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London March 2014 Trip Recap/Report  
Amsterdam May-June 2013 Trip Recap/Report  
Poland May-June 2013 Trip Recap/Report  
Costa Rica March 2013 Trip Recap/Report View Video
South Africa July 2012 Trip Recap/Report  
Costa Rica March 2012 Trip Recap/Report View Video
Paris July 2011 Trip Recap/Report  
Costa Rica March 2011 Trip Recap/Report View Video
Italy May 2010 Trip Recap/Report View Videos

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London London   Trip Recap/Report
Criminal Justice in London

8 days: March 14-21, 2014 (Spring Break)

Includes
Airfare, airport transfer from Mercer, parking, lodging, some meals, health insurance, guided tours and seminars, excursions, 2 faculty leaders.

Highlights
Students have a great opportunity to follow the origin of American policing which is solidly grounded in England, with Sir Robert Peel's principles of policing and the creation of the Metropolitan Police Act in 1829. We will visit Westminster Abbey, enjoy a cruise on the Thames, explore the Tower of London where many criminals spent their last days on earth, and even walk in the footsteps of "Jack the Ripper" during an evening tour.

Rounding out the trip students will visit Parliament, the Old Bailey Criminal Court, Sherlock Holmes Museum and the London Police Museum home to many artifacts related to policing through the ages. Everyone will see the famous Buckingham Palace and watch the changing of the guard. Students will get a great bird's eye view of the city while riding on the "London Eye."

Associated Courses
  • CRJ102 Police in the Community (3 credits)
  • CRJ299 Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice (3 credits)

    Faculty Leader
  • Prof. Elizabeth Bondurant (Criminal Justice)
  •   BS136   609-570-3853   bondurae@mccc.edu
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    Amsterdam Amsterdam   Trip Recap/Report
    Sex and Drugs in Amsterdam:
    Cultural Acceptance and Pragmatic Social Policy

    10 days: May 25 - June 3, 2013

    Includes
    Round trip airfare, airport transportation from Mercer, parking, 3-star accommodations, all breakfasts, 2 dinners, travel insurance, 2 faculty guides, guided tours, seminars, and excursions.

    Highlights
    There is more to Amsterdam than tulips, cheese, and windmills. This progressive city in the Netherlands is defined by its tolerance, openness, and respect for individual uniqueness. Students who are eager to take a fresh look at the world and themselves will enjoy this 10-day study abroad trip exploring a culture that has a harm reduction approach to what can be argued are “victimless” deviant behaviors/crimes, specifically drugs, prostitution, and homosexuality. This study abroad program will include cultural excursions, field-based service learning experiences, and informative lectures.

    Cultural excursions will include tours through some of the city’s most famous sites (including Amsterdam’s canals, Anne Frank’s house, and the Red Light District) and informative visits to museums and information centers (including the Sex Museum – the Temple of Venus, the Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum, Cannabis College, the Prostitute Information Center, the International Gay and Lesbian Information Centre and Archives, and the Trimbos Institute).

    In addition, students will have opportunities to observe the work of, or volunteer with, organizations working with populations engaged in drug use, prostitution and/or non-heterosexual/alternative sexual behavior.

    Associated Courses
  • PSY215 Human Sexuality (3 credits)
  • SOC214 Sociology of Drug Use and Behavior (3 credits)
  • STA101 Study Abroad Seminar (1 credit)
  • Open to noncredit students with prior faculty approval

    Faculty Leaders
  • Dr. Karen Bearce (Psychology)
  •   LA131   609-570-3564   bearcek@mccc.edu
  • Prof. Denise Ingram (Sociology)
  • LA125 609-570-3587 ingramd@mccc.edu
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    Poland Poland   Trip Recap/Report
    The Holocaust

    10 days: May 24 - June 2, 2013

    Includes
    Roundtrip airfare, accommodations, airport transportation from Mercer, parking, 2 faculty guides, guided tours, breakfasts, 2 dinners, excursions, and travel insurance.

    Highlights
    Our 10-day trip begins in Warsaw where we will learn what life was like in Nazi-occupied Poland. We will study not only how the Nazis murdered on an industrial scale but also how societies choose to memorialize and remember genocide. We will visit the Pawiak Prison - the infamous detention center where Jews and Poles were held during the Nazi occupation - and the Museum of the Jewish Historical Institute and walk along the Path of Jewish Remembrance to the Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto. We will directly confront the Holocaust by touring two of the most infamous labor and death camps: Treblinka and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

    In Krakow, we will walk through the Jewish Quarter and tour Oscar Schindler's factory. In addition to our study of the Holocaust, participants will learn about Jewish and Polish culture and visit a number of important cultural sites in Warsaw and Krakow. In the evenings, our group will partake in traditional eastern-European music and cuisine.

    Associated Courses
  • HIS215 The Holocaust and Other Genocides (3 credits)
  • ENG239 Literature of War and Conflict (3 credits)
  • Open to noncredit students

    Faculty Leaders
  • Dr. Craig Coenen (History)
  •   LA123   609-570-3533   coenenc@mccc.edu
  • Dr. Jack Tabor (English)
  • LA133 609-570-3838 taborj@mccc.edu
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    Costa Rica Costa Rica   Trip Recap/Report   View Video
    Science and Society

    9 days: March 15-23, 2013

    Includes
    Round trip airfare, airport transportation from Mercer, parking, home-stay accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, travel insurance, 2 faculty guides, guided tours and seminars.

    Highlights
    Discover the culture and people of Costa Rica by living with a local family. Experience Costa Rica through presentations from experts as well as visits to: the National Cultural Museum, Central Cathedral, a teen pregnancy center, a Costa Rican “community college,” a local medical clinic, a Latin dance class, Spanish classes, an organic coffee farm, botanical gardens, Volcano Poas, a marine biology research station, Curu Wildlife Preserve (monkeys, macaws, coati), a zip-line tree canopy tour, and snorkeling at Tortuga Island. Learn from conversations with a physician, an immigration expert, native biologists and many others.

    Associated Courses
  • SOC101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC201 Marriage and the Family (3 credits)
  • BIO101 General Biology I (4 credits)
  • BIO102 General Biology II (4 credits)
  • BIO208 Genetics (4 credits)

    Faculty Leaders
  • Dr. Gianna Durso-Finley (Sociology)
  •   LA169   609-570-3301   finleyg@mccc.edu
  • Prof. Laura Blinderman (Biology)
  • MS110 609-570-3833 blinderl@mccc.edu
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    South Africa 2012 South Africa   Trip Recap/Report
    Social and Political Transformation

    12 days: July 15-27, 2012

    Includes
    Roundtrip airfare from JFK to Johannesburg, airport transportation from Mercer, parking, hotel accommodations, breakfasts, travel insurance, two faculty guides, guided tours.

    Highlights
    The opportunity and challenge that South Africa faces as an emerging democratic and multiracial society serves as the context of this Summer Session program abroad. South Africa is breathtaking in its beauty, plentiful in its natural and human resources, and exceptional in its diversity and cultural richness. Located at the most southern point of Africa, this recently democratized nation stretches from the falls of the Limpopo River in the northeast to the southern cape coast where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. During the Summer Session program, students will spend 14 days in July studying and traveling throughout South Africa. The program includes cultural excursions, a field-based service learning experience.

    Cultural excursions will include visits to universities, community service agencies as well as historically and ecologically important sites in the Johannesburg areas. The group will also visit Cape Town and see the majestic view from the top of Table Mountain, visit the most southwesterly point on the African continent (Cape of Good Hope) as well as Robben Island (the prison where Nelson Mandela spent most of his incarceration), and experience the rich cultural diversity of the South African people in this region.

    Associated Courses
    (select at least one for Summer 2012 semester; qualifies as General Education)
  • HIS109 African American History (3 credits)

    Faculty Leaders
  • Andrea Lynch
  •   website   BS109   609-570-3652   lyncha@mccc.edu
  • Dr. Deborah Sanders
  • website LA166 609-570-3326 dsanders@njcu.edu
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    Costa Rica 2012 Costa Rica   Trip Recap/Report   View Video
    Spanish Immersion and Society

    9 days: March 16-24, 2012 (Spring Break)

    Includes
    Round trip airfare from Newark to San Jose, airport transportation from Mercer, parking, home-stay accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, travel insurance, 2 faculty guides, guided tours and seminars.

    Highlights
    Discover the culture and people of Costa Rica by living with a local family (includes 8 nights of Costa Rican home stays). Experience Costa Rica through visits to: the National Cultural Museum, the Gold Museum, National Theatre, Central Market, Central Cathedral, a teen pregnancy center, a rural school, a local clinic, a Latin dance class, a Latin cooking class, Spanish classes, a coffee farm, Volcano Poas, National Woman’s Institute, a local school, a day trip to a Pacific coast beach, a soup kitchen, a zip-line tree canopy tour. Learn from conversations with a physician, a health expert, an immigration expert, and many others.

    Associated Courses
    (select one for Spring 2012 semester, earning 3 credits; qualifies as General Education)
  • SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC201 Marriage and the Family
  • SPA102 Beginning Spanish II

    Faculty Leaders
  • Gianna Durso-Finley
  •   (Sociology)   LA169   609-570-3301   finleyg@mccc.edu
  • Daniel D'Arpa
  • (Spanish) LA125 609-570-3318 darpad@mccc.edu
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    Paris 2011 Paris   Trip Recap/Report
    Parisian Microbiology,
    Pasteurization, Food, and Culture

    8 days: July 10-17, 2011

    Highlights
    (6 nights in Paris - 3-star hotel) Learn about the microbiology of Paris by visiting cheese and wine making facilities. Discover the scientific contributions made by Louis Pasteur during the 1800s with a tour of the Pasteur Museum. Learn about the infectious diseases that were common prior to the discovery of antibiotics and vaccines. Experience Paris with visits to the Eiffel Tower, Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame, Marais Quarter, La Place des Vosges, Pampidou Center, Paris Catacombs, Hotel des Invalides, Dome Church, Latin Quarter, Arc de Triomphe Ascent, Avenue des Champs-Élysées Walk, Jardin des Tuileries, and the Louvre. Enjoy a cruise down the Seine River and a day trip to Burgundy.

    Associated Courses
    (select one for Spring 2011 semester or Summer 2011 A-session,
    earning 3 credits; qualifies as General Education)
  • BIO115 Microbiological Science Concepts
  • BIO201 Microbiology
  • HOS115 Food and Culture

    Faculty Leaders
  • Diane Hilker
  •   (Biology)   MS122   609-570-3367   hilkerd@mccc.edu
  • Linda Gaylo
  • (Biology) KC327 609-570-3173 gaylol@mccc.edu
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    Costa Rica 2011 Costa Rica   Trip Recap/Report   View Video
    Spanish Immersion and Society

    8 days: March 11-18, 2011 (Spring Break)

    Highlights
    Discover the culture and people of Costa Rica by living with a local family (includes 6 nights of Costa Rican home stays). Experience Costa Rica through visits to: the National Cultural Museum, the Gold Museum, National Theatre, Central Market, Central Cathedral, a goldmine, rural school, a local clinic, a Latin dance class, a Latin cooking class, Spanish classes, a coffee and lettuce farm, Volcano Poas, National Woman's Institute, a local school, a senior center, a soup kitchen, zip-line tree canopy tour. Learn from conversations with a physician, a health expert, an immigration expert, and a tourism guide.

    Associated Courses
    (select one for Spring 2011 semester, earning 3 credits; qualifies as General Education)
  • SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SPA102 Beginning Spanish II

    Faculty Leaders
  • Gianna Durso-Finley
  •   (Sociology)   LA169   609-570-3301   finleyg@mccc.edu
  • Daniel D'Arpa
  • (Spanish) LA125 609-570-3318 darpad@mccc.edu
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    Italy 2010 Italy   Trip Recap/Report   View Videos
    Culture, Cuisine, and Architecture

    9 days: May 19-27, 2010

    Highlights
    4 days Campania, 5 days Rome -- Cheese demonstration, cooking class, driving tour of Amalfi Coast, visits to Basilica, Temples, museums, Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, and more.

    Includes air and hotel (3 star, double occupancy), taxes, breakfasts, 24-hour tour guide, excursions, cultural activities, private coach touring except Rome, tips and gratuities, comprehensive travel insurance.

    Ten-week credit course selected includes 45 hours of instruction taught by MCCC faculty: 21 hours of instruction pre-trip; 21 hours of guided tours, demonstration, and instruction during the trip; and 3 hours of post-trip presentation and wrap-up.

    Associated Courses
    (select one for Spring 2010 semester, earning 3 credits; qualifies as General Education)
  • ARC141 Architecture and Culture: International
  • HOS115 Food and Culture

    Faculty Leaders
  • Prof. Chris dePagnier
  •   (Hospitality)   BS117   609-570-3476   depagnic@mccc.edu
  • Prof. Marilyn Dietrich
  • (Architecture) ET121 609-570-3328 dietricm@mccc.edu
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