Summer Programs 2022

Summer 2022 Courses

St. Lawrence University offers an array of dynamic off-campus summer courses around the world. To apply, click the application links below.

2022 Summer course application deadline: December 6, 2021

Course Fees: 1 SLU Unit - $4,500 + airfare, 1.5 SLU Units - $6,000 + airfare, 2 SLU Units - $8,000 + airfare *PENDING FINAL BUDGET APPROVAL

All courses are contingent on sufficient enrollment and course fees are subject to change. Course fees do not include the cost of airfare.

If you have questions about any of these programs, please contact the program instructor(s). 


Cultural Blindspots? Exploring overt and hidden bias in Australia


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to AUSTRALIA before applying.

Instructors: Professor Serge Onyper and Professor Mark Oakes

Dates: June 28 - July 19/26, 2022 (in Australia); July 19/26 – August 1, 2022 (Remote)

Listing: Psychology, Global Studies, Public Health

Units: 2 SLU Units 

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 5 weeks (1-2 weeks remote learning and 3-4 weeks in Australia)

Course description: The course focuses on understanding stereotypes and prejudice from a cultural, historical, social, and cognitive perspectives through the lens of Australia’s history of racial and social injustice. Students will use psychological research and theory on the origins of prejudice and the reasons for its persistence as a backdrop to explore current events and their historical and social underpinnings. Topics will include the role of cognition, motivation, and emotion in stereotyping and prejudice; the experience of targets of prejudice and discrimination; and possible ways to reduce stereotyping and prejudice. The cultural lens will be particularly important as we identify our own biases and reevaluate our own society. Guest lectures by local artists and activists will enrich the classroom experience. Numerous cultural activities will constitute the field portion of the class. A capstone project will follow the field component.

Apply to Cultural Blindspots, Australia, summer 2022


The European Union: Past, Present, and Future


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to BELGIUM, FRANCE, GERMANY, and LUXEMBOURG before applying.

Instructor: Professor Mert Kartal

Dates: July 8, 2022 – July 21, 2022

Listing: Government; Approved to count toward the European Studies minor

Units: 1 SLU Unit 

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 2 weeks

Course description: This two-week, off-campus summer course is designed for those of you who are interested in a hands-on exploration of what is arguably the most ambitious form of inter-state cooperation in the world, namely the European Union (EU). When learning about the cultural, historical, and political factors that have been shaping the EU, we will visit several sites of key importance for Europe (such as the Haut Königsbourg in Alsace/France, the Struthof former concentration camp and the Historical Museum in Strasbourg/France, and Ouvrage Hackenberg in Veckring/France). When exploring how the EU operates in practice, we will attend sessions in several EU institutions (such as the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament in Belgium and the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg). This course will also feature lively discussions on some of the key issues the EU deals with today (such as Brexit, the rise of populism, refugee flows, and COVID-19) as well as the role of culture, diversity, and human rights in Europe facilitated by leading scholars in their disciplines as well as former policy-makers. 

Apply to The European Union, France/Belgium/Luxembourg, summer 2022


Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Ecuador’s Highlands and the Galapagos


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to ECUADOR before applying.

Instructor: Professor Susan Willson

Dates: June 1, 2022 – June 21, 2022

Listing: Biology; this course will count as a BIO 200-level course w/ LAB for the Biology major, and a BIODIV credit for the Conservation Biology major.

Units: 1 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: BIO 101, ENVS 101, or GEO 100-level course, or by permission of instructor.

Course Length: 3 Weeks

Course description: Students will learn through immersion in this three-week course on ecology, biodiversity, and conservation in Ecuador. Students will visit three distinct tropical ecosystems: the high-elevation Andean grasslands, where volcanoes are visible on all sides rising to over 18,000 ft., the humid montane cloud forest, where trees are covered with moss, orchids, and a dizzying array of bird species, and the renowned Galapagos Islands. Students will learn first-hand from Ecuadorian biologists, trained environmentally-themed tour guides, and community members, as well as through course readings, discussions, and lectures. The course structure provides ample opportunity to learn about Ecuador’s rich cultural heritage, the indigenous highland Quechua culture, and how Ecuador is being affected by climate change.

Apply to Tropical Ecology and Conservation, Ecuador, summer 2022


The African Diaspora and Popular Culture in Ghana


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to GHANA before applying.

Instructor: Professor Madeleine Wong

Dates: May 27 – June 17, 2022

Listing: Global Studies

Units: 1 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 3 weeks

Course description: This course offers students the opportunity for intellectual and experiential engagement with contemporary popular cultural forms, and the architectures of the historical legacies that continue to cast a shadow over contemporary Ghana. Drawing on various urban and cultural studies theories – the course will expose students to the histories, cultures, richness and complexities of Ghana.  It examines select cities and their urban development as the backdrop for engaging with popular cultural forms and their influences from and representations in the broader African diaspora.  Through visits to and exploration of three cities the course explores how political economic and cultural processes shape the production and reproduction of daily life throughout the diverse spaces of cities and varying genres in Ghanaian popular culture (e.g., hip hop, afrobeats, fashion, dance, political cartoons, etc.).  We examine how popular culture reflect not only the integration of ‘modern’ and ‘traditional’ practices, but also the manifestations and interplay of modern and contemporary Ghanaian identities within cities and in the context of globalization.

Prior to arriving in Ghana, students will complete readings and mini-assignments to gain familiarity with the history, social, economic, and political aspects of Ghana. In Ghana, students will be based in Accra – the capital city – where they will immerse themselves in the life of the city, engage in lectures and discussions facilitated by local Ghanaian experts, attend cultural festivals, interact with local music artistes, visual satirists, and map out other cultural inscriptions on the urban landscape such as street and vehicle art works. This course will feature long weekend trips to Cape Coast and Elmina (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) to explore the “slave castles” as key sites of the African Diaspora and the history and material culture of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Finally, students will visit the city of Kumasi to explore its historical significance, and popular cultural forms and traditions of the Asante people and region – such Kente weaving and wood-carving - as that have influenced African diaspora cultural forms and expressions.

Apply to The African Diaspora and Popular Culture, Ghana, summer 2022


Place and Nationalisms in Ireland


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to IRELAND before applying.

Instructor: Professor Val Lehr

Dates: June 6, 2022 – June 25, 2022

Listing: History, Government, Global Studies, and Peace Studies

Units: 2 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 2.5 Weeks

Course description: This program is comprised of two separate courses, "Memory and Place” and “Peace and Conflict in Northern Ireland”, which share some foundational readings in Irish history and geography.

The theoretical focus of 'Memory and Place' is on issues of popular memory, memorialization, and the formation and maintenance of national identity. Students read theoretical articles on popular memory, revisionist historiography, and geography as contexts for the stories they hear and the texts they read. This provides a background for the second course 'Peace and Conflict in Northern Ireland' where students learn how difference can be constructed and experienced among white, European, Christian people, people who by U.S. standards seem to be very similar. In turn this should reflect back upon the contingency of how race is constructed in the U.S. Students will learn also about the Northern Ireland Peace Process and how people from different communities are learning to work together across deep divisions to create a better society. Finally, students will be exposed to how history complicates contemporary political action, through exploring issues such as Brexit, abortion, gay rights, and education.

Apply to Place and Nationalisms, Ireland, summer 2022


Kenya through Literature: The Works of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to KENYA before applying.

Instructor: Professor Sookyoung Lee

Dates: May 27, 2022 – June 16, 2022

Listing: English and African Studies

Units: 1.5 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 3 Weeks

Course description: In this course, students will study the history and politics of Kenya’s colonial and postcolonial eras through the works of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. In the first week and a half, this course will analyze two early works – Weep Not, Child (1964) and A Grain of Wheat (1967). This unit will focus on the traumas of British colonization, the nation’s struggles for Uhuru (freedom), and the “Mau Mau” Uprising. In the second week and a half, this course will analyze two works written right before and after Thiong’o’s imprisonment and decades-long exile: Petals of Blood (1976) and Wizard of the Crow (2006). This course will discuss neocolonial exploitation by Western capitalist societies as well as the complexities of forming a collective, pan-African identity in the face of challenges like health crises, dictatorship, and globalization.

Morning gatherings will consist of student-led discussions on the readings. In the afternoons, students will conduct archival and community-based research to grapple with Thiong’o’s critique of colonial education and the English language. At the Kenya National Archives (Nairobi) students will compare Thiong’o’s representation of events to the official colonial discourse. At the University of Nairobi, in turn, students will interview Kenyan students and faculty about higher education reform in the last fifty years. Finally, the course will use our trips to environmental and historical sites to think through a key theme in Thiong’o: the significance of land in Gĩkũyũ culture and identity.

Apply to Kenya through Literature, Kenya, summer 2022


Challenges in Conservation: National Parks at Risk


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to KENYA before applying.

Instructor: Dr. Abdelwahab Sinnary

Dates: May 27, 2022 – June 16, 2022

Listing: Environmental Studies, Biology, African Studies

Units: 1.5 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 3 Weeks

Course description: This field-based course explores the impacts of large mammals on the environment and the biodiversity of Nairobi, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli national parks. The first two are small, insularized and highly impacted parks. Whereas, due to limited development, the migratory routes of large mammals inhabiting Amboseli national park are still largely intact. The lack of active management has resulted in a significant decline in the numbers of migratory species and big cats of the Nairobi national park. Moreover, the park no longer attracts as many tourists as it used to do in the recent past. The high concentrations of Africa’s charismatic mega fauna, on the other hand, have made Lake Nakuru the most visited park in Kenya. These high concentrations also pose a real threat to the park and its environment since the park’s carrying capacity have been significantly exceeded, to the detriment of the park’s soils and vegetation.

A case study approach is adopted, where the problems and issues in each protected area are first introduced through lectures and readings. Local practitioners, scientists, and experts then elaborate on the main issues and give their expert opinions, arguments and, counter-arguments. Structured field exercises and experiments consolidate the theoretical knowledge and are used to test some of the proposed hypotheses. Finally, students share knowledge and experiences gained through a series of discussions and debates. More than 70% of the time is spent in the field inside and around Nairobi, Nakuru and Amboseli national parks. Field exercises are carried out in groups and include techniques of identifying large mammals and studying their behavior, game counts, behavioral studies of large mammals, assessing the quality of Lake Nakuru’s water, and conducting social interviews. Results of the exercises are shared and discussed with local experts and park managers.

The course is 18 days long and is suitable for seniors and juniors from any discipline as well as biology, environmental studies and conservation biology sophomores. Applicants should have a solid academic record (at least a B- average).

Apply to Challenges in Conservation, Kenya, summer 2022


Setting You On Track: Career Internships Abroad


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to KENYA before applying.

Instructor: Dr. Michael Wairungu

Dates: May 27, 2022 –  July 5, 2022

Listing: African Studies

Units: 1.5 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 5 Weeks

Course description: East Africa is a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. Home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, the region is experiencing a rapid rate of development and social change which challenges long held stereotypes about the world’s second largest continent. Through a dynamic internship experience, this course prepares students to learn from local innovators and change agents working to address a wide variety of issues impacting African communities. From global business leaders and powerful civil society organizations, to local entrepreneurs transforming the socio-economic landscape, the Kenya program’s nearly fifty years of connections in East Africa offers unique opportunities for students to complete career building internships throughout the region.

The course is five weeks’ long with three main components; Introduction to Kenya, Introductory Swahili Language and Culture and Three Weeks’ Internship in a local organization. The course provides a career-focused, interdisciplinary and culturally-immersive experience geared towards fostering a better understanding of the host culture and work environment through a combination of class and field-based learning. A variety of settings will be considered as host sites for the internships ranging from state agencies, non-profit organizations, private sector companies and, small and medium sized enterprises.

Apply to Setting You On Track, Kenya, summer 2022


London Spaces and UK Places: A Seminar in Social Science and Architecture


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to THE UNITED KINGDOM before applying.

Instructor: Professor Tom Greene

Dates: May 29, 2022 – June 19, 2022

Listing: Psychology

Units: 1 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: None

Course Length: 3 Weeks

Course description: This course will apply general psychology processes that underlie environmental cognition, perception and livability to the unique context of London and the UK. Within the broad framework of architectural psychology and urban geography, students will apply their knowledge to real-world experiences such as place attachment, landscape aesthetics, and the design of the built environments of London and environs.

This course will visit some well-known buildings and markets, the huge urban regeneration project at Kings Cross/St. Pancras, and some cameo appearances from London’s Roman history. A successful London architect, responsible for the design of one of the largest new public spaces in London, will lead one class session. A prominent elected official will lead another trip in Brixton, historically an Afro-Caribbean enclave. Although the focus will be London, field trips will provide additional opportunities to think about the spirit of place in in nearby English Villages and small cities. London is a perfect place to peel back layers of history, planning, culture, and accident to inspect the development of a great world city. Indeed, this course will use a geographical information system (GIS) as both a tool and a metaphor for its investigations.

Apply to London Spaces and UK Places, the United Kingdom, summer 2022


Himalayan Odyssey: High Altitude Physiology in the Khumbu Region of Nepal


Students should verify that they are eligible to travel to NEPAL before applying.

Instructor: Professor Joe Erlichman and Professor Alexander Schreiber

Dates: May 15, 2022 – June 15, 2022

Listing: Biology

Units: 1 SLU Unit

Pre-requisites: 2 semesters of general biology, or with permission of the instructor.

Course Length: 4 Weeks

Course description: The Khumbu region of Nepal contains over a dozen of the highest peaks in the world, including Mt Everest. It is home to indigenous ethnic Tibetans, as well as many Buddhist temples, small villages, yaks and diverse flora and fauna. With more than 10,000 western tourists, trekkers, and climbers traversing the Khumbu per year, the region is also of particular interest due to the rapid local cultural and environmental impacts associated with the onslaught of visitors. Sleeping in tea houses, you will spend 3 weeks trekking through the region, ascending mountain passes as high as 18,000 feet in elevation. In addition to immersing yourself in Tibetan and Nepali culture and history in the context of modern globalization and eco-tourism, the course will emphasize how certain human populations (such as the Sherpa) have evolved to become genetically adapted to life at high altitude, as well as how the bodies of non-adapted individuals change physiologically in order to acclimatize to high altitude. Of particular interest will be understanding how different organ systems (e.g. respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, and endocrine) interact with one another to promote homeostasis during normal altitude acclimation, and also how a failure to acclimate properly can lead to altitude-related pathologies such as acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE). You will also be visiting several health and dental clinics and learn about the effects of chronic hypoxia on the health of local residents and non-residents, alike.

Apply to Himalayan Odyssey, Nepal, summer 2022