Lectures related to the course theme are presented by faculty members from Luther College and by other area professionals and governmental leaders.

Typical lecture topics include:

  • U.S. Politics
  • The U.S. Education System
  • Renewable Energy Options
  • Native Americans
  • The Social Welfare System
  • State and Local Government
  • Immigration and Cultural Diversity
  • The Black Church in America
  • The Amish in America
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Aspects of American Literature
  • Religion in American Society
  • Local and National Economy

Level of Instruction

The program is intended for educational professionals. Students preparing for a career in education who are in their final year of studies are also eligible to apply.


All lectures are presented in English and participants are urged to use English both in and out of class. Although this is not an ESL (English as a Second Language) program, the lectures and numerous social and cultural activities provide opportunities for discovering new aspects of American English.

Typical Day

Most lectures take place in the morning. Afternoons and evenings are usually highlighted by numerous social and recreational events. A sample schedule:

  • 7:00-8:00 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Lecture I, Discussion with lecturer I, Mid-morning break
  • 10:30 Lecture II, Discussion with lecturer II
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Field trip or optional personal/recreational activities
  • 17:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Community, cultural, or social events