Whether it's interning in London, studying in Spain or doing research in Germany, most Hobart and William Smith students will have had some kind of international learning experience before they graduate.
With some planning, Middle Eastern Studies minors can travel abroad and still graduate on time. While the Center for Global Education offers abroad programs on six continents, faculty from the Middle Eastern Studies department sponsor programs in Jordan and Egypt.
As part of the Jordan program, students will have the opportunity to explore gender relations and other aspects of Middle Eastern culture through an affiliation with the School for International Training, an organization that has successfully placed U.S. students in rigorous programs for decades. In addition, this program offers the unique opportunity of a four-week long independ-ent study project in the city in consultation with SIT and HWS faculty.
This is a three-week summer program. The course itinerary will have three main thematic sections, each detailing a different aspect of the ways Egyptians have approached a variety of development challenges. In each section of the course, some attention will also be paid to the contributing causes and consequences of the political and economic change brought about by the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Classes in basic Egyptian Arabic will be held throughout the course, focusing on vocabulary related to the substantive topics to be addressed each day.