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Offering a World-Class Curriculum

Semester at Sea offers an unparalleled educational program in conjunction with the University of Virginia. Courses on Semester at Sea appear as U.Va. courses, are fully accredited, and meet the generally accepted standards for transfer. The University appoints the academic dean from among their most accomplished faculty, approves all course designs, field labs and syllabi on Semester at Sea prior to sailing.

 


Courses

Semester at Sea offers up to 75 courses across several disciplines of study. Course syllabi reflect the expertise of the faculty member and the itinerary. For example, on voyages that travel to a specific region (such as summer voyages to the Mediterranean), you are likely to find that the “World Literature” course focuses mostly on literature from the nations visited on the itinerary, rather than the entire world.

  • About 2/3 of our courses are upper-division and 1/3 are lower division.
  • About 2/3 of our courses are offered on every voyage, while the remaining 1/3 of courses are unique to that voyage.
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 The Global Comparative Lens Series

The distinctive feature of Semester at Sea is the opportunity it affords students to engage in global comparative education. On each voyage, Semester at Sea offers a set
of Global Comparative Lens courses that are designed to help students deepen their understanding of specific features of life and culture in the countries we visit on a given itinerary. Each course views the countries through a distinct lens—focusing on the art, music, religion, politics, environment, health, or other specific aspect of the countries we visit. These courses are designed to take maximum advantage of the opportunity to learn to think critically about their own societies and others by comparing. We ask each voyager to choose one course from among the Global Comparative Lens courses that best matches their academic interests.

Field Labs

Faculty design one Field Lab, or in-country educational trip, for each of their courses. A Field Lab constitutes an additional day of class and the same expectations are placed on a lab day as placed on a class day at sea. Field Labs and their respective assignments are a required part of each course and constitute approximately 20 percent of a student’s grade, as well as 20 percent of the course’s required contact hours.

  • Students  register for their courses and their field labs at the same time.
  • Participation in a Field Lab is limited to those students and lifelong learners enrolled in the companion course.
  • The cost of required Field Labs is included in voyage tuition.

About Faculty-Led Trips

Voyage faculty are asked to develop at least one faculty-led trip that will be open to interested students and the entire shipboard community. Unlike the Field Lab, a Faculty-led trip is not restricted to only those enrolled in the companion course. The Faculty-Led Trip presents the opportunity both for the professor and the participant to engage in further dedicated learning and discovery in each country. While the Field Lab will unite the class with one common shared field experience, student participation in additional Faculty-Led Trips will engender lively class discussion through the contrasting port experiences.

Standard Course Offerings

The courses listed below are the SAS standard offerings. Syllabi will vary depending on the expertise of the faculty member and the planned itinerary. For example, on voyages that travel to a specific region (such as summer voyages to the Mediterranean), you are likely to find that the “World Literature” course focuses mostly on literature from the nations visited on the itinerary, rather than the entire world. The approved titles of the courses may change slightly from the courses listed on the standard list of courses, but the content of the course remains the same. The complete curriculum planned for each voyage will differ, but below are a sample of courses we plan to offer on upcoming voyages.

Standard Course Listing

Highlighted courses are those that we try to offer on every voyage. Non-highlighted courses are those we offer on most voyages.

You should not regard the presence of a specific title on this list as a promise to offer that class on a specific upcoming voyage or to secure a seat for a specific student.

Courses
Anthropology Voyage Instructor Credits
Field Lab: Introduction to Anthropology Summer 2014 Morris 3
Field Lab: Introduction to Anthropology Fall 2014 Ehlers 3
Field Lab: Food, Gender, and Culture Summer 2012 Montero 3
Field Lab: The Anthropology of Food Summer 2014 Morris 3
Field Lab: Anthropology of Aging Summer 2012 Savishinsky 3
Field Lab: Anthropology of Tourism Fall 2014 Ehlers 3
Field Lab: Anthropology and Underdevelopment Fall 2014 Ehlers 3
Architecture
Field Lab: Experiencing World Architecture Fall 2014 Meunier 3
Art History
Field Lab: Introduction to the History of Art I: Ancient/Medieval (Atlantic Rim) Fall 2012 Silver 3
Field Lab: Introduction to the History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern Art (Atlantic Rim) Fall 2012 Silver 3
Field Lab: Mediterranean Art and Myth Summer 2013 Smith 3
Studio Art
Field Lab: Drawing at Sea I (Section 1) Fall 2014 Mattai 3
Biology
Field Lab: Impact of Modern Science on Society Summer 2014 Burke 3
Field Lab: Modern Evolutionary Theory Fall 2014 Dahl 3
Field Lab: Infectious Disease in Humans Spring 2014 Campbell 3
Field Lab: Nutrition Around the World (Section 1) Fall 2014 Lancaster 3
Field Lab: Conservation Biology Spring 2013 vonHippel 3
Civil Engineering
Field Lab: Water for the World Spring 2013 Johnson 3
Communication Studies
Field Lab: Intercultural Communication (Section 1) Fall 2014 D’Silva 3
Field Lab: Intercultural Communication (Section 2) Fall 2014 D’Silva 3
Commerce
Field Lab: Organizational Behavior Fall 2013 Dykman 3
Field Lab: Emerging Markets Spring 2013 Oliphant 3
Field Lab: Foundations of International Business Fall 2012 Carvalho 3
Field Lab: International Financial Management Fall 2013 Castaldi 3
Field Lab: International Marketing (section 1) Summer 2013 Loroz 3
Field Lab: International Management (section 1) Fall 2013 Dykman 3
Drama
Field Lab: Acting 1 Fall 2012 Lay 3
Field Lab: World Theater and Performance Fall 2012 Lay 3
Economics
Field Lab: Understanding Economic Development Fall 2012 White 3
Field Lab: International Trade Theory Summer 2013 Emerson 3
Engineering
Field Lab: Energy for the World Fall 2014 D’Amato 3
English Literature
Field Lab: Studies in Poetry Fall 2012 Serio 3
Field Lab: Studies in Fiction: International Short Story Fall 2012 Serio 3
Special Topics in Literature
Field Lab: Women in Literature: Contemporary Women’s Voices of the Atlantic Rim Fall 2013 Sloane 3
English Writing
Field Lab: Academic Writing Workshop Fall 2014 Patel 3
Field Lab: Travel Writing (Section 1) Fall 2014 Setton 3
Field Lab: Academic Writing Workshop Summer 2013 Debelius 1
Field Lab: Travel Writing (Section 1) Spring 2014 Bakopoulos 3
Environmental Science
Field Lab: Elements of Ecology Fall 2012 Schoenherr 3
Field Lab: Earth’s Weather and Climate Spring 2013 Sobey 3
Field Lab: Introduction to Oceanography Fall 2014 Huettmann 3
Field Lab: Plants, People, Culture Summer 2012 Smith 3
Field Lab: Introduction to Environmental Studies Fall 2014 Polozov 3
History of East Asia
Field Lab: History of Modern China Spring 2013 Israel 3
History
Field Lab: West and the World Spring 2013 Walker 3
Media Studies
Field Lab: Newswriting I Summer 2012 Goff 3
Field Lab: Topics in Media Studies: International Mass Media/Global Mass Communication Fall 2012 Huey 3
Public Health
Field Lab: Introduction to Public Health Fall 2014 Dahl 3
Comparative Politics
Field Lab: Introduction to Comparative Politics (field lab in St. Petersburg, day 1) Fall 2013 Bunck 3
Field Lab: Government and Politics of the Middle East Summer 2012 Barghothi 3
Politics and International Relations
Field Lab: Theories of International Relations Fall 2013 Bunck 3
Psychology
Field Lab: Introduction to Social Psychology Fall 2014 Schofield 3
Field Lab: Introduction to Social Psychology (section 1) Spring 2013 vonHippel 3
Field Lab: Adolescence: Theory and Development Fall 2014 Schofield 3
Field Lab: Cross-Cultural Psychology (Section 1) Fall 2014 Kantrowitz 3
Field Lab: Cross-Cultural Psychology (Section 2) Fall 2014 Kantrowitz 3
Field Lab: Cognitive Psychology Spring 2013 Morris 3
Field Lab: Cross-Cultural Psychology (section 1) Summer 2013 Belgrave 3
Religion General
Field Lab: Religions of the World Spring 2013 Laycock 3
Sociology
Field Lab: Sociology of the Family Fall 2014 Pugh 3
Field Lab: Gender and Society Fall 2013 Leeder 3
Field Lab: Gender and Society Fall 2014 Pugh 3
Field Lab: Race and Ethnic Relations Fall 2013 Leeder 3
Field Lab: Race and Ethnic Relations Leeder 3
Field Lab: Race, Class, and Gender Fall 2012 Manning 3
Spanish
Field Lab: Intermediate Spanish Fall 2013 Kerr 3
Field Lab: Cultural Conversation: The Global Citizen Fall 2012 Smith 3