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Focus Programs

Susquehanna Focus programs build a rich web of connections among the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, business and the arts with classroom study, and include short-term, travel/study abroad. The goal is to help students broaden their global perspectives in a way that contributes to planning future study and career paths. Programs are usually designed to permit students at every level of their university careers, from the first year up, to participate.

Each program typically begins with an interdisciplinary set of courses addressing issues central to a foreign country or region. Participating students, who should enroll in at least two of the associated courses offered in the term, then visit the country with Susquehanna faculty for a two-credit, 14- to 16-day cultural immersion during winter, spring or summer break.

Below are two examples of Focus programs currently offered. Additional or alternative sites may be available in the future.

Focus: Caribbean (Barbados/St. Lucia) Students take courses in environmental hazards, comparative government and politics, and Caribbean culture and society. They then travel to Barbados and St. Lucia to investigate specific political, cultural and science issues. They experience firsthand the influences of Africa and Europe on Caribbean society, and explore interesting environmental and geological sites.

Focus: Australia Students take courses in biological issues in Australia and environmental psychology. They then travel to Sydney and the desert Red Center and explore the Great Barrier Reef, aboriginal sacred sites and the Australian rainforest.

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