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Atlanta - Morehouse College
  • Morehouse College is the nation's only historically black, all-male, four-year, liberal arts college, founded in 1867.
  • The college's mission is to provide a comprehensive academic, social and spiritual experience that prepares its students for leadership and success in larger society. It endeavors to provide an environment that encourages students to develop an appreciation for the ideals of brotherhood, equality, spirituality, humane values, and democracy.
  • The 55-acre campus is located near downtown Atlanta and has an enrollment of 3,000 men from 40 states and 12 foreign countries. There are eight residence halls and more than half of the students are housed on campus. The college has 180 full-time faculty and offers bachelor of arts and science degrees in 35 majors.
  • Morehouse has a very lively student culture and charters more than 40 educational, cultural, religious, social and recreational student organizations.
  • Students at other colleges who wish to attend Morehouse may be admitted as transient students.

Advisor(s):
Professor Benjamin, (English) Mears 312Eligibility:A letter of good standing and eligibility to return to the last institution attended.
Related Fields of Study
Program Website

Atlanta - Spelman College
  • Spelman College is a privately endowed, four-year liberal arts college for women, founded in 1881.
  • An historically black women's college, Spelman is one of the most prominent institutions of higher education in the country. The college provides students with an academic climate conducive to the full development of academic and leadership potential, endeavoring to strengthen those qualities that enable women to be self-confident as well as spiritually and culturally enriched. Spelman attempts to instill in students as appreciation for the multi-cultural communities of the world in which they live and a sense of responsibility for bringing about positive change in those communities.
  • The college's well-designed 32-acre campus is located just west of downtown Atlanta and has an enrollment of 1800 women. The academic program includes 23 major areas of study and encourages students to pursue a broad program of study in languages, natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, fine arts and the humanities. A low student-faculty ratio of 15:1 insures small classes and personal attention.
  • The college offers an extensive array of co-curricular activities involving interaction with politicians, artists and business executives as well as a full range of extra-curricular opportunities.
  • Housing is in dormitories. Students from other colleges who wish to attend Spelman may be admitted as Guest Applicants.

Advisor(s):
Professor Benjamin, (English) Mears 312
Eligibility: Minimum GPA of 2.50
Related Fields of Study
Website: Program Website

Chicago - Chicago Program - Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies (ACM)

The ACM Chicago Program gives students a solid grounding - knowledge, resources, and connections - and the flexibility to follow their passions.

Students are encouraged to explore the big issues facing cities today and relate those issues to their own lives, education and career aspirations.

The program offers three main areas of emphasis:

  • Arts,
  • Entrepreneurship, and
  • Urban Studies

Students can choose to focus on one of these topics or to engage in classes and projects across the disciplines.

All students take the team-taught Core Course, which draws on the three themes to introduce students to Chicago and give context to the environment in which they are living and learning.

All of this takes place in a dynamic city that has, from its founding, been built on connections and innovation.  At the center of the country, Chicago has always been a hub of communication, commerce, and transportation.  Through the years, Chicago has continued to produce leaders across the spectrum of its artistic, business, educational, activist, social and cultural areans.

  • Housing is provided in shared apartments.

Advisor(s):
Professor Brouhle, (Economics) Carnegie 304 (Entrepreneurship and Urban Studies)
Justin Thomas, (Theatre) BCA 267A (Arts)
Eligibility: Open to all majors
Related Fields of Study
Arts
Entrepreneurship
Urban Studies
Website: Program Website

Chicago - Newberry Seminar in the Humanities (ACM)(fall)
  • On the ACM Newberry Seminar in the Humanities Program, students have access to the rich collections of books and manuscripts of one of America's foremost research libraries in the humanities, located on the near north side of Chicago.
  • Collections concern the civilizations of western Europe and the Americas from the late Middle Ages to the early 20th century, including European exploration and settlement of the New World, the American West, and Native American history and literature. These collections comprise materials on the Renaissance, the French Revolution, Portuguese and Brazilian history, and British history and literature. Students explore together a common theme chosen for the semester and complete individual research projects under the guidance of course instructors.
  • The subjects selected by students are related to a common theme, which over the years has covered a wide range of issues including "Landscape and Culture," "The Paradox of Slavery and Freedom in the Western World," and "Unmasking Gender. "
  • Participants work on their projects together with the program directors and alongside the Library's visiting scholars as well as drawing on the expertise of the library staff. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the cultural life in Chicago and to attend exhibits, theatre, the symphony, conferences, special events and city tours.
  • Housing is provided in shared apartments.

Advisor(s):
Professor Purcell, (History) Macy 201
Eligibility: Interest in pursuing serious research in the humanities.
Related Fields of Study
Website: Program Website

Chicago - Urban Education (ACM)

A shared learning process

On the ACM Urban Education Program, students engage in an urban student teaching experience with support and guidance - both inside and outside the classroom - to foster their learning and growth as teachers.

Throughout the semester, students develop their professional skills as they work alongside mentor teachers in Chicago public schools.  In the weekly seminar, they connect educational theory to their experiences teaching in the classroom. 

The program emphasizes collaborative learning, as students conduct an ongoing and informal discussion with a network of peers who share similar situations in their teaching placements.

Program participants also have extensive opportunities to enjoy the city's tapestry of cultures and people.  Program field trips include neighborhood explorations and excursions to cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Mexican Art, the DuSable Museum of African-American history, the Chicago History Museum, and the People's Music School.

A diverse city and schools

Chicago's three milliion residents come from a side range of ethnic, linguistic, socio-economic and religious backgrounds.  With more than 80 cultures represented, the city's schools reflect this diversity.

The nation's third largest school system, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) enrolls more than 400,000 students in 675 schools, providing many opportunities for student teachers.  CPS offers a range of schools - such as magnet, traditional, performance, technical and career, and military - and more than ten percent of CPS schools are charter schools, with a wide variety of missions and academic emphases.

Advisor(s):
Paul Hutchison, (Education) Steiner 301
Eligibility: Open to all majors
Related Fields of Study
Teaching
Website: Program Website

Knoxville, Tennessee - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ACM)(fall)
  • The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee is a U.S. Department of energy multi-program laboratory focusing on national and global energy and environmental issues.
  • The ACM program enables students in the sciences and social sciences to join ongoing investigations at ORNL and gives them the opportunity to conduct research using state-of-the-art scientific equipment. During the Interdisciplinary Seminar, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and social science students are exposed to the wide range of research carried out by ORNL scientists from many fields and participate in field trips to various research facilities.
  • In the Advanced Course, students choose from a variety of options offered by faculty members in chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, economics, and computing. Independent studies in other areas are also available.
  • During the Research Component, each student is expected to devote at least 35 hours per week to a research project under the guidance of an ORNL staff scientist. Research opportunities exist in biology, concentrating on the effects of radiation; all branches of chemistry - nuclear, inorganic, and organic -; nearly all phases of physics, particularly nuclear, solid state and plasma physics; and interdisciplinary studies.
  • In the social sciences, research options exist in such areas as urban development, environmental impact statements, attitudinal surveys, and energy supply-and-demand analysis, supported by strong computing facilities and data resources.
  • Selection to the program may include a stipend of up to $3,600, depending on funding.

Advisor(s):
Professor P. Jacobson, (Biology) Science 1812 
Professor Marzluff, (Chemistry) Science 2208
Eligibility: Upper-class standing in any of above-mentioned disciplines. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Priority given to seniors but juniors of exceptional ability considered.
Related Fields of Study
National and Global Energy and Environmental Issues
Website: Program Website

Washington, D.C.- Grinnell-in-Washington DC (fall)

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Waterford, Connecticut- National Theater Institute
  • The National Theatre Institute (NTI) has been described by the New York Times as a "boot camp" for aspiring young theatre artists.
  • In a thirteen-week semester - comprised of seven-day schedules - students are offered a very intensive, wide-ranging and practical experience in professional theatre in an atmosphere similar to that of a repertory company working together on a series of projects.
  • The program is housed at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, a 90-acre estate including residential buildings, acting studios, two open-air theatres, and a cabaret space. The core curriculum consists of voice, playwriting, costume and scene design, movement, directing, and acting classes enhanced by the staging of works-in-progess.
  • The semester ends in a final project, which draws together the major elements in acting, culminating in public performances. An advanced directing program is also offered, normally during the spring semester. Students undertake a two-week workshop in the United Kingdom in Stratford-upon-Avon as a part of the regular NTI semester. The workshops are based on English classical texts, British folk dancing, and choral singing, revolving around a special project that is rehearsed and performed in Stratford.
  • Internship opportunities are available to NTI alumni as well as auditions for summer theatre.
  • Group housing is available at the O'Neill Theater Center. 

Advisor(s):
Professor Mease, (Theatre) ARH 116D
Professor Quintero, (Theatre) Bucksbaum 266
Professor Thomas, (Theatre) Bucksbaum 267 
Professor Miller, (Theatre) Bucksbaum 265
Eligibility: Proven ability to handle the demands of disciplined theatre work. Required interview in person or by telephone.
Related Fields of Study
Theatre
Website: Program Website

 

Woods Hole, Massachusetts- Marine Biology Laboratory - Semester in Environmental Science
  • The Semester in Environmental Science Program (SES) is offered by the Ecosystems Center, the ecological research arm of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international institution for research and education in biology founded in 1888. In addition to MBL's permanent scientific staff of over 100, the Ecosystems Center is staffed by 13 senior scientific personnel who collaborate on more than 30 federally funded research projects.
  • The goal of the center is to investigate the fundamental processes linking organisms with their environment and apply the resulting knowledge to resource management. SES Program students participate in two core lab and lecture courses, one in Aquatic and one in Terrestrial Ecosystems, one elective, two seminar series, and an independent project.
  • Both of the core courses cover the fundamentals of ecosystem science in the context of five major environmental issues, describing linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and featuring both field and laboratory work. Students select one of three specialized electives offered each semester, providing an opportunity to deepen their understanding of a specific area of ecology, such as aquatic chemistry, microbial methods, or Mathematical modeling. Two seminar series feature of weekly presentations by nationally distinguished scientists and science writers.
  • After the end of formal coursework, student teams devote full time to research projects growing out of the core course laboratory and fieldwork. The semester concludes with oral presentation of projects, which are also presented in writing both as a scientific paper and in journalistic format suitable for a lay readership.
  • Housing is provided in the MBL dormitory. Cultural and recreational activities are available in the Woods Hole-Falmouth area and on Cape Cod.
  • Eligibility: Competitive GPA, course background in biology and environmental studies, faculty recommendations.

Advisor(s):
Professor P. Jacobson, (Biology) Science 1812
Eligibility: Competitive GPA, course background in biology and environmental studies, faculty recommendations
Related Fields of Study
Environmental Science
Website: Program Website