May Term

Enrollment now open for May Term 2020 Travel Courses

Registration for May Term 2020 On-Campus Courses:
November 18, 2019 

"The truly great advances of this generation will be made by those who can make outrageous connections, and only a mind which knows how to play can do that." - Nagle Jackson
Curricular Experimentation
allows students to approach traditional subject matter in nontraditional ways or to examine concepts and issues not part of the standard curriculum.
Professor Furlong and a dog
Crossing Traditional Boundaries
challenges students to consider ideas from many perspectives in courses taught by faculty from several disciplines or professions.
Students in class
Student/Faculty Collaboration
enables students to pursue individually selected topics under the direction of a faculty member or to engage in collaborative research with professors.
Professor Pam Muirhead
Intellectual Transformation
occurs in courses that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences designed to expose students to new cultures or to encourage them to develop a critical perspective on familiar ideas.
Alex Monzon
Service and Internships
allow students to apply their knowledge in the local community or at sites as far away as Hong Kong.

May Term Travel 2020 Proposed Travel Courses: (Enrollment now open)

BUS 360: Entrepreneurship in Spain & Italy: with Professor Tara Gerstner. This immersive class explores entrepreneurship in Spain and Italy with hands on experiences in Barcelona, Spain, and Sorrento, Italy.  The course will dive into the differences between entrepreneurship in the United States, Spain, and Italy while focusing on understanding the societies of these cultures.  Students will have the opportunity to visit local businesses, speak with entrepreneurs at an entrepreneurial incubator, hear from experts on intercultural communication and management issues, discuss the current state of the Italian and Spanish economies, visit cultural sites, and enjoy sightseeing.  The goal of this course is to develop a better understanding of Spanish and Italian culture and society through the lens of an entrepreneur.  The course will help develop students’ ability to assess problems from a global perspective and strengthen their critical thinking skills while broadening their view of the world. BUS 360 is open to all students, but may be particularly attractive to students interested in entrepreneurship, business, marketing, and Spanish/Italian culture. The course will count toward the major.

CHEM 340: Biochemistry of Food (LSI) with Professors Baur and Roesner. Biochemistry focuses on the chemistry and biology of agriculture, food composition, processing, and preparation. This course focuses specifically on Hawaiian agriculture -- both traditional and modern. Students will explore the indigenous, canoe, and exotic plants and animals in the 12 of earth’s 14 climatic zones found on the Big Island; experience many types of cuisines that contribute to Hawaiian culture; meet with farmers, molecular biologists, biochemists, and agricultural scientists at the Daniel K. Inouye U.S.  Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center  (PBARC) facility of the USDA laboratories; and examine the science behind modern food production techniques.-- Interested students should have completed one of the following:  Chem 110, Chem 202, Chem 301, or have permission of the instructor. Carries Life Science Issues credit.

ENST 375: Vietnam Today: with Professors Wilson and Jahiel.  Vietnam today has one of the fastest growing economies in the world.  Experiencing rapid industrialization, this ountry simultaneously faces the mounting threat of global climate disruption and the interrelated impacts of severe air and water pollution, upstream dams, freshwater shortages, coastal flooding, habitat loss, fishery collapse, and food insecutiry.  Yet its vibrant culture blends old and new, East and West, agrarian society and consumerism, all with an alluring appeal that makes Vietnam a prime tourist destination. This course highlights the challenges for sustainable development in the 21st century, while introducing students to the unique culture and history of this Southeast Asian nation. The first week is spent an the Illinois Wesleyan campus, learning about Vietnam, its contemporary history, economic development, and environmental challenges.  During the second week, SIT Abroad hosts ....

ENST 375 is open only to sophomore and junior Environmental Studies majors in good academic standing and serves as a prerequisite for the international version ENST 480.


Previous Travel Courses:

May Term 2019

  • FIS 360: Brexit with Professors Jaime Peters and David Willis [London (7 days), Dublin (6 days)]. This travel course will take the students to the heart of London and Dublin to see the impact of this major change.  A typical day will include class in the morning, followed by site-seeing in the afternoon and free time in the evening.  Highlights include the Tower of London, Westminster Abby, the Harry Potter Studio Tour, the Book of Kells, and Dublin Castle. 
  • HLTH 310/NUR 390:  Transcultural Healthcare in Hawaii  with Professors Noel Kerr and Amy Funk. [Students visit three islands over 3-weeks; Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii (The "Big Island").] This course provides students the means with which to develop the awareness needed to identify and meet the healthcare needs of persons from varied cultural backgrounds, and to explore/discuss healthcare delivery concerns through site visits to hospitals and meetings with traditional healthcare providers and those trained in complementary/alternative healthcare modalities. Small group projects allow students to visit and learn from a provider who practices a complementary/alternative ("non-Westernized") healthcare modality (such as massage, acupuncture, or aromatherapy) and then report on what they learned about that modality to the larger group.

May Term 2018

  • CHEM340:  Hawaii Biochemistry of Food with Professors Baur and Roesner. This course focused on the fundamental biology and chemistry of food preparation and metabolism as well as the agricultural production of food, food processing, and food manufacture. Students met with local farmers, molecular biologists, horticulturalists, and USDA scientists to examine the science behind modern food production techniques in Hawaii.  
  • ENST375:  Vietnam Today: Adressing the Challenges of Sustainable Development with Professors Jahiel and Shoults-Wilson.
  • LC265:  Renaissance Italy with Professor Sheridan (IT). From its passion for antiquity to its contrast with the Middle Ages, the Italian Rinascimento represents a turning point in Western history. The goal of this travel course was to introduce students firsthand to the art, architecture, literature, and history of Renaissance Italy. 
  • PSCI217:  Politics and Society in Contemporary South Africa with Professor Munro. This course examined South Africa's transition from authoritarian apartheid rule to a democratic dispensation. It focused on the legacies of apartheid and the characteristics of the liberation struggle; emerging political issues; the design of new political institutions; the political economy of uneven development; the challenges of poverty and social reconstruction. 
  • PSYCH329:  Primates in our Midst: London, Gibraltar, Louisville, KY with Professor Furlong.This course examined how primates flexibility adapt to humans both in captivity (the London Zoo, Howlett's Animal Park) and the "wild" (Gibraltar Nature Reserve). This was applied to what was taught to construct enrichment items for primates at the Louisville Zoo. httpFROs:// 

  May Term 2017

  • ES/PSCI 270: The Greening of Great Britain: Environmental Sustainability Past, Present and Future (AV Gen Ed credit, ES major/minor elective) See attached flyerThis May Term Travel Course to England, Scotland, and Wales, provides a transatlantic perspective on environmental sustainability. In it, we explore our attitudes and impacts on the environment, where they come from, and what to do to live sustainably. 
  • GRS/ART 307: The Art and Archaeology of Greek Myth (ART Gen Ed credit) See attached flyerMyths and rituals constitute the religion of ancient Greece, and are expressed art, monuments, and in writing.