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Chiang Mai Courses – 2022 Spring

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.

Chinese studies now available in Chiang Mai. See the Chinese Studies Program page for more detail.

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

Click the course title to view course details, description, and availability.

Fall Semester

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

    This course covers the history and fundamental teachings of the Buddha. Students will develop the theoretical foundation necessary to effectively analyze topics in Buddhist teachings and how Buddhism continues to influence Thai culture and society.

    Prerequisite: introductory coursework in college-level religious studies or sociology

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

    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.

  • Fall
    Community Health Sciences Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Community Health Sciences Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course examines both global health issues and health systems from a comparative view. Students will explore health care systems and structures considering their relative success in addressing health care delivery, disease prevention, and health promotion. There will be a focus on health and wellness in Asian and western countries. In addition, students will explore topics on healing across cultures, Asian and western approaches to health promotion, and disease prevention.

    Students will be taken on a journey through health care delivery systems in high-income, middle-income, and low-income nations. Along the way, the students will learn about the significant issues confronting health policymakers worldwide, including how to manage infectious and chronic disease. The course begins with an overview of the salient points in global health and then dives into analyses of health care delivery systems using a simple framework that encompasses five elements common to every delivery system: governance, financing, service delivery, responsiveness, and fairness.

  • Fall
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    This course is designed to provide students an understanding of the Association of the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), its achievements and challenges, as well as its Member States profiles. We will elaborate on the role of the Association in building a dialogue and security platform for the Asia-Pacific region.

    Over this course we will address the multitude and diversity of cultures and political systems in ASEAN, the achievements of the association since its inauguration in 1967, the challenges ahead and its importance for the region and the world.

  • Fall
    Community Health Sciences 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course introduces the field of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH), the impact of environmental and occupational hazards on individuals and communities, both domestic and global. The approaches address EOH issues at the community level and the domestic and international challenges that ensure success in dealing with EOH issues. The focus of this course will be on the interaction between humans and the environment and how this interaction affects human health.

  • Fall
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught in Thai
    Spring
    Thai 100-level 1 credit 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.

  • Fall
    Economics 300-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    Students will explore fundamental microeconomic concepts and theories that are applied to model basic managerial decisions. Students will also learn about market force and decision-making, pricing strategies, basic finance, and game theory and behavioral economics. This course is an intermediate analysis of price determination, resource allocation, market structure, consumer behavior, producer behavior, market failure and government failure. Economic approaches to social issues and policy.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college-level microeconomics or macroeconomics and introductory college-level math

  • Fall
    Psychology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    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.

  • Fall
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course introduces students to the major themes in the study of peace and conflict. It recognizes the closely interlinked nature of these complex political concepts, and explores the varied modes through which actors have sought to define and explain them. Just as war and other forms of violence and conflict are a constant of human history, so too are ideas and practices that seek the conditions of peaceful (co)existence. We will explore how peace is more than just the absence of war and manifests in different forms in different contexts: just as conflict in global politics is a multi-faceted phenomenon that can (and must) be analysed from a range of perspectives. The first part of the course introduces students to major theoretical paradigms. The second half engages with key thematics integral to the contemporary study of peace and conflict, with a particular focus on the Southeast Asian region.

    Prerequisite: college-level coursework in political science or international relations

  • Fall
    Anthropology Political Science Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course explores the global context of migration, including the reasons why people are on the move, the risks faced by people on the move, the rights that people on the move are entitled to, the reaction of governments and individuals to people on the move, and the responses needed to adequately address the needs and challenges of people on the move..

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

  • Fall
    General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    In this course, students will develop the theoretical foundation necessary to analyze social issues, sustainable development, community development, and Thailand’s economic philosophy. Students will also create a business plan to demonstrate their ability to effectively evaluate financial returns and social impacts, including the issues facing marginalized and disadvantaged communities in Thailand. This course utilizes the social business model canvas, and students will develop advanced competency in identifying screen solutions, developing value propositions, creating financial and impact goals, and evaluating external risks.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college-level business management or entrepreneurship

  • Fall
    Anthropology 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    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.

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

  • Fall
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    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.

  • Fall
    Thai 100-level 3 credits Taught in Thai
    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.

  • Fall
    Anthropology Community Health Sciences 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Anthropology Community Health Sciences 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course examines the following: systems of traditional healthcare in Asia; healing modalities widely used in Eastern medicine, use of evidence-based criteria to evaluate the risks and benefits of traditional healthcare, cultural perspectives of herbal medicine, and the botanical/chemical basis of ethnomedicines. Students will develop the foundational skills to utilize Asian healing modalities and herbal medicine. Students will also apply their critical thinking skills to produce a research project related to traditional medicine.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college community health sciences

Spring Semester

Language Courses

  • Fall
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught in Thai
    Spring
    Thai 100-level 1 credit 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.

  • Fall
    Thai 100-level 3 credits Taught in Thai
    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.

  • Fall
    Thai World Languages and Literatures 100-level 3 credits Taught in English
    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
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course is designed to further develop the students’ listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading and writing proficiency in Chinese. New grammar points will be introduced, and selected grammar points are reviewed during class sessions. Various activities - discussions, oral presentations, conversions - will provide the opportunity to practice on speaking and listening, class participation is therefore essential.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese

  • Spring
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese I and is designed to further develop the students’ listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading and writing proficiency in Chinese. New grammar points will be introduced, and selected grammar points are reviewed during class sessions. Various activities - discussions, oral presentations, conversions - will provide the opportunity to practice on speaking and listening, class participation is therefore essential.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college Chinese

  • Spring
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course is for the third-year students of modern Chinese language and the equivalent (i.e. those who have completed studying of basic Chinese language at elementary and intermediate level).

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Chinese

  • Spring
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The objectives of the advanced Chinese language classes are to increase your knowledge of the language and to improve your ability to express yourself. This will be presented through practical material and permits you to have a better understanding of the use of the language. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college Chinese.

  • Spring
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    This course is for the third-year students of modern Chinese language and the equivalent (i.e. those who have completed studying of basic Chinese language at elementary and intermediate level).

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Chinese

  • Spring
    Chinese World Languages and Literatures 400-level 3 credits Taught in Chinese

    This course is for the third-year students of modern Chinese language and the equivalent (i.e. those who have completed studying of basic Chinese language at elementary and intermediate level).

    Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Chinese

Health and Wellness

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

    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.

  • Fall
    Community Health Sciences Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Community Health Sciences Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course examines both global health issues and health systems from a comparative view. Students will explore health care systems and structures considering their relative success in addressing health care delivery, disease prevention, and health promotion. There will be a focus on health and wellness in Asian and western countries. In addition, students will explore topics on healing across cultures, Asian and western approaches to health promotion, and disease prevention.

    Students will be taken on a journey through health care delivery systems in high-income, middle-income, and low-income nations. Along the way, the students will learn about the significant issues confronting health policymakers worldwide, including how to manage infectious and chronic disease. The course begins with an overview of the salient points in global health and then dives into analyses of health care delivery systems using a simple framework that encompasses five elements common to every delivery system: governance, financing, service delivery, responsiveness, and fairness.

  • Spring
    Community Health Sciences 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course introduces the field of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH), the impact of environmental and occupational hazards on individuals and communities, both domestic and global. The approaches address EOH issues at the community level and the domestic and international challenges that ensure success in dealing with EOH issues. The focus of this course will be on the interaction between humans and the environment and how this interaction affects human health.

  • Spring
    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.

  • Fall
    Psychology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    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.

  • Fall
    Anthropology Community Health Sciences 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Anthropology Community Health Sciences 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course examines the following: systems of traditional healthcare in Asia; healing modalities widely used in Eastern medicine, use of evidence-based criteria to evaluate the risks and benefits of traditional healthcare, cultural perspectives of herbal medicine, and the botanical/chemical basis of ethnomedicines. Students will develop the foundational skills to utilize Asian healing modalities and herbal medicine. Students will also apply their critical thinking skills to produce a research project related to traditional medicine.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college community health sciences

Thai Culture and Asian Studies

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

    This course covers the history and fundamental teachings of the Buddha. Students will develop the theoretical foundation necessary to effectively analyze topics in Buddhist teachings and how Buddhism continues to influence Thai culture and society.

    Prerequisite: introductory coursework in college-level religious studies or sociology

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

    This course focuses on gender and sexuality as a social construct, and at how different societies use/experience these constructs. Emphasis is placed upon how gender and sexuality influence and exert an impact on health care systems. Specific areas of focus include health issues related to the intersectionality of specific groups, such as LBGT, transgender and gender non-conforming patients; case studies that demonstrate how health systems and services can be adapted to be gender friendly for accessibility, equity, equality, and quality of service; gender and sexuality in the Thai context and health settings; and gender sensitization for health providers.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college-level women’s studies, or sociology course

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

    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.

  • Fall
    Anthropology 400-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled
    Spring
    Anthropology 400-level 1 credit Taught in English

    This course explores the diversity of culture and livelihood of Hill Tribe peoples through educational trips to rural villages. These first-hand experiences are designed to complement the lecture course, which provides students with the historical background and current social issues in Northern Thailand, particularly the various highland ethnic groups. Students will analyze the impact of state government policies on the development of ethnic communities, and the evolution of these communities throughout history.

  • Fall
    Anthropology Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
    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.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college-level anthropology or sociology

  • Spring
    Chinese 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Students will evaluate Chinese culture and society by means of a descriptive and analytic survey of chosen topics. While focusing on the cultural and social mainstream of contemporary China, the course also presents and analyzes various historic events, legends, traditions, ancient philosophies, religions and social norms in a sociological and economic perspective so as to enable students to have a better understanding of the evolution of and interactions between the Chinese culture and society.

    Field trips to museums and theatre of Sichuan opera are part of the course.

    Major topics include but are not limited to the following:

    • Social Norms as Reflected in the Chinese Characters

    • Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Their Influence on the Chinese Culture and Society

    • Chinese Ethnic Minorities

    • Education in China

    • Sex, Marriage and Family Life in China, Today and the Past

    • Family Plan and Birth Control

    • Cultural Revolution

    • China’s Economic Reform and Opening Up Policies

    • Holidays and Traditional Festivals: Their Folkloric Origin and Modern Impacts

  • Spring
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will cover topics related to Chinese history, from the beginning of the Qing dynasty to the present. We will examine the evolution and development of different ethnic groups and the tradition, culture, philosophical thoughts, political organizations, social structures, economic situations, religious practice, and foreign relations in China.

    Prerequisites: one semester of college history

  • Fall
    Anthropology 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    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.

  • Fall
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    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.

Sustainability and Social Enterprise

  • Spring
    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.

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

    Prerequisite: Introductory college-level microeconomics and macroeconomics

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Field Studies

Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of Thailand. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

For more information about field study options, see the Chiang Mai tour and field study page.

Internships

USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of Thailand, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

  • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
  • Gain practical, hands-on experience
  • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
  • Build a network of professional contacts
  • Improve your resume
  • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
  • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of Thailand

For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

For more information about placement options, see the Chiang Mai internship page.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Spring: Open (Nov. 1 deadline)

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Open
Fall/Yearlong: Open
Spring: Open

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 50 students

Semester: 60 students

Instruction

English

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