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Faculty-Led Programs Abroad (FLPA)*

Program Definition:  Faculty-Led Programs Abroad, or otherwise known as "FLPA Programs" are group-based summer travel courses (2-4 weeks) led by Creighton faculty members. Students will travel together while taking a course (3 or 6 credits) taught by the Creighton faculty member. Spaces in these courses fill early; if you are interested, contact the faculty member or department (below) as soon as possible.

Elgibility: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Students must also meet all other eligiblity requirements as outlined in Creighton's Study Abroad Policies & Procedures.

Application & Deadlines: Students wishing to participate on any FLPA summer travel courses, must first complete the FLPA Application for Participation. Complete applications are due by December 1st; applications will continue to be accepted until January 15th, space permitting and with approval from the faculty leader. 

(not all FLPA programs travel every year; the list below represents all FLPA programs that have recently traveled. Check with the Office of International Programs or the College of Arts & Sciences for a specific list of trips offered for your intended travel dates.)

Alaska - THL 343/JMC 322: Backpack Journalism in Alaska
In the summer of 2014, the Backpack Journalism Project will travel to the town of Bethel in remote south-western Alaska. Bethel is home to the Yup'ik people, one of the largest native groups in Alaska. The region suffers from some of the worst rural poverty in the United States. This poverty is made worse by isolation, extreme temperatures in the winter, and the enormous cost of goods and services. Many of these people live without electricity or running water and rely heavily on subsistence fishing, hunting, and berry picking. All of this takes place in the context of a wild and largely intact tundra wilderness, which is currently threatened by planetary warming. In this project we will explore themes key to the Backpack Journalism Project including the relationship of the Church to culture and the injustice of poverty. This summer we add as well the impact of climate change both on a sensitive region of the earth and on some of the world's poorest citizens.  For more information, please visit the project website:  Contact: Dr. John O'Keefe - or Dr. Carol Zuegner

China-PHL 353: Introduction to Buddhism, CHN 101: Beginning Chinese 1, or PHL 495: Independent Study (students select one course option)
Students will travel to several cities across China for three weeks and experience first-hand the country's ancient culture, modern marvels, and breath-taking  landscapes.  The course is designed around immersive in-country experience and will focus on experiential learning from visits to historical sites and interactions with local people, university students, and various aspects of Chinese culture. Cities visited may include: Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Yellow Mountains, Xi'an, Hangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong, and Macau. Contact Dr. Jinmei Yuan (Philosophy) or Mr. Andrew Trapp (Asian World Center) for more information. View the 2014 Flyer!

China COBA-BUS 479/MBA 789: Hunting with Tigers & Dragons
Experience China over a 2-week period and learn about China in the context of business. Travel to Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing. The course focus is on China and doing business in China, with the intention of expanding your ability to think globally. Can be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit. Contact Dr. John Wingender or Dr. Leida Chen (College of Business) for more information.

England-BIO 425: Development of Biological Thought

For those interested in the development of science from medieval theology and philosophy. This course will examine the development of the intellectural tools used in the natural sciences, particularly Biology, while visiting many of the institutions and locations in which the advances were made. Visits may include: Oxford University, The Royal Society of London, Kew Gardens, Natual History Museum, The Linnaean Socity, and others. Contact Dr. Charles Brockhouse (Biology) for more information. Click here to view the 2014 flyer!

France-FRN 525: Paris, Ville du Monde
Travel to Paris and learn about the history of the city, from its origins as a small fishing village to its contemporary status as one of the world's greatest cities. Visits may include: the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum, The Pantheon, Canal Saint-Martin, Villette quarter, Chateau de Versailles and Deauville (Normandy). The course offers the novice a comprehensive introduction to the history of Paris, and more advanced students, the opportunity to concentrate on a particular topic. There is an English track and a French track. Contact Dr. David Vanderboegh or Dr. Jan Lund (Modern Languages and Literatures) for more information.
Click here to view the 2014 flyer!

Germany-GER 525: The New Berlin
Students will use their German language skills to explore the culture, history, and politics of Berlin, a city undergoing radical transformation since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and German unification in 1990. Through walking tours, visits to sites, and discussions with residents, students learn how the history and culture of the past continue to shape the future of Berlin. Contact Dr. Sybille Bartels or Dr. Olaf Bohlke (Modern Languages and Literatures) for more information. Click to view the 2014 flyer!

Germany-LAW 300: From Nuremberg to The Hague: The Impact and Legacy of the Holocaust on the Law & LAW 328: International Criminal Law
In this 4 week program at the end of summer, students learn about the legal impact of the Holocaust and the development of International Criminal Law as a distinct field covering genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and state aggression.  Located chiefly in Nuremberg in the heart of Bavaria, resident faculty and prominent German, Dutch and American guest lecturers teach classes in the actual location that spawned the National Socialist Movement in the 1930's that gave rise to Adolf Hitler's Nazi ideology and visit the actual courtroom where Nazi leaders were prosecuted in 1945.  A half-week field trip to The Hague allows students to meet today's international criminal tribunal judges and prosecutors as well as view current trials.  Contact Associate Dean Michael Kelly (Law School) for more information. Click here to access the program's website.

India-EDU 586: Framework for Culture & Language (NOT TRAVELING IN SUMMER 2014)
Contact Dr. Sharon Ishii-Jordan (Education) for more information.

Italy-ITA 525: Roma  (NOT TRAVELING IN SUMMER 2014)
This course is for students who have always wanted to go to Rome to immerse themselves in Italian culture and history. Students will learn about Roman society, and art & architecture from ancient Rome to the early 20th century. They will admire masterpieces by Michelangelo, Bernini, and Caravaggio and observe how old history blends with the multicultural society of contemporary Rome. Students will also visit areas nearby Rome to discover more about its history and learn about other contemporary topics such as the Slow Food movement and Italian food culture. Contact Dr. Maria Maenza-Vanderboegh (Modern Languages and Literatures) for more information.

Italy-ART 154: Clay Modeling (NOT TRAVELING IN SUMMER 2014)
This FLPA is a 3-credit introductory course in clay figure modeling and open to all students (may be adapted to 200 or 300-level for more advanced students). Students will attend four days of intensive studio classes at Creighton, followed by two weeks based in Rome, Italy. While in Italy, students will participate in studio classes, as well as visits to museums, cathedrals, and other cultural sites. They will experience the art of master sculptors such as Michelangelo and Bernini first-hand. Excursions to the Vatican, Assisi, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius are included. Students will develop a basic technical understanding of artistic anatomy and of modeling figure clay through studio projects. Contact Professor Littleton Alston (Studio Arts) for more information. Click to view the 2014 flyer!

Peru-THL 343: Ecclesiology in Global Context-The Church in Peru,
SOC 411: Social Inequality & Stratification and Spanish
Students will earn 9 credits for participation in this 6-week FLPA. The courses are designed to give students an in-depth and first-hand introduction to the dramatic ways that Church and society interact in Peru. Contact Dr. Tom Kelly (Theology), Mr. Mr. Kyle Woolley (Sociology) or Dr. Ryan Spangler (Spanish) for more information. Click to view the 2014 flyer!

South Africa-BUS 479/MBA 779: Discover South Africa: Business, Culture & Sights
Students will spend 11 days visiting the cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, and the capital city of Pretoria. The travel course will be a mix of company visits and other cultural experiences. Students will have the opportunity to visit companies and interact with executives and workers and learn about the leading role South Africa is playing in Africa and in the global economy. Cultural visits may include a safari/game drive, Robben Island, Soweto, and Table Mountain. In addition to the travel component, students will be expected to attend a number of class meetings prior to traveling to study the economical, cultural, and political issues of South Africa. Contact Dr. Ravi Nath for more information ( ).

Spain-SPN 316: Spanish Immersion and SPN 424: Encuentro Espanol
Students will earn 6 credits for two courses that count toward the major or minor in Spanish. Students will spend 3 weeks in Madrid and one week in another region of Spain. There will be cultural excursions to several museums, artistic venues, the Royal Palace in Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, and other cities in Spain. Contact Dr. Ivelisse Santiago-Stommes or Dr. Jose McClanahan (Modern Languages and Literatures) for more information. Click to view the 2014 flyer!

Spain (Werner Institute)-NDR 720: Collective Memory, History and Conflict
This one-week, interdisciplinary, three-credit course enables students to address the various roles that memory can play in conflict engagement.Through lectures and visiting heritage sites, museums, and monuments in Spain, students will understand the role of collective memory in conflict. Contact Dr. Jacqueline Font-Guzman for more information. NOTE: This course is only available to Werner students (online and campus-based), Creighton University Graduate School students, students in the DNP program, students in the Ed.D. program, and alumni. Click to view the 2014 flyer!

Tanzania-PSY 428: Multicultural Issues in Psychology & THL 343: The Church in Tanzania (6 credits) (NOT TRAVELING IN SUMMER 2014)
Students will spend 3 weeks in Tanzania. The course will help students understand Tanzania's cultural and religious response to HIV, family life & child development, and refugee populations. Participants will visit Catholic health clinics, traditional healers, local schools, orphanages, and grassroots Jesuit ministries. Contact Dr. Jill Brown or Dr. Jay Carney for more information.

Uganda-THL 343: Ecclesiology in Global Context and JMC 322: Feature Writing (NOT TRAVELING IN SUMMER 2014)
The goal of this course is for students to produce short documentary films that reflect the values and concerns of the Catholic and Jesuit mission of Creighton. Students receive 6 credits that satisfy the Christian Theology component of the core curriculum and complete a certified writing requirement. Contact Dr. John O'Keefe (Theology) or Dr. Carol Zuegner (Journalism) for more information.