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Connected Courses - Spring 2015


COMM 263 - Fundamentals of Communication & Culture

Patricia Witcher - 270-659-6946 -

Fundamentals of Communication & Culture studies the impact of culture on how we communicate. Participating COMM 263 students will be studying the "Culture" of Kentucky. Each student will complete a 3-6 page reflection paper about their study away experiences

Learning Goals
  • For the student to be able to apply and understand specific concepts we discuss in class
  • For the student to closely examine how language, social customs, etc. are similar and different in various parts of Kentucky
  • For the student to be able to compare the culture of Kentucky with the U.S. culture
  • To increase student exposure to new ideas, new information, and new Experiences


FLK 388: Foodways

Barry Kaufkins - 270-659-6948 -

Students in this class are required to complete a final project consisting of a research paper and oral presentation on the cultural dynamics of a food and/or food event. Interested students enrolled in the Study Away course may use the various foodways experiences during the trip as the focus of this project.


Math 183 - TBD




PSYS 483 - Psychology of Sexuality

Melanie Asrial - 270-659-6925 -

Psychology of Sexuality (PSYS 483) investigates the biopsychosocial aspects human sexuality with the goal of raising the scholar's sexual intelligence. Sexual intelligence has four components:

  • Understanding self
  • Having interpersonal sexual skills and integrity
  • Obtaining accurate scientific sexual knowledge
  • Having consideration of the cultural context of sexuality

The Kentucky Experience over Spring Break 2015 (March 9-14) will provide a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and insight by exploring the cultural context of sexuality of a number of unique populations in Kentucky. The Kentucky Experience itinerary includes visits to a number of sites that may inspire investigation into gender roles and expectations of particular historical and contemporary groups (e.g., Sisters of Charity in Nazareth, Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, pioneer era, Viet Nam War era, coalmining communities, gender roles in country music). A short APA style paper (5-10 pages) examining one such group will replace the paper required for PSYS 483.



Social Work - TBD


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Study Away & Connected Courses

  • History 456 / 456G - Kentucky History
  • Geography 352 - Geography of Kentucky

Faculty Leaders

Non Credit Option


  • Bardstown
  • Shakertown at Pleasant Hill
  • Lexington
  • Benham School House Inn
  • Cumberland Falls State Park


  • Spring 2015 course
  • Study Away program - Spring Break

Program Package (estimate)

  • $449 - Study Away portion only.
  • Final program fee determined by number of participants
  • Regular semester tuition paid separately.

Funding Options


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Western Kentucky University and its associates are not responsible for any loss due to theft, personal injury, flight or weather delays, negligence, or default of suppliers, or suppliers changing of itineraries. They and their associates are not responsible for any loss due to travel/flight delays or changes in travel plans due to Acts of Nature or other unforeseen circumstances, nor are we responsible for accidents and medical care. Tour services are furnished by independent contractors who are not agents or servants of Western Kentucky University. Refunds are not available for unused portions of the package.


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