Doane Travel Courses

Doane offers opportunities to see the world through faculty led travel courses that explore academic themes using the world as the classroom. Travel courses provide an experiential  learning environment that takes you beyond the classroom. Students will engage in pre-departure content and academic work while traveling and experiencing the things they're learning about.

Students can offset the costs of these trips by using their Travel Scholarship to help cover the cost of the travel courses.


Students will be able to define student leadership according to Kent M. Keith defininition and outline, enhance cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity and cultural competency skills, critically examine current and historical perspectives which informs the servant leader model, assess his/her own leadership skills and potential through self evaluation instruments, exercises and discussion, and develop an understanding of the basic concepts and practices of successful leadership behavior with an NGO organization.

  • Cost: $2,000
  • Dates: January 5-12, 2020
  • Faculty/Staff: Jennifer Kennedy-Croft

Norwegian Adventure

Students will understand the role of government in wealth creation and its role in welth distribution, discuss and understand the difference between collectivist and individualistic societites, explore the role of inequity as it relates to collective well-being, understand how social policies must be understood within historical, demographic, cultural and geographical contexts, become familiar with specific Norwegian social polcies and compare them to US policies, understand the challenges Norway must address, including a pressure to diversify its culture while maintaining its own national identity, explore whether Norway's social policies shoud (or could) be applied beyond the countries of Northern Europe, and will experience the Norwegian lifestyle that integrates nature with lifetime fitness. 

  • Cost: $3,040
  • Dates: May 10-25, 2020
  • Faculty/Staff: Nathan Erickson and Alec Engebretson


After completing the travel course students will be able to recognize cultural difference between Panama and the United States, reflect on those cultural differences in an ethno-relative manner, make connections between cultural practices and local environment, which include: economics (i.e., Panama Canal), social (i.e., perception of indigenous communities) and ecological (i.e., biodiversity), learn and use a small amount of Spanish phrases in an informal and naturalistic manner, meaning outside the classroom, apply the concept of eco-tourism when making decisions on the trip (purchasing souvenirs, choosing places to eat, etc.), identify the resources of Panaman (natural resources, labor, etc.), explain how resources are used to produce goods and services and how that production impacts Panamanians, and reflect on the impact of travel experience on one's identity and one's education.

  • Cost: $2,950
  • Dates: May 12-22, 2020
  • Faculty/Staff: Jennifer Bossard and Joshua Pope

Washington D.C.

Students will critically analyze and interpret artistic and/or aesthetic expression, analyze the practical and ethical implications of interations between individuals and those social structures, to foster an appreciation for American Culture and history, and to prepare and perform music appropriate for an outdoor concert on the National Mall on the Memorial Day weekend and to present concerts of this music on the way to D.C. This band trip will be an outgrowth of MUS 190 Concert Band. All students who participate in this course will be drawn from this FAK (Fundamental Area of Knowledge) course.

  • Cost: $1,950
  • Dates: May 12-25, 2020
  • Faculty/Staff: Jay Gilbert and Kerry Beezley

European Road Trip: London, Paris, & Italy

Students will critically analyze and interpret artistic and/or aesthetic expression (they will have multiple opportuniteis to meet this outcome through stops on the tour, including the Lourve, the Sistine Chapel, the Duomo, etc.). They will understand the evolutions and development of cultural frameworks in the context of historical, political, social, religious, economic and/or legal structures (this outcome will be met during the group research project and presentations during the pre-trip meetings. They will be able to connect the research done on the front-ent with hands-on experiences while abroad that will provide opportunities to learn and ask questions from professional tour guides at the tour stops.) Students will interpret intercultural experiences from the perspectives of more than one world view and demonstrace the ability to appreciate other cultures beyond their own experience. (This will be met through the aggressive tour schedule, going to the 3 different countries in a short period of time. While they won't have long periods of time in any one city, the breadth of experiences will allow students to more readily compare & contrast the different cultures and how they compare to their own experiences.)

  • Cost: $4,005
  • Dates: May 18-27, 2020
  • Faculty/Staff: JL Vertin and Dr. Amy Vertin

Learning to Lead: Baja, Mexico Spring Break Sea Kayaking

Doane will partner with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to spend one week learning leadership and skills utilizing the National Outdoor Leadership Skills 4/7/1 leadership education model. Students will explore four leadership roles, seven leadership styles and one signature style as they learn basic skills like paddling, rescue and coastal camping in Baja, Mexico. As they explore the area's ecology, history and interact with locals, students will experience challenges that will test communication and risk management skills. Each day, students will fulfill difference leadership roles and develop their own personal leadership style.

  • Cost: $3,400
  • Dates: March 7-15, 2020
  • Faculty/Staff: Jake Hoy-Elswick, NOLS Intructors (Trip Leaders)

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