Off-Campus January Term Courses

The World Is at Your Fingertips: Off-Campus J Term Courses

Find your next adventure. Learn all about the off-campus courses that will be offered January Term 2017. 

Complete program registration information for J Term off-campus courses.

Please note: Prices of Off-Campus J Term programs are estimates. If there are factors that affect the final cost of a program, such as fluctuations in currency exchange rates or fuel price increases, a fee adjustment will be announced. Should there be a change in a program fee students will have two weeks from notification of that change, or until the last day of classes, (whichever is shorter) to pay.


USA: Sociology of Tourists and Tourism/Places of Learning in Charleston, South Carolina

This is an immersion course in Charleston material culture, history and this city’s diverse society. Named the “Friendliest city in the United States” by Conde Nast Traveler, you should come away with an understanding of the cultural traditions that underlie South Carolina that far transcends the casual visitor. You will be able to view tourism and regional material culture based upon the icons created in tourist attractions, museums, historic preservation policy impacts, the art and architecture and other aspects of the Charleston community. We will inquire into the nature of an “attraction,” the interpretation of history by sites and museums and related issues of the authenticity of various attractions, the staging of touristic events, and the value of travel experiences as cultural capital. The first week will be spent on the Hartwick Campus.  Then after a break for travel the remaining 17 days will be spent in Charleston, SC.

Course: Sociology 250/Museum Studies 304
Location: Charleston, SC
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Reid Golden and Nancy Golden
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits

Cost: $2,400
Length of program: 17 days
Tentative program dates: January 3, 2017- January 27, 2017
Meals: Two meals per day included


Ghana: Education, Entrepreneurship & Public Health

Ever imagine yourself doing international service work while learning about both yourself and people on the other side of the world?  This trip will provide selected students with the opportunity for twenty-seven days of cross-cultural immersion in the warm and friendly village of Asebu, Ghana. Participants will either complete their Education 390 Mini-Practicum in a local school or develop individual internships related to projects in social entrepreneurship and public health nursing. Students will also participate in an exciting variety of cultural workshops in drumming, dance and batik, ecotourism experiences from the rainforest to the sea, and a relaxing beach weekend.

Course: Education 390/Business Administration 395/ Nursing 395
Location: Asebu, Ghana
Prerequisite: EDUC 101, 102, 201; NURS 234 and either NURS 257 or NURS 357 and junior or senior status; BUSA 350-78 Social Entrepreneurship and junior or senior status

Program Leaders: Betsy Bloom and Samantha Salvatore
Cost: $4,100
Length of program: 27 days
Tentative program dates: January 2, 2017- January 29, 2017
Meals: Two meals per day included


China: Doing Business in Asia

Students will travel around China to study business operations in Beijing, Shanghai and other cities.  Meetings, seminars, and tours will focus on manufacturing, retailing and service industries for both U.S. companies and Asian-owned enterprises.  Students will explore the contemporary political and market forces that shape China’s business environment, as well as the social and ethical aspects of economic development.  Cultural experiences ranging from the cuisine to climbing the Great Wall will enhance their understanding of the Chinese people and their ancient culture.

Course: Business Administration 350
Location: China
Prerequisite: Doing Business in Asia fall 2016 course recommended
Program Leaders: Stephen Kolenda and Diane Kolenda
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $4,350
Length of program: 21 days

Tentative program dates: January 5, 2017- January 26, 2017
Meals: Three meals per day included
Additional information: Permission of the Instructors. In addition to the online application, a supplemental application must be submitted by April 18, 2016 (available from Prof. Kolenda, G211)

Dominican Republic: The Past is Present; Service Learning in Hispaniola

For this course students will learn about Dominican culture and history and its relationship with Haiti and the United States during excursions to Santo Domingo, while they work alongside Caminante: Proyecto Educativo, an NGO that has provided educational and vocational training in the Boca Chica community for 20 years. As part of the service/experiential learning component of the course, students will develop and teach in Spanish workshops around the theme of “Tu salud es lo que cuenta/It’s Your Health That Counts” in the “Homework Rooms” that Caminante runs  for K-3rd grade children. Through their work students will learn about the social, historical, and political circumstances that have impacted the very children with whom they interact and reflect upon how these very same events shape their own present.

Course: Spanish 250/Spanish 350/Spanish 450
Location: Dominican Republic
Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or intermediate-level Spanish proficiency
Program Leaders: Virginia Arreola and Jeanne-Marie Havener
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $2,850
Length of program: 19 days
Tentative program dates: January 3, 2017- January 27, 2017; January 3-8 on campus, January 9-27 in the Dominican Republic
Meals: Three meals a day included
Additional information: As in all opportunities in life, the potential for it to be great lies in your hands.If you are excited and curious about other cultures, flexible, can tolerate the heat, enjoy working with children, work well on a team, and are hungry to explore the world, you will cherish every minute of this trip.

This is not a sight-seeing vacation, although you will have free time to enjoy the beach after working with the children of Camiante and we will take several excursions to important historical sites. You will be working hard and challenged every day. You will leave the Dominican Republic having gained a more nuanced understanding of the country and improved your language proficiency. For the duration of the course at Hartwick and while abroad, you will be expected to speak only Spanish during course-related activities, except when clear communication is crucial for the proper functioning of the course and the well-being of the students, in which case English will be used. We will stay at Hotel Zapata (, a beach-front hotel on Boca Chica Beach. You will share an air-conditioned room with a same-sex Hartwick classmate.

Bolivia: Culture, Colonialism & Modernity

Bolivia is one of South America’s most vibrant and paradoxical countries. Its silver and tin mines were crucial to establish and fuel a global economy, while at the same time leaving a colonial legacy of extreme disparity and impoverishment. Vibrant cultural traditions and the reclaiming of ethnic identities contribute to an emergent Bolivian version of modernity. The course will primarily be based in La Paz (altitude 12,000 ft; average temperature 50°F, population 2.3 million in the metro area) where students will have an immersive three-week homestay with Bolivian families. During the La Paz homestay period, all students will take intensive language courses. If taken as SPAN 105, this course alone will fulfill the language requirement; no other course is required. There will be outings and lectures at museums, architectural sites, and marketplaces, with experiences in cooking, dancing, and sports integrated into language learning. Weekends will feature short trips in the surrounding region, such as the archaeological site of Tiwanaku and the Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca. The final week will bring students to southern Bolivia, including the colonial capital of Sucre, the mining city of Potosí, and the Uyuni Salt Flats.

Course: Anthropology 250/ Spanish 105/ Spanish 205
Location: Bolivia
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Jason Antrosio and Mansir Petrie
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits

Cost: $3,975
Length of program: 25 days
Tentative program dates: January 2, 2017- January 27, 2017
Meals: Three meals a day included

USA: New York City Theater

An introduction to the theatre-going and theatre-making experience, supplemented with a week-long “field trip” to the most influential theatre city in the world. The week in the city is devoted to seeing a wide variety of plays (eight in total), touring important theatre places and meeting with theatre professionals.

Course: Theater 205
Location: New York City
Prerequisite: None
Program Leader: Ken Golden
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $1,400

Length of program: 7 days in New York City
Tentative program dates: Off campus from January 19, 2017- January 25, 2017
Meals: No meals included


South Africa: Changes & Challenges

This course allows students to evaluate the current success and limitations of South Africa’s program to transform itself from a white dictatorship to a multicultural democracy, building on the semester-long preparatory course that provided the historical background and description of cultures at contact. Students interact with local people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, classes, and occupations, while visiting the most significant historical, cultural, archaeological and paleontological sites, including several United Nations World Heritage sites.

Course: Anthropology 355
Location: South Africa
Prerequisite: ANTH 335 or instructor permission
Program Leaders: Connie Anderson and Craig Bielert
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits

Cost: $3,900
Length of program: Approximately 28 days
Tentative program dates: December 28, 2016- January 25, 2017
Meals: At least 1 and sometimes 2 meals per day included

Cameroon: Language & Cultural Immersion 

Cameroon is a Central/West African country about the size of California with a population of about 18 million people with over 250 ethnic groups, each with its own language and culture. This Sub-Saharan country, which spans the major vegetation belts in Africa is officially bilingual in French and English and offers many opportunities for students to learn about Cameroon’s ecological and cultural diversity and also its development challenges. These French courses are open to students at all levels, from first-years to seniors, and they combine language immersion with community-based service learning. They will offer opportunities to discover the rich diversity of music, art, history, religion and cultures in Cameroon. They will also help students understand many of the socioeconomic challenges the country faces (e.g. poverty, malaria, AIDS, community development). These courses will allow students to fulfill the LAiP language requirement during one January term.

In FREN 105 Intensive Beginning French, students will develop basic communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing while introducing students to the culture of Cameroon.

In FREN 205 Intensive Intermediate French, students will learn to handle a wide variety of topics in social, cultural, and historical contexts of Cameroon through both oral and written communication.

In FREN 305 Intensive Advanced French, students will develop skills in manipulating more sophisticated grammar and vocabulary to support opinions on a variety of cultural, social and historical issues in Cameroon.

Course: French 105/French  205/ French 305
Location: Cameroon
Prerequisite: Placement test, unless student has had absolutely no prior French
Program Leaders: Mark Wolff and Godlove Fonjweng

Curricular Requirement: OCL, EL, LN3, 4 credits
Cost: $3,950
Length of program: 30 days
Tentative program dates: December 28, 2016- January 26, 2017
Meals: All meals included

Bahamas: Island Biogeography

Biogeography is the scientific study of the patterns and causes of the distribution of organisms using a combination of ecological and evolutionary theory, geology, and geography: what species are where, and why?  Islands have been the subject of important biogeographic work and have contributed substantially to existing biogeographic theory.  The course covers the important elements of biogeographic theory within the context of islands using the marine and terrestrial flora and fauna of San Salvador Island.  Students spend 3 weeks in residence at the Gerace Research Centre on San Salvador Island.  Class activities include hikes through the rugged scrub-forest communities in the island’s interior; snorkeling trips to coral reef, seagrass, and mangrove lagoon habitats; plant community analysis; rocky intertidal community sampling; a swim to an offshore island inhabited by iguanas; night snorkeling; and a descent into a water cave.  SCUBA diving is possible for certified divers.  In addition, students are exposed to the history and culture of the island.  Daytime field activities are supplemented by evening lectures, discussions, and student presentations.

Course: Biology 240
Location: San Salvador Island, The Bahamas
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Doug Hamilton and Mark Kuhlmann
Curricular Requirement: LAB, 4 credits
Cost: $2,200
Length of program: 21 days

Tentative program dates: January 4, 2017- January 25, 2017
Meals: All meals included
Additional information: Program fee does not include transportation to and from point of departure, usually Miami International Airport, and meals while in transit to and from Gerace Research Centre (usually 2 meals total).

Cuba After the Castros

The island nation of Cuba presents a rich learning opportunity. Since the overthrow of Batista’s dictatorship in 1959, and the pursuant break in relations with the United States, the country has combined political repression and economic stagnation with high levels of health and education for such a poor country. Highly dependent on subsidies from the Soviet Union, the Cuban regime had to regroup after the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991. This marked the beginning of “The Special Period”, during which the Cuban people demonstrated an extraordinary capacity to adapt to the abrupt changes it experienced. Today, Fidel Castro’s brother Raúl continues the regime, but the country’s political and economic future are very uncertain, especially since the Dec. 17th, 2014 announcement of improved US-Cuba relations. This course combines a pre-departure course with 16 days in-country meeting with people and visiting significant sites, examining firsthand some of the key political, social, economic, and cultural issues affecting this island nation.

Course: Economics 350
Location: Cuba
Prerequisite: 1 credit preparatory course, second half of fall semester
Program Leaders: Karl Seeley and Pat Dopazo
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits

Cost: $4,500
Length of program: 16 days
Tentative program dates: January 12, 2017- January 27, 2017 off-campus
Meals: Some meals included

Thailand: People, Plants, and Animals

The hills of Northern Thailand provide a home for many different ethnic peoples, who have for centuries lived in harmony with their environment. These unique cultures are currently threatened with globalization and problems of immigration, restricted land use, crop restrictions, lack of cash crops and productive forests, environmental degradation, water pollution, poor sanitation, and food security. The objective of this course is to learn about the plants and animals of Thailand, and to become involved with hill tribe villagers, to learn from them and to help them with projects to make them healthier in their environment, utilizing their own resources. 

Course: Biology 242
Location: Thailand
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Linda Swift and Munir Syed
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits

Cost: $4,200
Length of program: 30 days
Tentative program dates: January 5, 2017- January 30, 2017
Meals: All meals included

USA: Sustainable Public Policies in Arizona

The course is divided into two phases.  The first, in the first week of January Term, will offer an on-campus workshop to prepare the students for a two-week cross-cultural learning experience in Arizona.  The second phase, beginning in the second week of January Term, will be spent exploring the opposition of uneven socio-cultural, political, and economic development and sustainability in a variety of settings.  Students will spend considerable time outdoors in the Grand Canyon, meeting with community, government, and Native American leaders and discovering the challenges of developing policies for the appropriate use of water and natural resources. 

Course: Economics 350/ Political Science 350
Location: Arizona
Prerequisite: ECON 101 or 102 or SCI 100 or POSC 101 or permission of instructor
Program Leaders: Laurence Malone and Jim Buthman
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $2,500

Length of program: 20 days, 16 days off-campus
Tentative program dates: January 3, 2017- January 22, 2017
Meals: All meals included
Additional Information: Students who complete all hikes will also earn 1 

Hungary: Geology in Art 

Geology in Art of Hungary explores the artistic phenomena in which geology brings its own ecstatic and conceptual heritage. Many artists and naturalists have dedicated their work to the study of earth sciences. In this course students will survey traditional, historic and contemporary art, history, and geology of Hungary in order to draw conclusions between the two subject areas.

Course: Art 250/ Geology 250
Location: Hungary
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Stephanie Rozene and Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Length of program: 21 days, one week on campus and three weeks off-campus
Tentative program dates: January 2, 2017- January 27, 2017
Meals: All meals included

Cost: $4,100
Additional Information: The course will explore geology at various scales from urban geology (building stones) to volcanic landscapes with hot springs (spas), be prepared for some hiking.
Hungarian cuisine is rich in meat and milk products, while vegetarians and pescatarians can be accommodated, vegans will have harder time to find suitable food options.

Jamaica: Transcultural Nursing

This course is designed to assist the student to recognize the myriad of health-related beliefs and practices that exist among and between members of a culture and how those beliefs and practices impact the health of its members. This four-week immersion experience is designed to expand the student’s knowledge of transcultural concepts and theories; apply cultural assessment in diverse settings; and provide culturally competent care to individuals, families, and communities. Students are exposed to different empirical frameworks to assist them in providing holistic, culturally-competent care. Clinical experiences occur in diverse rural clinic and community settings with an emphasis on therapeutic interventions, health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and health teaching within a unique ethno-cultural environment.

Course: Nursing 346
Location: Jamaica
Prerequisite: NURS 234 or instructor permission
Program Leaders: Pamela Gilbert and Maia Silber

Curricular Requirement: 4 credits
Cost: $4,200
Length of program: 25 days
Tentative program dates: January 2, 2017- January 27, 2017

Germany and U.K.: Psychology of WWII

Join us on a psychological journey through the European Theater of WWII. We will explore how human psychology impacts war and war crimes, as well as how this world-spanning conflict impacted the study of the human mind and our modern ethical codes. The course begins in London where we will introduce the history of WWII, propaganda, and living under siege. Next, we will travel to Berlin, studying posttraumatic stress disorder, rebellion, memorialization, and war’s impact on child development. We will conclude our trip in Nuremberg and Munich with discussion of obedience, ethics, and racism.

Course: Psychology 250
Location: UK and Germany
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Justin Wellman and Lisa Onorato
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits

Cost: $4,595
Length of program: 20 days
Tentative program dates: January 4, 2017- January 23, 2017
Meals: 2 meals per day included

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