HSU offers many opportunities for students to study abroad,
whether for a semester or for a summer class. This summer, HSU students
will be living and learning in Italy,
Vienna, Ireland, Norway, and in the United States. Students participating in
these trips or any other summer travel can enter the #HSUTravels contest by taking a picture holding an HSU flag or wearing an HSU T-shirt for a chance to be
featured on the HSU Instagram page and win a $50 gift card to their favorite restaurant. Prizes will be awarded for most creative, farthest distance traveled, and most likes on the HSU Instagram page.
HSU Honors students are traveling to Italy from May 20-30. In Rome, they will explore the Coliseum, the Roman
Forum, Pantheon, Circus Maximus, Pompeii, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine
Chapel. They will also travel to Assisi and Florence to see art, medieval
buildings, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
“Traveling is an incredible form of education,” said Dr. Tom
Copeland, Director of the Honors Program. “Italy is one of those places that
gives you multiple avenues for education. There’s the history of the world, the
history of Christianity, the best collections of art in the world, and it’s
beautiful everywhere you go.”
Art students will be studying Watercolor Painting and Art
History in Florence and Naples May 20-June 21. The students will explore the
archaeological site of Herculaneum, the sister city to Pompeii. They will have
the chance to see the David statue in the Academia Museum and the Medici
Palace. They will also visit the Duomo church and the San Lorenzo churches.
“Traveling abroad is one of the best ways to learn history,” said Dr. Linda Fawcett, Professor of Art.
“This will be a priceless, once-in-a-lifetime trip.”
Students minoring in Leadership Studies will travel to Vienna July
12-August 2. The students can take a course in Cross-Cultural Leadership or
Great Leaders of History. During their trip, they will learn about Vienna’s
history, religion music, art, government, and
education. They will also study the effects of WWI, WWII, and the Holocaust.
The group will be joined by HSU’s Traveling Range Riders, a new alumni travel
“Students can always study on an intellectual level, but I
prefer to learn at an experiential level,”
said Dr. Coleman Patterson, Director of Leadership Studies. “You can read about
something, or you can go see it for yourself.”
The Leadership program will also be 'Riding for a Cause' as
they bike the Katy Trail June 2-9. They will bike 50 miles per day for five days as a part of the Great Cycle
Challenge to raise money for cancer research. Dr. Patterson says that even
though this is their seventh bike trip, each one is different, and each one is
Students in the Clinical Counseling program traveled to
Dundrum, Northern Ireland May 13-23. The class will taught students how to
counsel diverse cultural groups like African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, homosexuals, and other religions. In Northern
Ireland, they worked with troubled teens who struggle with depression,
anxiety, thoughts of suicide, grief, spirituality, self-esteem, and other
Students studying Criminal Justice had the opportunity
to experience the Norwegian justice system May 20-30. The students compared the police, court, and correction systems found in Texas, the United States,
and Norway. They attended research meetings with the students and faculty of
the University of Bergen. The students were also immersed in Norwegian
culture as they took a train ride across Norway and hiked by waterfalls, fjords,
Students studying Geology, Biology, and Environmental
Management will explore rivers, lakes, and springs during their summer
Hydrology course. During this twelve-day excursion, the students will camp out
along the Colorado River in Nevada and Arizona and the Pecos River in New
Mexico and Texas.
The students will experience the Grand Canyon, Lee’s Ferry, Lake
Mead, and Lake Powell. They will also see two of the largest dams in North
America: the Hoover Dam and Glen Canyon Dam.
“I live by a philosophy that seeing is believing,” said Dr.
Mark Ouimette, Professor of Geology. “Our students learn about these places in
books and PowerPoints, but seeing and feeling these things for themselves is
Social Work and Sociology students will travel across Texas
to learn about human trafficking. They will travel to Lubbock, Austin, and
Houston, touring crisis centers and agencies. They will also hear from guest
speakers who are experts in the field.
"We originally were considering international or another
state, but when we began our research, we found Texas is #3 in the US in the
number of trafficking victims identified,” said Professor Milliorn, Chair of Social Work Department. “We
found this to be significant and decided to stay in our home state.”