This semester is designed to develop students’ understanding of relevant issues in international business, global corporate ethics, international financial systems, and international development. This semester explores these topics through a combination of fieldwork, case studies, and seminars. The course is designed to develop essential understandings through the lense of real-world application in Asia. Students study and travel throughout Asia to contextualize the concepts learned in courses and experience first-hand emerging issues in global business practice and international development. Students engage in real-world cycles of topic immersion and reflective learning throughout China and Thailand. Students spend thirteen weeks abroad, including four weeks in China and nine weeks in Thailand.
This semester is comprised of four courses. Two courses run for six weeks each and are tied specifically to students’ immersive field experience in China and Thailand. Two additional courses run the full length of the semester and are designed to both frame the experience in the semester and develop skills for students’ enduring academic success.
In addition to the two country-specific courses offered in this semester, students will also complete two additional courses that span the full semester.
Rhetoric and Composition for the College Writer
This course is designed to strengthen students’ writing mechanics and prepare students for the demands of academic writing. This course has been designed to develop writing and rhetoric skills by leveraging core content explored through other Verto courses and immersive field work. Students will use essential questions for other courses taken during the semester to contextualize the importance of strong academic writing, develop strong academic prose, and explore the relationship between language and rhetoric.
Identity, Politics, and Equity
This course challenges students to critically analyze how identity — as defined by others and oneself — shapes culture, politics, and the distribution of power. Drawing from media, texts, and intercultural experiences within homestays and fieldwork, students reflect on the dynamic roles of ethnicity, gender, nationality, and socio-economic status in shaping relationships within communities. Students will leave the course with critical understanding and inquiry tools to serve in creating greater equity in relationships ranging from the interpersonal to those between nations.