From Greek and Roman times up to the present, Jordan has long been a crossroads, where multiple civilizations and cultures of ancient Europe, Asia, and the Middle East meet. This diverse past is reflected in the city of Amman, where a Roman theatre is the most visible legacy of its existence as part of the Roman Empire—when Amman was called Philadelphia—and a citadel on Ammans highest hill recalls its medieval past under the Umayyads.
Amman today is a cosmopolitan city, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a country deeply enmeshed in the international relations of the region which shares land borders with Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. Under the leadership of King Abdullah II, as under his father King Hussein, Jordan maintains strong relations with not only its Arab neighbors, but also Israel and the West.
The fall ACM Jordan program, operated in partnership with AMIDEAST, is designed to provide students with the distinctive opportunity to study the complex issues which dominate the region, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, contemporary Islamic thought, ethnic and minority relations, Jordans experience during the Arab Spring, and much more. The program begins in late August, with a week-long orientation once the students arrive in the capital city of Amman.
Students then begin their classwork, where they have the opportunity to choose elective classes from a wide range of coursework in areas such as anthropology, Islamic art, economics, political science, religion, and sociology, along with a class relevant to the region that is taught by the visiting ACM faculty member. All students will take Arabic language coursework, where they are placed in classes appropriate to their level of proficiency (prior study of Arabic is not required).
ACM students will also engage in an independent study project of their choosing, under the supervision of the visiting ACM faculty member.The program takes place in an environment which allows students to explore the vibrant Jordanian culture in a way that is not easily accessed by foreign visitors. All students live with local Jordanian host families, a vital window into the local culture and its people. They engage in experiential learning every day by haggling for goods in local shops, cooking meals, and frequenting local cafes with Jordanian friends.
While students spend their semester living in Amman, they have opportunities to engage in service learning and cross-cultural learning and connect with local organizations in this expansive, lively capital city. In addition, organized excursions to locations such as Petra, Jerash, and the Dead Sea let students explore all that Jordan has to offer.
For more information, please visit the homepage listed above in addition to viewing the brochure on the ACM website.
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to
be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Adviser:
JORDAN (ACM) APPROVED GE CREDITS