UMAIE Course Number: T4467
SAU Course Equivalency: AH 320, Advanced Topics in Art History (four credits)
Instructor: Emily Blanchard West and Jeff Johnson, St. Catherine University
Tentative Dates: To be determined. (NOTE: SAU Spring semester begins January 14)
Location: Nepal (Kathmandu, Patan, Bodhnath, Bhaktapur)
Price: To be determined
Ever since the first drivable road into the valley was opened in the late 1950's, the name "Kathmandu" has been synonymous with spiritual awareness and soul-stirring beauty. Hindu Mythology, and the stories and legends associated with Hinduism's daughter-religion, Buddhism, are equally well-known for comprising one of the most complex and intriguing sets of narratives ever created by humankind, with moral and ethical underpinnings as rich and profound as their symbolism and metaphorical imagery. This course will teach you how to understand and engage with the world's oldest still-active mythico-religious tradition by reading ancient texts, absorbing and analyzing their meanings on multiple levels, and applying this knowledge to the observation and interpretation of the magnificent temples and shrines of the Kathmandu valley. By the end of the course, you will be able to identify all the major Hindu deities and the aspects and postures of the Buddha by sight, and relate the major myths and stories associated with both religions. You will understand what the ॐ symbol represents, Shiva, Kali and Vishnu will be old friends, and you will use words like "dharma" and "karma" with a confident understanding of their actual meanings.
Priority Deadline: April 12, 2014
Step 1: Complete the online application.
Step 2: Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (300 Ambrose Hall). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 3: Turn in a completed Liability Form to 300 Ambrose Hall.
Step 4: Pay your remaining balance by November 1. Submit your payment to 300 Ambrose Hall. Make checks payable to St. Ambrose. Or pay online with a credit card.
Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.