Faculty Led Programs

Student travel awards

Students who participate in faculty-led study away courses may be eligible for a modest stipend supporting travel costs. These awards are based on a student's financial need, prior study abroad experience, class standing, and other factors. To apply for a travel award, students should contact the faculty member(s) leading the course.

generous grant to the College provides special assistance to students participating in study away courses led by the History Department faculty; upcoming courses in this category are marked by an asterisk (*).

 Winter 2017

  • *What is a Chinese Temple? -  Temples have historically served as one of the foundational institutions in Chinese society. This course provides an introduction to the history and culture of Chinese temples. It culminates in a research trip to China during winter term, when students will document through written and visual media the key architectural features and practices of a selction of temples in southwestern China. There will be a prerequisite course for the off-campus study experience offered Fall 2016. Cost will be approximately $4,000 per students. Applications will be accepted after Spring Break. (Faculty: Snyder-Reinke)
  • England - Art, History and Literature is an on-campus (Fall 2016) and an on-site (Winter 2017), interdisciplinary study of the history, art, architecture and literature of 18th,19th and 20th century London. The course will consider the place of London as one of the great world cities: as a center of commerce and art, an imperial and post-colonial metropole, and as a site continuing to exist as a city operating at the center of modern world economics and culture. The three-week London daily itinerary will feature visits to museums, galleries, the theater, musical events and other cultural activities. Learn more on the London course website. (Faculty: Claassen, Maughan, Schaper)
  • Winter Wilderness Experience - A perfect fit for students who are curious and possess a sense of adventure. The 4-week program based in Stanley and Idaho's spectacular Sawtooth Mountains features an interdisciplinary and experiential program in the study of place; environmental literature, creative writing and wilderness studies; backcountry telemark skiing; and an overnight ski tour to yurts in the Sawtooth Mountains with professional guides. Learn more on the Winter Wilderness Experience website. (Faculty: Knickerbocker, Dixon)

Summer 2017

  • *Mexico: The City as Place and History - Mexico was home to some of the great urban-centered civilizations of the world like the Maya. Its landscape is dotted with remnants of stody cities and monuments, some of which date to thousands of years ago. During the colonial period from 1492 to the 1820s, the Spanish built, sometimes directly on top of pre-Columbian buildings, their cities. The narrow streets, shops, public squares, markets, and churches represent Spain's cultural, politcal, and economic conquest of the Americas. Today, Mexico is home to one of the great megalopolis of the world, Mexico City, which is home to over 20 million people. Through history and literature, this course offers an opportunity for students to explore ancient, colonial, and modern citiies in one of the most culturally rich and complex countires in the world. This six credit course (two in Spring and four in summer) is open to all majors and minors. There are no pre-requisites. Cost is roughly $3,500 for 23 days of travel to southern and central Mexico. (Faculty: Gonzalez, Kim)


 Summer 2016

  • Scotland and Lake District - This May/June trip to Scotland and the Lake District (northwest England) is an interdisciplinary study of northern Britian's mountains through the lenses of natural history, geology, literature, and creative nonfiction writing. It is a 4 credit trip with a 1 credit prep course. Most of the trip will be spent in remote villages and involve rigorous hiking in the mountains. The course is open to all majors, though Environmental Studies majors/minors are encouraged to apply. Permission to enroll in the course is determined by formal applications as well as personal interviews. (Faculty: Knickerbocker, Goode) 


  • Ecuador - This study abroad in Ecuador during January is designed for students interested in pursuing healthcare professions. As a collaborative trip between the Biology and Modern Foreign Languages departments, students will take the following courses: Spanish for Healthcare Practitioners, Readings in Health Science and a Health Science Internship in which students observe medical practices in an Ecuadorian facility. The first week of winter term will prepare students on campus for travel to Ecuador. Students then will spend two weeks in Ecuador participating in guided excursions, clinical observations, and language, culture, and healthcare studies. The final week will allow time for reflection and debriefing. (Faculty: Daniels, Daniels)
  • Florida - Students enrolled in "Coastal Marine Ecology" will spend the first two weeks of the Winter Term on campus, followed by a 10-12 day trip to south Florida (Gulf Coast Barrier Islands, Everglades National Park and The Florida Keys). (Faculty: Walser)
  • Southeast Asia - Students will travel to Thailand and Burma to examine the religious and political legacies of the three most influential classical civilizations in Southeast Asia - Sukhothai, Bagan and Angkor. The long shadow cast by these civilizations illuminates the difficult relationship between monarchy and democracy in Thailand, military rule and human rights in Burma, and Cambodia’s genocide and troubled democracy. The first part of the program consists of a two credit preparation course intended to provide students with a deeper understanding of the history, society, and political economy of Southeast Asia, focusing on Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia.  The second portion of the course consists of a study tour to the region, during which time students and professors will experience firsthand many of the sites and topics covered in class.  (Faculty: Dayley, Snyder)
  • Paris and Venice - This course (3 credits) IND 300 is open to all current, full-time College of Idaho students. The course is an on-site interdisciplinary study of the history and material representations of European civilizations. Students will gain an understanding of the relationships between mainstream and micro cultures within the French and Italian contexts through the study of literature, art, architecture, costume, gastronomy, and urbanization. The course includes three days of instruction on campus, one week in Paris and one week in Venice. (Faculty: Francesconi, Maughan)