Lausanne Summer Program
Summer GE Program
Lausanne is located in the heart of the French-speaking area of western Switzerland along the shores of majestic Lake Geneva. Founded originally by the Romans, the city boasts of a long history and offers visitors today a rich cultural life. Lausanne has a perfect blend of options for the urban dweller (restaurants, shops, and entertainment), but also appeals to the swimmers, hikers, bikers, and skiers who love the rugged adventure that the Swiss Alps provide. Its central location in Europe allows for easy train access to all the major cities of Europe: it is only 45 minutes from the Geneva airport, four hours from Paris by the high-speed train, and one hour from the best ski slopes in the Alps.
In the Lausanne Summer Program, students can complete 7 or more units of GE requirements in just 5 weeks!
May 6th, 2018 - June 15th, 2018
The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.
Room & Board: $3,252.00
7 unit minimum requirement. All students enrolled in the Lausanne summer program are required to take either a French course or HUM 295.
- Students who have not taken French before - even if they have met their language GE requirement with another language - will be required to enroll in FRE 121 (1 unit).
- If a student has already completed FRE 151 or higher, they will be required to enroll in FRE 152 or HUM 295 (1 unit).
REL 102 - New Testament in Context (3 units)
- Fulfills Christianity and Culture GE!
- Prerequisite: REL 101
- Literary, historical, and theological study of the New Testament writings, with attention
to their origins in the Early Jewish and Greco-Roman world and their subsequent influence.
Prerequisite: REL 101
REL 301 - Christianity and Culture (3 units)
- Fulfills Christianity and Culture GE!
- 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 204 - History of the American Peoples (4 units)
- Fulfills American Experience GE!
- This course provides a historical overview of the American peoples from pre-colonial
times to the present, exploring the variety of the American experience in the context
of political, social, and intellectual developments. Satisfies in part the general
education requirement in the American experience.
HIST 390 - Modern History of the Middle East (4 units)
- 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 unit)
- 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 units)
- 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)
ENG 380 - Topics in Literature: Culture Clashes at Home & Abroad (4 units)
- Fulfills Literature GE!
- Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent
- In this course, you will encounter stories from writers who claim, challenge, and
complicate various dimensions of culture. The stories these authors tell take up some
of the most pressing issues facing the world today: immigration, religious tolerance,
political justice, racism, discrimination, and violence. As individual readers, you
can "take up" these issues as well, and engage with them from new perspectives. As
a classroom community, we can work through these texts together, challenging each
other's assumptions and working through dynamics of diversity that shape the way we
interpret and respond to difference.
PE 292 - Beginning Sailing (2 units)
- Learn to sail on the vast waters of Lac Léman against the backdrop of the soaring
Swiss Alps! Students will sail the same waters once crossed by Julius Caesar as they
learn basic concepts of sailing, boat maintenance and safety, all while skippering
a 20ft sailboat with local instructors. An additional course fee of $500 will be
applied to the student's account to enroll in the course. Enrollment is contingent
upon acceptance into the course. To apply, submit an application using the form below.
HUM 295 - Enriching the International Experience (1 unit)
- 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
The Visiting Faculty
Dr. Heather Thomson-Bunn
Assistant Professor of English/Director of First-Year Writing, Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College