November 16, 2017
The John V. Roach Honors College recently expanded Honors Abroad and renamed the program “Honors Explorations,” which encompasses both domestic (e.g. How Washington D.C. Works) and international (e.g. Cultural Routes) travel experiences.
According to Dean Diane Snow, the Honors team has “created a wide variety of academic experiences that involve going abroad or going to new places, and each Honors Exploration will be a high-impact, hands-on experiential learning opportunity.” Honors students will have the opportunity to increase their cultural awareness and competencies through a city-as-text, active-learning approach to their travels.
There will be four Honors Explorations available in 2018:
- Where Are All the Women?: Women in Science and Medicine in Europe – Dr. Diane Snow and Dr. Melissa Stein, of the University of Kentucky, will lead students on an exploration into the lack of equal representation of women in STEM fields. The course will be based in London, England, and students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast the plight of women scientists in the U.S. versus Europe and to examine potential causes of attrition of women in science and medicine. Students will consider potential solutions for welcoming, maintaining, and celebrating women scientists in their professional careers. The exploration will take place from June 5-22, 2018 and is open to 1st-3rd year Honors students.*
- How Washington, D.C. Works: People, Place, and Culture – Dr. Diane Snow, Mr. Larry Lauer, Mr. Russell Mack, and Dr. Wendy Williams will co-lead this four-week program in Washington, D.C. where students will have the opportunity to work with the Osgood Center for International Studies. Students will explore how Washington, D. C. works as an international destination, and the course will cover four themes: media and foreign policy; funding and evaluation of science, health, and wellness; politics; and arts and culture. This exploration will take place from July 9-Aug 3, 2018 and is open to 1st-3rd year Honors students.
- Cultural Pilgrimages – Dr. Darren Middleton and Dr. Elizabeth Flowers will lead students on pilgrimage through Athens, Greece; Heraklion, Crete; and London, England. Students will consider travel as an expression of pilgrimage, and students will connect with cultural memories and artifacts while seeking transcendence and making meaning about the pilgrimage experience. Site visits will focus on nature, history, food, sports, science, mythology, and popular and high culture. This exploration will take place June 10-28, 2018 and is open to 1st-3rd year Honors students.
- Cultural Routes – Dr. Ron Pitcock will lead students on the 10th annual Cultural Routes exploration through Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. Students will have the opportunity to have personal ownership of travels and excursions while experiencing cities as texts. This is an intense learning opportunity for students, and students will blog their reflections throughout the experience. This exploration will take place May 15-June 9, 2018 and is open to 1st year Honors students.
Dean Snow emphasizes that “while students clearly learn from teachers and texts in a classroom, an important way to learn to become a ‘responsible citizen in a global community’ is to place oneself in the actual environment and see the world through a new lens.” Honors is pleased to offer the four upcoming Honors Explorations options and encourages Honors students to take advantage of these significant learning opportunities, which each satisfy one Cultural Visions credit.
All four Honors Explorations are priced at $4,200 (not including airfare, passport costs, and fees). For additional details, please visit the Honors Explorations webpage. Some scholarships are available based on need (contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
Honors students, note the deadline to apply for Honors Explorations 2018 is Monday, November 27, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.* Please apply HERE.
*”Where Are All the Women?” has different application deadlines. Please see the program details for specific deadline information.