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Ethnic Identity and Conflict in Germany and Poland


Munich, Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Germany, Poland

Program Description

What is the psychology of being German or being Polish?  How is ethnic identity shaped in these cultures?  What inter-ethnic conflicts persist in Germany and Poland?  How did the Holocaust happen and how has it shaped the psychology of ethnic identity today?  This course studies, compares, and contrasts the psychology of ethnic identity and ethnic conflict in Germany and Poland.  Historical site visits will include Schloss Neuschwanstein, Dachau concentration camp, the Berlin Wall, Jewish ghettoes in Warsaw and Kazimierz, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Oskar Schindler’s factory.

Location Description

•Learn about German and Polish culture and psychology, ethnic diversity, immigration, xenophobia, Jewish culture, and the Holocaust.

•Route: Munich to Berlin, Warsaw to Kraków.  Plus day-trips and guided walking tours.

•Open to all majors

•PSYC 200 or PSYC 400: “Ethnic Identity and Conflict in Germany and Poland"

•PSYC majors can earn sociocultural course credit


Matthew Lee | | Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies


Students will be in shared double rooms (two beds) with ensuite bathroom in 3* hotels or better. Housing accommodations are centrally located and close to public transportation.

All hotel bookings will provide breakfast. One additional group meal per day will be paid for by program fees. Students additionally will receive a meal stipend at several points during the trip to use for meals during their own time.

Additional Items to Consider

Students should read the CDC website for relevant immunizations required to travel to Germany and Poland and have a valid passport. As of May 2017, no visa is required for US-passport holders to enter Germany or Poland.

Students are also expected to bring a cell phone with texting and/or telephone capability while abroad in case of class emergencies.

Students with language proficiency in German or Polish (or other Slavic languages), and coursework in European history or culture, or social justice, will be reviewed favorably, but is not required.  

Applicants must also be interviewed by Dr Lee prior and receive his approval.  

Eligible psychology majors register for PSYC 200 or 400 for the summer study abroad portion of the course.  Non-psychology majors should register for PSYC 200.  

All students also register for a 1-credit PSYC 202 preparatory class that will take place during the 4th block of the spring 2018 semester.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Prerequisite: Any psychology course

Students must also complete a 1-credit study abroad prep course to take place during the Spring 2018 semester.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


PSYC 200: Topics in Psychology: Ethnic Identity, Conflict, and the Holocaust (3 credits)

PSYC 400: Advanced Topics in Psychology: Ethnic Identity, Conflict, and the Holocaust (3 credits)

PSYC 202: Directed Studies in Psychology: Cross-Cultural Psychology in Germany and Poland Prep Course (1 credit) *spring 2018 course

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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