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Global Seminars


In collaboration with Fordham faculty, we will offer international travel components attached to traditional Fordham semester-long courses taught in New York. You can register for these courses during normal Fordham class registration.

Please note: these experiences include a program fee and you must contact the professor in order to register for the class.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, global seminars have been canceled for the 2020-2021 academic year and we have cancelled planned travel for those courses. The courses listed below are previous seminars. When conditions allow us to offer global seminars again, this website will reflect the updated list of courses.

CLAS 4051: The Legacy of Alexander in Hellenistic Art and Architecture

This course provides a selective historical and on-site survey of ancient Greece It is structured in two parts: first, we will meet four times in two-hour seminars over the course of the semester to prepare ourselves for the actual study-tour on the Greek mainland in May. In Greece, we will visit the ancient sites that figured prominently in the life of Alexander as well as in the centuries following his death, which date from the mid fourth century B.C.E until the period of Roman occupation. As an interdisciplinary capstone course, this seminar will focus primarily on exploring the complex relationship between history, art, and archaeology. In particular, we will aim to discover the unparalleled legacy of Alexander the Great through the monuments and towns that flourished in his wake. Reconstructing Alexander's lost civilization requires the use of two types of evidence:  the textual record; and the material culture of the Hellenistic Age—e.g. urban development, buildings, sculpture, painting, inscriptions, cult sites, etc. This course takes a synthetic approach to the study of ancient Greece in the consequential years following the death of Alexander in 323. Therefore, we will also consider the major political and religious developments of the period within the largerframework of urban history and archaeology. Questions this course will seek to answer include:  what are the relationships among social and political structures—e.g.religion, gender, government— and the physical structures of the city? How does the Mediterranean context and Greece’s intermittent role as imperial power shape its development?


CRN: 39487
Instructor: Jennifer Udell - *instructor permission required*
Travel: May 15-25, 2020 (just following Fordham's commencement)
Location: Greece 

POSC 4001: Rhetorical Arts & Politics in the Ignatian Tradition

Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the rhetorical arts as defined in the classical, Jesuit, and contemporary political traditions, with students developing and refining their rhetorical skills in an intensive 1-week field experience in the dynamic context of contemporary London. The team-taught interdisciplinary seminar makes full use of the resources available to students at Fordham’s London Centre, with reading, writing, and discussion-based assignments linked to excursions grounded in London’s politics, faith, and culture, as well as daily practice in public speaking and eloquentia perfecta skill building techniques (including SPATE: stance, poise, articulation, tone, eye contact). Preceding the study tour, during the spring semester, students will engage in four 2-hour preparatory seminars at Fordham College Rose Hill, with reading and writing assignments relating to classical and contemporary rhetoric. The course satisfies the EP3 and ICC core requirements and is cross-listed as an elective for the political science major/minor.

CRN: 39649
Instructor: Robert Hume and Robert Parmach
Travel: May 18-25, 2019 (just following Fordham's commencement)
Location: London, England

MLAL 3504: Berlin Tales: A Cultural History of Germany's Kiez and Metropolis

Description: This course will take us on a journey – a journey that will start in the urban sphere of New York City - or more precisely, the Bronx on the Rose Hill campus at Fordham University in a classroom reading historical texts and cultural narratives on the metropolis Berlin. But during Spring Break of 2020, we will also have a truly unique opportunity of traveling together to discover the actual streets of Berlin, the center of modernity in Germany itself.
For the first part of the course, we will read and discover the narratives of Berlin, this extraordinary city, in its past and present. We will read authors who present conflicting views and engaging perspectives on four distinct Berlins: The Jewish Berlin of the Weimar Republic, Berlin during the Third Reich, the City as the Capital of East Germany, and lastly, Berlin as booming Metropolis of the 21st Century.  Examining some of Berlin’s most important aesthetic, political, social, anthropological inventions and re-inventions, we will focus our discussions on questions revolving around the following topics: (1) The impact of technology and urbanity on artists/writers and their views of the city; (2) The political and social vocation of art; and (3) The city as a place of contesting notions of national identity.
The second part of the course we will travel to Berlin, Germany. We will walk along the Hackescher Markt, situated at the eastern end of Oranienburger Straße to retrace the horrors of war. We will follow the remnants of a city divided along the East Side Gallery. We will experience the rebellious attitudes of squatters, activists, and student protesters in Prenzlauer Berg. We will discover the different life styles of the so-called Kieze in the twelve boroughs of the city, the strong and creative pulse of minorities living in Kreuzberg, and the nostalgic feeling of Ostalgie of present day Berlin.
 All these encounters make for great stories – tragic or humorous, but ultimately always personal ones. With this course you will listen to these voices, read their stories, and visit their sites, old and new.

CRN: 39513
Instructor: Maria Ebner
Travel: March 14-22, 2020 (Spring Break)
Location: Berlin, Germany 

MVST/HIST 4998: Study Tour - Medieval Spain

Description: The Camino de Santiago is the traditional pilgrimage route from France across northwestern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the legendary burial site of St. James. One of the great medieval pilgrimages and the greatest surviving itinerary for medieval monuments and landscapes, it has enjoyed a remarkable revival in recent years, attracting European Union sponsorship, the attention of media stars, and hundreds of thousands of walkers and pilgrims. In this two-week study tour, participants will walk the route, and meet each day for lectures and discussion of the medieval and pre-modem monuments along the route. The group will meet periodically during the spring 2019 semester to discuss reading assignments and prepare for the walk. An extended essay is required at the end of the course.

CRN: MVST 4998: 37095, HIST 4998: 37096
Instructor: Maria (Christina Bruno) - *instructor permission needed*
Travel: May 20, 2020-June 5, 2020
Location: Camino de Santiago in Spain
Note: this course requires that all students are in strong, physical shape as the program consists of walking the pilgramage journey across an extensivse part of the Camino de Santiago in a hot climate. 

SERV 1000: Community Health in Cali, Colombia

Description: This program is specifically designed for pre-health students. It allows those interested in exploring medicine through a different lens and opens our student's eyes to different health practices in Colombia. Students practice various medical procedures in a state of the art simulation hospital on Javeriana Cali's beautiful campus. They will spend the week with local med students their age, visit public and private hospitals and clinics, spend time in rural communities and learn about Colombia's rich culture through various service projects and cultural workshops.

This course requires an application which can be found on our website. Applications are due: December 1, 2019

CRN: 37119 
Instructor: Usha Sankar 
Travel Dates: March 14-22, 2020
Location: Cali, Colombia