One of the unique features of Elmira College is our special 6-week third term in April and May. The College offers many special learning opportunities in Term III, allowing students to do immersive and intensive work in a number of different fields. Education students can do student teaching. Nursing students have the opportunity for clinical work. Many students elect to travel internationally for the term.

Some special opportunities during Term III include:

  • A class in marine and island ecology in the Bahamas
  • The chance to participate in an archeological dig at important national historical sites
  • A class that studies Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, capped with a trip to the Galapagos Islands
  • Immersion Spanish language classes in Peru or Spain
  • The opportunity to study American women's history through the art of quilt-making
  • A fly-fishing class that teaches freshwater stream ecology
  • A class that uses chemistry techniques to teach cooking and baking
  • Field botany and field biology
  • The opportunity to learn basic philosophical concepts through the study of zombie literature and films
  • A chance to study Sociology in Brazil, South Africa, or India
  • Personal investment classes
  • The opportunity to travel to Great Britain as part of a culture and history class
  • A course on comic books and graphic novels
  • A Psychology class focused on sleep and dreaming
  • Ballroom dancing classes
  • Writing and poetry seminars
  • A class that travels to Australia to study natural history
  • The chance to study the Anthropology of body art and body-modification
  • The ability to learn classical history while studying in Greece, Turkey, or Egypt
  • A seminar on Mark Twain's life and writings
  • A course on baseball analytics
  • Singing and dancing in the Spring Musical

These special study options are designed to enhance traditional coursework through innovative and adventurous approaches to learning.

Travel Courses 2023

Exploring Guatemala: Heart of the Maya World

You will move beyond the textbook and experience Guatemala first-hand through one-on-one Spanish classes, homestays with local families, and daily excursions and activities that reveal daily life for ordinary Guatemalans in the 21st century.  We will focus special attention on the contrasts between life and livelihoods in urban areas (Quetzaltenango) compared to the highland region (Santa Cruz del Quiché, Antigua, San Pedro), and the impacts — both positive and negative — of global tourism on local Indigenous communities.

Offered by Dr. Doc Billingsley

The National Parks of the Southwest

In this course, you will study the cultural and natural history of the National Parks of the American Southwest. After an initial period of on-campus study, we will "hit the road" and explore a selection of the following national parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, and Grand Canyon.  We will hike canyons, enthuse over lizards, visit ancient cliff dwellings, gaze in awe at some extraordinary views, encounter people from dozens of countries visiting the parks, get sand in our shoes and our noses, use a lot of sunscreen, and return with many lasting memories.

Offered by Dr. Charlie Mitchell and Dr. Corey Stilts

Culture, Health, & Policy Law Impacting Vulnerable Populations

This travel course includes will immerse you in the exploration of human society and culture. You will be exposed to the culture, history, art, education, environmental/living conditions, political policies and religious traditions as they impact on health states, factors of vulnerability, policies, and health outcomes of societal community populations. We will spend time in Dublin, Ireland, visiting hospitals, churches, museums, and interacting with people of various neighborhoods, Trinity College, and St. Stephen's Green.

Offered by Dr. Susan Gustafson and Prof. Autumn Walden

Education in Italy

Using the NYS Social Studies standards as our base, students in this course will experience Italy as their classroom! We will travel to multiple cities and regions, gathering primary and secondary sources related to Italy's history, art history, geography, economic system, and government from the Ancient Roman civilization to today. Using written documents, oral traditions, photographs, works of art and artifacts as resources, students will build robust and engaging K-12 curriculum units that have the potential to be implemented in their future classrooms.

Offered by Dr. Stephanie Johnson

 

 

Previous Travel Courses

Spring 2022

  • Bahamas: Marine and Island Ecology: This course provides an introduction to ecological concepts as students observe and sample plants and animals in terrestrial and marine environments. The class is based at the Gerace Research Centre on San Salvador Island, where Christopher Columbus landed in the New World. Students snorkel over coral reefs, observe rare rock iguana, explore karst caves, and hike through sub-tropical habitats as they prepare their independent field research projects. Check out the group's trip via their Instagram photos: https://www.instagram.com/elmira_college_bahamas_2022/
  • Alaska: Wildlife Ecology: This course is a study of the flora and fauna of the Kenai Peninsula, and students are exposed to Alaskan culture and society. The focus is on Alaskan ecology, wildlife conservation, and environmental/social issues. Students spend 2 weeks in Alaska hiking to glaciers, sea kayaking, dog sledding, visiting a wildlife refuge, and whale watching. Check out the group's travel blog: https://ecalaska2022.blogspot.com/

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