Courses and Credits
Tibetan Culture and Art, 4 Credits
This course will be taught by Forrest Tobey. It will cover the history of Tibet from the standpoint of its unique cultural history, and will also emphasize its singular artistic expressions in music, dance, painting and opera. During the second half of the semester, students will have opportunities to visit the Tibeatan Institute for Performance Arts and witness Tibetan artistic expression first hand.
Tibetan Language 101, 4 Credits
This course is intended as an introduction to modern spoken and written Tibetan. By the end of the course, students will be able to understand and speak colloquial Tibetan at the novice level, write the classical dbu can script, and read simple passages. The course will meet four to five days a week and will include grammar, reading, writing, speaking and oral comprehension.
Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Practice, 4 Credits
This course covers the fundamentals of Buddhism and more advanced explorations of Mahayana psychology, philosophy, and ethics.
Independent Research Project: Selected Topics, 4 Credits
This course allows students to explore a particular Tibetan Studies related topic and ends with a major paper. Forrest Tobey and the local staff supervise the research.
Identity, Action, Reflection, 2 Credits
This course is designed to be a forum to assist the students in processing the experiences of living and studying in an international community. Through discussion, meditation, readings and guest speakers, students will reflect upon their own identity and place in the world.
Pre-Departure and Post-Return
Students accepted to the program are required to participate in Cross-Cultural Exploration I (1 credit) prior to departure and Cross-Cultural Exploration II (1 credit) after they return.
Pre-departure sessions are designed to prepare the students for the cross-cultural experience and will include readings, activities, films and lectures. A weekend retreat is part of this course. Students and parents will receive a handbook of important information.
Following return to campus, students will participate in a seven-week course that will guide them in processing, analyzing and building upon their off-campus experience. Credit for Cross-Cultural Explorations I is dependent upon successful completion of the semester program.