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CHEMICAL AND POLITICAL FERMENTATION
Our program centers around three cities which function as home bases: Bonn, the former “capital village”; Berlin, the once and future capital; and Dresden, a cultural and historic lodestone. From those bases, we go out to explore the areas around them. From Bonn, we go to Köln (also known as Cologne, and for it) and Aachen (Charlemagne’s seat); from Berlin, we got to Potsdam (the German Versailles) and Wittenberg (where the Reformation started); from Dresden, we go to Leipzig (another cultural and historical lodestone). We also have brief stays in Trier (a Roman provincial capital and birthplace of Marx) and Weimar (where Goethe lived and worked, the home of Bauhaus, and the site of the Buchenwald concentration camp).
Germany has been at the crossroads of many different movements and ideas in history. This constant has produced great variety and great innovation, but also great sorrow and great tragedy. Germany has been at the center of so much European history (for ill and for good) that it offers more experience per mile. In fact, Germany offers far more than we could ever live in three weeks, so one of our goals for this trip is to help you learn to travel on your own in Germany. We will travel by public transportation: train, bus, and subway. We will pack a lunch for the train, we will spend a Saturday walking in nature, we will visit an Aldi in its natural environment.
All courses will satisfy either Belmont requirements in the Gen Ed core or the specified major. You must participate in at least one course offered in Germany. You should consult individual program faculty to see how online options can fit into your study abroad program.
- In Köln, make your own cologne at House of 4711, makers of the original cologne.
- In Potsdam, walk across the Bridge of Spies like you’re part of a Cold War prisoner exchange, and visit Frederick the Great’s pleasure palace, Sanssouci.
- In Berlin, see remnants of the Berlin Wall and the Olympic Stadium where Jesse Owens won four gold medals.
- In Weimar, learn about the Holocaust at Buchenwald.
- In Bonn, cruise the Rhein to the place where Siegfried slew the dragon Fafnir
- In Trier, climb through and under a Roman bath and amphitheater.
- In Dresden, see the Green Vault, the largest collection of treasure in Europe.
- In Aachen, see Charlemagne’s throne and his relics.
- In Leipzig, see the church where J.S. Bach worked and is buried, and visit the oldest coffee house in Germany
PSC 2400 Comparative Politics :
This course is a major requirement for political science majors, as well as for International Economics and Social Entrepreneurship (Global track). It is about the differences in governing institutions—how the rules we live under differ, why people choose those differences, and what differences they produce.
PSC 3950 German Politics and Popular Music:
This course will be an elective for the political science majors (PSC and INP), and will be available for social science general education credit as part of an ILC with chemistry. It will focus on the political institutions of the Federal Republic, as well as on the history in which they are grounded. It will also consider current issues and how those institutions have shaped responses, as well as how popular music has influenced public deliberation on these issues.
CEM 2015 Chemistry in German Society:
Did you know that aspirin was first synthesized in a German laboratory, or that German chemists first synthesized fertilizer? Perhaps you have heard of the famous Reinheitsgebot
, the purity law which dictates what ingredients may be included in beer? This course will count as a 3-hour science class in general education, and will be available as part of an ILC looking at how politics affects chemistry and how chemistry affects politics.
ENG 3950: Third Year Writing (English 3010; satisfies BELL CORE requirement)
REL 3950: Religion Jr. Cornerstone (Path A or B; satisfies BELL CORE requirement)
INB 3950: (satisfies BBA Core Business requirement for International Business 3300)
1. Program Fee: $5,000:
This fee will include round-trip airfare from Nashville, in-country transportation, housing, some meals, group excursions, on-site support, and student insurance.
Costs not covered by the program fee include:
Course texts and supplies, additional meals not
covered, personal expenses.
2. Belmont Tuition
Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 2/3 off the cost of normal Maymester tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.
Program Deposit: $500 due at time of acceptance
Faculty-Led Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
How to Apply
- Spring Break Programs: November 15
- Maymester Programs: February 1
- Summer Programs: February 15
1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply.
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Dr. Nathan Griffith
Department of Political Science
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Dr. Alison Parker
Department of Chemistry and Physics
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