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Academics

Frequently Offered Courses

Semester at Sea offers three-credit courses across a wide range of disciplines. Course syllabi reflect the expertise of the faculty member and the voyage itinerary. Many of the courses listed below are offered on every voyage. Typically one-third of the courses are lower-division and two-thirds are upper-division. For more information on these courses, go to: catalog.colostate.edu.

Academic Requirements and Credit

  • All students register for three courses in addition to the required Global Studies course for a total of four courses, or 12 credits.
  • Each course has an in-country Field Class, which you must consider when planning your schedule.
  • Each course is three credits.
  • Lower-division courses are designated with 100- and 200-level numbers.
  • Upper-division courses are 300- and 400-level.

The Global Studies Course (3 credits)

The core course for the voyage, Global Studies, is required of all students and provides an integrated, interdisciplinary introduction to each of the countries visited on a given itinerary. The course examines the traditional and changing systems and values of a country and its cultures, while providing the fundamental knowledge necessary to prepare students for field activities in the host country. Global Studies is designed to help students deepen their understanding of specific features of contemporary life and culture (such as politics, religion, environment, art, music, family systems, and health). This common course is also designed to take maximum advantage of the opportunity for students to think critically about their own societies and global change. Specifically designed pre-port and post-port class sessions examine patterns of cultural interaction and communication to promote intercultural competency and self-awareness among Semester at Sea students.

Field Classes

Every course includes one in-country educational field class designed for experiential learning. Field classes present the opportunity both for the professor and the participant to engage in further dedicated learning and discovery in each country. A field class takes place during a full 8-hour port day and the same expectations are placed on a field class day as placed on a class day at sea.

Discipline

Offered All Voyages


Indicated by underline. Contingent faculty availability.

(about 1/3 of voyage course sections)

Offered Most Voyages


(about 1/3 of voyage course sections)

BUSINESS

Marketing
International Marketing
International Business Management
Social and Sustainable Venturing
and/or Principles of Entrepreneurship

Contemporary Management Practices
Leadership and Social Responsibility
Buyer Behavior
and/or Services Marketing

COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM AND MEDIA STUDIES

Intercultural Communication
Intermediate Creative Writing

Media in Society
Feature Writing
Digital Documentary Photography
International Mass Communication

ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

Principles of Microeconomics
and/orPrinciples of Macroeconomics
International Relations
Comparative Government and Politics
and/or US Foreign Relations

Economic Development
Comparative Economic Systems
Globalization, Sustainability, & Justice

HISTORY

U.S.-China Relations since 1800 (Fall)
Asian Civilizations
or China in the Modern World
or Pacific Wars: Korea and Vietnam

LITERATURES AND LANGUAGES

Reading Without Borders
and/or World Literatures

World Drama
Modern Women Writers

NATURAL RESOURCES

Oceanography
Biological Diversity
and/or Coastal Environmental Ecology

Global Environmental Systems

PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS

Exploring World Music
Global Encounters in Art

Introduction to Theatre
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Seminar in Art History

PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
and/or Psychology of Human Sexuality

Individual and Family Development
and/or General Psychology
Children and Youth in Global Context
Special Topics in Psychology

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

Religions of the EastTopics in Comparative Religions
Meaning and Truth in Religion

SOCIETY AND CULTURE

Global Studies
Introductory Cultural Anthropology
World Interdependence: Current Global Issues

Social Problems
Cultural Geography
and/or Introduction to Geography
Gender and Society
Human Origins and Variation
Cultural Change OR Social Change

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY

Principles of Natural Resource Tourism
International Issues in Recreation & Tourism
Food and Society or Culinary Tourism

Looking for courses offered on your specific voyage?

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