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 2019. 


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.

China: Modern China/Doing Business in China

BUSA 150 Topics in Business: Modern China: Students will travel to Asia to study the cultural environment there.  Meetings, seminars, and tours will focus on modern China’s location for multi-national corporations, U.S. companies and Asian-owned enterprises.  Students will explore contemporary political and cultural facets of the business environment, as well as the social and ethical aspects of economic development. Visits to Beijing, Shanghai and other cities will include climbing the Great Wall, seeing the Forbidden City, etc.  

BUSA 350 Topics in Business: Doing Business in Asia: Students will travel to Asia to study business operations there.  Meetings, seminars, and tours will focus on manufacturing, retailing and service industries for multi-national corporations, U.S. companies, Asian-owned enterprises and joint ventures.  Students will explore contemporary political and cultural facets of the business environment, as well as the social and ethical aspects of economic development. Visits to Beijing, Shanghai and other cities will include climbing the Great Wall, seeing the Forbidden City, etc.   

Course: BUSA 150 (Modern China)/BUSA 350 (Doing Business in China)
Location: People’s Republic of China
Prerequisites: For BUSA 150: Instructor permission required
For BUSA 350: BUSA 240 Marketing & Instructor permission required

Program Leaders: Stephen Kolenda and Carolyn Cooper
Curricular Requirement:
EL, 4 credits
Cost: $3,900
Length of program: 20 days off-campus
Tentative program dates: January 8- January 27, 2019
Meals: 3 meals per day included

Southwest, USA: Open Spaces: Researching Art in the American Southwest

From the Navajo and the Pueblo Peoples through practices of modernists such as Georgia O’Keefe and Agnes Martin to land artists, Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer, the southwest has always been a haven for artists. In this class, students will visit artist studios and museums in Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and Las Vegas. The trip will also include visits to works situated in the deserts of Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico. The travel will take place during the middle two weeks of the term and the first and last week of J-term will be on campus where students will respond to works viewed with research, presentations, and studio work.

Course: ART 250
Location: California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, USA
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Richard Barlow and Leah Frankel
Curricular Requirements: EL, 4 credits

Cost: $2,750
Length of Program: 2 days on campus, 16 days travel, final week on campus
Tentative Program Dates: January 3- January 25, 2019
Meals: 2 meals per day included in travel days

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: BIOL 240
Location: The Bahamas
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Douglas Hamilton and Mark Kuhlmann
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits

Cost: $2,250
Length of program: 21 days off campus
Tentative program dates: January 4- January 25, 2019
Meals: 3 meals per day included

Hawaii, USA: Geology and Natural History of Hawaii

Students explore many unique and breathtaking geological, biological, oceanographic and cultural destinations on four of the Hawaiian Islands (Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawai’i). Through activities such as volcano tours, a lava watch, a whale watch, hikes in spectacular parks and preserves, snorkeling on coral reefs, and visits to Polynesian cultural sites, students compare/contrast the physical features and environments of each island, paying close attention to the geological impact on humans and human impact on the environment. This intellectually and physically demanding course is open to all students who complete the prerequisite and have instructor permission.

Course: GEOL 275
Location: Hawaii, USA
Prerequisite: GEOL 274
Program Leaders: David Griffing and Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad

Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $4,000
Length of program: 22 days off campus
Tentative program dates: January 3- January 24, 2019
Meals: 3 meals per day included

Italy: Che figata! Four Centuries of Italian Music

Why do Italians love their opera so much?  How did the Medici family use music as a way to ensure their power over Renaissance Florence?  Who wrote music for the Pope’s Sistine Chapel?  We will explore these and other questions in Rome and Florence, along with short visits to Siena, San Gimignano, Montereggioni, and Venice.  Before arriving abroad, we will spend one week in the classroom learning basic Italian phrases, honing our listening skills, and learning about the people and places associated with notable musical works and styles.  Visits to concert halls, opera halls, world-famous conservatories, jazz clubs, museums that house musical instruments and examples of iconography will be an important aspect of this course. Previous musical experience helpful, but not necessary.

Course: MUSI 250
Location: Italy
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Diane Paige and Steven Nanni
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits

Cost: $3,100
Length of program:
 First 5 days of course on campus, 16 days off-campus travel
Tentative program dates: January 7-11, 2019 on campus, January 14-29, 2019 abroad
Meals: 3 meals per day included in travel days

Peru: Sustainable Tourism in Peru CLOSED 04/18/18

We will travel to Peru to study sustainable tourism, examining the impact of tourists on the natural environment and socio-cultural fabric of the local community.  We will also study the psychology of tourism to understand tourists’ motivations to travel to Peru and their behaviors and attitudes once they arrive. We will visit numerous tourist-destination sites (e.g., Cusco, Miraflores, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, etc.) and will experience the Peruvian culture through lodging, cuisine, churches, museums, markets, ceremonies, settlements, co-ops, local projects, and villages, where we will interact with locals and see how tourism impacts how they live, work, and play.

Course: PSYC 150/ENSS 150
Location: Peru
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Lisa Onorato and Mark Davies 
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits

Cost: $3,750
Length of program: 19 days
Tentative program dates: January 4- January 22, 2019
Meals: 3 meals per day included

Quebec, Canada: Language and Cultural Immersion in Quebec City

Learn French in Quebec City, the heart of French-speaking Canada. Students will take intensive language courses, learn about the history and cultures of Quebec, reside and eat meals with host families, explore Vieux-Québec (one of the oldest European settlements in North America), and spend two weekends in Montreal. In addition to homestays, cultural and language immersion will be enhanced by museum visits to the Musée de l’Amérique Francaise, the Musée de la Civilization, and the Québec Centre d’interpretation; a visit to the Plains of Abraham (an important site of the French and Indian War) and the Citadelle (one of the few fortifications around a city in North America); a visit to a cabane à sucre (a French-Canadian maple sugar shack); a visit to Montmorency Falls (higher than Niagara Falls); hiking and skiing in the Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier; ice skating; and participating in various winter festival activities. Students will also visit small businesses to learn how French can serve their professional development. The program, which fulfills the college language requirement with no additional course required, will enable Hartwick students to learn more about career opportunities along the northern border of New York State.

Course: FREN 105/205/305
Location: Quebec, Canada
Prerequisite: None
Program Leaders: Mark Wolff
Curricular Requirement: 
FREN 105: Prerequisite: placement test, unless student has had absolutely no prior French. (4 credits, OCL, EL) . This course alone will fulfill the LAiP language requirement; no other course is required.
FREN 205 and 305: Prerequisite: placement test. (4 credits, LN3, OCL, EL) 

Cost: $2,750
Length of program: 22 days
Tentative program dates: On campus January 3-4; Classes at École Québec Monde January 7-25, 2019
Meals: 2 meals per day included

South Africa: Culture and Ecology

South Africa is the richest African country.  Its democracy is barely 20 years old, so it’s still changing since the brutal white dictatorship that ruled it for a century.  We see the world’s oldest art in the Drakensberg Mountains, swim in the Indian Ocean,and  observe wildlife in the Kruger Park, visiting game reserves, archaeological and fossil sites, native villages and modern malls; museums, schools, squatter camps and orphanages, to understand the continuing transformation of South Africa into a unified, multiracial, multicultural democracy.

Course: ANTH 355
Location: South Africa
Prerequisite: ANTH 355 or instructor permission
Program Leaders: Connie Anderson and Craig Bielert

Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $3,900
Length of program: 25 days
Tentative program dates: January 2- January 27, 2019
Meals: At least 1 and sometimes 2-3 meals per day included

Thailand: People, Plants & Animals of Thailand

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 being threatened by globalization and the modern problems of immigration, restricted land use, crop restrictions, lack of cash crops and productive forests, environmental degradation, water pollution, poor sanitation, and lack of food security.  The objective of this course is to be involved in a mutual relationship with the hill tribe villagers, where we can learn from and help each other.  

Course: BIOL 242
Location: Thailand
Prerequisite: Three fall meetings prior to departure
Program Leaders: Linda Swift and Joshua Garrett
Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits

Cost: $4,000
Length of program: 27 days
Tentative program dates: January 1- January 27, 2019
Meals: 3 meals per day included

Jamaica: Transcultural Nursing

This course is designed to assist the student to recognize this 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 three-week immersion experience (one week on-campus prep work and two weeks in Jamaica) is designed to expand the student’s knowledge of transcultural concepts and theories; apply cultural assessment in diverse settings; and provide culturally relevant, 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: NURS 346
Locations: Jamaica
Prerequisite: NURS 234 or instructor permission
Program Leaders: Maia Silber and nursing faculty TBD

Curricular Requirement: EL, 4 credits
Cost: $2,550
Length of program: First week on campus, 15 days off-campus
Tentative program dates: January 3-January 25, 2019 
Meals: 3 meals per day included in travel days


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