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  • Locations: Phoenix, AZ, United States;
  • Program Terms: May Experience
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: May Experience
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

The application period for this program has not started.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Areas of Study: All majors welcome, Anthropology, Poverty Studies, Religion Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Helen Lee Turner - Religion
Applicable Financial Aid: Study Away Scholarship Type of Course Credit: Furman course credit
Credit Hours Per Term: 2 credits Housing: Hotel
Program Description:

Program-Specific Info Sessions:
Sunday, October 22nd at 3:30pm in Furman Hall 106
Sunday, October 29th at 4:30pm in Furman Hall 106

Indian Country: Indigenous Culture and Religion in the Southwest, US


Indian Country Landscape Student group on program Student in desert


Traveling within the borders of the continental US, this May Experience will take students into four Indian nations that are as different as anything seen overseas—including places 60 miles away from any fast food restaurants.  Students will be among a small number of non-Indians who will attend traditional Hopi religious dances and talk with tribal elders.   By the light of a full moon and with a Navajo guide, travelers will see the side of Monument Valley not recorded in the famous westerns filmed there.  An eerie boat ride on Lake Powell through what should be a desert ends at Rainbow Arch, a sacred Navajo rock formation. In Chaco Canyon, under a very dark night sky, we will experience what ancient astronomers used to inform the people’s religious worldview.  These and other adventures along with urban experiences and museum visits in Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe make for a full trip.  

To learn more academic, environmental, physical and health expectations for this program view our Indian Country Program Inventory.


Course Title: Indigenous Religion and Culture in SW US
Course Number: REL 277
Course Description:Study of Navajo, Hopi, and Pueblo Cultures through visits to museums, archaeological sites, and reservation villages. Students attend traditional corn dances and visit various sacred sites, homes, schools, churches, medical facilities and corn fields. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.


May Experience programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the topic of the course. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. All things being equal, preference is given to upperclassmen who have not participated in a study away program previously.


The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance. 


To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline is in early to mid-March and will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.

Study Away Need-Based Scholarships
Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Students who apply by the May Experience scholarship deadline will receive a scholarship amount estimate ahead of the program deposit deadline.
Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.

May Experience Study Away Program Fee Inclusions
        Roundtrip airfare from a designated city (for international destinations)
        Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Tourist visas (if required)
Lodging for the duration of the program
Ground transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)

Program Fee Exclusions
Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Meals not included in program fee (will vary by program)
Required books/materials/supplies/equipment/gear
Passport fees

Optional Program Expenses
Site-seeing during free time
International cell phone plan
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance 
Personal expenses and souvenirs

Please see May Experience Budget Sheet at the top of this page for estimated program costs.

This program is currently not accepting applications.