India: Spring 2018

Discover the Beauty and the Culture of India

While the south is decorated with sandy deserts, lush forest, and warm beaches, India is framed in the north by the towering snow-capped Himalayas. It shares its broad boundaries with its neighbors Pakistan, China, and Nepal.

India is without equal with its rich culture and deep history ranging all the way back to the dawn of 3000 BC. Religion is found tightly interwoven with this distinguished past. Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity occupy a section of this history.

  • Experience the culture, people, colors and fascinating traditions of India.
  • Experience the generosity of people who will graciously welcome you into their thatched homes for a cup of chai and a chance to talk with you.
  • See breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal as the sun sets while the dhobi washes clothes in the river behind this glorious monument built for a loving wife.
  • Learn farming techniques from families in Ladakh, beneath the looming Himalayas.
  • Learn traditional arts: cooking, painting, dance, music, sand art.
  • Float down the most holy river in India, the Ganga, and begin to understand its significance.
  • Visit and learn about Mother Teresa’s home and place of work in Kolkatta.

Information

Estimated Cost: on campus tuition, room and board plus $2,500 travel fee (cost may be adjusted due to changes in currency exchange rates and air fares)
Semester Leaders: Kim Gingerich Brenneman, Psychology Dept. and Bob Brenneman
Enrollment: maximum 24 students
Course Credits: 15 semester hours

Course Descriptions

CCSSC 201 Cross-Cultural Social Science 3 SH
Students will gain a larger understanding of themselves and of their own culture through interaction on a daily basis with host country nationals, by living with host families, and by reflecting on their experiences and thoughts through a daily journal.

CCPSY 301 Cultural Psychology 3 SH
This course will focus on psychological diversity and how our cultural norms (language, ideals, values, technology) influence behavior. Differences as well as similarities will be studied across cultures. Students will gain a genuine appreciation for diversity with an understanding of their own “invisible” cultural values, ideals, and ethnocentricities. Special focus given to cross-cultural human development.

CCLNG 120 Hindi Language 3 SH
Students will learn the fundamentals of the Hindi language including listening, speaking and writing skills. Emphasis will be on conversational abilities.

CCHIS 305 Indian History & Culture 3 SH
Explores the long historical and cultural changes of India dating back to the early Mogul emperors, British rule, Indian independence in 1947, and current governance. This course will take a look at how history, culture (including art, music, and language), and religions are intertwined in India.

CCREL 305 Religions of India 3 SH
Students will visit and study the many religions prevalent in India by visiting mosques, temples, churches, and other religious sites. In order to gain an even better understanding, interaction and discussion with those practicing different religions will be made available.

Immunizations

Immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at EMU Health Services by appointment.
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.