Furman offers India Study Abroad program during the fall semester of every other year (usually odd years). The program objectives, courses, and directors vary every time. In 2011, this program was offered for the first time with an interdisciplinary science focus and was designed to have an intensive six-week course work at Furman, followed by a five-week residential experience at Madras Christian College (MCC) in Chennai, India. This was then capped with a 4 week travel experience from south to north India. In fall 2011, this program offered an array of closely connected and interdisciplinary courses exploring the natural environment, natural resources, population dynamics, urbanization, natural and anthropogenic hazards, gender, developmental psychology, poverty, health, culture, and sustainability.

Semester Study Abroad Furman University

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  1. Poverty, Gender and Development in India (AST 282)
  2. Urbanization, Health and Environment in India (IDS 280)
  3. Introduction to Geographic Information System (EES 201)
  4. India’s Natural Resources, Hazards, and Sustainability (EES 360)

GER credits (tentative)

  1. Empirical Study of the Natural World (NW)
  2. Humans and the Natural Environment (NE)
  3. Human Behavior (HB)
  4. World Cultures (WC)

Other credits

  1. Earth and Environmental Sciences major elective credit
  2. Environmental Studies Concentration credit
  3. Asian Studies elective credit
  4. Urban Studies elective credit
  5. Women and Gender Studies credit
  6. Poverty Studies credit
  7. Political Science (Elective and Engaged Learning Credits)

Contact the following directors for more information

Dr. Suresh Muthukrishnan
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Phone: (864) 294-3361

Dr. Veena Khandke
Department of Asian Studies
Phone: (864) 294-2878

Web Pages with More Information

Asian Studies department
India Study Abroad
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Study Away and International Education

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