The General Education Program and the Office of Global Engagement are pleased to announce the faculty teaching in the GenEd Summer Semester in Scotland Program.  In 2019, Dr. Megan Tracy, associate professor of Anthropology, will teach ANTH 195 (Cultural Anthropology) in the first four-week session at the University of Edinburgh, while Dr. Liz Edwards, associate professor in Kinesiology, will teach KIN 100 (Lifetime Fitness and Wellness) in the second four weeks at the University of St. Andrews.

                We are also pleased to announce the JMU faculty teaching in Scotland in summer 2020. Dr. Cathy McKay, associate professor of Kinesiology, will teach KIN 100 (Lifetime Fitness and Wellness) during the first four-week session at the University of Edinburgh, while Dr. Chris Colocousis, associate professor of Sociology, will teach SOCI 110 (Social Issues in a Global Context) in the second four-week session at the University of St. Andrews. 

                The GenEd Summer Semester in Scotland is open to all majors, as students enroll in four courses that fulfill General Education requirements (four courses in four clusters).  Students in this distinctive program take two classes in each four-week session, with two classes taught by JMU faculty members and two classes taught by faculty from the University of Edinburgh and the University of St. Andrews.  There are numerous field trips to historical and cultural sites, and, while at the University of St. Andrews, several geological trips, including a three-day excursion to the Highlands, are embedded in the program.  Students have the unique opportunity of classroom learning as well as the experiential discovery of living in a foreign land and traveling to new locations.  As one student observed: “13 credits in 8 weeks is a great deal, but living and traveling in a different culture was invaluable.”

Faculty who have advisees or students interested in the program can obtain more information by clicking here.

Summer 2019 courses:

Edinburgh

                ANTH 195 (Cultural Anthropology) Cluster Four, Global Experience

                ENG 221 (Literature/Culture/Ideas: Scottish Literature) Cluster Two, Literature

 

St. Andrews

                KIN 100 (Lifetime Fitness and Wellness) Cluster Five, Wellness Domain

                GEOL 110/110L (Physical Geology Lecture and Lab) Cluster Three, Natural Systems

 

Summer 2020 courses:

Edinburgh

                KIN 100 (Lifetime Fitness and Wellness) Cluster Five, Wellness Domain

                ENG 221 (Literature/Culture/Ideas: Scottish Literature) Cluster Two, Literature

 

St. Andrews

                SOCI 110 (Social Issues in a Global Context) Cluster Four, Global Experience

                GEOL 110/110L (Physical Geology Lecture and Lab) Cluster Three, Natural Systems

 

                 

 

Student comments on the Scotland Program

Sophomore Michelle Wu of Great Falls, Virginia participated in the 2018 GenEd Summer Semester in Scotland.  As a double major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Dance, Michelle has little flexibility in her schedule, but the Scotland Program allowed her to complete four GenEd classes and participate in study abroad. Michelle Wu provides some positive comments about the Scotland Program experiences:

Choosing to study abroad in Scotland has consistently proven to be one of the best decisions I have made so far while at JMU. Not only did it help me fulfill general education requirements (13 credits in 2 months is a great deal!), I also got to eat delicious food, experience a different culture, further my sense of independence, and bond with fellow students & professors. I loved learning about health, sociology, geology, and Scottish literature, as well as learning a lot outside of the classrooms, such as how to budget my stipend, golf for the first time, navigate and travel around the city, and my personal favorite, the Ceilidh dance. Students should participate in the Scotland program because there’s nowhere else in the world that you can receive top-notch education at prestigious universities and also eat haggis, play golf in the “Home of Golf,” learn about the rich history of Scotland, go on geological excursions in the Highlands, and maybe even spot Nessie!

 

My big takeaway is that there is so much to explore outside the wonderful community of Harrisonburg, and that studying abroad can open you up to a completely different world you wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience. I have so many positively unforgettable memories from my time in Scotland that I made with the friends who I still keep in touch with back at school. I would definitely recommend the Scotland program to anyone thinking about it -- I have truly learned so much about Scotland (and myself) and I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my summer anywhere else!

-Skip Hyser, Cluster Four Coordinator- General Education Program

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