Centenary offers a variety of short courses each academic year that provide enriched and culturally immersive experiences. Some Modules are offered on campus, whereas others involve study in and travel to global destinations. Many students choose Modules that also fulfill experiential COMMUNITY and/or CULTURE requirements of the Trek program.

All students who entered Centenary prior to Fall 2014 must complete one Module for graduation, but an additional Module may be applied towards the hours required for graduation.

Module 2019 Course Offerings

Haiti: Killing with Kindness

Professors: Dana Kress and Andia Augustin-Billy
Travel Dates: May 14-28
Cost range: $2800-3100
Max Enrollment: 16
Deposit: $1000

Other information:

  • Class will meet twice a week from 23 January 2019 for Creole lessons and readings.
  • Costs included: round-trip flight (details tbd); lodging in Haiti; all meals
  • Additional budget required per student: $100 for book and optional on-site activities

 

Paris: Americans in Paris

Professors: Jeff Hendricks and Emily Leithauser
Travel Dates: May 14-27
Cost range: $3395- 3700
Max Enrollment: 20
Deposit: $1000

Other information: 

  • Class will meet 2-3 times during the Spring semester.
  • Costs included: round-trip flight (details tbd); lodging in Paris; all transportation in Paris; all breakfasts; most dinners
  • Additional budget required per student: $225 -- for meals during travel; entry fees for activities on free days in Paris

Australia: Journey Down Under

Professor:  Barbara Davis
Travel Dates: May 7-22
Cost: $4850- 5150
Max enrollment: 20
Deposit: $1250

Other Information:

  • There will be five 2-hour meetings during the Spring semester.
  • Students must read required texts and be prepared to discuss concepts and events prior to departure and in-country.
  • Costs included: round-trip flight from Dallas (details tbd); lodging in Australia; some meals
  • Additional budget required per student: Transport to the US departure airport. Approx. $400 (for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 11 dinners which are not included. Students are responsible the costs of all activities during their free time.

 

Italy: Personal Renaissance

Professor: Sean FitzGibbons
Travel dates: May 5-20
Cost: $4900- 5200
Max enrollment: 22
Deposit: $2000

As the birthplace of the Renaissance in the early 15th Century, Florence, Italy has played a vital role in the international art world. Students will learn artistic technique, art history, and theory among some of history’s most important masterpieces and museums. During our time in Florence, we will study monumentally significant architecture and magnificently vibrant culture. We will then spend time in the studio translating our experiences into our own artwork. There is no prerequisite and we welcome students from all art-making backgrounds, from “never touched a paintbrush” to “senior year art student.” The class will also take trips to regional art destinations to experience the world’s best contemporary art.

 

Other Information: 

  • There will be a mandatory April Orientation meeting (1 hour, tbd).
  • Students must also write a pre-departure essay on their expectations (approx. 2 hours); complete a reading (approx. . hour); and watch required films (approx. 7.5 hours).
  • Costs included: round-trip flight from either Dallas or Houston (details tbd); lodging in Florence; meals ($20 per diem)
  • Additional budget required per student: Transport to the US departure airport.



Greece: Art, Healing & Medicine

Professors: Lisa Nicoletti and Steven Alexender 
Travel dates: May 6 - 22
Cost: $4000- 4300
Max enrollement: 18
Depost: $1000

Other Information:

  • There will be 5 mandatory meetings throughout the Spring 2019 semester, and field trips to the Feist Weiller Cancer Center to examine art therapy programs (times tbd).
  • Costs included: round-trip flight (details tbd); lodging in Greece; all breakfasts, some lunches and dinners
  • Additional budget required per student: Approx. $500 for independent meals, books, apps, and international data plan

 

Course Description and Objectives

American conceptions about medicine and wellness are persistently tied to Greece, from our version of the Hippocratic Oath to hype about the “Mediterranean diet.”  Indeed, ancient Greek ideas about health and healing stimulated the development of modern medicine, and traces of their medical practices persist today, from our surgical instruments to the votives (tamata) left in some Christian churches.  Yet our Hellenized health paradigm reveals a significant departure from the Greeks.  For the ancient Greeks, medicine depended on the arts, seen in the architecture that housed its healing shrines, sculptured offerings of diseased body parts, drawings that transmitted medical knowledge, and dramatic festivals promoting individual and social wellness.  This course will examine the role of the arts in healing in Greece and Shreveport, from the ancient temples dedicated to Asklepios to the “Arts in Medicine” program at University Health (LSUHSC).  We will examine scientific studies about the measured benefits of art therapy, and participate in scientific research to see for ourselves whether art heals.  We will also document Greece’s impressive street art movement, one that seeks to address society’s ills and strengthen the body public.

Objectives:

  • To document and interpret graffiti and public art addressing social problems.
  • To examine the causes, effects, and styles of graffiti and street art.
  • To participate actively in scientific research and writing.
  • To collect and interpret biometric data.
  • To study Greek roots of art, medical, and scientific terminologies.
  • To critically analyze claims about art and healing.
  • To compare and contrast Greek and American approaches to art, health, and healing.

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Chimp Haven

Professors: Jessica Alexander and Jeanne Hamming
Dates: May 6 - 25
Cost: $650-750
Max enrollment: 15
Deposit: $100

Other Information: 

  • There will be 2 mandatory meetings prior to May.
  • Students must read Chimpanzee Politics to prepare for the on-site learning experience.
  • Costs included: daily travel to and from Chimp Haven National; lodging on campus; meals
  • Additional budget required per student: none

AUGUST 2019 - Latinos in the Ark-La-Tex

Professors: Loren Demerath and Janine Gomezjurado Demerath
August Term Dates: August 2-24
Cost range: $600-700
Max Enrollment: 30
Deposit: $100

Other information

Our focus is on Latino culture as it exists in our own region of the “Ark-La-Tex”. We listen and dance to Latino music; cook and eat Latino food, sampling everything from restaurants to food trucks to snacks; learn about the Latino context of sports like soccer, baseball, and volleyball; look at examples of fashion and architecture; watch movies, music videos, and even a game show; read poetry displayed as graffiti; learn about social differences like “sobre mesa” (talking over the table), physical contact, and the significance of relationships and social life. We hear personal stories and talk with a range of guest speakers; and we share our own personal interests and research on a topic of each student’s choice.

While no knowledge of Spanish is required of students, all students will learn to speak at least some Spanish in the course of the module, and there will be many opportunities for those more experienced in Spanish to improve their facility with the language. Furthermore, since we’ll be reviewing academic research on Latino culture(s), even if you have a Latino background, you’ll learn a lot!

 

Preferences and registration

 

Module Payment Information

May module

Payment schedules and amounts for each May module are available from each module leader.

  • December 5, 2018 - initial non-refundable deposit
  • January 11, 2019 - 1/3 remaining estimated costs
  • February 20, 2019 - 1/3 remaining estimated costs
  • April 5, 2019 - All remaining costs due

August module

August module costs must be paid in full by 1 August.

 

Passport Points

Passport Points may be used towards modules in the following manners and amounts:

International Module

  • 500 Passport Points may be used towards the initial deposit
  • 2000 Passport Points may be used toward total Module costs (including any used towards the deposit)

Local Module

  • 100 Passport Points may be used toward total Module costs

 

Module Payment

Make a payment on your module here. Please contact the Business Office or intercultural@centenary.edui with any questions.

Forms and Passport Information

All students travelling internationally must provide a copy of their passport and complete necessary forms before travel.

Independent Module/ Culture Program

None of these modules fit your unique interests or career goals? Develop an Independent Module