Professor leads students in Scottish exploration

Students are visiting Scotland through Aug. 5 as part of a short-term anthropology base study abroad program in Glasgow under the guide of Anthropology Professor Patrick Chapman.

According to Chapman he created the Scotland program first when he received a one-quarter sabbatical in 2008. He then went on to create the New Zealand short-term program.

The Scotland program took place in 2010 and 2011, led both years by History Professor Nicholas Alforde. Chapman will lead the program for the first time this year.

Students attended two weeks of class taught by Chapman before the trip to learn some of the history and culture of their destination.

“We’re learning a lot about the Scottish proctors, who lived in the highlands, and their development has helped shape Scotland as much as any sort of conflict has,” said Mayer, “It looks at things you might not normally look at in a regular history class.”

“The students have the opportunity to learn about Scottish culture, not just in an academic setting, but also by living it firsthand,” said Chapman.

According to Mayer, students are also learning some information about Ireland because of an interest from several students to travel to Ireland on weekends.

Students have Saturdays and Sundays free to travel.

Mayer plans to travel one of the weekends with a few other students to Dublin to see some Irish culture.

Mayer also said students travel to field-trip locations every Friday while they’re abroad.

Accommodations were set up through Strathclyede University where students will be staying in dorms.

Mayer said she wants to learn more about her Scottish heritage by participating in the program. She hopes to learn more about the specific clan of her relatives.

Mayer plans to complete her Associate in Arts with an anthropology focus and hopes to pursue a career in archeology because of her interest in travel.

She previously participated in both a short-term study abroad program in New Zealand and a quarter-long study abroad program in Japan.

“It makes the experience much more vibrant and exciting,” said Mayer about the study aspect of traveling internationally with a short-term program.

“[With] a long-term class, where you do the whole quarter in another country, while it is really amazing because you’re there for so long you learn everything on the spot…the study-travel hybrid is good to absorb and basically memorize the information,” Mayer said.

“I think study abroad can kind of be intimidating for a lot of people,” said Mayer. “Another merit in the study-travel hybrid classes is it is an easier transition for people who haven’t done it, and it’s at an easier price to work with.”

According to Chapman, the program now also offers a limited number of grants for students.

“As far as cultural anthropology is concerned, there is no greater classroom than actually living in the culture you are studying,” said Chapman.