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Shared Courses & Programs

With the combined resources of LVAIC institutions, students in the Lehigh Valley have access to six times the educational possibilities. One of the ways that we are working to help students take advantage of our rich network is through shared language programs that harness the teaching power of our institutions alongside technological innovations, making it easier than ever to study languages, such as Italian, in the Lehigh Valley.

  • Dance Consortium
  • Italian
  • LVAIC Shared Minor | Documentary Storymaking
  • Study Abroad Programs

Dance Consortium

The LVAIC Dance Consortium has several shared programs and events that are open to the LVAIC community. View the calendar of events on the Dance Consortium page.


The Shared Languages Italian Program was launched in Fall 2011 and has been running every semester since. Currently, two sections of Italian 101 and one section of Italian 201 are offered each Fall and two sections of Italian 102 and one section of Italian 202 are offered each Spring. The faculty member teaches from DeSales University with students from other schools connecting to the course remotely. The course is offered in a blended format where students converse with the professor via video conferencing software, complete assignments and assessments in class and online, and interact with other students from across LVAIC campuses.

LVAIC Shared Minor | Documentary Storymaking

Completion of the Minor in Documentary Storymaking includes three required courses; a minimum of two electives, selected from a range of courses offered by a number of departments and programs at Lafayette, Lehigh, and Muhlenberg; and a final documentary project completed within the Capstone (one of the three required courses).

The required Introduction to Documentary Storymaking will be taught each fall. The second course in the minor, Legal and Ethical Issues in Documentary Storymaking, will be offered online each spring. The Capstone in Documentary Storymaking, involving directed community-based work toward completion of a final documentary project, will be taught each spring. Students must also complete 2 electives, one of which must be a course that emphasizes documentary production in any media type.

For more information about the Documentary Storymaking collaborative minor, please visit the program website.

Study Abroad Programs

The LVAIC campuses host several study abroad programs open to undergraduate students through the cross-registration process. The programs, which focus on language acquisition and cultural immersion, under the supervision of a faculty member from the LVAIC institutions. The flexibility of cross-registration enables students to receive grades directly on their home college’s transcript without going through the credit transfer process. Please consult your academic advisor to ensure the experience will fit within the parameters of your major and core requirements.