Interterm: It’s a month to get a few credits out of the way, soak up the beautiful California sun or relax at home with family. Some students, however, chose to board a plane, wave goodbye to Chapman’s familiar campus and take an interterm travel course. Each class allowed travelers to leave the classroom and enter a new realm of education, by networking with potential employers throughout the U.S. or learning a new culture abroad. These students said yes to the adventure—and took their own snapshots to prove it.
FIN 400: Walk Down Wall Street
Twenty-eight business students took a walk down Wall Street to brush elbows with the stock market’s finest.
They traveled to New York City to learn about present day financial issues and the financial crisis of 2008. Students met with Goldman Sachs, The Federal Reserve, NASDAQ, Contour Venture Capital, Bloomberg and Pershing Square, among others, to network with experts in the field.
Kelly Kneis, a senior business major who went on the week-long trip, said although the course was mainly focused on finance, there were opportunities to bond with other students and professor Terry Burnham. The class watched the Broadway show “Wicked” and a New York Knicks basketball game, funded by a donation from Joann Leatherby.
“[Terry Burnham] really cares about his students, and while he can be harsh, in the end the students are his best interest and he wants us to succeed in the world,” Kneis said. “The trip is by far one of the most memorable out of my four years at Chapman.”
HON 329: Deconstructing Hogwarts: A Critical Examination of Harry Potter in Context
“Harry Potter” enthusiasts climbed upon their figurative broomsticks to fly into the magical world of wizardry.
Honors students who traveled to London, England for this course studied the “Harry Potter” books and movies in the context of different disciplines such as religious studies, gender studies, business, social justice and film.
Sophomore biology major Nicole Hornaday said the class visited many historical places around London that inspired details in the series as well as some of the real locations used in the “Harry Potter” films. They also visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour that holds actual sets, costumes and props from the movies.
“I even ran into Rupert Grint, the actor who plays Ron Weasley in the movies, so it was really fun getting the chance to meet him and tell him about the travel course we were doing,” Hornaday said.
FREN 353: Paris: From Tradition to Modernity
This trip involved far more than the typical baguettes and berets.
French students traveled to Paris to discover the city’s history, culture and people.
Students visited Notre Dame, lived in the Bastille area and went to museums including the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou and the Carnavalet Museum.
Senior history and French double major Maia Boitano said the class had ample free time to explore and experience the culture.
“What I enjoyed most was just living in Paris, talking to the Parisians and learning about French culture,” Boitano said.
Boitano said the class gave her an opportunity to bond with other Chapman students she otherwise would not have met.
“I really liked taking the class my senior year, because it was such a nice break from school.”
IES 444: Aesthetics and Learning
Italy—a land of rich history and culture, delicious wine and art that these Chapman students couldn’t chance missing.
Students traveled to Florence, Italy to study and experience the art of five major Italian artists: Masaccio, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelangelo and Lucca Della Robbia.
Amy Sayers, a senior integrated educational studies major, said her class stayed mainly in Florence, but also traveled to some other towns in Tuscany.
“It was a very experience-oriented course, rather than sitting around in the classroom,” Sayers said. “We constantly went to many museums, churches and took classes such as fresco painting, ceramic making, paper making, cooking classes, etc.”
FTV 346: Networking in New York and D.C.
They stepped out of the classroom and into the biggest broadcast news networks in the United States.
Twenty-one students traveled to Washington, D.C. and New York City to visit networks and studios including CNN, NBC, CBS and Fox News.
Sophomore television and broadcast journalism major Madi Bader said the trip was a once in a lifetime experience.
“We got to meet some very important people in the industry,” Bader said. “We got VIP access and had the opportunity to go on sets of shows and in control rooms.”
The class even appeared on “Good Morning America,” Bader said.
“We also had tons of fun, going out to restaurants, Broadway shows and even a moonlit monument tour in D.C.”