MC Summer Programs

Manhattan College Programs: Summer 2016

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The following programs are being offered in summer 2016.   Please check with the Study Abroad office for additional information about these current programs.  All dates are tentative and prices will vary.

Bimini, Bahamas (August 13-24)

Information Meeting: 2/11/16, 3:30-4:30 PM, Miguel 311

Open to all majorsCourse: PSYC 367: Sensation and Perception | Professor: Dr. Maria Maust-Mohl | Credits: 3

For over 20 years, researchers have studied the behavioral ecology of spotted and bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas. The Bahamian dolphin populations are ver y acclimated to human beings, allowing for the unique opportunity to observe these animals in their natural environment. This program offers students the opportunity to earn credit for a required course in the biological content area of the Psychology major (can be used as an elective for other majors) where they will learn about sensory systems while actively being involved with research studying the behavior and communication of dolphins.

*NEW* Dublin, Ireland (June 1-16)

Open to engineering majorsCourse: CHML 411: Transport Phenomenon for Biomedical Engineering | Professor: Gennaro Maffia | Credits: 3

Program description TBD.

Georgetown, Maine (May 24-June 6)

Information Meeting: 2/10/16, 12-1 PM, Miguel 311

Open to all majorsCourse: RELS 300: Contemplating the Good Life | Professor: Dr. Phillip Francis | Credits: 3

Students will stay at a site situated on a 50 acre peninsula in Georgetown Island, Maine. The program offers students the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of "the Good Life" while studying Henry David Thoreau and contemporary back-to-the-landers in a tranquil, woodland setting. Through lectures, field trips, group discussions, and opportunities for hands-on work with boat-building, gardening and forestry, the course explores themes such as the tensions between autonomy and belonging, solitude and community, utopianism and nostalgia, engagement and escape. The course and activities will guide students to make thoughtful connections between the readings and their daily experience of nature and life on the land.

Florence, Italy (May 24-June 25)

Information Meeting: 2/2/16, 3:30-4:30 PM, Miguel 311

Open to all majorsCourses: Italian Language (all levels) + One course from the list below | Professors: Nonie Wanger, Br. Patrick Horner, Br. Robert Berger, Dr. Thom Gencarelli, & Dr. Barbara Mariotti | Credits: 6

Students will take the Italian language course at the Instituto Europeo. Language courses are offered at all levels, from beginner to advanced, and students are placed according to a placement test administered at the beginning of the program. In addition to the three credits in language, students earn three credits for one of the following, english-taught, courses:

  • ITAL 216/316 Aspects of Italian Culture (Prof. Nonie Wanger)
  • RELS 300: Spirituality in the Sacred and the Secular (Br. Robert Berger)
  • ENGL 392: Topics in Literature: Dante (Br. Patrick Horner)
  • COMM 271: International Mass Communication: Italian Media/Mass Media & Coverage of European Refugee Crisis (Dr. Thom Gencarelli)
  • CHEM 090: Chemistry and Biochemistry in Winemaking (Dr. Barbara Mariotti)

* Field trips to Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, Vinci, Rome and other sites of artistic and historic interests are included to enhance the cultural experience.

*NEW* Legon, Ghana (June 7-20)

Information Meeting: 2/3/16, 12-1 PM, Miguel 311

Open to all majorsCourse: RELS 300: African Christianity-The Christian Experience in Ghana | Professor: Dr. Jawanza Eric Clark | Credits: 3

This course is an investigation of the ways in which Christianity, particularly Christian theology, finds expression on the continent of Africa, with particular attention to Ghana. Students will have the opportunity to study traditional African religions, Western Christianity, and European Christianity as well as the theological exchange between Africans of the Diaspora and Ghanains after two trips to slave dungeons/castles along the coast of Ghana. The texts for this course cover a range of genres from the works of theology and biblical hermeneutics to works of fiction like Chinua Achebe'sThings Fall Apart.

Lyon, France (June 12-July 26)

Open to engineering majorsCourse(s): French Language & Mechanical Engineering | Professor: Dr. Bahman Litkouhi | Credits: TBD

Program description TBD.


Madrid, Spain (Dates TBD)

Information Meeting: 2/24/16, 12-1 PM, Miguel 311

Open to all majorsCourse: Spanish Language (all levels) + RELS 302: Religion and Spanish Culture | Professor: Dr. David Shefferman | Credits: 6

Students take a Spanish language course at a local university. Language courses are offered at all levels, from beginner to advanced, and students are placed according to a placement test administered at the beginning of the program. In addition to the three language credits, students earn three credits in Rels 300: Special Topics as they tour Madrid and its surrounding cities. Field trips to sites of artistic and historic interest are included and arranged by a Manhattan College program director.

*NEW* GRAND TOUR: England, France, Switzerland, Italy (June 22 - July 20)

Information Meeting: 2/17/16, 12-1 PM, Miguel 311

Open to all majorsCourse: ENGL 292: Literature and the Environment: Gods & Monsters | Professors: Dr. Suzanne Barnett & Dr. Chris Washington | Credits: 3

This trip will recreate parts of Percy Shelley’s, Mary Shelley’s (then Mary Godwin), and Claire Clairmont’s journeys from England to the Continent related in History of a Six Weeks’ Tour, a journey that eventually led to Lord Byron’s rented villa on Lake Geneva in Switzerland in June 1816. It was during this visit that the Shelleys, Clairmont, Byron, and John Polidori—all confined indoors due to the inclement, destructive weather—engaged in a ghost story competition that would yield two of the most infamous modern monsters: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Polidori’s The Vampyre, the first modern vampire story. This summer would also plant the seeds for Percy Shelley’s later Prometheus Unbound, Byron’s fourth Canto of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, and Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, all partially written and set in Rome. We will visit English sites and sites related to these famous Romantic literary works and trace parts of the Shelleys’ route through France and Switzerland to Rome, culminating in a private visit to the renowned Keats-Shelley House museum. Like nineteenth-century Grand Tourists, we will attend the theater in London and the opera in Paris, view the glaciers and Alps by boat, crawl through terrifying catacombs, and tour relics of antiquity while we consider literature alongside science, visual art, ecocriticism, and philosophy.