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Center for International Studies
Stories of India
December 27, 2013 - January 10, 2014
Come to an interest meeting!
February 14, 2013
3:30 p.m. - Morgan 230
March 4, 2013
12:00 p.m. - Morgan 322
Check out this powerpoint put together by a few of the 2012 participants!
Check out this article in Focus; A College of Arts and Sciences
Magazine on page 10!
All majors welcome! Total enrollment for the course is limited to 15 participants.
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Study Abroad Medical Report
Gender, colonialism, globalization, and nature are but some of the factors that influence culture and religion around the world. While important in American culture, these concepts are frequently more intimately tied to cultural and religious practices in other countries, notably India. By examining these topics through the scope of the last 200 years of India’s history, you can see how changes in these areas have created a ripple effect in other parts of Indian culture, especially religion.
This Study Abroad Course pairs Anthropology and Religious Studies to give you unique insights into Indian culture and religion. Studying in rural India gives you a chance to explore these factors firsthand while experiencing the importance of nature in the development of Hinduism and Buddhism and their practitioners. Readings from indigenous Indian scholars, visits to temples and religious sites, and participation in experiential activities including yoga and working on the biodiverse, organic farm run by Dr. Vandana Shiva’s Navdanya organization combine to illustrate how a complex web of connected concepts result in concrete everyday activities and how, over time, changes in any of the concepts lead to changes in the fabric of Indian culture and religion.
Undergraduates—ANTH 379/679 and/or REL 379 (3 or 6 hours)
On-campus sessions: TBA
You are also required to attend a pre-departure orientation session conducted by the Office of Study Abroad.
Class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Cou rse. Questions about the course content should be directed to Dr. Heather McIlvaine-Newsad or Dr. Sarah Haynes.
Eligibility Requirements (degree seeking students):
1. Completed at least 12 semester hours
2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
3. Clearance of Student Judicial Programs
Dr. Heather McIlvaine-Newsad Dr. Sarah Haynes
408 Morgan Hall 414 Morgan Hall
Phone: 298-1264 Phone: 298-2833
Study Abroad Information
Memorial Hall 344