Study Abroad in 2018 with Geography and Anthropology Faculty


KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 6, 2018) — Several Department of Geography and Anthropology faculty are teaching in study abroad programs in 2018. Specifically, faculty will be teaching geography and anthropology in India, China, Italy, and France. These programs provide students with the opportunity to study geography, anthropology, and other subjects while immersed in the culture and landscapes of another country. Each program offers lower division and upper division course options. For more information about any of these amazing study abroad opportunities at Kennesaw State University, please visit the KSU Education Abroad Office

Spring 2018: Year of India Seminar Program, March 28 to April 8

Dr. Debarati Sen is teaching in the Spring 2018 Year of India course, which meets during the spring semester at KSU and will travel to India during Spring Break, March 28 to April 8. While in India, the group will visit a variety of community organizations, academic institutions, businesses, museums, and sacred places, in both rural and urban settings. Students will develop a holistic understanding of India and gain a greater appreciation for cultural diversity and global interdependence through reflection and analysis of issues of local and global importance. Students will interact with faculty, staff and students from both Tata Institute of Social Sciences and HR College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai. They will also meet with United Nations CIFAL Bangalore officials as well as visit numerous important cultural and historic sites including the Golden Temple of Amritsar, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Please contact Dr. Sen for more information about this program.

Summer 2018: Asia Council Summer China Study Abroad Program, May 8 to June 5

Dr. Jun Tu will be teaching two geography courses in China as part of the University System of Georgia’s Asia Council China Summer program, May 8 to June 5, 2018. Specifically, he will be teaching GEOG 1101: Introduction to Human Geography and GEOG 3360: Geography of Asia. The program's main host institution is Zhengzhou University in Henan province of the People's Republic of China. The group will also travel to other places in China, including Beijing and Xi’an. 

Please contact Dr. Tu for more information about this program. 

Summer 2018: KSU in Tuscany Program (Montepulciano, Italy), May 17 to June 21

Dr. Paul McDaniel will be teaching two geography courses in Montepulciano, Italy, in >Session 1 of the KSU in Italy program, May 17 to June 21, 2018. Specifically, he will be teaching GEOG 1101: Introduction to Human Geography and GEOG 3312: Geography of Europe. This section of Introduction to Human Geography “provides students an opportunity to explore global geographic patterns of resources, population, culture, and economic systems and their local level impacts while being immersed in a foreign culture and landscape. We will explore defining concepts in geography by focusing on the stories of real people, global trends and interregional linkages, and contemporary topics that transcend borders, and how these patterns affect the local level. In essence, how do global patterns shape local lives? While in Italy, inside and outside of the classroom, we will see how broader concepts occur on the rural and urban Italian landscape, allowing us to compare and contrast these patterns with our home culture.” 

“In this course we will explore the geography of Europe and the modern European Union (EU) while immersed in the landscape of Italy," the course description for this section of Geography of Europe states. "Course coverage encompasses the entire region: its physical setting and environment, population and migration, languages and religions, cultures, and geopolitical organization within the framework of broader global processes restructuring the landscapes of modern Europe. Attention is also given to historic and contemporary features of the diverse urban environments in which most Europeans live, work, and play. While in Italy we will discuss and observe specific examples of concepts as they occur on the rural and urban Italian landscape.”

The program takes place at KSU’s refurbished fortezza facility in Montepulciano, a historic hill town in the province of Siena, in the southern part of Italy’s Tuscany region, between Rome and Florence. While there, the group will visit Rome, Florence, Pisa, Sienna, Lucca, Orvieto, Lake Trasimeno, and other locations. 

Please contact Dr. McDaniel for more information about this program. 

Summer 2018: European Council Summer Study Abroad Program in Paris, France, June 30 to August 5

Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith will be teaching two anthropology courses in Paris in Summer 2018. These courses are part of the University System of Georgia’s European Council Paris program, which runs June 30 to August 5, 2018. Specifically, she will be teaching ANTH 1102: Introduction to Anthropology and an upper division course about Death in Paris. The course description for Introduction to Anthropology states, “anthropology’s four major subfields: biological anthropology, archeology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics, viewed through the lens of France. We will explore what it means to be human by studying Neanderthal remains found in France, what we can learn about the past through the skeletons of individuals whose remains were found in catacombs in Paris, discuss how language can cause people to view the word in different ways, and learn about the many facets of French culture.” 

“We will be examining how death has been viewed in France from prehistory to the present, and apply an anthropological lens to our study," the course description for Death in Paris states. "Death is often not discussed in the US, and people often assume that how they view death, dying, and the treatment of the dead is normal or typical for most people. We will find though this class that this is not the case. By studying this difficult topic in another culture, students will be able to grapple with their own views of death, dying, and the dead. Death is one of only very few constants across cultures and it is valuable to see how this constant is treated differently across time and space.”