May Term Travel Courses

A beach scene from Italy

The University of Redlands is well-represented around the globe during May 2013, as several Bulldogs participate in study abroad courses.

May Term trips include journeys to Italy, Australia and New Zealand, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Greece, Guatemala, Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, Palau, Salzburg, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Spain, Southern Europe, and Washington, D.C.

This year, professor of physics Tyler Nordgren is teaching his sixth May Term travel course, “Astronomy Abroad: Galileo’s Italy.”

“Astronomy is a science and activity that takes place all over the world, in the present as well as the past,” he said. “In May 2003 we explored the astronomy of the American Southwest. We visited modern observatories in Arizona and ancient astronomically aligned ruins in New Mexico.”

Since then, Nordgren has taken students around California, where the group sat in on Mars Rover planning at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Hawaii, where they studied volcanism on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system.

Now, Nordgren and his diverse group of undergrads are following in Galileo’s footsteps.

“The students are from all across the College of Arts & Sciences, which is fitting because we explore topics such as astronomy, philosophy of science, history, religion, and art,” he said.

By the time the trip is over, Nordgren is certain that lasting memories will have been made.

“My students come away from these courses claiming to have had life changing experiences,” he said.

Some students are already looking forward to May Term 2014. According to the Study Abroad office, courses that are scheduled for next year include trips to Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Swaziland, and the U.K.

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