With top-notch academics such as Dr. Graham Higgs
Remember last winter? The mammoth snowdrifts, biting cold, howling wind?
This winter could be different.
From Dec. 26, 2011, to Jan. 3, 2012, you could be in sunny Costa Rica, taking classes on Costa Rican wildlife, its rainforests and its robust democracy — not to mention touring the vibrant capital, San Jose; the still-active Poás volcano; Sarapiqui, one of the best places in the universe for bird-watching; the Monteverde Cloud Forest; the tranquil Pacific Coast; Manuel Antonio National Park, home to squirrel monkeys and two-toed sloths; and a working coffee plantation.
Any friend of Columbia College — alumni, faculty and staff, students or family — is welcome. The cost, including round-trip airfare, eight nights in hotels (with private bathrooms), all ground transportation and three daily meals, is about $2,600.
Register online until Sept. 7 at www.efcollegestudytours.com. Enter tour number 1008817. After Sept. 7, you may register by phone by contacting EF Tours at (877) 485-4184. If you have questions about the trip please contact Dr. Brian Kessel, Study Abroad coordinator, at (573) 875-7625 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Graham Higgs, chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology; professor of psychology and education and tour director, at (573) 875-7588 or email@example.com.
A Study Abroad tour this past summer took friends of the college to France and England and will take them to Greece and Turkey next May. For more about Columbia College Study Abroad and its destinations, go to http://www.ccis.edu/day/academics/studyabroad.asp or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CCstudyabroad.
Higgs is just one of the dedicated teachers and travelers with whom students will study. Higgs, a soft-spoken man with a neo-Einsteinian hairdo, is originally from what is now Zimbabwe. He won the Missouri Governor's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004. Former students say things like: “This teacher rocks — he kicked my butt, but I learned more in here than I think I've learned in any other course.”
Over the summer, Higgs taught Darwin, Freud and the Birth of Modern Psychology in London and will teach Philosophical Foundations of Science in Oxford next summer.
Despite his globe-trotting resume, Higgs speaks with no discernible accent.
“I’m a chameleon,” he says in his Columbia College office. “I pick up the accent of wherever I am.”
Higgs earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He did social work in the eastern part of the state, where accents can be extreme. Higgs said he fit right in, though.
Higgs will be teaching Travel Group Psychology in Costa Rica — how personality, emotion, cognition and social processes adapt to travel and how travel shapes human learning.
“I love to travel,” says Higgs. “It never ceases to show me new things, open new windows.”
You can see some of Higgs’ windows on the world at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ghiggs