The American and Global Mosaics are intensive, interdisciplinary, semester‐long research programs designed around ethnographic fieldwork and immersion in domestic and global communities.

Their objective is to encourage students to think reflexively about the diverse world in which they live as they engage in collaborative work with local, transnational, and international communities. The Mosaics provide opportunities for students to meaningfully apply what they are learning in the classroom, both theoretically and methodologically, to the world beyond – and to bring their experiences in the world back into the classroom. The Mosaics challenge students to ask significant and relevant questions of the people and communities with which they are working; to actively listen to what others say about their lives and realities; to reflect on their own lives, worlds, and perspectives; to design research that addresses the needs and interests of their partner communities; and finally to present what they have discovered in thoughtful, effective, and ethical ways to multiple audiences.

Students learn not only how to design and conduct research but also how to produce their findings and analyses in various forms: written research papers and reports; conference presentations, video documentaries, audio podcasts, and multi‐media websites. The design of a specific Mosaic program is driven by pedagogical and research concerns, and faculty interest and availability. Different Mosaic models have emerged, from a full semester of coursework taken by students with 2-3 faculty from different disciplines, to cluster courses, to a one credit course that integrates a "winterim" research trip.

What is a Mosaic?



Current & Upcoming Mosaics

Mediterranean Migration Mosaic: Focus on Italy

Spring 2016 - Pending Approval
Marcelo Borges (History), Nicoletta Marini-Maio (Italian) and Susan Rose (Sociology and Community Studies Center)

"The Doors of Learning Shall be Open": Assessing American and South African Education Since Civil Rights and the End of Apartheid

Fall 2015 - Pending Approval
Jeremy Ball (History and Africana Studies) and Sarah Bair (Education)

The Arts and Activism: Trinidad and Tobago Mosaic

Spring 2015
Jerry Philogene (American Studies) and Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy (Africana Studies)

Peru: Global Climate Change Mosaic - COP 20

Fall 2014
Neil Leary (Center for Sustainability Education) and Jeff Niemitz (Earth Science)

The Eco-Entrepreneurship Path Mosaic

Spring 2014
Helen Takacs (International Business and Management) and Emily Pawley (History)

Ghana & Sea Islands of SC: Transatlantic Slave Trade/Middle Passage

Fall 2013
Lynn Johnson (African Studies), Jeremy Ball (History) and Joyce Bylander
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Process for Proposing a Mosaic:
Developing a Mosaic
Implementing a Mosaic

Find out more about past American & Global Mosaics, or request more information.

You can also view CSC documentaries.


CSC Videos

Slave Trade Mosaic Interviews (13:14)

Video of the Ghana & Sea Islands of South Carolina: Transatlantic Slave Trade/Middle Passage Mosaic through Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Marianne Esolen - "Sociology and Community Based Research" (03:11)

Dickinson alumna Marianne Esolen '00 talks about Sociology and Community Based Research.