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COVID-19 notice

While it is hoped that some international travel modules will proceed as planned in May 2021, the College will follow all government guidance for determining this. . The Trek Culture credit has been waived for students graduating during the 2020-21 and the 2021-22 academic cycles; but students are still encouraged to consider other skills-development options, including but not limited to:

  • virtual international internships;
  • international online summer programs;
  • domestic intercultural opportunities;
  • and campus-based culture credit courses. 

Please contact the Office of Intercultural Engagement for further details.

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Centenary offers a variety of short courses each academic year that provide rich culturally immersive experiences. Some 'Modules' are offered on campus or locally, whereas others involve travel to and study in US or global destinations. Some students choose Modules that also fulfill Trek program Community and/or Culture requirements.

Students who entered Centenary prior to Fall 2014 must complete one 'Module' as a graduation requirement; but credit hours from an additional Module may be applied to graduation hours.

Module Course Offerings

JUN/JUL 2021 - Finland: The Finnish Miracle

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Professors: Mark Miller and Katherine Brandl
Travel Dates: tbd
Cost range: $3550-3950 (May 2020 costs)

Additional Expenses: $150-190

Max Enrollment: 16 (1 space available)

Deposit: $1000

Other information: 

Class will meet 1-2 times during the Spring semester.
Costs included: round-trip flight from SHV (details tbd); in-country lodging and transportation; two meals per day.

course description

What is the Finnish Miracle? In the 1950s, Finland was a poor, agrarian nation, battered by wars to expel both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany from their country during WWII. In less than 50 years, Finland became one of the wealthiest and most advanced countries in the world. We will study the role of the storied Finnish education system as we explore the history, business, culture, sights and people of the country Newsweek magazine named “Best in the World” based on education, health, political environment, economic competitiveness, and quality of life. We will start in Helsinki, Finland's modern capital, before heading north of the Arctic Circle to visit (real) reindeer and learn about Lapland's history and native peoples. We'll continue on to Turku, the original capital city, before taking an overnight cruise to Stockholm, Sweden. As we travel through Finland, there will be opportunities to see cathedrals, castles, and to experience the beauty of the outdoors. You will also be able to truly meet its people -- college students, doctors, teachers, and ministers in the highest ranks of government.

JUN/JUL 2021 - France: Americans in Paris

Professors: Jeff Hendricks and tbd
Travel Dates: tbd
Cost range: $3495-3800 (May 2020 costs: $3395-3700)
Max Enrollment: 20 (15 spaces available)
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

:      At the end of World War I, Parisians danced in the streets with British, Canadian, and American soldiers to celebrate the end of the war.  The party continued into the roaring 20s, when artists like Cocteau, Picasso, Chagall, and Man Ray; intellectuals like André Gide and Colette; performers like Josephine Baker; and expatriates like Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald flooded Paris's cafés and bistros.  Whereas Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin loved Paris during the 18th century as the city of Light and Reason; Ernest Hemingway and the Lost Generation of the 1920s and 30s were attracted to Paris as a site of artistic energy and cultural tolerance;  Americans (and many other nationalities) today visit Paris because it has come to represent the embodiment of "the good life."  In this module we will examine this proposition by living for two weeks in Paris and asking each student to compare aspects of French culture with aspects of their own culture, with the goal of wrestling with the question of what it means to live a “good” and “meaningful” and “quality” life. 

 

This module--"Americans in Paris: The Quest for the Good Life" – will examine numerous texts by American writers, artists, musicians, and intellectuals about Paris.  We then ask Centenary students to compare and contrast their own experience of Paris with their own lived-experiences in the U.S. and with these readings from American writers, philosophers, statesmen, and artists who have traveled to Paris since before the American Revolution.  We ask students to focus their cultural comparisons around the following topics, picking one from the following to write about in-depth:  1) religion, 2) food, 3) art, 4) music, 5) fashion and dress, or 6) transportation.  As much as it's possible, we will try to live as the Parisians themselves: we will buy bread and cheese and ham from the corner markets; we will wash our clothes in the hotel laundromat; we will negotiate our way around the city using public buses and the metro; we will live for two weeks amidst some of the world's greatest historical monuments and art.  All the while we will be reading, observing, taking notes, and talking to the French that we meet about our impressions and our thoughts.

AUGUST 2021 - Latinx Culture in the Ark-La-Tex

COURSE FULL

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Professors: Loren Demerath and Janine Gomezjurado Demerath
December Term Dates: November 30 - December 18
Cost range: $500-600
Max Enrollment: 22 (module is at capacity)
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 and are very welcome to take the course!

MAY 2022 - Australia: Journey Down Under

Professor:  Barbara Davis
Travel Dates: tbd
Module cost: $4850- 5150 (2021 costs)

Additional possible expenses: $450-$500
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. Students are responsible the costs of all activities during their free time.

G'day Mate! How would you like to find Nemo at the Great Barrier Reef? Or feed a mother kangaroo with a Joey in her pouch at Steve Erwin's Australia Zoo? Maybe you would enjoy holding a cuddly koala and have a photo taken. Possibly visiting the only everglades outside the United States or the largest sand island in the world sounds interesting to you. You might like to test your boomerang throwing skills, spear throwing abilities or didgeridoo playing. Visiting the Sydney Opera House and attending a performance is just one of the many highlights of this course. All of these wonderful activities and many more are available for all students on the Australia module. Australia is an incredibly unique country with every kind of diversity: people, animal, vegetable and mineral. We spend time studying the First Australians – Aboriginal Australians – who have lived on the continent for over 50,000 years. Three Aboriginal Cultural Centers are visited to get hands on experience celebrating these indigenous people’s unique way of life and their connection to their ancestral lands. Their stories are fascinating! The Australia course is an incredible journey where you will make numerous life-time memories!

MAY 2022 - UK: Theatre and Culture in the UK

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Professors: Logan Sledge and Don Hooper
Travel Dates: tbd
Cost range: $3000-3500 (May 2020 costs)

Additional expenses: $250-300

Max Enrollment: 24 
Deposit: $1000

Other information: 

  • Class will meet 4 times during the Spring semester.
  • Costs included: round-trip flight from DFW (details tbd); lodging; all transportation in-country; all breakfasts; most evening meals.
  • Additional budget required per student: $225 -- for meals not included and personal expenses.

In As You Like It Shakespeare has Jaques say, “All the world’s a stage, and the men and women merely players.” Shakespeare also said theatre, as an art form, is meant “to hold, as ‘twere, the mirror up to nature.”

In this course we will explore the idea that theatre is all around us, from social constructs, dialogue, ritual, costumes/clothing, spectacle, government, psychology, art and architecture, all of these helping to shape a cultural identity. Our goal will be to identify and examine the elements of theatre that are seemingly hiding in plain sight within a culture and to comparatively analyze these elements with the same elements in American culture. • Explore how theatre permeates a culture, including cultural, material, social, ethical, and political, and religious factors. • Understand historical aspects of theatre in the UK • Compare theatre in London, Scotland to theatre in United States • Consider how theatre and storytelling is used to shape cultural identities in UK.

TBD - Haiti: Killing with Kindness

Professors: Andia Augustin-Billy
Travel Dates: tbd
Cost range: $2800-3300 (2021 costs)
Max Enrollment: 15
Deposit: $1000

Other information

  • Class will meet weekly and participate in Creole lessons during the Spring semester.
  • Costs include: round-trip flight (details tbd); lodging; transportation; most meals


Students will explore the major cultural traditions of southern Haiti while taking a critical look at the disbursement of aid and its ramifications on Haitian society. Haiti has the world’s highest density of NGOs per capita (over 10,000!). Unfortunately, the proliferation of NGOs has severely undermined the Haitian government and compromised the earthquake reconstruction efforts. The various service projects that Centenary students will undertake in the module (working in area schools, building a library and an art initiative in the artistic city of Jacmel) will aim at giving them a culturally sensitive approach to doing aid in developing countries.

The Haiti Module organizer, Professor Andia (Dr. A-B) Augustin-Billy, has extensive knowledge of the country, its language and culture. Dr. A-B who grew up as a missionary kid in Haiti and who specializes in the literature of the Creole World, will help build a school library in Les Cayes, a coastal city nearly five hundred years old located on the southern peninsula of the country. The books for this library are comprised of a nearly 5000-volume collection of French language material that has been donated specifically for this project.

TBD - UK: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland

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Professors: Amanda Donahoe and Jeanne Hamming 
Travel dates: tbd
Module Cost: $3500-3900 (May 2020 costs)

Additional possible expenses: $120-150
Max enrollment: 20
Deposit: $1000

Other Information:

  • There will be 3 mandatory meetings throughout the Spring semester.
  • Costs included: round-trip flight from SHV (details tbd); lodging; in-country transport; some breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

This study abroad course takes students to Northern Ireland to learn about the history of the Troubles, the three decades of political violence that ended with the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement in 1998, and the ongoing peacebuilding and conflict resolution activities and challenges underway since.

The Troubles are often described as an identity conflict between Catholics and Protestants but these titles do nothing to contribute to our understanding. Students will spend time in Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast and second largest city, Derry/Londonderry as well as a few days at Corrymeela, a rural reconciliation community learning the history and complexities of this conflict as well as learning about ongoing peacebuilding practices on the ground. Students will also learn interpersonal and group conflict resolution skills including working together on a Conflict Map research project. Come tour the Peace Walls, see the murals, talk with ex-prisoners and peacemakers, and enjoy a cuppa tea!

TBD - Sun, Sand, Sex in Caribbean Literature

COURSE FULL

Professor: Andia Augustin-Billy

December Term Dates: November 30 - December 18

Cost: $0

Max Enrollment: 15 (module is at capacity)

Deposit: $0

For the North American tourist, the Caribbean evokes images of sun, white-sand beaches, and lush landscapes. This course will go beyond these idyllic images and examine the ways in which Caribbean women writers portray coming-of-age narratives in contemporary fiction and popular culture. We will study how young girls’ sexuality is profoundly intertwined with race, gender, and class in a setting that encourages an erasure of their sexuality. Along the way, we will discover how migration to the United States often disrupts and transforms the girls’ journey to womanhood and exposes diasporic preoccupations around issues of identity, power, and, subjectivity. Students will be enabled to develop openness and curiosity around a sensitive topic not often broached in cultural studies.

TBD - Intercultural Communication

Professor: Anne-Marie Bruner-Tracey

May Term Dates: May 4-22

Cost: $0 (excepting textbooks)

Max Enrollment: 25

Life in a global society requires a clear understanding of the interactions between culture and communication. This course will facilitate the development of knowledge and skills necessary to the development of intercultural competence and will create opportunities to evaluate how one’s own cultural identity influences communication with others. The ability to value, respect and learn from diverse cultures races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions is critical for daily interactions and career readiness. Cultural intelligence underpins our ability to interact effectively across cultures, and this class aims to provide understanding and mindful skills to navigate the wide variety of cultural intersections we expect in life. Through lectures, class discussions, interactive activities, and case studies, this class allows students to apply personal knowledge and skills in preparation for a variety of communication contexts. A final presentation of a unique communication topic will be peer reviewed.

There is no prerequisite, and this class satisfies the Trek Culture graduation requirement.

 

Preferences and registration

Each year, the Module registration period begins with completion of the Module Course Preference Form, which is opened consecutively by hours classification groups. The form will go live to registration groups similar to the schedule below; each day an additional group gains access to the form for approximately 23 hours, and the form will close on the Friday.

 

Go Live time

Seniors

(90+ hrs) 

Monday 9 Nov @ 7am

(until Tue @ 6.45am)

Juniors

(60-89 hrs)

Tuesday 10 Nov @ 7am

(until Wed @ 6.45am)

Sophomores

(30-59 hrs)

Wednesday 11 Nov @ 7am

(until Thu @ 6.45am)

Freshmen

(<30 hours)

Thursday 12 Nov @ 7am

(until Fri @ 6.45am)

 

  • May 2021 Module allocations will be released by Friday 20 November, and students will be notified of their placement and next steps.
  • To register for an August or December Module, please email intercultural@centenary.edu.

 

Module Payment Information

May module

Payment schedules and amounts for each travelling May module are available from each module leader. Unless advised differently by the module leader, payments are due by the following dates.

  • 29 January 2021 - initial non-refundable* deposit
  • 19 February 2021 - 1/3 remaining estimated costs
  • 22 March 2021 - 1/3 remaining estimated costs
  • 16 April 2021 - All remaining costs due

* All deposits paid in the AY2020-21 cycle are refundable if the College is forced to cancel travel due to public health risks.

 

August and December modules

August and December module costs must be paid in full by 1 August and 20 November, respectively.

 

Passport Points

Passport Points may be redeemed towards modules in the following manners and amounts.

International Module

  • 500 Passport Points may be used towards the initial deposit AND
  • up to the student's remaining Passport Points may be used toward total Module costs.

Domestic travel Module

  • 100 Passport Points may be used towards the initial deposit AND
  • up to 500 Passport Points may be used toward total Module costs.

Local Module

  • 100 Passport Points may be used toward the final payment of Module costs only (i.e., not towards the deposit).

Module Payment

Submit an online module payment here. Please contact the Business Office or intercultural@centenary.edu 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

Still looking for something to fit your unique interests or career goals? Develop an Independent Module!

Contact Info

Office of Intercultural Engagement

Smith Building, Room 205

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