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Each year, Skidmore sponsors a number of faculty-led travel seminars to locations around the world (see list below). Travel seminar courses must offer a carefully structured, focused, and challenging learning experience. These programs allow students to accompany one or two faculty members as they explore a focused topic that uses the destination as a classroom. To apply for any of these programs, please login to our online student portal (applications will open in May 2018).


2019 Travel Seminars:

Exploring Rome (Italy)

May 19 - June 6, 2019

Professors: Dan Curley (Classics) and Gregory Spinner (Religious Studies) 

Rome is the Eternal City, an urban center three millennia in the making.  As a religious, political, and cultural world capital, Rome has become onE of the most imaged and imagined cities on earth, depicted in literature and art by citizens, expatriates, exiles, and visitors alike.  Exploring Rome offers an immersive residential experience, where representations of the city meet the realities of urban space and urban planning.  Students will tour and present on ancient sites (the Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon), as well as the Vatican, major museums, churches, synagogues, palazzi, Fascist monuments, and other locales in which it is possible to discern the spatial and social layering that is Rome's hallmark.  In addition, students will keep travel journals and produce a portfolio that captures their experience on the tour, thereby continuing the ages-old tradition of writing about Rome.

For more information, including the itinerary and the pre-requisites course, click here.

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Mustangs and the American West (Nevada, USA)

March 2019

Professor: Elaine Larsen (Biology)

This travel seminar and it's companion course Inside Equus (BIO 195) comprise a classroom and field-based introduction to equine physiology and behavior and their adaptation to domestication.  Students will travel to Nevada and California over spring break and observe wild horses at liberty in the wild and in confinement and assess rangeland conditions.  The ethical, ecological, and economic aspects of wild horse management on range lands will also be discussed and students will meet rangeland specialists, wild horse specialists, trainers, and advocates to hear different points of view.  Observations will be documented and used in a formal presentation at the end of the semester. 

To find out more information including a detailed schedule, please review the Mustangs and the American West website.

Information Sessions: TBA


Transgression: The Sacred and the Profane in 20th Century Paris (Paris, France)

May/June 2019

Professors: Sonya Chung (English) and Bradley Onishi (Religion)

This travel seminar examines French thinkers in the early 20th century who engaged literature, philosophy, and religion to explore the passages between the sacred and the profane in a dauntingly secularized world. How do we find the sacred after the death of God? How did these thinkers invoke enchantment, mysticism, the erotic, the transgressive and the "obscene" in their searches for meaning, love, beauty?  Students will immerse in varied and provocative responses - a balance of nonfiction & fiction writings - to this dilemma and then explore it in their own analytical and imaginative (fiction) writing as they use Paris as their classroom.

To find out more information including a detailed schedule, please review the Transgression: The Sacred and the Profane in 20th Century Paris website.

Information Sessions: TBA