McHenry County College students can experience a new kind of learning with Temples and Tropical Forest Field Studies in Belize, a new course that interconnects anthropology and biology.
This new course is a three-credit hour course that begins in October and is co-taught by two instructors. The course combines eight weeks of online instructions and six days of hands-on learning through cultural interaction and field study in Belize.
"Combining the two disciplines of anthropology and biology helps students make stronger connections and conclusions," said Lindsay Carson, instructor and chair of International Studies.
Students will interview local Belizians and experience St. Herman's Cave, a medicinal plant hike in the rain forest, cacao and citrus plantations, a howler monkey sanctuary, Mayan ruins, iguana conservation, cave tubing and ziplining.
This course is ideal for credit students interested in anthropology or life science. Students must have completed at least 12 college credit hours, with a minimum GPA of 2.75. The course is also open to community members who are willing to participate in all group activities and excursions related to coursework. Students must be 18 years of age by Dec. 13, which is the first date of the field study portion and have a valid passport presented at the time of departure.
Cost is tuition plus $1,899 per student. The trip fee includes airfare, lodging (shared room), most meals, field trips and excursions and faculty guides. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
Those interested in this course may request a field studies application form from Lindsay Carson, chair of International Studies at (815) 479-7723 or stop her office in-person to Room A118. Carson will review the applications and notify those who are eligible to register for the course. For more information, visit www.mchenry.edu/belize.