January 2022 Off-Campus Courses

Information about 2022 January Session off-campus courses and additional January Session opportunities are listed below. Off-campus courses are marked as OC on the Schedule of Classes. Contact the instructor for more details about individual travel courses. 

COMM 314: Language & Thought (C-3RC)
Instructor: Mary Lahman

Location: Baltic Region
Approximate Cost: $3,800
This responsible citizenship course explores the relationship between language and thought, specifically how positions that may seem diverse and incompatible stem from inferences based on limited experience. Preparing for and interacting with tour guides, monks, and merchants, students identify language and listening behaviors that respect the infinite worth of each person in the interaction in the Baltic region. They explore how unexamined language behaviors perpetuate misperceptions of past and present controversies in sacred and commercial spaces. As we discover more appropriate language and listening behaviors, we strive to engage in civil discourse about contentious topics, such as intergroup communication between the majorities and Russian-speaking minorities in Baltic Countries.

Contact Professor Lahman for additional information.

HIST 252: Comparative Civilizations (C-3GC)
Instructor: Michael Staudenmaier
Location: Puerto Rico
Approximate Cost: $3,300
This course immerses students in the unique context of Puerto Rico:  a Caribbean archipelago that belongs to, but is not exactly a part of, both the United States and Latin America.  Puerto Rico was the first location of permanent European settlement inside the current borders of the United States, and the final Spanish colony in the western hemisphere.  Since becoming a US possession in 1898, it has become a crucial bridge between the North American republic and its Latin American neighbors.  Students will visit archeological digs, historical museums, and national parks, meet with environmental and community organizations, and experience daily life.  Instruction will be in English and knowledge of Spanish (while beneficial) is not required to participate.   Expect lots of walking, discussion, and thinking! Contact Dr. Staudenmaier for additional information.

INTD 445: The Development of Modern Scientific Thought in Great Britain (C-5CC)
Instructors: Dr. Susan Klein and Dr. Kyle Watson
Location: United Kingdom
Approximate Cost: $3,500
This course examines the contributions of British scientists to the development of modern scientific theory.  By visiting museums and historical sites in Great Britain, the lives and works of many scientists will be explored.   The influences of the environment in which these scientists lived will be examined from the perspective of history, politics, social structure, and religion.  The period of scientific achievement and discovery to be examined begins in the 17th century and the effects on culture and society then, and now, will be addressed.  While spending most of our time in London at museums and tourist sites, we will also travel to Oxford, Cambridge, and Warwick Castle. Contact Dr. Klein or Dr. Watson for additional information.

PSYC 201: Social Psychology (C-3RC)
Instructor: Marcie Coulter-Kern
Location: Hawaii
Approximate Cost: $2,900
We fly to Honolulu where we study social psychology, conflict, peacemaking, and Polynesian culture when visiting Pearl Harbor, the Bishop Museum, and the Polynesian Cultural Center. We travel by plane to the island of Maui where we visit Haleakala, largest dormant volcano in the world and take a snorkeling excursion to Molokini crater and Turtle Arches on a Pacific Wale Foundation boat. We will learn about the intersection of indigenous people and the challenges they face with the influx of other cultures. We will experience how the Hawaiian Islands are making changes to create a sustainable future for cultures and generations to come. This course travels with PSYC 352. Contact Dr. Coulter-Kern for additional information.

PSYC 352: Culture and Psychology (C-3GC)
Instructor: Rusty Coulter-Kern

Location: Hawaii:
Approximate Cost: $2,900
We fly to Honolulu where we study cultural psychology, conflict, peacemaking, and Polynesian culture when visiting Pearl Harbor, the Bishop Museum, and the Polynesian Cultural Center. We travel by plane to the island of Maui where we visit Haleakala, largest dormant volcano in the world and take a snorkeling excursion to Molokini crater and Turtle Arches on a Pacific Wale Foundation boat. We will learn about the intersection of indigenous people and the challenges they face with the influx of other cultures. We will experience how the Hawaiian Islands are making changes to create a sustainable future for cultures and generations to come. This course travels with PSYC 201.  Contact Dr. Coulter-Kern for additional information.

REL 113: On Relating to Others: God & Strangers (C-4RL) (LA-EHU)
Instructor: Justin Lasser
Location: Baltic Region
Approximate Cost: $3,700
Students will travel the Baltic Sea exploring monasteries, churches, and cities related to the development of ancient and medieval Christianity. They will discover the routes the Danes and Vikings took across the Baltic Sea and trace the path of their conversion to Christianity, setting the stage for the “invention of Europe.” Students will attend liturgies, sip on monastic beer and wine, and eat a series of medieval dishes. The majority of this course will take place on a cruise ship. Students will walk the walls of Tallinn, take in the white nights of St. Petersburg, Russia, tour the royal gardens of the Romanov family, sip expresso in Helsinki, and meditate while contemplating the glaciers of Norway. And much, much more! This course will be taught in tandem with COMM 113 Language & Thought. Contact Dr. Lasser for additional information.

 
ADDITIONAL JANUARY SESSION OPPORTUNITIES

Many colleges across the country offer a January Session similar to Manchester’s. Students who would like to experience life on another campus may elect to attend another college during January Session. Colleges attended in previous January Sessions or who have invited Manchester University students to attend include:

Huntington University (Indiana)
McPherson College (Kansas)
Saint Olaf College (Minnesota)
University of La Verne (California)

Contact the Registrar for more information.

Descriptions for new and temporary courses will be coming soon. See Manchester Catalog for other course descriptions.