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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
Agriculture Voyage Instructor Credits
Field Lab: Plants and Civilizations TBD 3
Field Lab: World Interdependence-Population & Food TBD 3
Applied Human Sciences
Field Lab: Perspectives in Gerontology TBD 3
Apparel and Merchandising
Field Lab: Clothing, Adornment and Human Behavior TBD 3
Field Lab: Textile and Apparel Economics TBD 3
Field Lab: Historic Textiles TBD 3
Anthropology
Field Lab: Cultures and the Global System TBD 3
Field Lab: Art and Culture TBD 3
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Field Lab: Issues in Environmental Economics TBD 3
Field Lab: Water Resource Economics TBD 3
Art
Field Lab: Introduction to the Visual Arts TBD 3
Field Lab: Art History TBD 3
Astronomy
Field Lab: Introduction to Astronomy TBD 3
Business
Field Lab: Foundations of Sustainable Enterprise TBD 1
Botany
Field Lab: Marine Ecology TBD 3
Design and Merchandising
Field Lab: Retailing TBD 3
English
Field Lab: Reading Without Borders TBD 3
Field Lab: World Drama TBD 3
Field Lab: Asian Literature TBD 3
Economics
Field Lab: Gender in the Economy TBD 3
Field Lab: Racial Inequality and Discrimination TBD 3
Field Lab: Issues in Environmental Economics TBD 3
Field Lab: Economics of Energy Resources TBD 3
Field Lab: International Economics TBD 3
Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
Field Lab: Human Disease and the Environment TBD 3
Ethnic Studies
Field Lab: West Africa in Global and Local Perspective TBD 1
Field Lab: Border Crossings: People/Politics/Culture TBD 3
Field Lab: Indigenous Women, Children, and Tribes TBD 3
Field Lab: Africa and African Diaspora TBD 3
Food Science and Human Nutrition
Field Lab: Food and Nutrition in Health TBD 2
Geology
Field Lab: Exploring Earth: Physical Geology TBD 3
Human Development and Family Studies
Field Lab: Marriage and Family Relationships TBD 3
Field Lab: Death, Dying, and Grief TBD 3
History
Field Lab: U.S. China Relations Since 1800 TBD 3
International Education
Field Lab: Plants and Civilizations TBD 3
Field Lab: World Interdependence-Population & Food TBD 3
Field Lab: International Social Welfare and Development TBD 3
Field Lab: Children and Youth in Global Context TBD 3
Field Lab: Education for Global Peace TBD 3
Journalism and Media Communication
Field Lab: Public Relations TBD 3
Field Lab: Advertising TBD 3
Field Lab: International Mass Communication TBD 3
Field Lab: New Communication Technologies & Society TBD 3
Field Lab: Documentary Film as a Liberal Art TBD 3
Field Lab: Writing about Science, Health, & the Environment TBD 3
Liberal Arts
Field Lab: World Literatures-The Modern Period TBD 3
Field Lab: Documentary Film as a Liberal Art TBD 3
Languages and Literatures
Field Lab: Language, Literature, and Society TBD 3
Management
Field Lab: Fundamentals of Management TBD 3
Field Lab: Entrepreneurship in the Contemporary World TBD 3
Field Lab: Negotiating Globally TBD 3
Marketing
Field Lab: Fundamentals of Marketing TBD 3
Field Lab: Retailing TBD 3
Field Lab: International Marketing TBD 3
Music
Field Lab: Music Appreciation TBD 3
Natural Resources
Field Lab: Oceanography TBD 3
Field Lab: Environmental Education TBD 3
Field Lab: Coastal Environmental Ecology TBD 3
Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism
Field Lab: International Issues-Recreation and Tourism TBD 3
Performing Arts
Field Lab: Performing Arts around the World TBD 3
Philosophy
Field Lab: World Philosophies TBD 3
Field Lab: Religions of the West TBD 3
Field Lab: Religions of the East TBD 3
Field Lab: Philosophies of Peace and Nonviolence TBD 3
Field Lab: Islam: Cosmology and Practice TBD 3
Political Science
Field Lab: International Relations TBD 3
Field Lab: Comparative Government and Politics TBD 3
Field Lab: Environmental Politics in the Developing World TBD 3
Field Lab: Comparative Asian Politics TBD 3
Field Lab: Middle East Politics TBD 3
Psychology
Field Lab: Psychology of Human Sexuality TBD 3
Field Lab: Social Psychology TBD 3
Field Lab: Abnormal Psychology TBD 3
Field Lab: Adolescent Psychology TBD 3
Sociology
Field Lab: Global Environmental Issues TBD 3
Field Lab: Introduction to Environmental Justice TBD 3
Field Lab: Comparative Majority-Minority Relations TBD 3
Field Lab: Gender and Society TBD 3
Field Lab: Peoples and Institutions of Latin America TBD 3
Field Lab: Sociology of Deviance TBD 3
Field Lab: Water, Society, and Environment TBD 3
Field Lab: Applied Social Change TBD 3
Social Work
Field Lab: Indigenous Women, Children, and Tribes TBD 3
Field Lab: International Social Welfare and Development TBD 3
Speech Communication
Field Lab: Gender and Communication TBD 3
Field Lab: Intercultural Communication TBD 3
Field Lab: Conflict Management and Communication TBD 3