BCLA Global Immersion Courses

BCLA Global Immersion Courses

Girl in front of the Parthenon in Greece

BCLA Global Immersion Courses are on-campus classes, which each include a week-long abroad trip. With a Global Immersion Course, you can get out of the classroom to study a topic in depth at the source with faculty experts. Most classes are open to all students, many fulfill at least one core requirement, and need-based financial assistance is available to help you go. If you want an abroad experience but cannot commit to a full semester program, or you want an international perspective on your major course of study, a BCLA Global Immersion Course is a great way to grow your global imagination.


  • Courses are 4 units, like standard BCLA courses. 
  • Most course trips take place over spring break. 
  • A $1880-$3750 lab fee covers airfare, lodging and food for the trip. Financial assistance is available, and an application to apply for scholarships will be available in November. Questions regarding financial aid can be directed to Emily.schlam@lmu.edu.


  • Register through PROWL as you would for a typical course.
  • Reach out to the professor directly to ask questions about the course content or trip details.


  • AFAM 3998 | Global Blackness

    Immersion to: Kenya (Nairobi)
    Trip Dates: March 7-16, 2019
    Course Meeting Times: M 4:20PM-7:20PM (pending)
    Professor: Marne Campbell and Prachi Jain
    Prerequisites: AFAM 1211 and/or Instructor Consent
    Core: Interdisciplinary Connections (pending)
    Flags: Engaged Learning (pending)
    Lab Fee: $3,750

    Trip Description: We will work with students at United States International University, Kenya (USIU) to learn about community service – every student at the university has to complete either community service or an internship in their senior year. Students will learn about community service and engagement and AFAM in the US reflects that. They will use that information to locating community partners in Los Angeles when they return. We will include visits to some of those sites. We will also take several immersion trips including a visit one Jesuit mass where students will experience the connection between African (Kenyan) religious practices and that of African Americans. We also plan to visit the Kazuri Beads Factory, which employs and guarantees health benefits to a mostly female staff; and iHub and Akira Chix which train women in computer technology. We will visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi to learn about wildlife conservation and protection, and environmental protection. We may also visit the Masai Mara.

    Course Description: The purpose of this course is to explore Kenyan history, culture, technology, and economy as it pertains to the larger African Diaspora. African American Studies traditionally includes some examination of the Diaspora, but much of that focus is on the Atlantic World, or the Western part of the continent. This course, therefore, aims to broaden students’ understanding of the African Diaspora and Kenyan culture specifically. We will work with faculty and students at the United States International University, Kenya since they have a very active and engaged community service requirement and well-established community outreach programs that lend themselves to the connections of African America Studies and local communities; and since this is an international university, LMU students will interact with students from other countries represented on campus, which will also introduce them specifically to other African countries. Finally, Kenya has one of the strongest developing economies which LMU students will learn about in addition to learning about the possibilities of working with multinational corporations.

  • APAM 3998 | TransPacific Japan

    Immersion to: Japan (Tokyo, Miyagi, and Hiroshima)
    Trip Dates: May 13-22, 2019
    Course Meeting Times: W 4:00PM-7:00PM
    Professor: Curtiss Takada Rooks and Edward Park
    Prerequisites: N/A
    Core: Interdisciplinary Connections (pending)
    Flags: N/A
    Lab Fee: $2,750 (Subject to change)

    Trip Description: TransPacific Japan will feature a global immersion short term visit to Japan featuring: 1) An LMU-Sophia Student Research Symposium at Sophia University, 2) Visits to Hiroshima Peace Park, Kyoto and ethnic districts throughout Tokyo, and 3) Tohoku Region, to meet with an organization called Women's Eye that supports women in Tohoku in becoming community leaders and entrepreneurs.

    Course Description: TransPacific Japan examines the Japanese American experience in the US through a diasporic lens. From initial migration in the mid 19th century to current day, the course explores the challenges and celebrations of establishing Japanese American communities in the US, while taking note of simultaneous events in homeland Japan. Themes of resilience, reconciliation and resistance frame an understanding of migration, settlement, labor, incarceration and resettlement as they intersect with questions of race, gender and class. In collaboration with classes at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan student teams will develop research presentation projects and participate in joint lectures via distant learning platforms. Topics include: Japanese American WWII incarceration and Redress Movement; Hiroshima/Nagasaki Atomic Bombing and Peace Movement, Diversity in Japanese American and Japanese community.

  • CHIN 3605/CHIN 3606 | Advanced Chinese

    Immersion to: China (Beijing and Xi’an)
    Trip Dates: March 8-16, 2019
    Course Meeting Times: MWF 11:30AM-12:30PM (CHIN 3605); MWF 1:50PM-2:50PM (CHIN 3606)
    Professor: Xiaojing Sun
    Prerequisites: CHIN 2104 or by LMU Placement Exam (CHIN 3605); CHIN 3605 or LMU Placement Exam or Instructor Consent (CHIN 3606)
    Core: N/A
    Flags: Oral Skills (CHIN 3605 and CHIN 3606); Writing (CHIN 3605)
    Lab Fee: $1,895

    Trip Description: This immersion trip to China is designed to offer students opportunities to use the language they learn, as well as provide them with access into cultural aspects of the language, and further foster their intercultural communication competency. Students will get a chance to explore Beijing and Xi’an, the two cities of the most historical interest in China, during the Spring Break of 2019. In Beijing, students will visit some renowned historic and cultural sites, including the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Temple of Heaven, etc., and experience how Beijing offers a dynamic of old juxtaposed with new, unmatched by any other city in the world. In Xi’an, students will have the opportunity to explore the city with an amazing historical heritage, including the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, the ancient city wall, history museums, Calligraphy Stele Forest, as well as many pagodas, towers and temples. Moreover, students will further their culture immersion by participating in guest lectures on Chinese culture and society, taking Tai Chi class, meeting with local student buddies, and of course, enjoying Chinese cuisine.

    Course Description: This course will help students continue to develop their four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Moreover, this course helps students improve their understanding of today's China and ensures that students solidify their language and literacy skills. It seeks to enable students to give formal reports and factual accounts in complex communicative activities, read materials on a variety of cultural topics, and write essays, reports and all types of correspondence in written style Chinese. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to achieve the Intermediate-mid to Intermediate-high level on the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) proficiency scale. Students of Chinese minor will be able to write in Chinese on a variety of topics with precision and in detail.

  • HIST 3910 | Museums and Society

    Immersion to: Germany (Berlin)
    Trip Dates: March 9-17, 2019
    Course Meeting Times: MW 2:20PM-3:50PM
    Professor: Amy Woodson-Boulton
    Prerequisites: N/A
    Core: Interdisciplinary Connections
    Flags: Information Literacy and Engaged Learning (pending)
    Lab Fee*: $1,930

    Trip Description: During our Spring Break trip to Berlin, we will visit many of the different kinds of museums that we have studied, covering ancient and modern history, art, and ethnography. We will also have the chance to study historical sites and consider the city itself as a museum, paying particular attention to different ways of narrating and remembering the Holocaust and Germany's Nazi past. Students will have the opportunity to visit museums and sites that relate to their own research projects.

    Course Description: Why have European cities filled with museums over the last few hundred years? Why have people built them, and what do museums do? What do they contain, and why? How have cities preserved historic monuments, turning themselves into museums? This course will tackle these questions (and more!) by considering the history and theory of museums in modern Europe, c. 1750 to the present. We will learn through museum theory and specific case studies, and we will also travel to Berlin to investigate museums and historic preservation in place, considering how museums have engaged with and have helped to define art, history, ethnography, and the natural sciences. By investigating how important museums have been to establishing and maintaining systems of classification and historical narratives, you will gain a new understanding of debates about knowledge, culture, power, and privilege. HIST 3910 students will research a specific topic and translate this into an online or physical public exhibition, so you will gain the ability to present your work to a broad audience and put your studies into practice.

    *Lab Fee Includes: airfare, local transit pass, lodging, all museum entrance fees and tours that are part of the group activities, all breakfasts, and two group lunches.

  • HIST 4273/JWST 4998 | Nazi Germany

    Immersion to: Germany (Berlin)
    Trip Dates: March 9-17, 2019
    Course Meeting Times: TR 2:40PM-4:10PM
    Professor: Elizabeth Drummond
    Prerequisites: N/A
    Core: N/A
    Flags: Engaged Learning and Information Literacy
    Lab Fee*: $1,930

    Trip Description: During our Spring Break trip to Berlin, we will explore the process of Vergangenheitsbewältigung and how Germans have grappled with the history and memory of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust by analyzing how they have presented and represented the history of Nazism and the Holocaust in public history, in museums, at memorials, and even on the sidewalks of Berlin.

    Course Description: Nazism and the Holocaust have cast a long shadow over German history, both coloring our understanding of German history before 1933 and shaping political, social, and cultural developments in Germany (and the two Germanies) since 1945. In this course, we will examine the history of Nazi Germany and its significance for modern German history. We will explore the origins of National Socialism, the Nazi rise to power in the context of the Weimar Republic, National Socialist ideology, the relationships between state and party and between state and society, the nature of everyday life in Nazi Germany, the experiences of different groups under Nazi rule, the persecution of Jews and other minorities, the uses of terror, and the dynamics of war and genocide. We will also examine how Germans themselves have grappled with the history of Nazi Germany -- a process known as Vergangenheitsbewältigung, a working through and coming to terms with the past.

    *Lab Fee Includes: airfare, local transit pass, lodging, all museum entrance fees and tours that are part of the group activities, all breakfasts, and two group lunches.

  • LBST 4900 | Education and Global Issues (Section 01 only)

    Immersion to: Costa Rica (San Jose, Orotina, Tárcoles, Monteverde, and Santa Elena)
    Trip Dates: March 9-16, 2019
    Course Meeting Times: MW 12:40PM-2:10PM
    Professor: Bernadette Musetti
    Prerequisites: Liberal Studies majors with junior or senior standing
    Core: Interdisciplinary Connections
    Flags: N/A
    Lab Fee: $2,350 (Subject to change)

    Trip Description: Students spend eight days of intensive study in Costa Rica, which is a model of sustainability. Each day will be filled with unique learning opportunities with a focus on environmental education and related issues, policies and practices.  Our visit will include visits to three schools focused on eco-literacy, as well as nature hikes, interactive lectures, demonstrations, guided forest and biodynamic farm tours, hands-on lessons, and participation in a school-based service project. Much of our time will be spent in and around the town of Monteverde, where we will hike extensively in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, while learning a great deal about biodiversity, species interdependence and the importance of nature preserves. A special series of readings, activities, and assignments will be required for this component of the course.

    Course Description: Students examine global issues in the context of education and educational institutions. This is the Capstone course for Liberal Studies majors and the focus for the 2018 and 2019 seminars is on environmental issues. Students address critical questions such as: What does it mean to be an aware and responsible local and global citizen and how can education promote such? How can education become a more powerful vehicle for promoting greater peace, justice, equity, and sustainability in our world? The focus is on how our educational institutions prepare students to understand, critically evaluate, and act on complex issues both in the immediate, local context, as well as in the larger global context of an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, where disparities of many types continue to grow. Throughout the course each student participates in and reports on an environmental advocacy project and does in-depth research and produces and presents a thesis paper as the culminating activity for the course. The course format is a seminar, which encourages and requires close and critical reading of texts and thoughtful and respectful whole class and small group discussion.

  • SOCL 3240/POLS 3998 | Sociology of Aging

    Immersion to: Uruguay (Montevideo and Colonia)
    Trip Dates: March 8-16, 2019
    Course Meeting Times: TR 11:20AM-12:50PM
    Professor: Anna Muraco
    Prerequisites: Student must have completed at least 30 units
    Core: N/A
    Flags: Engaged Learning (SOCL 3240)
    Lab Fee: $2,200 (Subject to change)

    Trip Description: The purpose of the immersion trip will be to have students engage with organizations in Uruguay that serve the needs of people age 65 and older. The goal of the immersion is for students to compare the policies and services available to older adults in Los Angeles and the U.S. more broadly, with those in Uruguay to see how national and social context influence the lives of older adults. Uruguay, like many industrialized countries, is experiencing the aging of their population due to extended life expectancy and low birth rates. Both in geography and population, Uruguay is much smaller than the U.S, which makes it able to more nimbly offer services to the shifting population. For several years, Uruguay also has had a left-leaning president and government whose social programs provide care to older adult populations. My goal in taking students to Uruguay is for them to be exposed to policy and programmatic approaches other than those used in the U.S. In order for students to be able to compare the two contexts, they will be required to visit two different organizations in the L.A. area that serve older adults in order to learn about the types of services they offer and the sources of their funding. The students will be required to address these similarities and differences in a final assignment for the course.

    On the ground in Uruguay through our program with the Universidad Catolica de Uruguay, a sister Jesuit Institution, we will learn about Uruguay's historical evolution and recent past, address the social, political, and economic conditions of present-day Uruguay, discuss the social safety net available to Uruguayans, and consider the current and future demographics of the country. Our group will visit the National Ministry of Human Services, the Uruguayan Social Security Department and a Geriatric Center, as well as meet with national researchers who address topics related to aging. We will also visit the Colonia del Sacramento, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Course Description: This course provides a general introduction to the sociological study of aging, with a comparative component between the U.S. and Uruguay.  The focus of the course is on individual and structural elements that shape the adult phase of the lifespan, but will also examine the cumulative effects of life experiences on the aging process through readings, lectures, observations, and course assignments. Topics to be covered in the course include social policies and supports, social security and retirement, poverty, constructions of identity, aging and intersectionality, social and family relationships, gay and lesbian issues in aging, migration and immigration, and widowhood. Students will have the unique opportunity through our immersion and corresponding assignments to compare the social contexts and public programs available for older adults living in LA and the U.S. with those in Uruguay. Students will come away from this class knowing about the diversity of aging experiences and the ways that social institutions shape our norms and expectations of aging.

  • THST 3262 | Visioning the Troubles: Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland

    Immersion to: Northern Ireland (Belfast and Derry)
    Trip Dates: March 8-17, 2019
    Course Meeting Times: TR 9:40AM-11:10AM
    Professor: David Sanchez
    Prerequisites: N/A
    Core: Faith and Reason
    Flags: N/A
    Lab Fee: $2,100

    Trip Description: Venture to Belfast and (London) Derry, Northern Ireland to explore the murals produced during the Troubles (1969-1998). Walk the same neighborhoods where Catholics and Protestants engaged in a savage civil war for almost thirty years. Engage with Northern Irish academics, students, artists, and former combatants as they negotiate their twentieth year of a fragile peace agreement in the complicated era of Brexit.

    Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to that moment in history known as the Troubles of Northern Ireland (ca. 1968-1998) through the lens of art, film, propaganda pamphlets, and scholarly production. Students will be introduced to photographs compiled from both Belfast and Derry that narrate the sectarian history of the Troubles from both a Catholic (i.e. Republican) and Protestant (i.e. Loyalist) perspective as entrée for deeper interrogation of the complex religio-political history of Northern Ireland. Students will also view relevant films that attempt to narrate this complex history.