Travel Courses

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2020 Travel Courses

Click below to check out one of UMF's travel course opportunities!

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Summer

 

Arizona

GEO 277S Living in the Desert: Social and Biological Adaptations to a Difficult Climate

Faculty: Jesse Minor - jesse.minor@maine.edu

Travel Dates: January 6-16, 2020

Desert environments pose a series of challenges to the organisms that inhabit them. Low annual precipitation rates and lengthy dry periods require water-conservation strategies. High temperatures and large daily swings in temperature from daytime to nighttime necessitate tactics for conserving energy. In this class, we will examine strategies employed by people, plants, and animals for surviving and thriving in the challenging environment of the desert. Readings and site visits will cover topics from social and biological perspectives such as Living Like a Cactus (water management and storage), Surviving the Sun (housing design, active and passive solar energy, managing evapotranspiration), Making Liveable Communities (walkability and bike infrastructure, creative zoning, recreational amenities, using microclimates), and Creating a Desert Ethic (restoring river flows, creative ways of living with the desert).

Estimated Costs: 

Course Fee: $1,600

Additional Expenses: $300

Tuition, 4 credits

   * In State - $1,124

   * Out of State - $2,480

   * New England Regional - $1,856

Total Estimated Costs: $3,024 - $4,380

Estimated costs include airfare. Course fees and total costs will be finalized in September 2019. 

 

Japan

ARH 277A

Faculty: Sarah Maline - maline@maine.edu

Travel Dates: January 5th - January 18th, 2020

[Course Description To Be Added]

Estimated Costs:

Course Fee: $3,100

Additional In-Country Costs: $360

Tuition, 4 credits:

  • In State - $1,124 per credit

  • Out of State - $2.480 per credit

  • New England Regional - $1,856 per credit

Total Estimated Costs: $4,584 - $5940

Estimated costs include airfare. Course fees and total costs will be finalized in September 2019. 

 

Tanzania

POS218S/INS280 Ecotourism & Environmental Activism

Faculty: Linda Beck - linda.beck@maine.edu

Travel Dates: December 27th, 2019 - January 9th, 2020

Ever want to go on safari? Climb Mt Kilimanjaro? Concerned about how to have that kind of adventure without "loving nature to death" or exploiting the local population? During this travel course to Tanzania you will learn how sustainable forms of tourism can be combined with environmental activism through "participant observation," including a day hike on Kili, a safari in the Serengeti, visits to Maasai and Chaga villages, and interviews with Tanzanian activists, ecotourism operators and public officials promoting sustainable forms of tourism in Tanzania. 

Estimated Costs:

Course Fee: $3,790

Additional In-Country Costs: $150

Tuition, 2-4 credits:

  • In State - $562 - $1,124 

  • Out of State - $1,240 - $2,480

  • New England Regional - $928 - $1,856

Total Estimated Costs: $4,502 - $6,420​

Estimated costs include airfare. Course fees and total costs will be finalized in September 2019. 

 

Cyprus

BUS277/POS277S Ecotourism in Cyprus

Faculty: Waleck Dalpour - dalpour@maine.edu

Travel Dates: March 12-21, 2020

This course offers an exceptional opportunity to explore sustainable tourism practices and environmental activism in one of Europe's premier tourist destinations: Cyprus. A member of the European Union with a population of just over 1 million inhabitants, Cyprus receives over 3 million tourists each year, posing significant stress on its natural resources, environment, and cultural heritage. Whether sunbathing on Ayia Napa's premier beaches, skiing on Mt Olympus, or walking among the ancient ruins of Kourion, this region has an abundance of destinations for ecotourism that we will experience first hand. The course will focus on the collaborative efforts of local communities, environmental activists, tourism operators, government agencies and international conservation organizations to protect Cyprus' fragile ecosystem while providing business and economic opportunities and cultural survival for the local Cypriot population.

Estimated Costs:

Estimated Course Fee: $3,515

Additional In-Country Costs: $400

Tuition, 4 credits:

  • In State - $1,124 

  • Out of State - $2,480

  • New England Regional - $1,856

Total Estimated Costs: $5,039 - $6,395

Estimated costs include airfare. Course fees and total costs will be finalized in September 2019. 

 
 
 

Boston

SED 277/577: How to Build Inclusive Schools: An Exploration of New England’s Most Inclusive Schools

Faculty: Kate MacLeod & Brian Cavanaugh - kate.mcleod@maine.edu, brian.cavanaugh@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May 17-21, 2020

This course immerses UMF students in a week-long exploration of some of New England’s most inclusive schools. Students will visit inclusive schools in order to explore the existing structures and services in these schools and meet and learn from students, faculty, and school leaders. Students will use knowledge gained from this exploratory experience to analyze how similar structures, services, beliefs, and values can be fostered and adapted to fit the needs of diverse school districts in order to build more inclusive communities for all.

Estimated Costs:

Estimated Course Fee: $1125

Additional In-Country Costs: $100

Tuition 4 credits:

  • In State - $1,124 

  • Out of State - $2,480

  • New England Regional - $1,856

Total Estimated Costs: $2,349 - $3,705

Estimated costs include airfare. Course fees and total costs will be finalized in September 2019. 

Germany

POS 264S German Political History

Faculty: Scott Erb - scott.erb@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May 10-24, 2020

This course explores the development of German politics (including Austria) from the reformation to the present, with an emphasis on Germany since 1871, as well as regional variations in Germany's political evolution. This is a travel course which includes an educational trip to Germany, and explores the interplay between culture and politics. 

Estimated Costs:

Estimated Course Fee: $2,550

Additional In-Country Costs: $450

Tuition, 4 credits:

  • In State - $1,124 

  • Out of State - $2,480

  • New England Regional - $1,856

Total Estimated Costs: $4,124 - $5,480

Estimated costs include airfare. Course fees and total costs will be finalized in September 2019. 

Iceland

BIO 177N/EVN177N Aquatic Ecosystems of Iceland

Faculty: Julia Daly & Rachel Hovel - dalyj@maine.edu, rachel.hovel@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May 13th - 27th, 2020

This course will travel to Iceland, to explore Atlantic-salmon bearing rivers on the north coast and glaciers and newly de-glaciated rivers and landscapes in the south. This course will focus on geology and ecology, and students will collect data in streams and rivers to understand the landscape and geological processes that influence biological communities in aquatic ecosystems. Other themes of the course will include climate change and comparison to North Atlantic ecosystems in Maine.

Estimated Costs:

Estimated Course Fee: $2,650

Additional In-Country Costs: $0

Tuition, 4 credits:

  • In State - $1,124 

  • Out of State - $2,480

  • New England Regional - $1,856

Total Estimated Costs: $3,774 - $5,130

Estimated costs include airfare. Course fees and total costs will be finalized in September 2019. 

 
 
 

Nepal

GEO 277S Environmental Stewardship and Healthy Communities in the Himalaya

Faculty: Brad Dearden - brad.dearden@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May 20 June 4, 2020

[Course Description To Be Announced]

Estimated Costs:

Estimated Course Fee: $2,815

Additional In-Country Costs: $425

Tuition, 4 credits:

  • In State - $1,124 

  • Out of State - $2,480

  • New England Regional - $1,856

Total Estimated Costs: $4,364 - $5,720

Estimated costs include airfare. Course fees and total costs will be finalized in September 2019. 

Paris

Honors Course: 

Paris in the Literary Imagination: Henry James and James Baldwin

Faculty: Daniel Gunn & Kristen Case - dpgunn@maine.edu, kristen.case@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May 21 - 31 2020

Prerequisite: Honors program and permission of instructors. Honors students who are interested in the course should contact one of the instructors for more information.  

This three-week course will meet for six mornings to read The Ambassadors by Henry James and Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, both set in Paris. The ten-day travel portion of the trip will involve visits to the locations described in the two novels. Students will also be asked to research another English-language writer who lived in Paris and lead the group to a site associated with that writer. Students will submit individual research projects at the end of the course.

In addition to travel dates, this course will meet on campus: Monday through Thursday, May 11-14 from 9 am to noon; and Monday and Tuesday, May 18-19 from 9 am-noon.

Estimated Costs:

Estimated Course Fee: $2,000

Additional In-Country Costs: $280

Tuition, 4 credits:

  • In State - $1,124 

  • Out of State - $2,480

  • New England Regional - $1,856

Total Estimated Costs: $3,404 - $4,760

Estimated costs include airfare. Course fees and total costs will be finalized in September 2019. 

Spain

HYT 224S Cultural History of Spain

Faculty: Anne Marie Wolf - anne.marie.wolf@maine.edu

Travel Dates - May 18th - June 4th, 2020

Students in this course will analyze literature, art and architecture, and culinary traditions of Spain as evidence of the historical interactions among the country's various ethnic and religious groups and of the resulting social structures. This is a travel course in which students will visit relevant museums and historical sites.

Estimate Costs:

Estimated Course Fee: $2,990

Additional In-Country Costs: $350

Tuition, 4 credits:

  • In State - $1,124 

  • Out of State - $2,480

  • New England Regional - $1,856

Total Estimated Costs: $4,464 - $5,820

Estimated costs include airfare. Course fees and total costs will be finalized in September 2019. 

 

U.S. Northwest

BIO 177/ENV 177 The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Faculty: Doni Schwalm - donelle.schwalm@maine.edu

Travel Dates: August 9 - 23 August 2020

Approval of this course as a Gen Ed Natural Science is pending.

Yellowstone National Park was created in 1872. It was the first example of land conservation for public use in the modern world, and its creation sparked a world-wide trend that resulted in the conservation of roughly 15% of the earth’s terrestrial surface (and counting). In this two-week travel course, we will review the history of the National Park System (NPS), study its mission and purpose, explore the biology and ecology of some of the diverse natural areas it stewards, and learn about its leadership in wildlife conservation and restoration. We will compare and contrast the mission of the NPS to other publicly held lands (e.g., US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management properties). In addition, we will examine the burgeoning pressures the National Parks face, from ballooning visitor numbers, funding challenges, proposed alteration of the preservation measures afforded to National Parks, anthropogenic development at park borders and global climate change. Along the way, we will visit seven units in the NPS, from some of the most famous to the lesser known, from sweeping natural vistas to historical monuments that highlight our nation’s darker moments. We will even visit one proposed National Park that failed. Students should expect a rigorous, outdoor-based course with extensive hiking and camping, including training in leave no trace outdoor ethics.

Estimated Costs:

Estimated Course Fee: $2,265

Additional In-Country Costs: $110

Tuition, 4 credits:

  • In State - $1,124 

  • Out of State - $2,480

  • New England Regional - $1,856

Total Estimated Costs: $3,499 - $4,855

Estimated costs include airfare. Course fees and total costs will be finalized in September 2019. 

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