May Term

The College provides a wide array of Intensive Learning opportunities, including travel courses as well as on-campus courses. The majority of these courses are offered in May, during a three-week term, although some travel courses may run a little over or a little under the three-week period.

Examples of Past Intensive Learning Courses:

Sociology Goes to Bollywood: Gender in Indian Cinema
The purpose of this course is to help students understand and critique the social construction of gender in India as reflected in Indian cinema. Students will watch several films and examine how men and women are represented in Indian films, whether these representations reflect reality, and how women challenge traditional gender expectations. While the focus is on gender, students will also be introduced to some of the central and unique socio-cultural, economic, and political issues in India, and to the unique conventions of Indian cinema. (Dr. Meeta Mehrotra)

A Place Called Home: Engaging in Community Service to Understand Poverty
This course provides the opportunity to explore and reflect on poverty as a lived social condition in the contemporary United States. Poverty will be examined through a discussion of a variety of readings and experientially through community service. Field trips will encompass doing volunteer work as a group. (Dr. Kristi Hoffman)

Native Americans of the Southwest: The Navajo, Hopi, and Pueblo
This course offers an intensive, on-site examination of the history and culture of the Navajo, Hopi, and Pueblo tribes. The class meets on campus for the first three days of the semester in order to review Native American history and geography with a focus on tribes of the southwestern United States. The next two weeks are spent on the Navajo and Hopi reservations and visiting selected New Mexican pueblos (Zuni, Acoma, and Laguna). The final three days of the term are spent back on campus reflecting orally and in writing about the experience. The focus of the course is on tribal cultures and tribal social institutions, including family, government, medicine, religion, education, and economy. (Dr. Greg Weiss)

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 Photos from the 2008 trip to India


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