Geography of Asia
Students embark on an academic journey through the Silk Road beginning with Marco Polo. From there they begin to explore surrounding oceans, mountains, and rivers as well as the countries and their capitals. Topics of focus include Siberia, its climate, natural resources, and biodiversity, as well as geography of mainland and maritime Southeast Asia. Students also experience the customs and culture of certain parts of Asia through tea times and activities such as brush painting.
The Middle Ages and Age of Exploration
This seminar focuses on European History during the Late Middle Ages until the Hundred Years War and the life of Joan of Arc. Students probe the lives of famed navigators Prince Henry of Spain, Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan.
Renaissance and Reformation
This seminar focuses on Europe during the Renaissance, with a particular emphasis on Florence, Italy. Students study Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Lorenzo di Medici, and Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation. Other topics include England's War of the Roses, the defeat of the Armada, and the rise of the Anglican Church. The artistic component constitutes of a partial reproduction Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel based on student collaboration.