Study Abroad

Summer in Greece

In Summer 2019, the department is offering a new study abroad opportunity, PHIL 3390/5050: What is the Life Worth Living? Ancient Ethics in Athens, which goes to Greece for eight days in the summer semester (May 12-21). The bulk of the course takes place in Athens, with day trips to the mountains of Delphi and the Greek Island of Hydra, where you and other students will answer for yourselves the questions that consumed Ancient Greek ethicists and still consume today's positive psychologists: What is the life worth living? What is a truly excellent, remarkable human life?

This is a three-credit course that counts in the Ethics/Aesthetics category for the major and minor or as an elective for the MA. In addition to the cost of airfare, there is a program fee ($2795) that covers tuition, hotel costs, most travel within Greece, some of your meals, and all entrance fees to ancient sites. If you are a Philosophy major, the department will provide you with a $250 scholarship to help defray the program cost.

Please contact the instructor, Dr. Daniel Boisvert, or the department chair, Dr. Shannon Sullivan, if you have any questions. The application date for Summer 2019 is February 1, 2019. You must apply by that point (and then be accepted and pay a deposit) before you can register for the course on Banner. For more detailed information and to apply via the international office, please click here.

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Spring Break in Paris

It's back by popular demand! In Spring 2019, we are offering PHIL 3140/5050: Existentialism in Paris, which goes to Paris for eight days over spring break (March 1-10). The bulk of the course takes place in Paris, where students study existentialism (Sartre, Beauvoir, Fanon, and Camus) in the mornings in a Parisian café, rather than a classroom, and then go on excursions in Paris in the afternoons.

This is a three-credit course that counts in the History/Genealogy category for the major and minor or as an elective for the MA. In addition to the cost of airfare, there is a program fee ($1555) that covers eight nights in a four-star hotel, metro travel within Paris, all entrance fees to afternoon excursions, and some of your meals. If you are a Philosophy major, the department will provide you with a $250 scholarship to help defray the program cost.

Please contact the instructor, Dr. Phillip McReynolds, or the department chair, Dr. Shannon Sullivan, if you have any questions. The application date for Spring 2019 was November 1, 2018. You must have applied by that point (and paid a deposit by November 10) before you can register for the course on Banner. For more detailed information and to apply via the international office, please click here.


Testimonials

"The 'Existentialism in Paris' course allowed me to experience another culture outside of the United States for the first time. I feel that this trip was perfect for my first trip outside of the country as it was a week long, versus a semester or year, and it was faculty-led with other philosophy students, which made me feel comfortable in the unknown."
— Bailey D. (Philosophy major)

"The class itself is so beautifully structured, and we covered topics that are equally as relevant today as they were decades ago. . . . My collegiate experience was positively impacted by this class, and I hope that more students will experience the same feeling."
— Jessica F. (Political Science major)

"That trip has been the most memorable trip for me, [and] it also has helped me more than I thought with my career path. . . . Though I didn't major in philosophy, it has greatly impacted my life and experiences in a very positive way."
— Ashley M. (Psychology major)