Arts & Sciences Travel Study
Expected Dates - Fall Break: October 1-6, 2017
Gain practical experience in human identification in criminal investigations!
This program, led by Dr. Cynthia Misischia of Biology and Dr. Lynn Tovar of Justice Law and Public Safety Studies, will provide students the unique opportunity to study human identification in criminal investigations at the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Nicknamed “the Body Farm,” the Forensic Anthropology Center is one of three such centers in the country. The Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC) was developed in 1987, not only for teaching and research purposes, but also to assist the medico-legal community. The center consists of several administrative and research faculty, which are active in forensic related research. Along with the intensive professional development courses that it provides to the anthropology and law enforcement communities, it also has the largest collection of human skeletons in the US, maintains a Forensic Data Bank of over 3400 forensic investigations, and regularly provides its services to medical and legal agencies.
You will be registered for the course during the spring 2016 semester. The course may apply to three different programs: Criminal Social Justice, Forensic Science Investigations, and Biology. You should consult with your major advisor to ascertain how the course will fit into your academic plan.
In addition to the coursework that you will be doing while you are travelling, you will also have two course 4-hour preparation workshops, Osteology and Criminal Investigations, on campus before the trip. These meetings will provide an opportunity to better prepare for all of the things that you will experience during your travel component.
BIOL 39900 Human Identification in Criminal Investigations
This practical course is designed to provide an in-depth study of human vs. non-human osteology, bone biology, and pathology. Key information includes the history of anthropology, biological age, sex, stature, ancestry, skeletal trauma, forensic DNA, and how this information is used in criminal investigations.
You will stay in shared rooms in in the residence halls at UT-Knoxville.
The cost of the 2017 Arts & Sciences Human Identification in Criminal Investigations Travel Study program is expected to be approximately $1,450. The program fee includes accommodation, course fees at UT-Knoxville, some meals, administrative fees, and program-sponsored excursions. In most cases, the tuition costs for the courses will be included in the normal Lewis tuition package rate. Both the course and the program fee will be placed onto your student account during the 2017 Fall semester.
The program fee does not include transportation to/from UT-Knoxville, additional meals, supplies, and personal expenses.
Program fees are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.
To be eligible, you must be a student with at least a 2.75 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate. There are no language prerequisites for this program.
Please click on the Application link in the left column to learn more about the application process, how to obtain an application, and what other materials are required. If you are ready to apply, then click on the Apply Now button.