Fifteen undergraduate students from sociology and psychology joined Mike Hogan, Prabha Unnithan and teaching assistant Anne Uhlman (M.A. student) in Prague for six weeks during the summer of 2023.

“Getting to go to Prague was the most amazing experience and I am so grateful that I got to have the opportunity to do this program! Learning in Prague was so unique and the knowledge, experiences, and education that you gain from this trip is something that cannot be done on campus. We got to see so much amazing architecture and history in the most beautiful country including Terezin, Kutna Hora, multiple cathedrals, and much more!” says Taylor Green, a senior sociology major. “The friends I made through this program are some of my best friends and it was amazing to bond with the professors, teaching assistants, and peers that went on this journey with me!”

The summer faculty-led program introduces students to international crime and criminal justice with attention to the Czech Republic. Courses include a variety of guest speakers and field trips within the region. Coursework is enriched by academic site visits to local prisons, courts, drug treatment facilities, SWAT demonstrations and more. Mike Hogan, sociology associate professor, and Tara Shelley, a former sociology faculty member, founded the program over a decade ago.

“Justice has evolved from being a local issue to a global concern. Our Criminology & Criminal Justice study abroad program continues to help students expand their horizons and internationalize their perspectives on crime and criminal justice,” says Prabha Unnithan, a sociology professor who has seen many students reap the program’s benefits over the years. “The Prague summer opportunity makes our CCJ program distinctive.”

Find out more here, or email sociology professor Mike Hogan.