India is one of the world’s most diverse countries, home to hundreds of various ethnic groups, spoken languages, and religious traditions. The TnCIS India program will take place in the “Golden Triangle” region of north-central India: the cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Students will begin the program with two days in India’s capital, Delhi. The next two days will be spent in Agra, one of India’s cultural and tourist centers. The remaining two weeks will be spent in Jaipur, the most important city in the desert state of Rajasthan, India. Each of these cities comprises numerous characteristics of one of the most impactful countries in the history of mankind.
The recorded history of India dates back 5,000 years. The country has been home to some of the world’s most significant religious, economic, and intellectual advancements. India is the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism. India is home to one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders, the Taj Mahal, and home to “Mahatma” Gandhi, one of the most recognizable and profoundly effectual figures of modern history.
India is the world’s largest democracy and one of the world’s most populated countries. Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur are centers of India’s amazing diversity, illustrating striking examples of its political, social, intellectual, and religious advancements. Students will be able to discover the mélange of India by experiencing its hospitality, visiting historically crucial sites, and becoming immersed in the local culture.
Students in TnCIS India 2017 will have an opportunity to take one of the following courses: Social Problems or Cultural Anthropology. Students in Social Problems will study the modern social issues of Indian culture as they connect to gender, deviance, poverty, environment, health care. Cultural Anthropology students will have the opportunity to witness firsthand the cultural diversity in ways that people earn a living, communicate with one another, structure their families and society, meet adversity, relate to our increasingly global culture, and go about their daily lives. The sights, sounds, and smells of India will provide an eye-opening experience for all participating students.
SERVICE LEARNING: A percentage of each student's course grade will come through one or more faculty directed service-learning projects, through visits or a project assisting a local non profit (NGO) or tribal village. Previous projects included educational activities at a children’s organization and other community service activities with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Your professor will provide more information on service learning opportunities. In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit local organizations that are active in social justice areas such as gender inequality, health care access, economic development, and environmental sustainability.
Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several miles a day, potentially over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain, even in cities. Students participating in the India program will also need to plan for temperatures in the area of 90-100°F during July. Culture shock, positive and negative, may also be experienced. Students should be aware of the potential physical and mental challenges of studying abroad.
Excursions may include: In Delhi, students may visit the Gandhi Smriti, a museum dedicated to Gandhi, as it is the location where Gandhi spent the final 144 days of his life and where he was assassinated; the India Gate, a World War I memorial; the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque; the Lotus Temple, an architectural wonder and center of local worship; a bus tour of the economic and political center of Delhi; and a bicycle rickshaw tour of historic Old Delhi. In Agra, students may experience the majestic Taj Mahal, as well as the Agra Fort, an amazing fortress-palace complex established during the dynastic reign of one of India’s most famous ruling families, the Moghuls. Some excursions in Jaipur may include: the “Pink City,” which contains some of Jaipur’s magnificent architecture, its stunning bazaar, and its vibrant religious and social life; an elephant ride to the Amber Fort, a gorgeous sandstone and marble fort, formerly home to local Indian princes; the Nahargarh Hill Fort, which offers a panoramic view of Jaipur; Hindu temples; a local educational institute with a focus on economic and environmental studies; as well as merchant demonstrations to highlight the area's skilled craft trades in carpet and textile making, metalwork, jewelry and pottery industries. Students will also visit several NGO's that focus on health care, environmental, sustainability, education, gender empowerment, disadvantaged children, and other social justice concerns.
Classes: Classes will be held approximately for two hours per day, five days per week, at onsite lodging facilities.
Accommodations: All housing will be in a tourist class hotel. Two meals a day will be included in the cost of the program: breakfast and either lunch or dinner.