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Chiang Mai Courses – 2021 Spring Accelerated

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Academics

Semester students may enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of Thai language plus electives in Southeast Asian culture, international relations and development studies. All students must complete a minimum of one language course.

Spring Accelerated Term: During the spring semester, the Chiang Mai program offers a collection of courses on an accelerated basis from January to mid-March. These courses are ideal for students from quarter-system universities because the dates often coincide with their winter quarter. Spring Accelerated students enroll in 8 to 12 semester credits comprised of courses in Thai language, Southeast Asian culture, international relations and development studies.

Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Fall Semester

  • Spring
    Philosophy Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Philosophy Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course explores Buddhism in Thailand in an academic and empirical way to develop student knowledge about the history and fundamental teachings of the Buddha as interpreted by the Thai people. Students will analyze the evolution of Buddhist teachings throughout history.

    Prerequisites: One (1) semester of college level sociology, philosophy, or religious studies

  • Spring
    Psychology Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Mindfulness has become a common word in the Western World, and its practice has become increasingly popular in Western psychology, medicine and psychotherapy, there is a growing interest among professionals and the public in traditional Buddhist systems of neurology, psychology and the healing of the physical and psychological.

    This course is designed to put the science and practice of Buddhist Psychology into a Western context for a better understanding of Buddhist psychology, with the intention of a genuine "being in the moment" experience and an understanding of how mind, body and consciousness can embody wisdom, awareness, and loving-kindness which can create a happier, healthier life free from physical, mental and psychological suffering.

  • Diplomacy in Southeast Asia
  • International Organizational Behavior
  • International Political Economy
  • Spring
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught in Thai
    Spring Accelerated
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught in Thai

    This is a course for students who have not taken any Thai language courses previously. Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical, and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in Thailand.

  • Managerial Economics
  • Spring
    Psychology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Mindfulness meditation and other similar contemplative practices have garnered significant attention from both scholars and practitioners in the past 15 years, especially as it relates to using mindfulness to treat a myriad of psychosocial concerns. This course will introduce students to the concept of mindfulness meditation, specifically as it relates to health, psychology, and other applications through both didactic and experiential learning. Students will study the varied applications of mindfulness-based interventions with special attention given to psychopathology. Students will also be asked to cultivate their own practice of daily meditation/contemplative exercises while also being led by the instructor on various contemplative exercises.

    This course has an additional fee for field trips.

  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • People on the Move: Dynamics and Challenges of Global Migration
  • Spring
    Thai World Languages and Literatures 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This is a course for students who are interested in learning Thai orthography, how Thai words are formed and rules for intonations. The purpose of the course is to provide the students (even though they have not taken any Thai language courses before) with basic Thai writing system resources to help them read as well as communicate in daily situations while studying in Thailand.

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Spring
    Environmental Science Geography 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Environmental Science Geography 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Students will learn about concepts related to sustainable agriculture development in Thailand while integrating economic, social, and environmental topics. In addition, agriculture systems concerning plant and animal diversity with sustainable production, integrated farming, and climate change will be analyzed in this course. Sustainable agricultural development in the upland and rural area will also be covered. In this course, students will broaden their perspective on efficiency economics, pollution problems, and proposed solutions for better life and sustainability.

  • Spring
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    This course serves as an introduction to Thai cooking. Students will learn how to prepare typical Thai main dishes, snacks, and desserts. Students will be provided with demonstrations that go over the main characteristics of Thai food. These characteristics include flavors, textures, and aromas which originate from local ingredients (herbs, vegetables, spices) and condiments. Students will be provided with hands on experiences in preparing, cooking and serving each dish. Traditional practices in serving and eating will be emphasized.

  • Spring
    Thai 100-level 3 credits Taught in Thai

    This is a course for students who have not taken any Thai language courses before. Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in Thailand.

Spring Semester/Spring Accelerated Term

Courses available during the Spring Accelerated term are identified in the dropdown menu.

  • Spring
    Philosophy Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Philosophy Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course explores Buddhism in Thailand in an academic and empirical way to develop student knowledge about the history and fundamental teachings of the Buddha as interpreted by the Thai people. Students will analyze the evolution of Buddhist teachings throughout history.

    Prerequisites: One (1) semester of college level sociology, philosophy, or religious studies

  • Spring
    Psychology Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Mindfulness has become a common word in the Western World, and its practice has become increasingly popular in Western psychology, medicine and psychotherapy, there is a growing interest among professionals and the public in traditional Buddhist systems of neurology, psychology and the healing of the physical and psychological.

    This course is designed to put the science and practice of Buddhist Psychology into a Western context for a better understanding of Buddhist psychology, with the intention of a genuine "being in the moment" experience and an understanding of how mind, body and consciousness can embody wisdom, awareness, and loving-kindness which can create a happier, healthier life free from physical, mental and psychological suffering.

  • Spring
    General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Business Ethics and Sustainability will examine the ethical issues and decisions facing us as individuals, as employees and leaders within organizations, and as a society within the global context. The first part of the course will broadly introduce students to ethical frameworks, dilemmas, decision making, and economic justice. The second part will cover concepts such as sustainable development, fair trade, corporate social responsibility, and social enterprise. Students will delve deeper into specific issues related to business ethics, such as ethical marketing, workplace, and globalization during the final phase of the course.

  • Spring
    Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will explore the role culture and social structure plays in experiencing sex/gender identities. Students will learn to deconstruct Western conceptualizations of sex and gender, and how it influences the construction of sexuality in Thailand.

  • Spring
    Psychology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Psychology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course is a discussion based class, based on readings, videos and personal experience, the course will be of particular interest to students with mental health and non-mental health backgrounds, who seek to understand more about psychological issues and the implementation of mental health care across diverse cultural populations. It will also be of value to those who may be seeking to assume positions in global healthcare organisations, health-related research institutions, non-governmental and governmental organisations and private consultancies with a global developmental agenda.

  • Spring
    Geography Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course aims to facilitate students with fundamental knowledge about backgrounds and developments of government and politics in Asia. As Asia counts for approximately 60% of world population and is home to the biggest economic growth between nations, it is crucial that students gain knowledge to interpret the signs of political movements and issues. Main actors in politics and economics in Asia-Pacific will be focused.

  • Spring
    Anthropology 400-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Anthropology 400-level 1 credit Taught in English

    Students will get the chance to participate in an educational tour of the Hill Tribes. This is an excellent opportunity to break the routine of classes and get acquainted with other parts of the country.

  • Spring
    Anthropology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course explores the historical background of the highland ethnic groups in Northern Thailand and their social transformation. Students will analyze the impact of state government policies on the development of ethnic communities, and the evolution of these communities throughout history.

    Prerequisites: One (1) semester of college level anthropology or sociology course

  • Spring
    International Business Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    International Business Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The environment that corporations operate in has seen dramatic changes in recent years. International management is now a major challenge facing organizations in this current new century. To succeed in this environment, students must now be knowledgeable about the international dimensions of management. This course enables students to expand their knowledge of management and international business in a range of organizations by engaging in practical business tasks, such as preparing business plans, undertaking negotiations and giving presentations. This course has two primary objectives. The first objective is to provide students with an understanding of the international business environment. The second objective is to provide a context in which students can continue to develop their general business skills, such as analysis, strategic decision-making, presentation skills and writing skills.

  • Spring
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught in Thai
    Spring Accelerated
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught in Thai

    This is a course for students who have not taken any Thai language courses previously. Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical, and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in Thailand.

  • Spring
    Psychology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Mindfulness meditation and other similar contemplative practices have garnered significant attention from both scholars and practitioners in the past 15 years, especially as it relates to using mindfulness to treat a myriad of psychosocial concerns. This course will introduce students to the concept of mindfulness meditation, specifically as it relates to health, psychology, and other applications through both didactic and experiential learning. Students will study the varied applications of mindfulness-based interventions with special attention given to psychopathology. Students will also be asked to cultivate their own practice of daily meditation/contemplative exercises while also being led by the instructor on various contemplative exercises.

    This course has an additional fee for field trips.

  • Spring
    Thai World Languages and Literatures 100-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This is a course for students who are interested in learning Thai orthography, how Thai words are formed and rules for intonations. The purpose of the course is to provide the students (even though they have not taken any Thai language courses before) with basic Thai writing system resources to help them read as well as communicate in daily situations while studying in Thailand.

  • Spring
    Anthropology 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Anthropology 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course provides students with a holistic sociological portrait of Thai culture and society that includes Thai history, political structure, geography, cultural traditions and spiritual beliefs, presence in the global economy, and patterns of daily life.

  • Spring
    Environmental Science Geography 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Environmental Science Geography 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Students will learn about concepts related to sustainable agriculture development in Thailand while integrating economic, social, and environmental topics. In addition, agriculture systems concerning plant and animal diversity with sustainable production, integrated farming, and climate change will be analyzed in this course. Sustainable agricultural development in the upland and rural area will also be covered. In this course, students will broaden their perspective on efficiency economics, pollution problems, and proposed solutions for better life and sustainability.

  • Spring
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    This course serves as an introduction to Thai cooking. Students will learn how to prepare typical Thai main dishes, snacks, and desserts. Students will be provided with demonstrations that go over the main characteristics of Thai food. These characteristics include flavors, textures, and aromas which originate from local ingredients (herbs, vegetables, spices) and condiments. Students will be provided with hands on experiences in preparing, cooking and serving each dish. Traditional practices in serving and eating will be emphasized.

  • Spring
    Thai 100-level 3 credits Taught in Thai

    This is a course for students who have not taken any Thai language courses before. Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in Thailand.

  • Spring
    Thai 100-level 3 credits Taught in Thai

    This is a course for students who have taken Thai Language or Daily Communication I (or equivalent). Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in Thailand.

  • Spring
    Economics General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    In this class, students will learn the application of macro-economic models to analyze the development of the Thai economy and its international trade relations. Students will develop the skills to interpret nominal and real terms and understand why Economists have always referred to them throughout history. Students will also learn how to explain various aspects of the Thai government’s fiscal policy, analyze how the central bank’s monetary policy affects the economy, and evaluate topics related to international trade such as, currency, exchange rate system, net capital flow and balance of payment.

    Prerequisites: Introductory-level college microeconomics and macroeconomics

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Internships

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development and are counted as part of your credit load. Students will be working in an authentic local environment, with high exposure to Thai language and culture. Thai language ability is not necessary to complete an internship, but helpful. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses.

Previous Chiang Mai placements have included: local schools, teaching English in the community, local non-profits, the Provincial Office, and a local magazine. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

Eligibility: enrollment in the Chiang Mai program, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Spring: Open

Spring Accelerated (Jan-March): Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer programs: Open

Fall/Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 50 students

Semester: 60 students

Instruction

English

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