Nobody gets to learn the way they want to all of the time. (That’s why learning sometimes feels so hard.) But enter The Village, and even the hurdles you need to clear will carry with them a sweet sense of change and growth. Because here, you’ll saddle up with a small group of students and faculty from Business, STEM, Liberal and the Fine Arts on the most riveting learning journey you’ll ever know. And follow a curriculum that’s keyed to make Europe become a living classroom. With us, you’ll chose the courses your degree plan needs to have a semester’s worth of new muscle.  While you rest assured that our sponsoring school of record–The University of West Florida–will see to it that you get the help you need to reach Europe and earn your credits while there! Scroll below to choose some classes, and the journey will be starting! 

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Our Courses

In the world of study abroad that your parents or even older siblings knew, it was easy to learn overseas if your major was a language or humanities field.  But for students in STEM or Business fields? Going abroad for a semester was almost impossible without falling behind in your degree plan. That’s a problem The VIllage was built to solve. Because we’re designed to welcome STEM, Business, Arts and Humanities students alike. With us you’ll take between 12 and 18 credit hours that you’ll select from the three different categories of courses our curriculum features:

  • Our Core courses are our liberal arts mainstays, including General Education offerings in History, Art History, Literature, Mass Communications, and French. You’ll take at least 3 of these courses, and our professors will challenge and engage you every day. (Remember reading everywhere that you need a second language to succeed today? We have you covered on The Village and can even send you home with credits in French.)
  • Our Journey Courses are our mobile seminars in the humanities and fine arts, taught in hybrid ways that feature online delivery as well as intensive work in our two iconic classroom capital cities: Paris and London. You’ll take just one of these courses and if you’re like our enthused alumni, you’ll say after Journey that you’ve never learned or done more than you did while taking this single course.
  • Our Village Online courses are a curated list of courses from General Education, Business, STEM and Educational Science fields. These are supplemental courses to our backbone curriculum so that you can live and learn all semester in Europe but not loose any traction in your major field of study back at home. You may select one of these courses included in your program price. If you elect to take two of these courses, you’ll pay a supplemental fee of $650 for your second course.  The exact list of these courses and their availability is subject to change.   

 

 

 

  1. I. Core

    • Intercultural Communications

      3 Credits: COM3461

      We see own world every day, and communicating well within that world is what we naturally do well. Required of all students on The VIllage, this course is about getting you to take bold strides onto the world’s stage as you meet and interact with people who aren’t your family, don’t come from your hometown or state, and speak languages that you either don’t understand or have only just begun to speak. Moving out into Europe one village at a time, you’ll learn in this class to see cultural difference as an opportunity for your own learning and growth. You’ll also advance your abilities as a communicator, while taking time, too, to increase your sense of self awareness and how your communicative energies can work best within a variety of different social and professional settings. Explores issues related to intercultural communication processes. Considers the important role of context (social, cultural, and historical) in intercultural interactions. The goal is to develop an understanding of the process of communicating across cultural boundaries. Operates from the premise that culture is both a producer and product of communication, and, therefore, an appreciation of communication processes is an essential factor in promoting positive intercultural relations and pursuing a more just global society. Meets Multicultural Requirement and is required of all students.

    • Introduction to Literature

      3 Credits: LIT2000

      European have written some of the most powerful works of literary art in our world’s history. As you read some of these incredible works in the very lands where they were produced, you’ll learn how and why so much of the world’s literature flowered like it did in Europe. This course is designed for students from all majors who are interested in learning more about reading literature at the college level. A wide range of literary works are examined, with an emphasis on exposing students to as many genres as possible. Critical thinking and writing skills are also emphasized. Satisfies Florida Common Core Humanities requirement. Meets Gordon Rule Writing Requirement. Meets Multicultural Requirement.

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    • English Composition II

      3 Credits: ENC1102

      The flurry of sentiments that travel unleashes will be yours to harness through writing in this class, which will turn all of Europe into your cafe table and eloquent blog post or essay. You’ll be Introduced to public writing with an emphasis on rhetorical and genre analysis. Course provides instruction on writing to audiences in situations and contexts beyond the academic essay. Students will learn to organize and present ideas in a range of digital and print genres and multiple modes of communication. Satisfies UWF Breadth requirement in Communication. Meets Gordon Rule Writing Requirement.

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    • Western Survey II: Renaissance to Contemporary Art

      3 Credits: ART2051

      This course brings the incredible artistic creations of Europeans to life. Using famous architecture and the rich museum collections of the Loire Valley, Paris, London and Barcelona, this course brings to life the major artistic movements of the modern period through extensive on-site teaching and discussion sessions. Analyzes the Western aesthetic heritage within its cultural context from the fifteenth century to the present. Required of all art majors. Satisfies the lower division requirement, ARH 1000. Satisfies UWF Breadth requirement in Humanities. Meets Gordon Rule Writing Requirement. Meets Multicultural Requirement.

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    • French 1,2, 3 or 4

      3 Credits: FRE 4955

      Village French is designed to help you quickly learn the native language of your new village. We offer 3 levels of courses, ranging from total beginners (most Village students) to continuing French (meaning that you’ve had at least one semester already in college or at least 2 years in high school) on up to Village French Conversation, Composition and Cinema. Your French level will be determined in our first week of The Village, at the end of which you will be placed in the Village French section most likely to help you progress in the language.  Village French courses meet in an intensive 4 week session while we are in France.

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  2. II. JOURNEY

    • History: From Blitz to Holocaust: Paris and London in Wartime, 1939-1945

      3 Credits: HIS4955

      This intensive seminar will feature online components to be completed in advance of and subsequent to an intensive 2 week meeting schedule in central Paris and London. The seminar will be limited to 15 participants, with preference given to majors in History. Our focus will fix on the fortunes of Paris and London from the rise of the Nazis to the end of hostilities. From the “phony war” and then “strange defeat” of 1940, we will walk the streets of our classroom cities and explore how one was occupied and the other was targeted for almost ceaseless bombing of its urban core. We will look at the politics of occupation in France, as we teach in the streets of the old Jewish ghetto and at the Shoah Museum, while we seek to make sense as historians of the anti-semitic policies of Vichy France and the eventual roundup and deportation of more than 75,000 Jews from Paris and elsewhere to the Nazi extermination centers in Poland. Using the great military museums of both cities as well as art museums and key elements of public history, we will assess how London survived the Blitz and France both collaborated with and fiercely resisted the Nazi occupation.

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    • Exploring Artistic Vision: Art, Visual Culture and Travel Photography in Europe Today

      3 Credits: ART1015C

      The worlds of fashion, advertising, art, and revolutionary visual discourse have always called Paris and London home. You’ll learn why in this course, as you train your own visual acuity and master the artistic basics of travel photography, as you’re challenged every day to explore alternative modes of perception and interpretation, through lectures, discussion, and hands-on application. Material and Supply fee will be assessed. Satisfies UWF Breadth requirement in Humanities.

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  3. III. The Village Online: General Education

    • College Algebra

      3 Credits: MAC1105
      Provides the concepts and techniques of algebra that are needed to understand subjects such as statistics and economics which contain a considerable amount of quantitative reasoning. Is additionally a preparatory course for the study of calculus. Major topics include: the concept of functions, graphs of functions and relations, operations on functions, rational functions, exponentials and logarithms, systems of equations and inequalities, applications. Prerequisite course or appropriate score on placement test is required.
    • Elements of Statistics

      3 Credits: STA2023

      Fundamental statistical concepts. Probability, inference, estimation, hypothesis testing.

    • Excursions in Computing

      3 Credits: CGS2060

      Explore and understand the role of computing in today’s highly technological world. Examine the effective and ethical use of computing technology to address general and specialized domains and practice project delivery deadlines involving this technology. Topics include: role of computing, recent advances in computer hardware, system software options, system connectivity, time management and presentation technology, tools for researching current technology, algorithms, and limits of computing ethics.

    • Personal Computer Applications

      3 Credits: CGS2570

      Internet Based online course, which provides practical experience with current popular microcomputer application packages. Students typically learn to use word-processing, spreadsheet, database software, and PowerPoint. Required for CIS majors but may not be taken for credit by CS majors.

    • Cultural Geography

      3 Credits: GEO3421

      Sociocultural distributions with emphases on social regions, spatial behavior and cultural landscapes. Topics include population, spatial diffusion and processes, race, language, religion, political organization, methods of livelihood, settlement patterns, and the regional distribution of the elements over the earth.

    • International Politics

      3 Credits: INR2002

      Sources and processes of conflict and cooperation among nation-states.

    • Introduction to Anthropology

      3 Credits: ANT2000

      Introduction to subdivision of anthropology and anthropological thought, basic treatment of human evolution, origins of civilization, world archaeology and modern work cultures, stressing the continuities of human nature.

    • Introduction to Sociology

      3 Credits: SYG2000

      Fundamental principles concerning social relationships, social interaction and social structure.

    • Music Appreciation

      3 Credits: MUL2010

      Musical perspectives within Western civilization. Designed to express the correlation of music, art, and literature in Western culture. Special emphases include the nature of music, both past and present, and music as reflection / expression of society’s vital activities. Credit cannot be earned in both MUH 2110 and MUL 2110.

    • General Biology for Non Majors

      3 Credits: BSC1005

      Survey of abiotic and biotic principles as they apply to basic structural and functional topics at the cellular, organismal, population and community levels; and the application of these principles to issues of current interest.

    • Principles of Nutrition

      3 Credits: HFC2577

      The fundamentals of nutrition are explored, emphasizing the biochemical and physiological mechanisms of digestion, absorption, metabolic pathways, energy requirements, and nutritional status. It provides students with an understanding of nutrients and their roles in the body while examining current issues in food science. An emphasis is placed on promotion of growth and health by examining weight control, disease prevention, food safety, and planning a healthy diet.

    • Introduction to Environmental Science

      3 Credits: EVR2001

      Study of interrelationships between human activity and the natural systems in our environment. Interdisciplinary approach to the study of natural processes and how they affect and are affected by human activity. Particular emphasis will be given to examination of the ways in which science offers solutions to the pressure human activity places on natural resources.

  4. IV. The Village Online: Business

    • Accounting for Non Majors

      3 Credits: ACG3082

      Coverage of financial, managerial, and cost accounting topics with an emphasis on uses of accounting information; available to non- business majors only.

    • Advanced Financial Accounting

      3 Credits: ACG4201
      Problems in external financial reporting including business combinations and consolidated financial statements, foreign operations, and partnerships. Offered concurrently with ACG 5205; graduate students will be assigned additional work.
    • Business Ethics and Stakeholder Management

      3 Credits: GEB3453

      Managers are confronted with increasingly complex environments and face challenges trying to balance economic, legal, and ethical responsibilities vis-a-vis the stakeholder groups with which they interact. This course investigates the spectrum of business ethics and social responsibility issues that managers face in today’s organizations. Course will be grounded in contemporary events and addresses these challenges from an individual and a managerial perspective.

    • Human Resources Management

      3 Credits: MAN3301

      Introduction to personnel administration; emphasis on the basic personnel function of both the personnel specialist and the operating manager. Critical issues stressed include selection, compensation, OSHA, EEO, unions and discipline.

    • International Business

      3 Credits: GEB4361

      Introduces students to the complexities of conducting business on a global scale. Businesses typically develop in a domestic setting and then expand into international commerce. Focuses on the necessary adaptations of business practices for success in global markets. Offered concurrently with GEB 5365; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

    • Principles of Micro Economics

      3 Credits: ECO2023

      Introduction to economics with an emphasis on the determination of prices in the market economy and their role in allocating commodities and economic resources to various users. Study of market structure and efficiency. This course is recommended to be taken after ECO 2013.

    • Principles of Macro Economics

      3 Credits: ECO2013

      Introduction to economics with emphasis on the study of aggregate economic activity, national income, price level determination, and economic growth and development.

    • Intermediate Macro Economics

      3 Credits: ECO3203

      National income accounts. Aggregate supply and demand functions. Savings and consumption functions. The multiplier, the accelerator, marginal efficiency of capital, and determinants of interest rate. Problems of growth and full employment.

    • Introduction to Managerial Science

      3 Credits: MAN3550

      Quantitative decision-making methods and their application to planning and control of operations. Systems concept of organization and mathematical reasoning in decision-making emphasized. Cases and incidents provide illustrations. Credit can only be earned for one of these three courses: MAN 3540, MAN 3550 and ISM 3XX1.

    • Management of Diversity

      3 Credits: MAN4102

      Roles, behaviors, career paths, motivational strategies, obstacles, and collegial reaction to managing diversity within the labor force are an integral aspect of the course. Personal assessment of communication styles and diversity in management styles. Discussions focus on diversity awareness and strategies to enhance productivity through team effort. Emphasis on proactive steps to integrate a diverse work force toward a more productive unit. Offered concurrently with MAN 5116; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

    • Natural Resources Economics

      3 Credits: ECP4313

      Study of interrelationships between human activity and the natural systems in our environment. Interdisciplinary approach to the study of natural processes and how they affect and are affected by human activity. Particular emphasis will be given to examination of the ways in which science offers solutions to the pressure human activity places on natural resources.

  5. V. The Village Online: STEM

    • Epidemiology of Infectious Disease

      3 Credits: MCB4276

      The basic principles of epidemiology as they apply to infectious disease and the impact of infectious disease on human civilization will be addressed. The causes and distribution of current epidemics of infectious disease, including newly emerging and reemerging diseases, and the approaches being applied to defeat these diseases will be discussed. Offered concurrently with MCB 5273; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

    • Professional Development in Psychology

      3 Credits: PSY2023

      This course will provide students with an overview of the discipline of psychology, including expectations for the psychology major, career options for students completing a bachelor degree in psychology, and career options for students who pursue a graduate degree in psychology. Skills required for library research, writing in the style of the American Psychological Association, professional communication, and ethical and professional issues will be discussed. Must earn a C or higher to pass the course.

    • Abnormal Psychology

      3 Credits: CLP3144

      Broad overview of psychological disorders of children and adults including history of abnormal human behavior, research methods, theories and causes, and contemporary treatment. Typical topics include adjustment, mood, anxiety, somatoform, factitious, dissociative, substance-related, personality, and psychotic disorders (including schizophrenia).

    • Anatomy and Physiology

      3 Credits: BSC1085

      General introduction to form and function of the human body. Review of basic anatomical / physiological attributes of integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and sensory organ systems. Designed for students with little or no previous anatomy or physiology experience.

    • Human Physiology

      3 Credits: PCB4703

      Physiological mechanisms of various organ systems in the human body. Emphasis on transport mechanisms, renal function, hormones, respiration, cardiac function, muscle physiology, digestion, and immune systems.

    • Nutrition and Health

      3 Credits: HSC4572

      A study of the principles of nutrition science as applied to daily living. Topics include the six major nutrients; carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. Course also examines nutrition standards, Dietary Guidelines, digestive process, energy balance, nutrition controversies, and health educator’s scope of practice related to nutrition education and counseling. Previous courses in nutrition, anatomy, physiology, physiology, or biology are highly recommended. Material and Supply Fee will be assessed.

    • Medical Terminology

      3 Credits: HSC3535

      This course is designed to familiarize students with the vocabulary used in the medical and health professions. Students will employ a systematic, word-building approach to master the complex terminology of the medical field. An emphasis is placed on word dissection of compound medical terms and inferring word meanings from their prefixes, suffixes, and stem words. Credit may not be received in both HSC 3535 and HSC 3534.

    • Public Health

      3 Credits: PHC4101

      Course teaches basic terms and definitions of public health and the factors leading to disease causation as well as disease prevention. Students study programs and policies that effect healthcare in a positive manner and apply basic principles of scientific reasoning with the use of available data and information. Topics introduced serve as a basis for enhancing the participants’ ability to critically evaluate current trends in healthcare and develop programs and policies in an analytical manner. Permission is required. Credit may not be received in both PHC 4101 and PHC 4100.

    • Introduction to Renewable Energy

      3 Credits: EEL4283

      The main objective of this course is to study the different types of energy sources and storages, renewable energy systems, energy distribution, energy policy and management. Computer-aided analysis of renewable energy resource information and data for evaluating energy potential and energy costs.

  6. VI. The Village Online: Educational Science

    • Introduction to Education

      3 Credits: EDF1005

      Consideration of career opportunities in the field of education, including clinical experiences in selected agencies / institutions.

    • Introduction to Educational Technology

      3 Credits: EME2040

      Assists educators in developing skills and competencies which are essential to the integration of technology into the delivery of classroom instruction. Students will survey a wide variety of instructional technology materials and systems. They will also learn to use these tools in a classroom environment.

    • Planning and Curriculum I

      3 Credits: EDE4200

      Designed to assist students to learn basic planning and instructional skills in preparation for teaching. Course also includes essential mathematics skills requisite to the Florida Teacher Certification Exam. Students will implement the knowledge gained through lower division content-specific courses and prepare for the methodological courses in the teacher education program.

Faculty

Our professors come from all over the United States and Europe. Their goal is to push students to achieve the highest level of academic engagement possible in a three-month period. Directed by Professor Douglas P. Mackaman, founder of The Village, our team is committed to an active learning pedagogy and is fully credentialed in their areas of expertise.