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  • Locations: Holmes County, OH, United States; Lancaster, PA, United States;
  • Program Terms: May Term
  • Restrictions: MC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
AmishThis course will provide an examination of the Amish culture through traditional classroom activities, including films, lectures, readings, an independent learning project, plus historical and cultural field trips, and living with two Amish families, one in Lancaster County, PA and the other in Holmes County, OH.  Significant emphasis will be given to (1) an analysis of culture, (2) cultural and historical development of Anabaptism, (3) comparison of the Amish culture to that of other past and present groups, both Anabaptist and modern, and (4) an analysis of Amish methods of coping with modernity, and (5) speculations on the future of the Amish.  This course incorporates participant observation research methodologies to facilitate learning about the culture and its peoples and culminates with your Amish portfolio as a record of your learning. Only students seriously interested in the Amish, and willing to submit to strict dress and behavioral expectations need apply. 
Estimated Course Fee: $950

John Bechtold is chair of the Psychology department and has taught in the department for 25 years. He has led numerous diverse Cross-cultural trips (7 different countries) and has taught a course on Cross-cultural Psychology. He has spent time with the Amish over the span of 10+ years and has lived in their homes for short periods of time. He regularly visits with the Amish in Lancaster County, giving them presentations on Anabaptist history, and leading birding trips with both youth and adults. He has worked on an Amish dairy farm and has assisted several times in setting up Amish church services. His goal for this course is that students gain an appreciation for, and an accurate picture of, the Amish in light of the often horrible popular media portrayals of them.

Dates (tentative): May 22- June 10th

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