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INTERNATIONALIZATION

Internationalization at McMurry University is a comprehensive process. In addition to student mobility (study abroad and international students), we intend for our curriculum and programs to prepare students to live, lead, and work in an increasingly globalized world. Dr. Barbara Hill of the American Council on Education explains that globalization is simply the reality that people, ideas, goods, capital, services, pollution, and diseases and more cross borders on a daily basis. Internationalization is higher education’s engagement with this reality.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

McMurry currently has students from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and Switzerland.

STUDY AWAY

McMurry’s ongoing study away site is Harlaxton, College located about an hour from London, England. Courses are available for fall and spring semesters as well as a June term. More information can be found here, http://academics.mcm.edu/study-abroad/. The registration deadline for the Summer of 2020 is January 23. Summer 2020 information and courses can be found here, https://harlaxton.evansville.edu/accepted/five-week-summer.cfm. For help with registration and additional information, contact Dr. Mark Waters, mwaters@mcm.edu.

EXAMPLES OF PAST AND UPCOMING FACULTY-LED TRIPS AWAY

Model United Nations

Each year, students travel abroad as part of McMurry’s Model United Nations program. Past trips have included diverse destinations such as China, South Korea, Japan, and the Galápagos Islands. This fall, Model UN is traveling to Erfurt, Germany, November 24-December 1, 2019 for the Model UN Conference. Cultural trips in Erfurt include a visit to Buchenwald Concentration camp, Alpha Point (a former U.S check point between East and West Germany) and the famous Christmas Market! At the conference, students will tackle a variety of international issues, such as international human rights violations, using nuclear technology safely, and eradicating HIV/AIDS in the world. We will be going to Kobe, Japan next Fall! Also, every spring, Model UN students attend the MUN conference in New York City. The prep class for the NYC trip will meet TR at 1 PM in the Spring 2020 term. All disciplines are welcome in this class. Contact Dr. Bihter Tomen of Political Science for more information.

Toronto, Ontario

A group of McMurry students, faculty, and staff visited Toronto, Ontario October 31-November 7, 2018 for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Almost 10,000 people from around the globe participated in the Parliament. Most of the McMurry students who went to this event were enrolled the course Sociology of Religion.

Multiple Sites

McMurry’s Johnson School of Business is providing Summer 2020 opportunities to study in Argentina, China, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Marseille, Montevideo, Paris, South Korea, and Spain. Contact Dr. Paul Mason (mason.paul@mcm.edu) for more information on any of these locations.    

Italy

In June of 2020, McMurry’s Art Department will take students to Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA) in Florence, Italy. Students can earn 6 hours of credit in ARTS 4399 “Art History in Italy”, ARTS 3399 “Photography in Italy”, and ARTS 3399 “Advanced 2D Studies in Italy” - drawing and painting. There is also a 2 week option.

Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance. It is the unrivaled repository of art and architectural treasures by geniuses like Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli, Brunelleschi, Cellini, Fra. Angelico, Ghiberti, Leonardo, Raphael, and Giotto. Contact Kathie Walker-Millar for more information, walkermk@mcm.edu.

London, England

McMurry Art in London, May 13-21, 2019, led by Kathie Walker-Millar and Jennifer Nichols, combined art history and photography courses. They visited the magnificent art collections of British Museum, the Tate Modern, the National Portrait, as well as contemporary art galleries and historic and contemporary architecture. They experienced an evensong observance at St Paul’s Cathedral. Their excursion to Stonehenge and the Avebury Stones was a highlight of the adventure.

Domestic Study Away 

The Department of Sociology sponsors two domestic study away courses. On alternative years, students have the opportunity to take a ‘’Social Issues Travel Course.” Below are the possible study away options.

  1. Civil Rights Tour -- This course (first seminar, subsequent travel) is designed for anyone interested in gaining a greater understanding of American society through an examination of racial segregation and the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century. The seminar portion occurs during the second-mini term, while the travel portion occurs after May’s graduation where students will visit various civil rights sites in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Considering the travel component of this course, there will an additional fee to be established at a later date. The expectation is that this amount is dependent on the number of students taking the course. Plans are also in place to reduce the cost through fundraising activities. Contact Dr. Robert Wallace for more information, wallacer@mcm.edu.
  2. Native American Tour -- This course (first seminar, subsequent travel) is designed for anyone interested in gaining a greater understanding of American society. Considering the travel component of this course, there will an additional fee to be established at a later date. The expectation is that this amount is dependent on the number of students taking the course. Plans are also in place to reduce the cost through fundraising activities. Contact Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth for more information, hollingsj@mcm.edu.