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The Global Perspectives Program is one of the most unique and exciting opportunities that Lee University offers because it requires students to travel in and study a culture different from their own. Through the Global Perspectives Program, students will fulfill at least two hours of cross-cultural credit: ANTH 200: Global Perspectives Seminar and GNST 250-3: Cross-Cultural Experience. These courses can not be taken out of sequence. While ANTH 200 is the course that prepares students to interact in a culture different than their own, GNST 250-3 is the actual experience where students engage and immerse themselves within an intended target culture. Three options are offered for fulfilling the experience portion of the requirement:
Participate in one of Lee’s many school-sponsored global perspectives trips. Every year, Lee offers between 30-35 global perspectives trips, led by credentialed faculty, as an economical and rewarding cross-cultural experience. While the majority of trips occur during the summer, several are offered during Christmas and Spring breaks. Not only can sudents fulfill their cross-cultural requirements by participating in a Lee-sponsored trip, they can find a trip that offers course credit in most major fields of study. By traveling and earning credit at the same time, 75% of the tuition dollars paid for the program is used to cover trip expenses. Very few universities if any have made a financial commitment of this magnitude to assist students in studying abroad.
Apply to conduct an Individually Arranged Cross-Cultural Study. Some students choose to conduct their own cross-cultural experience by researching and designing an independent study unique to their preferences and personality. A student can fulfill this requirement if the experience is designed to be an in-depth academic analysis of a particular culture; it has to be prepared for and intentionally undertaken with an academic goal in mind. Many students opt to become active participants in a domestic church or community whose culture differs significantly from their own. Students conducting such studies will be required to complete a minimum of 45 hours (no less than 7 days) during a semester or summer term interacting with members of a targeted culture significantly different from their own. This model is based upon a typical one credit- hour internship experience requirement.
Qualify for exemption from the Cross-Cultural experience requirement. Some students who have had significant cross-cultural life experiences prior to coming to Lee may qualify for exemption from the GNST 250-253 requirement. The school has set clear guidelines for a student who may be exempt:
Extensive overseas military service tours, at least 6 months in duration
Extensive missions work in one particular culture, at least 6 months in duration; short-term mission trips do not qualify
Being raised or having lived in a foreign country as a young adult for at least 24 months
Significant academic study in a foreign college/university
Having spent a minimum of one year as a foreign exchange student during high school.
These guidelines have been approved by external accreditation agencies. No exceptions will be granted.
Off-Campus Study Programs
Lee University Off-Campus Student Programs
Below is a list of Global Perspectives trips typically offered by Lee University. Check with your advisor or the sponsoring university department for up-to-date details about each trip being offered. The availability of porgrams is subject to change without notice.
Any student participating in a Lee sponsored faculty-led trip must have successfully completed a minimum of one full semester, equal to 12-15 credit-hours, of studies in residence on the Lee University campus, with one of those hours being the prerequisite ANTH 200 Global Perspectives Seminar.
Institutional Scholarships (including academic scholarships and employee tuition discounts) can not be applied toward more than two off-campus study programs during a student’s enrollment at Lee. Off-campus study programs that are directly sponsored by Lee University and led by Lee University faculty are the only study programs eligible for institutionally-funded aid.
Global Perspectives trips must be paid in full prior to departure.
American Ethnic Studies: English
Argentina: Spanish Language Institute
Australian Wildlife Biology
Austria & Italy: Music & Its Heritage
Chile: Spanish Language Institute
China: Language & Culture
Costa Rica: Business
Cuba: Health & Exercise Science
Central America: Medical Missions
Egypt: Arabic Linguistics & Culture
Egypt & Israel
England & Scotland: History
Honduras & Guatemala: Global Ministry & Poverty
Israel: Biblical Lands
Italy: Art History
London & Lisbon: Communications
Modern Europe: Political Science & Humanities
New Mexico: Business
New York Model UN: Political Science
Semester in Europe: Cambridge
Spain: Honors Studies
Southwest Native American Studies: Anthropology & Outdoor Recreation
The following off-campus study programs are sponsored by groups like Focus Leadership Institute (formerly Focus on the Family Institute) and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. For information about these programs, visit www.bestsemester.com, www.focusleadership.org or contact the Office of Academic Events.
American Studies Program
Au Sable Institute
Australia Studies Centre
Contemporary Music Center
China Studies Program
Focus Leadership Institute
Latin American Studies Program
Los Angeles Film Studies Center
Middle East Studies Program
The Scholars Semester in Oxford
Oxford Summer Programme
Russian Studies Program
Uganda Studies Program
Washington Journalism Center
The study programs listed above are not eligible for institutionally-funded aid.