Wartburg’s one-month May Term is an ideal time for off-campus travel and study. About one in every four students will travel abroad each May Term. Faculty members accompany students on a variety of courses. This page includes all study away courses (abroad and domestic). On-campus May Term courses are listed throughout the academic catalog. Courses listed below do require additional fees for participants. Please contact the faculty member about pricing of the course.


Germany - Eisenach

Special May Term Opportunity: Internship in Eisenach  
Open to any major.  Students doing May Term internships in Eisenach register for the course and for a departmental internship ( __ 371).  Internship sites have included the Wartburg Castle, Wartburg Radio, the Bach museum, the Eisenach Jazz Archive, St. George Church, the tourism bureau, and other local businesses.  Groups excursions to other places of interest.
Prerequisite: At least one semester of college German and junior/senior status
Contact: Dr. Brian Pfaltzgraff, ext. 8322

Italy - Florence

ART 275 Drawing and Painting in Italy
Explore the urban environments of Rome and Florence, visible in the art and architecture of churches, piazzas, and museums. Journaling and on-site sketching required. Additional city visits may include Assisi, Pompeii, Ravenna, and Siena. Museum entrance fees, air and ground transportation, lodging and some meals are included in the course cost. Interview with instructor required before enrollment.
Prerequisite: ART 111 Drawing and GM 275 Italian Art and Culture
Contact: Prof. Barbara Fedeler, ext. 8298

Germany - Bonn

BA 436 Trends in Business Management (Germany)
May Term course to Bonn, Germany, focusing on the German business community. Interaction with the business community in Germany and study current management approaches. Visits to companies such as Post/DGL, Telekom, Haribo, Chamber of Commerce, Bundestag, Haus of Geschichte, etc. Contemporary readings outlining management techniques. Fee.
Prerequisite: BA 345
Contact: Dr. Allen Bernard, ext. 8485


BI 208 Island Ecology (Bahamas)
Field biology course conducted at the Gerace Research Centre, San Salvador, Bahamas including the biology and ecology of the coral reefs and hyper-saline lakes. Includes significant field work as a part of research projects. This course meets the field biology requirement of the biology major.
Prerequisites: BI 125
Contact: Dr. Stephanie Toering Peters, ext. 8694

Amazon Rain Forest
BI 295 Ecology and Culture of the Amazon
Structure of ecosystems, flora and fauna interrelationships, issues of resource management, and indigenous culture.
Prerequisites: GM 295 Ecology and Culture of the Amazon I and any BI course with a C or higher.
Dr. Michael Bechtel, ext. 8380
Greece - Athens

EN 156 Myth & Folklore: Greece and the Ancient World (Greece)
Introduction to myth in the ancient world of Greece and the eastern Mediterranean. Two weeks in Greece with visits to Athens, Delphi, Mycenae, Epidauros, Olympia, and the islands of Hydra and Santorini.
Contact: Dr. Joyce Boss, ext. 8223

EN 261 01 England: A Literary Tour
On-site study of places with historical, cultural, and especially literary significance. Four to nine days in London with shorter stays in Bath, Oxford, Stratford, the Lake District, Edinburgh, York, Cambridge, Canterbury. 
Prerequisites: GM 261
Contact: Dr. Rachel Clark, ext. 8656


Germany - Bonn

GER 260 / 261 German Culture & Intensive Conversation
A multidisciplinary exploration on site of the past and present life-ways of the German people. Students visit artistic, religious, economic, educational, and scientific centers in various regions of Germany and experience Germany in the context of the European Union. GER 260 is a four-week course taken simultaneously with GER 261. GER 261 involves the development of German linguistic skills under the direction of native German teachers. No previous course work of knowledge of German is required.
Prerequisites: Department approval; pre-departure orientation required
Contact: Prof. Yvonne Losch, ext. 8218


Castle Singers Kammerstreicher 2018-19

GM 223 Tour with the Arts (Various Locations)
International tour of various Wartburg music groups on a rotating basis. Structure and form in the arts, opera, concerts, drama, architecture, visual arts in international centers. Attendance at concerts, visits to museums and galleries, demonstrations and discussion with practicing artists. Required readings, papers.
Prerequisites: Member of Castle Singers, Wartburg Choir, or Wind Ensemble
Contacts: Dr. Nicki Toliver, ext. 8630, Dr. Craig Hancock, ext. 8296, Dr. Lee Nelson, ext. 8412



GM 232 Japan: Tradition and Culture
Students learn about Japanese traditions, history, religion, and contemporary culture firsthand. We experience the hyper-urban vibe of Tokyo, the serene Buddhist temples of Kyoto, the majesty of the Shinto Grand Shrine of Ise, the tragedy and regeneration of Hiroshima, and the primeval energy of the northern mountain forests. Along the way we see sumo wrestling, visit the Toyota factory, attend a baseball game, eat many unfamiliar foods, bathe in outdoor hot springs, and climb a sacred mountain or two.
Prerequisites: GM 222
Contact: Dr. Kunihiko Terasawa: 8733

British Isles

GM 303 Historical Roots of Math and Physics (Germany, British Isles)
Alternates every two years between going to  Germany and the  British Isles. Course focuses on the development of science in the British Isles as it relates to the corresponding historical and cultural events at the time. Specific focus on the early development of science due to Roman influence and the rapid expansion of the physical sciences from the turn of the twentieth century through the end of World War II. 
Prerequisites: Pre-departure orientation required
ContactDr. Brian Birgen, ext. 8565


GM 308 / ID 308 Middle East Life and Culture
Christianity flourished in Asia Minor (the western coast of modern-day Turkey) and Greece in the years following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This course will draw on archaeological ruins, ancient texts, and the social, cultural, political, and religious realities of the ancient Mediterranean world to better understand how and why Christianity became the dominate religion in the Roman Empire, and explore how present-day religious traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) have, and continue, to co-exist in these countries.
Prerequisites: None 
Contact: Dr. Justin Schedtler, ext. 8324



GM 359/ID 359 Tanzania: Culture and Current Issues
Experience Tanzanian culture with special focus on the global AIDS crisis. Service learning opportunities coordinated by church agencies with Maasai villagers. Be prepared for safaris and cultural encounters. Prerequisites: GM 359.
Prerequisites: Pre-departure orientation required
Contact: Dr. Shawn Ellerbroek, ext. 8679

New Zealand

ID 315 Leadership Theories and Practices (New Zealand)
Reflection on theories of leadership and civic responsibility within the context of different disciplinary backgrounds and their application to community service projects.
Prerequisites: Third- or fourth-year standing 
Contact: Dr. Dan Kittle, ext. 8443



ID 315 Leadership Theories and Practices (Nicaragua)
Students will explore and engage in critical reflection on theories of leadership and civic responsibility within the context of applied service-learning settings, including the vicinity of San Carlos in cooperation with Self-Help International. There will be an opportunity to explore rain forests, traverse volcanoes, visit islands off-shore as well as explore some urban areas which comprise Nicaragua.
Prerequisites: Third- or fourth-year standing.
Contact: Dr. Ashley Lang, ext. 8486

Spanish Mountains

ID 322 The Anthropology of the Pilgrimage (Spain)
A historical, anthropological, cultural, and behavioral study of the Medieval pilgrimage route through southern France and northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Extensive travel along the route, including several days of backpacking in the Spanish Sierras. Knowledge of French and Spanish helpful but not necessary. Winter term pre-course. Interview with instructor. Physical component.
Prerequisites: None 
Contact: Dr. Paula Survilla, ext. 8343

Germany City

PSY 395 01 History of Psychology (Germany)
A European Tour-depth study of the historical sites (e.g., the first psychology laboratory in Leipzig, Germany) and figures (e.g., Sigmund Freud, Jean Piaget) within psychology. Possible destinations include German, Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland. Diversity.
Prerequisites: PSY 101, third- or fourth-year standing and instructor approval.
Contact: Dr. Andrea Eslick, ext. 8628

Wartburg Castle

RE 277 Reformation Then & Now (Germany)
On-site study of the historical Lutheran Reformation and contemporary role of the church in the “new Reformation” in Eastern Europe. Students visit historic sites related to Martin Luther, the Reformation, Wartburg College history, and the contemporary history of Germany. A readings course, GM 277, may serve as academic preparation and prerequisite in the preceding winter term.
Prerequisite:  GM 277 
Contact:  Dr. Caryn D. Riswold, ext. 8283


SO 402 01 Global Communities (Haiti or Guatemala)
Examination of communities of place and interest in an international context. Two to three weeks of travel to locations outside the United States. Opportunities for interaction with community representatives and service in agencies. Diversity.
Prerequisite: SO 101 
Dr. Brian McQueen, ext. 8755


Costa Rica

SP 260 & 261 Hispanic Culture & Intensive Conversation (Costa Rica)
These two May Term courses are taken simultaneously at a Spanish-American site. The multidisciplinary Hispanic Culture course involves visiting important cultural locations. The Intensive Conversation course gives students 20 hours per week of guided conversation with native-language instructors. Students live with Costa-Rican host families. Classes are conducted in Spanish. Diversity. 
Prerequisite: SP 206 or departmental approval. Pre-departure orientation required.
ContactsDr. Zak Montgomery, ext. 8435



forest pacific

BI 295 Forests of the Pacific Northwest
Field biology course in Oregon to experience the unique and important ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Explore a variety of ecosystems and learn to differentiate between the components and processes of each. Includes travel to experimental forests to understand long-term ecological studies and to working forests to understand the role of the forest products industry in the economy and in environmental debates. 
Prerequisite: BI 152  
Contact: Michaeleen Golay, ext. 8708



ED 212 – Human Relations (Denver, Colorado)
Study of subgroups in our society and biases such as sexism, racism, prejudice, as well as discrimination in interpersonal relations and instructional materials. Translation of knowledge into attitudes of respect for human diversity and rights of individuals. Skills to relate effectively to individuals and subgroups and methods of teaching such skills to pupils.
Prerequisite: Pre-departure orientation required.
Contact: Rick Snyder, ext. 8226


Statue of Liberty

ED 212 – Human Relations (New York City)
Study of subgroups in our society and biases such as sexism, racism, prejudice, as well as discrimination in interpersonal relations and instructional materials. Translation of knowledge into attitudes of respect for human diversity and rights of individuals. Skills to relate effectively to individuals and subgroups and methods of teaching such skills to pupils.
Prerequisite: Pre-departure orientation required.
Contacts: Kelly Faga, ext. 8226



GM 270 – Exploration and Service Learning in Alaska
Cultural immersion and service learning with native Alaskans and persons with disabilities. Participants are headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, work with native Alaskans, explore the rich culture and natural environment of Alaska. P/D/F/ only.
Prerequisite: Instructor approval
Contact: ext. 8250


PBH 255 Applied Public Health Practice (Denver, CO)
Why are some people so much healthier than others? Experience the unequal distribution of health and disease in a real-world setting.  Learn how human health and well-being are shaped by biology, environment, behavior, and society.Gain hands-on experience while working with organizations that address Public Health issues. Course will provide an overview of the most important Public Health challenges facing the world today.
Prerequisite: PBH 101
Contact: Lorinda Sheeler, ext. 8280



RE 210 Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King (Atlanta) 
An academic and experiential study of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, ministry, and writings. Course will include eight days of travel to sties of the civil rights movement. Students will consider King’s contemporary legacy.
 ext. 8537