Global Field Study Courses

Spring 2021- watch for more courses in September

*AUC = Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum 
AUC fullfillments shown with an asterisk (*) are anticipated but pending, awaiting final approval.

Travel fee includes: airfare, accommodations, in-country travel, and a group meal.



GFS 306.1 Fiji: Marine Biology

Location: Fijian Islands
Travel Dates: TBD
Instructors: Naomi Phillips and Kelila Jaffe
Meeting Time: Friday 2:00-4:00 pm
AUC Fulfillment: SS, GCE/GCR, NP
Travel Fee Range: $3,400-$3,700* subject to change

This course will focus on the marine biology and cultural history of the Fijian Islands. The course will meet weekly followed by a 12-day field study to Nacula Island, Fiji. This is a global experience course with an optional global reflection piece. The Fijian Achipelago has more than 330 islands with 110 permanently inhabited encompassing a land area of about 7,100 sq mi. During the field study we will take daily trips to explore and learn about key marine habitats and cultural sites of the islands. We will learn about both the marine plants and animals of the island, but will focus on the marine plants since these are less well characterized. Evening activities include lectures, night snorkels, and other lab activities.

Prerequisites: An interest in nature, marine biology, and/or Pacific culture. Trip includes rigorous daily hikes and snorkeling, thus one needs to be in reasonable physical shape and a capable swimmer. Snorkeling and water safety will be taught in the required pre-trip classes. A swim test will be given the first class meeting along with a health issue survey. Nacula Island is a remote location, and safety is our primary concern

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students

GFS 308 Dominica

Location: Dominica
Travel Dates: TBD
Instructor: Thomas Brinker and Meg Nolan
Meeting Time: Tuesday 4:00-5:40 PM
AUC Fulfillment: SS, GCE/GCR
Travel Fee Range: $2,695-$2,850* subject to change

This is an interdisciplinary upper level four credit course that studies the pre-history, politics, economics and/or artistic heritage of a foreign culture. It is not intended for tourists, but rather for individuals with a sincere interest in learning about and interacting with people and events in another culture. In January, we travel to the Capitol, Roseau, and throughout Dominica during our visit. This course runs from October 2020-March 2021

The trip to Dominica will take you out of your comfort zone and will strengthen you in more ways than you can imagine. It will open your mind and give you the chance to really see how other cultures live. Less developed regions of the world can be difficult to witness firsthand, but there's no better way to change your perspective on life than to witness how little people in the rest of the world have and live with on a daily basis. Moreover, you will have an opportunity to visit and interact with factories, power plants, organic farming, community leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, local citizens and high ranking civil servants.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and graduate students

GFS 381 Oman: The Paradise Project, Phase 1

Location: Salalah, Oman
Travel Dates: TBD
Instructor: Warren Haffar and Allyson McCreery
Meeting Time: Tuesday 2:10-3:50pm 
AUC Fulfillment: CL, NP
Travel Fee Range: $2,500-2,800* subject to change

In this GFS course students will explore the vital role of freshwater in arid zones and how fluctuating accessibility to water profoundly impacts our species. Using the Sultanate of Oman as a case study, we delve into the region’s dramatic record of climate change and rich history of human occupation. In the classroom, we examine the relationship between climate change and human behavior, including its influence on Middle Eastern mythologies and storytelling traditions. We investigate the development of subsistence strategies and water management techniques, evaluating diverse solutions that have been developed to combat climate change. During the Field Study, we travel to the desert Canyonlands in Southern Oman to participate in an experimental archaeological permaculture project that fuses ancient and modern agricultural technologies. Collaborating with indigenous Bedouin tribes, we will help construct environmentally sustainable ‘Water Farms’ in the desert, which harvest freshwater from the air, introducing a nature-based solution to communicates living in arid zones with limited access to potable water and minimal food resources. Join us on this Arabian adventure and learn about lost chapters of human history buried in the sands, while participating in an ambitious ecological rehabilitation project that will make the deserts bloom again.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students