Centre Term Study Abroad

Centre-Term Abroad 2024

Students should apply directly to the faculty directors by Feb. 16, 2023

Students then have until March 29, 2023 to make a non-refundable $500 deposit to hold their place—this deposit is due in the Cashier’s Office (inside Horky House).

Students will make a total of four payments for a Centre-Term abroad course. The total cost will be divided into thirds, with $500 of the first third being due as the deposit on March 29, 2023. The remainder of the first third will be due by May 2, 2023. The second third will be due on September 15, 2023; the third and final payment will be due on November 14, 2023. (For example, if the total cost of your course is $3000, the students will pay $500 by March 29, $500 on May 2, $1000 on Sept. 15, and the final $1000 on Nov. 14). Costs include airfare, lodging, entrance to all museums, excursions, local transportation and two meals per day (unless otherwise noted by the faculty director) unless otherwise stated.

Deposits and payments can be made by check, cash or credit/debit card to the Cashier's Office. There is a fee of 2.75% for credit/debit cards (bank charge). We are not able to accept online payments for off-campus programs at this time.

*The dean will look at the number of students who’ve made the first one-third payment for each course on May 5; she will then approve courses that have enough students participating.
NOTE: You may need to store your belongings at Centre while you are away and move into a different residence hall when you return for spring term.

2023 CentreTerm Abroad Courses

This course offers students the opportunity to study monkeys in their natural habitat. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the behavior of green monkeys; develop proficiency in the methods and data analysis techniques commonly used in field research; gain an appreciation for the rich culture, history and ecology of Barbados, especially as they relate to green monkeys. Special attention will be given to an issue of human-wildlife conflict that is common in Barbados as well as around the globe – crop raiding. Economic, social, and political consequences of this behavior will be discussed. Students will then work with local farmers to develop and test a strategy to mitigate crop raiding. Throughout the course, students will conduct field observations of the monkeys during the day and review book chapters and articles as the basis for discussion during class meetings. After students have collected appropriate behavioral data, they will conduct statistical analyses, and present their findings.

Faculty: Dr. Melissa Burns-Cusato

Cost: $4500
A special fund will cover $1000 of this course, leaving the student to pay $3500.  Air Fare is not included but lodging, all entry fees, and two meals a day.  

If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with the faculty directors named above.

The West African country of Ghana features an exhilarating and colorful culture in which music, dance, ritual, storytelling, healing, and visual art are interwoven to create an intricate and richly textured fabric. This course will be a rare opportunity to study these traditions from the inside out.

Students will work directly with Ghanaian masters who will provide instruction in the visual and performing arts - including drumming, dancing, weaving, traditional tie-dye, and more.

They will also have amazing excursions to such sites as Kumasi, the ancient capital of Ashanti Kingdom: the slave castle at Cape Coast, where thousands of Africans were forcibly detained before embarking on the Middle Passage, and excursions to golden beaches, tropical rainforests, and wildlife sanctuaries.

Faculty: Dr. Larry Bitensky  

Cost: TBA
Includes: flights, all transportation and lodging, all entry fees, and two meals a day

If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with the faculty director named above.

We examine the dramatic arts and mathematics as practiced by the ancient Greeks including ways in which they intersect. The peoples of ancient Greece utilized both disciplines as ways to process and understand their changing world. Ultimately, they transformed both drama and mathematics, and created many fundamental elements and practices that continue to influence the modern age. We study the story of ancient Greek developments in drama and math, focusing on the history, the culture, and the detailed questions and techniques that arose in Athens, Epidavros, Delphi, Samos, and Delos and we look at specific innovations and events that gave rise to practices that remain relevant in the exercise of both disciplines today.

Faculty: Dr. Alex McAllister and Dr. Kagen Moore

Cost: TBA
Includes flights, ground transportation, 3 meals/day, accommodations, and activities.

If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with the faculty director named above.

Students will, within the larger context of experiential learning, explore the interconnection between spiritual and physical worlds focusing on concepts such as enlightenment, human and environmental deification, respect, awareness, and sustainability through a three week, walking pilgrimage experience in Japan. Students will learn basic tenets of Japanese Buddhism as well as Shinto, a spiritual belief system unique to Japan. At the same time, they will focus on environmental issues directly related to pilgrimage sites where students will be trekking. Meetings with scholars, experts, and local religious leaders as well as key players in the tourism industry will help students understand the complex issues that arise when religion, tradition, and tourism meet. Students will discuss their observations in meetings held periodically throughout the course. On the second to last day in the field, students will present an initial summary of their learning through presentations or creative projects. A short paper submitted prior to return to the US will help students synthesize readings and reflections written during the course and to further develop the ideas they explored in their presentations or creative projects.

Faculty: Dr. Robert Schalkoff

Cost: $4200
A $500 deposit is due on April 1, 2022

Apply directly to the director, applications due by Feb 15th.  

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the co-evolution and interactions among plants, animals, and human society in Oaxaca, Mexico. Specifically, we’ll focus on corn, cochineal, agave, and chocolate as windows onto processes such as domestication, globalization, development, human-environment interactions, and identity in Oaxaca. Students will engage with questions and methods from a range of disciplines to address these interrelated processes through site visits, readings and student projects, and opportunities to learn from local experts. At the end of this course, students will be able to trace how humans have shaped and been influenced by plants, animals, and the environment over 10,000 years of human history, and how this engagement is negotiated and practiced today by the people of Oaxaca.

Faculty: Dr. Mark Galatowitsch & Dr. Robyn Cutright

Cost: $3500
Includes flight, transportation, visits, 3 meals/day, accommodations, classes, and activities.

Application form: https://forms.gle/jtVgXcv3aTnfLCv66

This course introduces students to the history of the interactions between Judaism, Islam, and Christianity in Morocco and Spain that began in the Medieval period and extend into the present, and to the rich culture these interactions have produced. We will explore historical and architectural sites and visit with living communities to gain a sense of the legacy, both good and bad, that these interactions have left in the region. Students will come away with an understanding of the religions’ historical and cultural effects and their continuing engagements on both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar.

Faculty: Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. David Hall

Cost: TBA
Includes flight, transportation, visits, 2 meals/day, accommodations , classes, and activities.

If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with a faculty directors named above.

In this class, we explore the idea of intercultural exchange using the case study of colonial influences on Malaysian ceramics and cuisine. Prof. Inouye will introduce students to the colonial history of Malaysia starting with the history of Malaysia's indigenous peoples followed by Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese colonizers. She will guide students in analysis of national narrative construction and transnational exchange/appropriation to identify the political, economic, environmental, technological, and social events/infrastructures that have contributed to the intercultural diversity and identity narratives of present-day Malaysia. Prof. Galli will lead the students through the history of ceramics and hands-on workshops in the ceramic’s studio.

Faculty: Dr. Mei Li Inouye and Dr. Stephanie Galli

Cost: TBA
The cost includes 3 meals per day, full access to every event, and  flights .

If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with a faculty directors named above. 

Students will study the physical science of volcanoes and related geothermal phenomena. The study of volcanoes in New Zealand offers students the chance to engage in the wonders of geology through the different sites, smells, tastes and sounds of geological activity that we can experience on the North Island of New Zealand. The list of topics for the course in fundamental geological principles and volcanism will frame the course, with New Zealand volcanoes used as specific examples. The nature of the course precludes laboratory work, but some fieldwork will be done using thermometers, hand lenses, and pH paper. The prerequisite is any physical science course (normally CHE 131, 135 or 117, NSC 110 or 140, PHY 110 or 117) at Centre College or permission of the instructor. There will be some relatively strenuous hiking involved, so physical fitness is a natural requirement.

Faculty: Dr. Joe Workman and Dr. Kerry Paumi

Cost: TBA
Covers all basic costs (round-trip airfare, in-country transportation, housing, meals, excursions and entrance fees).

If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with a faculty director named above. Apply by Feb 15th.

Building on student knowledge and interest across a few disciplinary approaches, this course takes an in-depth look at Sustainable Development in the context of Southeast Asia and Thailand. Using the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals as a guide (and Nicholas Grossman's Thailand's Sustainable Development Sourcebook) as a starting point, we will investigate several of Thailand's approaches to development, including brief consideration of most of the following, and an in-depth look at some of the following: poverty, hunger, health, education, equality, water, energy, work, infrastructure, climate, biodiversity, and more. Our course will take us to multiple sites in Thailand with a base of operations in Bangkok and the surrounding region, along with Chiang Mai (northern Thailand), and southern Thailand (likely Prachuap Khiri Khan).

Faculty: Dr. Brett Werner

Cost: TBA Will include 2 meals a day and flights and accommodation.

If you are interested in applying for this course be in direct contact with the faculty director named above. 

An interdisciplinary journey into our physical and metaphysical connection to nature, and the psychosociocultural experience of living in a time of catastrophic climate change. Because knowing the cause is not the same as making sense. Such a journey to solve these issues requires a radical de-centering of the self and its desires; a shift in the structural and temporal understanding of the place of humanity in the more-than- human world; and the creation of space for mourning and grief for what has been, and is yet to be, lost. This course connects works on Nature and Being across the Sciences, Humanities, and Arts. Topics include: ecopsychology; environmental and human health; spiritual ecology; deep ecology; climate justice, climate grief and creative catharsis.

Faculty: Dr. Aaron Godlaski

Cost: TBA
Includes flight, transportation, visits, 2 meals/day, accommodation and activities. 

If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with the faculty director named above. 

Students with advanced proficiency in the Spanish language are eligible to live and work in Merida for 3-4 weeks in January. It is a great opportunity to professionalize one's Spanish language abilities, to prepare for a career, and to embed yourself in the local community.

Faculty: Dr. Rick Axtell

Cost: $1000 (does not include airfare)
Includes: All meals, homestay, and a day excursion in Merida

If you are interested in this course please contact Dr. Rick Axtell or Mrs. Karen Ryan.

Students will be exposed to the religious diversity of urban Nairobi, focusing on the history and evolution of contemporary forms of African Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, and indigenous traditions. The course will consider topics such as the role of migration, trade, colonialism, missionary efforts, globalization and urbanization on the transmission and transformation of traditions. It will consider how the diasporic communities have maintained their traditions but also how processes of cross-cultural and religious engagement, syncretization, and hybridization have led to the development of local, often creolized traditions, ritual practices, foodways, musical traditions and art forms. It will explore how the politics of evangelism and “social integration” have affected minority religious communities and African Tradition Religions.   

Faculty: Dr. Shana Sippy and Dr. Dr. Shiela Otieno

Cost: $4400
Includes flights, transportation, visits, accommodations and two meals a day.

Dates TBA