Global Perspectives on Identity, Social Justice, & Human Rights

This program will focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion; gender studies; social justice and equality; and other complex issues related to identity in society and culture…all within the context of being in one of the most beautiful European capital cities. At every moment you will be near some historical or significant site or venue, whether the famous Rijksmuseum, the world famous Van Gogh Museum, or the Anne Frank House. Come walk along the canals and cobblestone streets with us!

Classes Available(3 hours)

  WGS 200 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (GP/WC, MI) or LAS 102 Topic in Interdisciplinary Studies (MI)

  Dr. Amy Scott

Study the social construction of gender and feminist critiques of essentialism, the women's movement since the nineteenth century, women and labor, manhood, body image and the media, women and sports, reproductive justice, violence against women, global activism for gender equality. WGS 200 emphasizes that gendered experiences are diverse due to differences in race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, nationality, age, etc., and helps students develop the ability to analyze gendered systems and read gender in texts and visual media.


  HIS 339 Women in Global Perspective

  Dr. Amy Scott

The changing status of women in light of global economic, social, and political changes in different regions of the world. How women have participated in and contributed to 20th century transformations of the family, community, workplace, social organization, and politics.


  SOC 312 Social Inequality (SB)
LAS 325 Social Justice in Action(GP/GS)

  Dr. Jackie Hogan

What would a just society look like? How could we make it a reality? Amsterdam is our classroom as we explore multiple dimensions of social inequality, and both historical and ongoing struggles for social justice. We consider everything from the colonialist racism that fueled Holland’s economic expansion, to life under Nazi occupation, to the vibrant women’s and LGBTQ rights movements, to current debates over gentrification, drug policy, sex work, public health, and more.


  ENG 302 Travel Writing: Identity in the Context of Place and History (W2)


If you sometimes have difficulty writing because of a lack of inspiration, imagine how inspired you will be as you wander the historic streets of modern-day Amsterdam! Whether you tour the Anne Frank House or find yourself sitting on a bench along a canal, you will experience the beauty and tranquility that can only be found in Amsterdam. There will be no limit to inspirational topics to write about while on this trip. Plan to explore some of the well-beaten paths, as well as some less well-traveled nooks and crannies. Be prepared to strike out on your own with a group of new friends and remember to bring your walking shoes and a notebook!

Write about travel with a focus on the context of an individual’s place and history.


  ENG 125 Literatures of Identity: BIPOC Literatures (MI, HU)

  Dr. Alex Lalama

This course will explore the experiences and representations of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in literature and other written and visual cultural texts. Through investigating these narratives, the course will address the themes of identity, performance, and representation and the ways race intersects with issues of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in contemporary literature, graphic narratives, television, film, and other visual media. The great city of Amsterdam will serve as our backdrop as we examine the ways in which these mediums provide sites for people of color to express and craft self-identity and expressions of joy. In addition, we will use class excursions throughout the city and area to enhance our discussions about how intersections of ability, class, and immigrant status inflect the ways in which people of color are signified and create representations of themselves.

Program Details

   May 14 – May 29, 2024

Comprehensive program fees includes:

  • Tuition
  • Round-trip airfare from O’Hare
  • Accommodations in a centrally located hostel (typical of student accommodations in the Netherlands…think MODERN hostel, not the hostels of old)
  • A room with private bath, including breakfast daily
  • Local transportation pass
  • Textbooks
  • Onsite orientation
  • A cultural lecture and a Dutch lesson (!)
  • PLUS class-related site visits, entrance to major museums, cultural activities, and more!

Online Pre-Registration (required)

Online pre-registration for the May 2024 Interim Programs Abroad is required, and opens on the Study Abroad beginning September 18, 2023.

Pre-registration does not require a deposit, and all classes have enrollment maximums, so pre-register early. (Students who need to be wait-listed will be informed.) Courses and programs are contingent on enrollment minimums.

Your enrollment for your May 2024 course will be confirmed upon receipt of a nonrefundable $500 deposit made on November 1, 2023 at 8:30 AM in the Student Center Ballroom via cash, check or credit card.

A program payment of half of the balance is due no later than Thursday, February 1, 2024. The remaining balance of the program fee will be due no later than Friday, March 1, 2024.

You will receive information during the pre-registration period about deadlines for required documents, the mandatory student program orientation in April, and other program information. (If you do not currently have a valid passport, apply now!)

*Students enrolled in a Bradley sponsored Study Abroad program may be eligible for Financial Aid. We encourage you to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

NOTE:A minimum 2.50 Bradley GPA is required to study abroad. Participating students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing and submit a Medical Clearance Form signed by Bradley University’s health services or your general practitioner.Please contact us at if you have questions.