MaymesterImmediately after commencement, students have an opportunity to combine academics with an international experience and still be back in time for summer jobs, internships, or other plans. On the inaugural trip in 2011, students were thrilled to study the Cold War in Eastern Europe, traveling to Berlin, Warsaw, and Budapest. There they visited the places they studied and met with art historians and other experts on tours that reinforced and enhanced their classroom experiences. Led by their professors, most often on interdisciplinary teams, students have also explored early Celtic Ireland and Roman Britain (2012), investigated US and Japan in the Modern Era (2013, 2015 and 2017), examined the history and arts of Ancient Greece (2014), followed the history and myth of the Road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Portugal (2016), or studied the interaction of the three great monotheistic religions in Spain (2018). In the process, students also taste a variety of local and regional cuisines, spend their leisure time exploring, shopping, or simply sitting at a café and people watching. The Maymester is typically a six-week course. After a week of intensive study on campus and 10-14 days of travel, students return home to work on independent research projects. Many of the Maymesters offer students opportunities to satisfy core requirements, e.g., the diversity requirement (Modern Japan) or the Fine Arts core requirement (Classical Greece, Cold War in Eastern Europe, or Modern Japan). Students find the Maymesters transformative. They relish the friendships that develop, the new perspectives they form on their studies, and a different relationship with their professors. “Exhilarating,” “Awesome,” “Amazing,” are just some of the superlatives students have used to describe their learning experience. “The history I read has somehow become more real,” claimed another. Join us on the upcoming journey–Maymester to Korea is planned for Spring 2024! This course will examine modern Korean history in light of Korea’s place in global politics and culture, from its colonial period (1905-1945) to the present day. It combines academic study with in-country field experience. During the on-campus (PC) portion of the course, students engage in intensive discussion of readings, films and visual materials, and other primary sources. While in South Korea, visits to historic, political, and cultural sites enables deeper exploration of course themes. This course fulfills the Fine Arts core requirement and the Diversity proficiency, and counts as a History, Art, Art History, and Asian Studies elective.