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.


NOTE: Due to the ongoing pandemic, details of all courses are subject to change.

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


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

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.
Contact: Dr. Michael Bechtel


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
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: Dr. Ethan Blass


Germany - Eisenach

GM 105 Eisenach Immersion
Open to any major.  Students doing May Term internships in Eisenach register for the course and for a departmental internship.  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

Castle Singers Kammerstreicher 2018-19

GM 223 Tour with the Arts
2022- Wind Ensemble tour to Central Europe (England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Austria, Italy, Iceland.)
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. Must be a member of this auditioned music ensemble both fall and winter to participate.
Prerequisites: Member of Castle Singers, Wartburg Choir, or Wind Ensemble
Contacts: Dr. Nicki ToliverDr. Craig HancockDr. Lee Nelson



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. Mariah Birgen




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


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


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. Michael Gleason

Netherlands Aerial Photo

ID 316 People, Planet and Profit. (The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark) 
Explore the impact of business on society and the environment and the ways in which companies have adapted their business practices, in accordance with the three pillars of sustainability – economic, societal, and environmental.
Contact:  Dr. Amy Pilcher



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 

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


SO 385 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


Costa Rica

SP 260 & 261 Hispanic Culture & Intensive Conversation (Costa Rica)
These two May Term courses are taken simultaneously at a Latin-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.
Contact: Dr. Marta Ramírez Martínez


Oviedo, Spain

SP 318 Contemporary Spain (Oviedo, Spain)
Explore Spanish culture and society in the 20th and 21st centuries through linguistic, social, literary, and political manifestations. Topics may include gender, race, class, migration, linguistic diversity, war, and Spain’s role in the European Union. 
Prerequisites: Two 300-level Spanish courses or instructor permission
ContactsDr. Zak Montgomery


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: Dr. Michaeleen Golay


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: Dr. Rick Snyder

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.
Contact: Dr. Kelly Faga



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: TBD


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: Jeremy Whitaker



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.
Contact: TBD


SP 262/263 Hispanic Culture/Intensive Conversation in the United States (Denver, CO)
A multidisciplinary study of Hispanic culture in the Unites States through public art, museums, cultural sites and other experiential activities (SP 262) and development of linguistic skills in an immersion environment (SP 263). 
Prerequisite: SP 206 or instructor permission/Corequisite: SP 263
Contact: Dr. Marta Ramírez Martínez