»Travel Courses

The Sociology Department, in keeping with the university's mission statement, which places an emphasis on personalize education leading students to inquiring, ethical, and productive lives as global citizens, offers several opportunities for students to participate in travel courses.

A travel course is a short-term course that takes place during the summer or interterm and includes a 1-4 week travel portion. Students who engage in travel courses will have the opportunity to explore new cultures and see how societies interact through in-depth cross cultural observation and experience.

Chapman is a learning environment dedicated to creating a caring community that embraces diverse ideas and experiences. Travel courses allow students to participate in experiences that will foster Chapman University values.

+-Tibetan Buddhist Interterm Retreat

Information coming soon!

+-Tibet and China

Tibet & China Travel Course

(Dates for 2012: To be Announced)

Explore the ancient Buddhist foundations of China and Tibet through art, theatre, and architecture.  From Beijing to Shanghai, this travel course will build on rudimentary experience of one's mind through seeing, experiencing, decoding, and appreciating the achievements of Tibetan and Chinese Civilization.  Gain a historical understanding of modern Tibet and China, and learn about the meditation practice in Tibetan Buddhism.

Contact Bernard McGrane, associate professor of sociology at (714) 997-6564 or mcgrane@chapman.edu for more information.

+-Cuba Trip

Information coming soon!

+-Costa Rica

Travel to Costa Rica and immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Costa Rica. The travel course is designed to enrich students' knowledge of the ways in which Costa Ricans are addressing social problems such as globalization, sustainable development, women's rights, health, and immigration. The course is offered in collaboration with The Institution for Central American Development Studies (ICADS). A study of language in addition to culture and social issues prepares students to volunteer at selected sites, and appreciate Costa Rican daily life through living with a local family.

Part of the course study involves developing Spanish skills, through language groups. Additionally, this course will integrate the connection between social problems, development, and social mobilization among Third World nations. Through learning about the current problems that Costa Ricans face, students will develop an in-depth understanding of the mobilization and organization strategies designed to approach these problems.

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