Course offers students, faculty opportunity for global travel

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Students will have an opportunity to travel to Munich, Prague and Berlin during spring break 2014.

europe politicalThree Amarillo College faculty members have been selected to lead the first AC Educational Global Travel Certification course in spring 2014.

The course will include a trip to Europe during spring break that will take students across the world to Munich, Prague and possibly Berlin.

Faculty members Mike Haynes, Angie Ross and Mark Shadix were chosen Monday as the instructors and leaders for the course. Judy Carter, Honors Program coordinator, said the three were selected from among several faculty members who submitted applications.

Each application included proposals for various cities in Europe and detailed plans for each location should they be chosen. Carter said among other cities considered were London, Paris, Barcelona, Venice, Florence and Rome.

“This is not a vacation, but they get to share their knowledge with a core group of students who want to do something exciting,” Carter said.

Student applications for the course will be available later this week, Carter said, and those chosen will be enrolled in HONR 1013, which includes a weekly class meeting and assignments relating to their major and the spring break trip.

Up to 18 students will be eligible for $500 awards from Student Life to offset part of the cost of the trip. Each instructor will be responsible for a group of students and will concentrate on their chosen fields of study.

Haynes will lead study specific to mass communication and history, Ross will lead study specific to health sciences, and Shadix will lead study specific to physical sciences.

“During free time, each professor will take students on specific trips; whatever the professor’s field is, that professor will customize a tour for their students,” Carter said.

The program is a chance for students to become familiar with other cultures around the world. Upon completion of the course, students will earn a certificate of global competency and a notation on their transcript that can be listed on resumes, Carter said.

“The certification provides both practical and theoretical understanding of the international world and shows employers and transfer university programs that you have worked diligently during your undergraduate education to become an informed citizen, critically aware of international perspectives, as well as being capable of engaging the international world in your chosen field,” Carter said.

Those interested in the course should watch their student email in the upcoming days, Carter said. Costs, dates and application requirements will be emailed to all enrolled students within a week.

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