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. Abroad May Term courses are listed on this page. 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.

May Term Internships in Eisenach, Germany

  • Develop your professional skills in the shadow of the Wartburg Castle
  • Internships available for most majors  
  • Prerequisite:  At least one semester of German
  • Contact Dr. Brian Pfaltzgraff, ext. 8322


ART 275 Drawing and Painting in Italy
Students tour historical art sites in Florence, Sienna, Pisa, and Rome. Students draw and paint at historical and scenic locations. Drawing ability is helpful. Please contact the faculty member about pricing of the course.
Prerequisite: Pre-departure orientation required | Housing: Student apartments and one week at a convent / guest house
Contact: Prof. Barbara Fedeler, ext. 8298
BA 436 Trends in Business Management
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: Allen Bernard, ext. 8485
New Zealand
BI 295 New Zealand Ecology 
Students learn about New Zealand ecosystems by performing field research, and visiting natural areas. Field work is required. Additionally, students will experience Maori culture, and visit a native bird sanctuary.
Prerequisites: BI 152, and BI 295 New Zealand Ecology & Maori Culture I
Contact: Biology: ext. 8392
Bahamas BI 208 Island Ecology
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
BI 295 Ecology and Culture of the Amazon
Structure of ecosystems, flora and fauna interrelationships, issues of resource management, and indigenous culture. Additional Fee. Prerequisites: GM 295 Ecology and Culture of the Amazon I and any BI course with a C or higher.
Dr. Michael Bechtel, ext. 8380
EC 295 01  Economics of Microfinance/Indian Economics
Introduces basic concepts of microfinance, a model example of a social entrepreneurship innovation that addresses social problems of the poor using business models. Exposes students to the economy, culture, tradition and other diversity issues of developing countries. Diversity. May Term even years. 
Prerequisites: GM 195 India Travel Seminar and second-year standing Contact: Dr. Tamrat Gashaw, ext. 8428
Greece EN 156 Abroad – Myth & Folklore: Greece and the Ancient World
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: 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. Diversity. May Term even years. 
Prerequisites: GM 261 | Housing: Hostels and hotels | Contact: Dr. Rachel Clark, ext. 8656
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 | Housing: Residence halls
 Prof. Yvonne Losch, ext. 8218
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 | Housing: Church guest house | Contact: Dr. Brian Pfaltzgraff, ext. 8322
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GM 223 Tour with the Arts
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 | Housing: Home stays
Contacts: Jennifer Larson, ext. 8414, Dr. Craig Hancock, ext. 8296, Dr. Lee Nelson, ext. 8412
GM 232 Japan: Tradition and Culture
Students learn about Japanese traditions, history, religion, and cotemporary (fix spelling) 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 | Housing: Hotels and traditional inns | Contact: Dr. Kunihiko Terasawa: 8733
GM 303 Historical Roots of Math and Physics
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. Stays will be primarily in youth hostels and trains will be used for travel therefore students are required to carry their luggage. This course is writing intensive. 
Prerequisites: Pre-departure orientation required | Housing: Hostels and hotels | ContactDr. Brian Birgen, ext. 8565.
GM 304/ID 304 China in Transition
Introduction to Chinese culture and social life through a visit to the People's Republic of China. Study at a local university and have personal interaction with Chinese student learning partners.
Prerequisite: GM 308 China Seminar | Contact: Business Administration, Accounting, and Economics, ext. 8315
Israel & Jordan
GM 308 / ID 308 Middle East Life and Culture
On-site archaeological research in biblical lands, integrating archaeological, historical, cultural and religious perspectives. Prerequisite: third or fourth year standing and GM 307, Winter Term, 2009. Co-requisite: GM 308 Middle East Life and Culture (1/2 credit). GM 307 Readings in Middle East Life and Culture (1/2 course credit). Orientation course in preparation for May Term immersion in the Middle East. Readings, discussion concerning life and culture of the Middle East. Winter Term. Students enrolled in this course must enroll in GM 308 and ID 308 during the following May Term.
Prerequisites: LS 307; pre-departure orientation required | Housing: Church guest houses | Contact: Dr. Chip Bouzard, ext. 8235
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 | Housing: Hostels, Lutheran Centers| Contact: Dr. Shawn Ellerbroek, ext. 8679
HI 212 Cathedrals and Castles 
Course introduces students to the numerous remains of medieval British culture in the form of castles, cathedrals, churches, and monasteries. Examines how these structures were built and used. Also explores some Iron Age and Roman sites. IC Humanities / Fine Arts. Cultural Immersion.
Prerequisites: GM 212 | Contact: Dr. Erika Lindgren,ext. 8201
New Zealand
ID 315 Leadership Theories and Practices
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
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: Prof. Ashley Lang, ext. 8486
ID 322 The Anthropology of the Pilgrimage
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

PSY 395 01 History of Psychology
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. May Term odd years. 
Prerequisites: PSY 101, third- or fourth-year standing and instructor approval
Contact: Dr. Andrea Eslick, ext. 8628

SO 402 01– Global Communities 
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. May Term odd years.
Prerequisite: SO 101 | Contact: Dr. Brian McQueen, ext. 8755
Costa Rica
SP 260 & 261 Hispanic Culture & Intensive Conversation
These two courses are taken simultaneously at a Spanish-American site (Mexico or Costa Rica). The multidisciplinary Hispanic Culture course involves visiting important cultural locations. These could include national parks, museums, orphanages, schools and colonial city centers. The Intensive Conversation course gives students 20 hours per week of guided conversation with native-language instructors. Classes are conducted in Spanish. Student assessment is based on short written quizzes, oral exams, participation and the creation of digital videos. Diversity course.
Prerequisite: SP 206 or departmental approval. Pre-departure orientation required | Housing: Home stays
ContactsDr. Thomas Boerigter, ext. 8219 and Dr. Zak Montgomery, ext. 8435


BI 205 Field Biology - Oregon Coast
Oregon State Marine Science Center, Newport, Ore., and western wildlife areas. Laboratory work required. Writing Intensive.
Prerequisite: BI 152 or instructor approval.
BI 207 Vertebrate Ecology of the Prairie - Nebraska
Introduction to higher vertebrates (mammals and birds) of North America grassland ecosystems with emphasis on tall and mixed grass prairies. Focus on ecology and conservation. Extensive field work required.
Prerequisite: BI 152 or instructor approval.
ED 212 - Human Relations - Denver, Colo.
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: 319-352-8226
New York - 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. | Housing: YMCA near United Nations Building
Contacts: 319-352-8226 | Brochure (PDF)
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 | Additional Information
Pacific Northwest ID315: Leadership Theories & Practices – Pacific Northwest
Description coming soon.
Prerequisite: Instructor approval | Contact: ext. 8259
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. Additional Fee. Contact: 352-8537