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The General Education Program

Located just a train ride away from the United Nation headquarters, Lausanne offers abundant opportunities for those interested in international or political studies. Students can complete some of their General Education requirements in this summer program. Students have the option of spending one or two months in Lausanne. 

Program Dates

May 6th, 2018 - June 15th, 2018

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX


Course Offerings (these courses are not yet updated to reflect the summer of 2018)

All students going to any Lausanne summer program are required to take either a French course or HUM 295.

  • If you have never taken French before (even if you've met your language GE requirement with another language), you will be required to take FRE 121.
  • If you have already completed FRE 152 or higher, you will need to take HUM 295.
  • If you are attending and need to take FRE 152, you will need to enroll in that class.


FILM 315 - Film as Art (4) *Fulfills Fine Arts GE

  • An exploration of film as a visual art. Parallels drawn between film, painting, sculpture and the use of space, color, and content. Avant garde, American, foreign, and documentary film will be viewed with discussions, selected readings, and field trips to augment the students concept of film as an art form.

REL 301 - Christianity and Culture (3)/Prerequisite: REL 102 (GE)

  • A study of ways in which Christianity shapes such aspects of culture as art, literature, music, medicine, law, secularization, ecology, racial and ethnic issues, and education, and ways in which these, in turn, influence Christian life and faith.

HIST 390 - Modern History of the Middle East (4) *Fulfills World Civilizations GE

  • An introductory course which explores the causes underlying the rise of sovereign nation-states in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the conflicts that have attended modern social, technological, and political change. In addition, particular attention will be paid throughout the course to Islam and its influence over the socio-political history of the Middle East. The basic tenets of Islam and its significance and role will be critically examined. Generally, the course will strike a balance between chronological and thematic/analytical approaches.

FRE 121 - French Language and Culture (1)

  • Teaches basic, practical conversation and limited reading and writing skills along with a study of French culture (This course does not prepare a student to take FRE 152. Taught only in the French language program during the summer term).

FRE 152 - Elementary French II (4)/Prerequisite: FRE 151

  • Basic grammar and conversation. Reading, writing, and an introduction to French culture (Must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses)

HUM 295 - Enriching the International Experience (1)

  • This course is designed to enrich the student's international experience by providing opportunities to engage more fully with the culture and to reflect more deeply on the experience. It is the goal of this course to help students know how to look at and listen to their new culture and how to give meaning to their international experience (Taught only in International Programs. May be repeated in a different location. Cr/NC grading only).

The Visiting Faculty

Dr. Heather Thomason-Bunn

Assistant Professor of English/Director of First-Year Writing, Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College







Updated: 07.25.17