CLA Faculty-led Travel Program

The College of Liberal Arts strongly encourages students to consider Faculty-led Programs and Study Abroad programs.

Many short-term or semester program opportunities are available throughout the world to help you meet major, minor or graduation requirements. Learn more about international programs or contact studyabroad@winona.edu

CLA faculty and students traveled to 10 different locations during the 2017-18 school year, including seven foreign countries, an island in the Caribbean and two U.S. cities.

Will you join them this 2018-19 school year?

2018-2019 Destinations

Civic Engagement with Peoples and the Environment in NW Ecuador

(Winter Break) - Linda D'Amico (GS 375: Ecuador Faculty-led Program, 3 credits)

Explore how local events are connected to global processes and see firsthand how natives are using "development with identity" in their own ways through intercultural strategies, local and hybrid knowledge sets, and local governance.

Japan's History and Culture in Kyoto

Miho Nagai (GS 320: Special Topics in Japanese Studies - Faculty-led Program, 3 credits)

Discover the history and culture of Kyoto and Japan for yourself through this faculty-led travel program! Explore Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital and cultural heart, as well as ancient temples and shrines.

You will get to try various aspects of Japanese culture such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, Zen meditation and crafting traditional Japanese sweets.

Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, Colorado

J. Paul Johnson (FILM 240: Genres - Indies, Docs, Shorts, etc. or FILM 450: Topics - Film Festivals, 3 credits)

Students will be traveling to Telluride, Colorado for the annual Mountainfilm Festival. They will be volunteering at the festival, listening to speakers, watching films and learning from filmmakers.

Thailand: Global Health and Refugees

Michael Bowler and Connie Kamara (GS 310: Faculty-led Program, 6 credits)

Are you considering a career in global development, education or health sciences? Even if the answer is no, this faculty-led travel program will still be a great opportunity to take guided tours through health facilities, attend seminars and panel discussions, and even help facilitate a health assessment.

This is a great chance to learn about Thailand and its culture.

Past Faculty-led Programs

Civic Engagement with Peoples and the Environment in Ecuador - Linda D'Amico (GS 375: Ecuador Travel Program - Civic Engagement with Peoples & the Environment, 3 credits)

Students explored how local events are connected to global processes and saw firsthand how natives are using "development with identity" in their own ways through intercultural strategies, local and hybrid knowledge sets, and local governance.

Exploring New Media Application in a Global Communication & Marketing Context: China - Jennifer Ma and Muriel Scott (MCOM 356: Media and Society International and MCOM 450: Global Media, 6 credits total)

Mass Communication students participated in lectures, activities and workshops led by Chinese experts and practitioners. In additions, they toured successful public relations and advertising agencies throughout their time in three cities.

Gender, Race and Class in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (service learning) - Tamara Berg (WGSS 150: Caribbean Island Culture and Environment and WGSS 348: Topics in Women's and Gender Studies - Gender, Race and Class in St. Croix, 6 credits total)

Students traveled to the Caribbean island of St. Croix to work with their choice of community partner such as the Early Childhood Head Start program, the Women's Coalition of St. Croix, an addiction treatment program and The Nature Conservancy. The group also visited the beaches at night to observe Leatherback Sea Turtles nesting in one of the few places in the world where they are able.

Global Literature in London: Travel Writing and the British Imagination in London - Liberty Kohn (ENG 324: British Imagination in Travel Writing or ENG 221: London Life and World Literature, 3 credits)

British literature may bring to mind images of medieval times and Shakespeare, but it's much more than that. Students traveled through London to see the imagination that's still very much alive today in local theatre, arts, folklore, music and more. They got to visit the Oxford College dining room (the dining hall from "Harry Potter"!), tour Parliament and meet with BBC journalists and historians.

Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, Colorado - J. Paul Johnson (FILM 240: Genres - Indies, Docs, Shorts, etc. or FILM 450: Topics - Film Festivals, 3 credits)

Students traveled to Telluride, Colorado for the annual Mountainfilm Festival. They volunteered at the festival, listened to speakers, watched films and learned from filmmakers.

National Model UN Conference: New York City - Edward Guernica (POLS 399: Special Topics Model UN NYC, 4 credits)

Students had the chance to participate as delegates of one of the 180+ member states in the Model United Nations Conference, which is attended by universities all over the world. They also learned about the importance the UN holds in terms of international diplomacy, conflict and crisis management, and democracy. Prior to the trip, students underwent extensive preparation and training to ensure they were ready to attend.

Weaving Tradition: Peru's History and Culture - Vanessa Fernandez Greene (GS 350: Cross-Cultural Field Experience, 4 credits)

Students had the opportunity to learn about the Pacific Coast, the Andean Mountains and the Amazon River/Rainforest from locals. The students also took classes in cooking, chocolate making and textiles - all important aspects of Peruvian culture - and visited landmarks such as Incan archaeological sites and Machu Picchu.

Western Art & Culture - Cities of Fairytales: Prague, Vienna, and Budapest - Danilo Bojic and Alessandra Sulpy (ART 313: Western Art and Culture and ART 433 - Independent Study: Design Project, 6 credits total)

Art students drew inspiration from Prague, Vienna and Budapest in order to work on their design, photography, drawing and painting skills. They also read important works, attended lectures and participated in group discussions, field trips and art projects.