, and contemporary culture. The course is open to all students and is taught in English, but some knowledge of French is recommended.
Global Perspectives: Spain enables students to develop an understanding and appreciation of other cultures and to enhance their global perspective. The capstone of this course is a two-week trip to Spain in May (approx. May 20 - June 3). Course preparation for this trip will compare and contrast the two regional identities of Madrid and Barcelona (Cataluña) as expressed through art, architecture and media images.
Global Perspectives: Costa Rica enables students to develop an understanding and appreciation of Costa Rican culture through formal course preparation in Alfred and a two-week opportunity for direct service to the Monteverde community in Costa Rica (May 17-31). Course preparation for this trip will focus on sustainable development, history and contemporary culture including art, music and literature.