Off-Campus, Hands-On Learning 

Join us this summer for three different experiential classes where you’ll step out of the classroom for immersive exploration in off-campus trips to Boston and other local sites.

Note additional fees may apply. View our tuition and fees.

Experiential Courses Offered

American Catholicism: The Church in Boston 

  • Course Number: RTS 3400
  • Term: Summer I (May 18 - June 26, 2020)
  • Instructor: Dorie Mansen
  • Format: Online class with two immersive day trips to Boston

In this class, you will explore the story of American Catholicism by examining the stages of the church in Boston, from colonial to present times. Focusing on historical, theological, cultural, social and political issues, and by paying particular attention to the role of immigrants, you will examine how the church developed and changed in Boston, and how Boston developed and changed because of the church. This course is primarily offered online and will also include two immersive daytrips to Boston, during which you will explore the roots and branches of Boston’s Catholic historical narrative. Site visits will include direct experience and conversation with members and leaders of parishes, neighborhoods and service organizations.

Proposed Site Visits - American Catholicism: The Church in Boston

  • St. Augustine Chapel and Cemetery, South Boston (French immigrants)
  • St. Leonard’s Church, North End (Italian immigrants)
  • St. Stephen’s Church (Irish Immigrants)
  • Cathedral of the Holy Cross, South End (French, Irish, Latino, Asian immigrants)
  • Haley House Soup Kitchen, South End - (Catholic Worker Movement)
  • Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Mission Hill (immigrant waves and the ill)
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage, Seaport (fishing industry to financial industry; New Evangelization)

 Postmodern Art & Beyond 

  • Course Number: FAA 2690
  • Term: Summer I (May 18 - June 26, 2020)
  • Instructor: Julia Hoel
  • Format: Online class with two immersive day trips to Boston

Contemporary art is always evolving. Many cultural shifts took hold in the 1960s. How did this impact art and its processes? How did it influence the comprehension of art itself? In this course, you will gain an understanding of those cultural shifts and how they became the context for art-making. Through readings, lectures, discussions and experiential field trips you will explore what is contemporary art and why it is important to the human condition. The experiential learning will consist of two days in Boston/Cambridge with planned visits to local art museums, galleries and cultural institutions. You will immerse yourself in the local Boston arts scene, meet contemporary practicing artists, speak with arts professionals and engage in group activities.

Proposed Site Visits - Postmodern Art & Beyond

  • Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA): Tschabalala Self, Carolina Caycedo, and Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art After Kusama”
  • MIT Museum: “Making Digital Tangible” and “The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology”
  • SoWA galleries and artist studios
  • Museum of Fine Arts: “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation”

The History of Massachusetts 

  • Course Number: TBD
  • Term: Summer I (May 18 - June 26, 2020)
  • Instructor: Rory P. Tannebaum
  • Format: Online class with weekly immersive day trips to Boston

Note this class is still tentative but expected to be finalized soon.

In this course, you will experience the history of Massachusetts and explore ways to apply these experiences to teaching in the K-12 classroom. The course will involve immersive visits to key sites in the history of Massachusetts and an online component meant to synthesize the experiences. Site visits will involve touring the facilities and interacting with guides who are experts on the significance of each specific location.

Proposed Site Visits - The History of Massachusetts

  • Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum
  • Edward Kennedy Museum
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Fort Independence
  • The Freedom Trail (including the Old State House and Paul Revere House)
  • Lawrence and/or Lowell
  • Lexington and Concord
  • Phillips Andover (Addison Gallery of American Art)
  • Plymouth
  • Salem
  • USS Constitution Museum