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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 Offering for Download

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: Conflict and Culture in Ireland Summer 2014 Morris 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Ehlers) Fall 2014 Ehlers 3
Field Lab: Markets and “The Food of the Spirit” Summer 2012 Montero 3
Field Lab: La Ribera Food Market and Tapas Tasting Summer 2014 Morris 3
Field Lab: Elders of Spain and Europe: Policies, Perils and Promises of An Aging World Summer 2012 Savishinsky 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Anthropology of Tourism (Ehlers) Fall 2014 Ehlers 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Globalization and Development (Ehlers) Fall 2014 Ehlers 3
Architecture
Field Lab: Field Lab for Experiencing World Architecture (Meunier) Fall 2014 Meunier 3
Art History
Field Lab: Medieval Sevilla, Muslim and Christian Fall 2012 Silver 3
Field Lab: Reubens’ Antwerp Fall 2012 Silver 3
Field Lab: Ancient Athens: The Sacred and Secular City Summer 2013 Smith 3
Studio Art
Field Lab: Field Lab for Drawing at Sea I (Section 1) (Mattai) Fall 2014 Mattai 3
Biology
Field Lab: Impact of Global Warming on Oceanic Life Summer 2014 Burke 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Modern Evolutionary Theory (Dahl) Fall 2014 Dahl 3
Field Lab: Hope Cape Town, Tygerberg Children’s Hospital & Heart of Cape Town Museum Spring 2014 Campbell 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Nutrition Around the World (Lancaster) Fall 2014 Lancaster 3
Field Lab: Invasive Species & Restoration Ecology Spring 2013 vonHippel 3
Civil Engineering
Field Lab: Singapore’s Water Ethic Spring 2013 Johnson 3
Communication Studies
Field Lab: Field Lab for Intercultural Communication (Section 1) (D’Silva) Fall 2014 D’Silva 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Intercultural Communication (Section 2) (D’Silva) Fall 2014 D’Silva 3
Commerce
Field Lab: Understanding Moroccan Organizations, their Goal, their Challenges, their Successes Fall 2013 Dykman 3
Field Lab: The Untapped Market of Africa Spring 2013 Oliphant 3
Fall 2012 Carvalho 3
Field Lab: Afro-Brazilian Incubator Project Fall 2013 Castaldi 3
Field Lab: Target Marketing and Retailing in Turkey (Section 1) Summer 2013 Loroz 3
Field Lab: Port Operations: Dublin Fall 2013 Dykman 3
Drama
Field Lab: PLAY- Shaw’s VILLAGE WOOING at Bewley’s Fall 2012 Lay 3
Field Lab: Fugard Theatre Experience Fall 2012 Lay 3
Economics
Field Lab: The Asian Miracle and the African Failure Fall 2012 White 3
Field Lab: International Trade, Globalization and Turkey Summer 2013 Emerson 3
Engineering
Field Lab: Field Lab for Energy for the World (D’Amato) Fall 2014 D’Amato 3
English Literature
Field Lab: Contemporary Dutch and Flemish Poetry Fall 2012 Serio 3
Field Lab: Latin American Writers Fall 2012 Serio 3
Special Topics in Literature
Field Lab: Not Without Flowers & the Ghanaian Women’s Experience Fall 2013 Sloane 3
English Writing
Field Lab: Field Lab for Academic Writing Workshop (Patel) Fall 2014 Patel 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Travel Writing (1) (Setton) Fall 2014 Setton 3
Summer 2013 Debelius 1
Field Lab: Narrative Structure Spring 2014 Bakopoulos 3
Environmental Science
Field Lab: Shai Hills Game Reserve and Akosombo Dam Fall 2012 Schoenherr 3
Field Lab: Weather Forecasting and Air Quality Monitoring in Hong Kong Spring 2013 Sobey 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Introduction to Oceanography (Huettmann) Fall 2014 Huettmann 3
Field Lab: Botanical Gardens & Medicinal Plants Summer 2012 Smith 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Introduction to Environmental Studies (Polozov) Fall 2014 Polozov 3
History of East Asia
Field Lab: Hong Kong through Hong Kong Eyes – A Day with Elizabeth Sinn Spring 2013 Israel 3
History
Field Lab: An Insider’s Look at Asian Financial Markets Spring 2013 Walker 3
Media Studies
Field Lab: The Editorial Tourist Summer 2012 Goff 3
Fall 2012 Huey 3
Public Health
Field Lab: Field Lab for Introduction to Public Health (Dahl) Fall 2014 Dahl 3
Comparative Politics
Field Lab: Dostoevsky’s Russia Fall 2013 Bunck 3
Field Lab: Istanbul Science Museum Summer 2012 Barghothi 3
Politics and International Relations
Field Lab: Normandy Beach and the D-Day Invasion Fall 2013 Bunck 3
Psychology
Field Lab: Field Lab for Introduction to Social Psychology (Schofield) Fall 2014 Schofield 3
Field Lab: A Buddhist Approach to Happiness Spring 2013 vonHippel 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Adolescence: Theory and Development (Schofield) Fall 2014 Schofield 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Cross-Cultural Psychology (1) (Kantrowitz) Fall 2014 Kantrowitz 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Cross-Cultural Psychology (2) (Kantrowitz) Fall 2014 Kantrowitz 3
Field Lab: A Cross-Cultural Examination of Education Spring 2013 Morris 3
Field Lab: Religious and Family Influences on Behavior Summer 2013 Belgrave 3
Religion General
Field Lab: Abrahamaic Traditions of Casablanca Spring 2013 Laycock 3
Sociology
Field Lab: Field Lab for Sociology of the Family (Pugh) Fall 2014 Pugh 3
Field Lab: Help Argentina: Women’s Microenterprises and HIV/AIDS Education Fall 2013 Leeder 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Gender and Society (Pugh) Fall 2014 Pugh 3
Field Lab: Race and Ethnicity Fall 2013 Leeder 3
Field Lab: Field Lab for Race and Ethnic Relations (Leeder) Leeder 3
Field Lab: Sinn Fein Walking Tour and Tour of Kilmainham Goal Fall 2012 Manning 3
Spanish
Field Lab: Music, Dance, and Conversation: A Day of Argentine Pastimes Fall 2013 Kerr 3
Field Lab: El Buenos Aires de Jorge Luis Borges Fall 2012 Smith 3