The Study Abroad program is administrated by the Office of International Programs and offers numerous opportunities for students to do coursework with University professors in a variety of locations throughout the world.
Under the direction of Dr. Fred Ernst, The Department of Psychology offers a 12-day upper-division Summer Study Abroad course in Paris, entitled "History of Psychopathology and Behavioral Neuroscience". Through this course, student visit a number of historical sites and learn about prominent figures who were instrumental in the development of clinical and experimental psychology. One such site is the Hospital Salpetriere, now a huge complex of clinical and research buildings where...
Students read assigned journal articles about each of these historical figures and are introduced to the pioneering work of Claude Bernard, father of experimental biology, who predated and influenced B. F. Skinner in his use of single-subject methodology to investigate the autonomic nervous system while developing the still-popular notion of homeostasis.
Students also visit Père Lachaise Cemetery where many of these pioneering neuroscientists were buried. Sufficient time is allowed to visit many of the museums and other sites that have made Paris one of the most famous and beautiful cities of the world.