Liberal Arts In Focus

Liberal Arts In Focus courses, offered for three weeks each May, help students to explore a variety of topics in a total immersion experience that deepens their academic study and creative work, strengthens their foundation for graduate and professional study, and provides valuable experience for work in every sector of the economy.

Liberal Arts In Focus Courses for Spring 2015

Intensive Field Studies: Field Ornithology (three credits)

Intensive Field Studies: Field Ornithology (three credits)
Memuna Khan, associate professor of biology

Field ornithology is the study of birds (anatomy, physiology, behavior and populations), including the techniques of studying birds (censusing, capturing, marking, specimen preparation, behavioral observation). The course will include one week on the Ripon College campus followed by two weeks at Coe College Wilderness Field Station near Ely, Minnesota. The week at Ripon will include monitoring the Ripon Bluebird Trail, day trips, specimen preparation and practice of bird identification by sight and sound. At the field station, various habitats will be visited by foot and canoe and their avian communities analyzed. We will examine the issues surrounding Neotropical migratory birds and their conservation. A group research project, two field exams, an anatomy practical and a written final exam will be the basis of grading for the course. Class size is limited to 16. Listed as Biology 450.01

Topics: Old Italy, New Italy (three credits)

Topics: Old Italy, New Italy (three credits)
President Zach Messitte, professor of politics and government, and Diane Mockridge, professor of history

This provides an intensive overview of Italian history, politics, culture and language. Students will spend the first week of the course on Ripon’s campus where they will have lectures, discussions, film screenings, basic language instruction and a special Wisconsin-Italian field trip. Students then will spend two weeks in a villa just outside of Rome, Italy, in Due Santi, a historic district south of the city. The class will be team-taught with Mockridge focusing on “old Italy” (ancient Rome, medieval Italy and the Renaissance) and Messitte concentrating on “new” Italy (from the Risorgimento through the present). In addition to two tests and two papers, students will be expected to keep a daily journal while in Italy. Counts toward Global/Cultural Studies requirement. Cross-listed as Classical Studies 200.01, History 200.01, and Politics and Government 200.01

Bonn-Berlin: Memory, Memorials, Museums

Bonn-Berlin: Memory, Memorials, Museums (two credits)
Lorna Sopcak, associate professor of German and chair of the department

On walking tours, students explore and examine the monuments, museums and memorial sites in Bonn, Berlin and Leipzig, Germany, studied during the spring semester course. Students will experience firsthand the artistic, political and historical climates of Bonn and Berlin; practice critical and comparative thinking skills; integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines; conduct a tour prepared in the spring semester course; record experiences and encounters in a reflective journal; continue and expand research on a chosen topic; collect documentation through photographs, drawings or other visual materials; compile a portfolio including a photo essay with an introduction, captions and a concluding reflective essay integrating course readings and sites visited to demonstrate their ability to perceive, interpret, contrast and evaluate the “new” and “different.” Listed as German 310.01

Peace Studies in Jamaica (two credits)

Peace Studies in Jamaica (two credits)
Joe Hatcher, professor of psychology

This class begins with a half-semester introduction to the field of peace studies, incorporating videos, readings and class discussion. After Commencement, we then move to Hagley Gap, Jamaica, a small village in the Blue Mountains, for two weeks of service-learning in the community and in the schools during which the principles discussed in the first week are actively applied. The course is limited to 15 students, chosen by weighing their self-statement, an interview, recommendations from faculty, and a team-based assessment. Listed as Interdisciplinary Studies 300.01

In Focus Spain: Seville (three credits)

In Focus Spain: Seville (three credits)
Timothy Reed, associate professor of Spanish

An 18-day intensive study abroad experience at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study in Seville, Spain. Students are offered an excellent opportunity to improve their language skills and experience the culture and beauty of this charming and historic city. Students live with host families, take cultural excursions, and attend classes Monday through Friday for a total of 45 contact hours. Listed as Spanish 300.01

Tuition and Fees

Tuition charged is $470 per credit; tuition is waived in May 2015 for some Liberal Arts In Focus courses. Program fees may include travel, housing, food, entrance fees, etc. See course instructor for information.

Ripon College campus housing will be available for In Focus students while in Ripon. The room rate is $50 per week or any part of a week.

Consult the Office of Financial Aid regarding financial assistance.

Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Phone: 800-947-4766
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