Students on the William & Mary Goa summer program spend five weeks exploring globalization and development in India. Indian faculty and W&M faculty teach courses on the program, and all students earn 7 credits. The focus of the courses will be Indian economy, globalization and development. Grades will appear on students’ W&M transcripts, and will be included in GPA calculations.
Goa still exhibits the cultural influences of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. The Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years, until it was annexed by India in 1961. Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats region, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.
All meals are provided on-site (included in the program fee). Excursions may include Bangalore, the “Silicon Valley” of India, as well as a Kabini jungle safari. Course-related excursions to the spice plantations and points of interest around Goa will enhance students’ understanding of the economic and cultural background of the region.
Students will take 2 courses for 3 credits each from local faculty, and will be enrolled in the 1 credit course titled History and Politics of Postcolonial India (HIST 200) taught by W&M faculty, Prof. Chitralekha Zutshi.
The Reves Center advisor for the Goa summer program is Molly DeStafney, firstname.lastname@example.org.