Mediterranean Melting Pots: Sicily, Sardinia, and Malta
The central Mediterranean islands of Sicily, Sardinia, and Malta have been dominated across their histories by a long list of different ethnic and national groups. They were colonized by the Greeks, coveted by Carthaginians and Saracens as strategic strongholds and anchorages, conquered by the Romans, and later dominated in whole or part by Byzantines, Moors, the Normans and Angevins of France, Catalans and Spanish, and, most remarkably, the Knights of St. John. While Sardinia and Sicily are now autonomous regions of Italy, Malta is an independent republic and one of the smallest countries in the world. Yet many of the conquerors and cultures from past centuries left lasting traces of their presence in the languages spoken on the islands and in their architectural, culinary, and other cultural traditions. Participants in this interim will explore the cultural dynamics of amalgamation and syncretism through reading, discussion, and travel. Four days of on-campus study will precede eighteen days of travel divided between the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, and Malta. A rich and varied itinerary will include churches, markets, and palaces in Palermo (Sicily), Greek temples in Agrigento (Sicily), hiking in the rugged landscape of Sardinia, ancient theaters, monasteries, and Baroque churches in Siracusa (Sicily), opera, a cooking class, and travel by ferry to Malta to see forts, churches, and the Palace of the Inquisition.
Students will enroll in JAN 425 A for Interim. This course will focus on the cultural history of the central Mediterranean islands of Sicily, Sardinia, and Malta from antiquity to the modern era. Students will examine the themes of cultural accumulation and syncretism across time and the changing patterns of political power, religious practice, economic activity, and social life at three different sites. As part of the course, students will conduct daily travel journal entries based on their first-hand experiences of cultural sites visited during travel abroad.
Students will be housed in hotels during their travel in Sicily, Sardinia, and Malta.
Program fee: $5,600
This cost includes international airfare, lodging, transportation to and from the airport, on-site transportation, all breakfasts and some group dinners (lunches are on students' own), all fees/tickets for pre-arranged events and museums, tips for guides and drivers, and international insurance coverage.
Passport: $150 (all students must have a valid passport to participate)
Wofford Travel Grants
The Wofford College Travel Grants provide assistance to students who are participating in an Interim Travel/Study program. Financial need and academic merit are the principle considerations in awarding these grants. Please note that an application for a Wofford Travel Grant does not substitute for the Travel/Study project application for Interim.
To be eligible to apply for a Travel Grant, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (except first-year students applying in the fall) and be in good social and academic standing with the College. Awards range from $500 - $1,500. The number of awards granted will depend upon the number of applicants as well as available funds. The award is directly applied to the applicant's program fees. To apply, complete the online Wofford College Travel Grant application
For More Information
Contact Dr. Peter Schmunk
or Dr. GR Davis