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2017 Nichols Courses

Below you will find a list of the upcoming courses offered by the Nichols International Studies Program.  

ART399 - Visiting the Dutch Masters: From Vermeer to Van Gogh 

Course Location: The Netherlands 

Course Term: Spring 2017 

Instructor: Dr. Dustyn Bork

Course description: This course will explore the art and culture unique to the Netherlands and Belgium. Concepts covered will include the Reformation, Catholicism, with an emphasis on how science and medicine influenced the works associated with the Flemish and Dutch masters. Students will have the opportunity to see first-hand the acuity and amazing detail in the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world at the Van Gogh Museum, and additionally at the nearby Kröller-Müller Museum. The Rijksmuseum will give students an opportunity to see several key works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other European masters. We will also visit the house and museum of Dutch master Rembrandt. An updated glimpse of modern and contemporary Dutch and Flemish art is offered at the Stedelijk. In addition to viewing many art masterpieces, this trip will offer a look at spectacular nature locations, where water and beautiful vistas abound; this will include visits to Vondelparks and the beach of Wijk aan Zee, a paradise for surfers and kitesurfers. We will also make a poignant stop at the Anne Frank House while in Amsterdam. In Belgium, we will view important Northern Renaissance masterpieces at the Koninklijk Museum, including those by Peter Paul Rubens, Albrecht Durer, and Jan Brueghel. We will also tour the home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerp. In Ghent, we will make a visit to Saint Bavo’s Cathedral to view the Ghent Altarpiece, one of Jan van Eyck’s most important contributions to the history of art. In Bruges, expect a breathtaking view through cobblestone streets along intricate canals in this beautiful medieval city, and we'll climb the steps of the Belfry of the Belfort tower for an excellent view amidst the sound of bells. 

Prerequisite: ART 202 World Art II

When will the prerequisite be offered? Spring 2016/17

MUS399 - The Sights and Sounds of Scandinavia

Course Location: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway

Course Term: Spring 2017

Instructor: Dr. Michael Oriatti

Course Description: Cultural immersion in Scandinavian life, art, and architecture. Explore the cultural sites in each of the capital cities of Scandinavia, including the renowned museums, historic castles, and musical events. Attend an opera at the acoustically perfect Copenhagen Opera House. Explore the castle where Baroque composer Heinrich Schutz worked, and the opera house where Niels Gade worked. Have fun in the world's second oldest amusement park Tivoli Gardens. Travel back in time to the Petreoglyphs in Haljesta, Sweden. Visit "Hamlet's" castle, Kronborg in Helsingor, Denmark. Delight in the culinary pleasures of the world's famous smorgasbord.

Prerequisite: ART101 Intro to Cisual Arts OR MUS105

When will the prerequisite be offered? Fall 2016

Click here to see photos from the 2015 Scandinavia trip. 

PED399 - Backpacking through Western Europe

Course Location: Germany/Switzerland

Course Term: Spring 2017

Instructor: Darrell Shaw 

Course description: We will fly into Munich, Germany and travel by foot and bike seeing both tourist and local favorites. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, and offers many cultural, historical, and recreational venues. Munich is home to many historical museums and historic buildings. Throughout the city are numerous opportunities for recreation and cultural diversion. Students will have the opportunity to hike around and visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. A short train ride from Munich, this castle was built in the nineteenth-century on a hillside above the village of Hohenschwangau. The castle is surrounded by numerous hiking trails, waterfalls, and cascades. After visiting Munich and the Neuschwanstein Castle, we will head south to Interlaken, Switzerland and then to the mountain town of Gimmelwald. During this trip, students will pack all of their belongings in a backpack throughout the duration of the trip. While on the trip, students will be exposed to different cultures and ways of living while developing skills that deal with navigation, communication, and budgeting in a foreign country. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the diversity and culture of a large European city, as well as a small, quaint, mountain community in Western Europe. Students will witness first-hand the impact that tourism has on urban and rural life. This trip will be adventure based. We will spend a lot of time hiking, biking, and traveling through mountainous areas that many who visit Europe never see. 

Prerequisite: PED 126 01 Backpacking

When will the prerequisite be offered? Spring 2016

POL399 - Culture and Politics in Korea 

Course Location: Seoul, Korea 

Course Term: Spring 2017

Instructor: Dr. Jaeyun Sung 

Course description: This course is designed to explore Korean culture, history, and politics. South Korea is a country that embraces both a modern and traditional way of life. The capital of Seoul has many government organizations, museums, galleries, and cultural venues, as well as historic monuments and sites. These give students an historical perspective into Korea’s dynastic periods, which established the intellectual and cultural foundation for modern Korean society. At the same time, students will develop an in-depth understanding of Korean society and the course of its current trends throughout educational, cultural, and political activities in Korea. 

Prerequisites: POL105, POL201, or POL205 

When will the prerequisite be offered? Fall 2016/Spring 2017

PSY399 - Scotland: Myth, Mystery, & Majesty

Course Location: Scotland (Lowlands and Highlands)

Course Term: Spring 2017

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Daniels, and Dr. Nikki Yonts (as the additional chaperone/trip leader)

Course Description: Given both the rich mythical history of Scotland and the historical connection to Lyon College, this particular location is ideally suited to exploration of folklore, legends, and human history. This course will provide the chance to see both the novel juxtaposition of modern and ancient life in the major urban centers of Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as seemingly timeless far reaches of the Scottish Highlands. The country is a showcase for the accomplishments of human endeavor (e.g. the imposing Edinburgh Castle is still a core hub of activity in the modern city.) This course will include a visit to The Scottish Highlands, often considered the "true" Scotland. Here students will get to experience the natural majesty of the area, which is home to far fewer people, and perhaps to an enigmatic creature that lives in Loch Ness, but rich in history and folklore. More apparent natural wonders have a spot on the schedule as well, including Kilt Rock and Lealt Falls. In total, this course will offer the chance to experience a culture that is both modern and historic, both foreign and familiar. In traveling to Scotland, one can learn about the common heritage that everyone from Lyon College should be allowed to lay claim.

Prerequisite: PSY101

When will the prerequisite be offered? Fall 2016 & Spring 2017

Click here to see photos from the 2014 Scotland trip. 

RPH 399 - The Story of the Bible: A Religious and Historical Tour of Israel

Course Location: Israel

Course Term: Spring 2017 

Instructors: Dr. Mark Wallace, and the Rev. Ray McCalla

Course description: This trip to Israel is designed to expose students to the rich religious history of the Holy Land. Students will trace the story of the Bible through Galilee, Jerusalem, and Judea, experiencing ancient history and contemporary life in Israel at the same time. Students will witness firsthand how the Christian faith has influenced history and culture in the West, and will travel in a country where people from many faiths and ethnic backgrounds mingle together. 


• HIS 201 Western Civilization I (Fall 2016) AND any one of the following: 

• RPH/HIS 329 The Early Church OR 

• RPH 110 Old Testament; Fall 2016 OR 

• RPH 120 New Testament; Spring 2017 OR 

• RPH 130 Introduction to Christian Theology; Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 OR 

• RPH 150 World Religions OR 

• RPH 325 Jesus and the Gospels

When will the prerequisites be offered? Fall 2017/Spring 2018


2018 Nichols Trips

ECO399 - Transition and Integration: Modern Economic History of Central and Eastern Europe

Course Location: Poland (Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk)

Course Term: Spring 2018

Instructor: Dr. Radek Szulga

Course Description: The trip will cover Poland’s communist past, its transition to a market economy, and the process of integration with Europe. We will start in Krakow, Poland’s historic capital, and the cultural, artistic and academic center. In addition to visiting landmarks such as the medieval Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Royal Wawel Castle we will take a tour of Nowa Huta (“New Steelworks”), a planned city built during the Stalinist era that was supposed to serve as a “model socialist city”. We will also attend a lecture at the Jagiellonian University and visit one of Krakow’s many start up IT firms. In Warsaw we will visit Poland’s central bank, the NBP, as well as the Palace of Science and Culture, a “gift” from Stalin. The visits in Krakow and Warsaw will serve to exemplify the contrast between the communist past and the European present. At the third destination, the city of Gdansk we will visit the Solidarity Centre, a museum and research institute located on the site of the old Lenin Shipyard which was the birthplace of the Solidarity movement which led to the collapse of communism in the Soviet Bloc. The trip will be rounded off with sites in Gdansk and nearby resort town of Sopot.

Prerequisite: ECO101 or HIS201 or POL201

When will the prerequisite be offered? Fall 2017 & Spring 2018

FRN399 - Post Colonial Philosophy, Literature, and Culture

Course Location: French Caribbean (Martinique and Guadeloupe)

Course Term: Spring 2018

Instructor: Brain Hunt

Course Description: The French-Caribbean has a long, difficult history with France (the "Hexagone") that has engendered some very powerful literature on cultural, racial, and ethnic identity as well as interrogated important questions of belonging and nationhood. In this class students will read the philosophical and literary workds of Aime Cesaire, Franrz Fanon, Patrick Chamoiseau, Eduard Glissant, and Maryse Conde in order to better understand important notions of negritude, colonialism, post-colonial thought, "creoleness," community, and global citizenship. Students will see how the geography and history of each island nation is intricately linked to each thinker's philosophy.

Prerequisite: FRN102, ART201 or 202, HIS201 or 202, ENG210 or 212, or instructors' permission

When will the prerequisite be offered? Fall 2017 & Spring 2018

FRN/BIO399 - Nature and Early Culture in Western Europe

Course Location: France, Switzerland, and Germany

Course Term: Spring 2018

Instructors: Dr. James Martell (French), and Dr. Dave Thomas (Biology)

Course description: This trip will not only allow students to be exposed to the different cultures of France and Germany, but it will do so in a new way by looking at the cultural and artistic dimensions of these cultures, together with their conceptions and experiences of nature (i.e. the place that hiking or “wandern” has for German culture, as well as the French notion of “being in nature,” exemplified by the pique-nique tradition). By visiting caverns and museums of prehistoric art, the students will have the great opportunity to reflect on the origin of mankind within a different cultural context. Students doing the minor in French will benefit also from the possibility of using their language skills in a daily basis; while students of Biology will get exposure to a diversity of environments in France, Switzerland, and Germany. 

Prerequisite: BIO 100 or 112/FRN 102

When will the prerequisite be offered? Fall 2017/Spring 2018

HIS/MUS399 - The History and Music of Eastern Germany

Course Location: Germany

Course Term: Spring 2018

Instructor: Dr. Russell Stinson

Course Description: In this course, we will visit sites that relate to the history and music of Eastern Germany from the time of the Protestant Reformation to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The trip will emphasize in particular the Nazi era, life in Communist East Germany, and the composer J. S. Bach. We will spend six nights in the city of Leipzig (pop. 450,000), where we will visit a museum devoted to the East German city of Weimar (pop. 60,000), where we will visit the former Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald as well as the homes of the writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the composer Franz Liszt. We will next spend two nights in Dresden (pop. 500,000), a city that is still rebuilding itself after being devastated in World War II; furthermore, Dresden boasts some of the best art museums in the world. Finally, we will spend four nights in the metropolis of Berlin (pop. 6,000,000), where we will stroll along what remains of the Berlin wall and visit a museum that chronicles its history. While in Berlin, we will also attend a musical performance or two, whether in a church, symphony hall, or opera house.

Prerequisite: HIS202 or MUS105

When will the prerequisite be offered? Spring 2016 - Spring 2018

Click here to see photos from the 2009 trip to Germany. 

PSY399 - Psychology of Propaganda

Course Location: England (Oxford, London)

Course Term: Spring 2018

Instructor: Dr. Rose Danek

Course Description: The intent of this course is to introduce the topic of propaganda, specifically as used in wartime from a psychological perspective. Experiencing this course in England provides a unique and exciting opportunity to explore this topic in a country that has extensive first-hand experience with both war on its soil, and with the use of propaganda. In this course the cognitive and social processes involved in the creation and reception of propaganda will be discussed. This course will involve many interesting fieldtrips and experiences that promise the enrich the educational experience.

Prerequisite: PSY101

When will the prerequisite be offered? Fall 2017 & Spring 2018

SPN399 - Peru: Past and Present

Course location: Peru

Course Term: Spring 2018

Instructor: Dr. Monica Rodriguez (leader), and Dr. John Herda (assistant)

Course Description: This trip will allow students to visit the Coastal and Mountain regions of Peru. We will start visiting the ancient Incan fortress of Macchu Picchu and surrounding ruins. Then, we will return to Lima to appreciate the colonial legacy found in downtown Lima and complement it with visits to two important museums in Lima where Pre-Inca and Inca artifacts are kept. Finally, we will head south, to the desert, for a boat visit of the Ballesta Lsands, known as Peru's Galapagos Islands, to appreciate sea life diversity. Through this course, they will also be immersed in Peruvian historical culture - past and present.

Prerequisite: SPN102

When will the prerequisite be offered? Spring 2017/18

Click here to see photos from our past trip to Peru.