A Field Study is a short-term (typically one week to three weeks, though length can vary) faculty-led travel course that usually integrates experiential learning at the program site (whether domestic or international) with more traditional classroom experiences and assignments. A Field Study can be a component of a semester or Maymester course, or it can be a stand-alone, credit-bearing course (usually for 2 or 4 credits). It may also be non-credit bearing—as in a service-learning alternate spring break program. A Field Study is designed and led by one or more Rollins faculty members and typically involves about 8 to 20 students, depending on the number of faculty participating in the trip. On a Field Study, the faculty leader(s) take primary responsibility for the group of students, make most on-site logistical arrangements themselves, or by contracting with a third-party provider (a tour agency for example), and are with the students for a bulk of the time abroad: the faculty director teaches the course (for credit-bearing experiences) and also leads and/or participate in all program activities and excursions. The Office of International Programs provides oversight for the program, handles the on-campus logistics and administration for both faculty and students, assists faculty as needed with program arrangements, handles the finances for the Field Study, and provides support and coordination in the event of any emergencies or problems.
On a faculty-led field study program, the faculty director is the primary (and often only) Rollins representative. We expect that the faculty director for a field study program will:
For a full discussion of Field Study Faculty Director responsibilities and the responsibilities of International Programs for a Field Study, please view the Field Study Guidelines. All faculty and staff members proposing a new field study course must read these guidelines.
Pedagogy and Curriculum
While the following resources are focused on particular academic fields, the broad concepts and approaches are relevant to any field study course.