January Term Study Away Courses
Luther faculty have proposed 16 courses for J-Term 2024: two domestic and 14 international, traveling through 17 different countries.
1st Round Priority Application: April 1–21
2nd Round Application (for available spaces): August 21–September 15
JANUARY TERM 2024 Course Brochure
Biology 247: Marine Biology (Roatan)
An introduction to the biology of the coral reef and other marine environments of the Caribbean. Daily SCUBA dives and lectures introduce students to the identification, ecology, behavior, and conservation of marine organisms and environments. Students develop and complete research projects. Several days are spent on the Luther campus for pre-trip orientation and post-trip completion of projects. SCUBA certification is required.
COMS/LS 239: Communication & Adventure Rec in New Zealand
This course investigates the relationship between communication and adventure recreation in New Zealand.
ENG 263: Frankenstein’s Footsteps: The Keats-Shelley Circle
Mary Shelley composed her famous novel Frankenstein (1818) amid a whirlwind of personal turmoil, important friendships, and significant travel. This course will retrace the path of her journeys from childhood to Frankenstein.
Environmental Studies 240: Environmental Issues in the Pacific Northwest
This course examines environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest and the policies that are used or proposed to address them
HIST299: Crossroads of Empires, Religions, & Cultures
This course explores the natural beauty and fascinating human history of the “Middle Sea,” that is, the lands, coasts, and seaways that make up the Mediterranean.
International Studies 240: Ethical Engagement in Postcolonial Roatan
This course uses the island of Roatan as a case study to examine how individuals can engage ethically with social and environmental challenges in the developing world.
Music 139: Choral Singing in Taiwan
In the form of a musical cultural exchange, you will perform choral repertoire representative of diverse American traditions, as well as selections in Mandarin and in Taiwanese, for a variety of audiences.
P450: Zora Neale Hurston: Anthropologist and Novelist (FL)
This course will explore how the disciplinary approaches of Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) as anthropologist and creative writer challenge us to understand persons and communities in their complexity, from multiple perspectives, and with intelligence and empathy.
Paideia 450: English Theatre: Mirror of Society and of the Human Condition
This course is a study of English theater—among the richest in the world in its variety and depth—and the ways that it both mirrors and seeks to influence social values by dramatizing ethical conflict.
Paideia 450: People and Parks: Pastoralism and Conservation in East Africa (Tanzania)
This course examines the intersections of the conservation of natural habitats and cultural identity, through the lens of the Maasai people of northern Tanzania.
Paideia 450: Practicing Embodiment (Costa Rica)
This course is an interdisciplinary exercise between spirituality, sustainability, and the body. You’ll gain an understanding of “embodiment” as the practice of recognizing all human attributes (e.g. senses, emotions, physicality, sexuality, etc.) as both material and spiritual realities.
Paideia 450: Reconciliation in South Africa
This course will examine how South Africans are attempting to overcome their tortured past by examining it and facing squarely the implications of human rights abuses that occurred during apartheid and the violent struggle to topple it.
SCI239: Islamic Science in the Middle Ages (Spain/Morocco)
In this course, you will have an opportunity to study in a fascinating cross-cultural center of the world.
Spanish 340: Language and Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World (Mexico)
This course will introduce you to the culture of a Spanish-speaking country (Mexico) first-hand with the principal goal of improving language and intercultural skills.
Spanish 341: Spanish for Medical Professionals (Mexico)
This course is designed for students studying to become medical professionals and who require training in Spanish to serve Spanish-speaking clients in hospital or clinical settings.
VC290:Visual Communication Design & Art in Community(Berlin)
In this unique Global Learning opportunity, you will Visual Communication Design works in the context of the diverse multi-cultural community of Berlin, Germany.