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London, England

Program Description

The modernist era was a fascinating period of transformation of western culture during the latter half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th when rapid industrialization, urbanization, and scientific advancements were forcing intense social changes that demanded new social, political, and philosophical perspectives. Many long-established conventions and mores inherited from the Enlightenment as well as the Victorian age were steadily under attack from new and very different values and ideas. It was a period that was remarkably interesting for the arts and formative for the social sciences.

The seminar will begin with class meetings on the JMU campus during the spring semester of 2019 to read about, consider, and discuss the principal areas of modernism. During this period students will also get to know one another and the instructors as they prepare for three weeks in London beginning May 11, 2019. During these three weeks in London the program will continue with seminars that expand upon the artistic, social, and philosophical movements that are now associated with modernism. Coursework will include readings, written responses, and a research project in addition to participation in class and the class outings.

Location Description

Students and the instructors will stay in a hotel in the Bloomsbury district of London where classes will be held most weekday mornings, often followed by an outing to a London attraction. The hotel is within walking distance of central London and offers easy access to the city's excellent subway and bus system.

The program includes daytrips to Cambridge and Oxford. Several group dinners, high tea, a concert, and an evening at a London theater will be provided. The schedule will include free time for personal explorations of London as well as a three-day weekend giving students the opportunity to travel elsewhere around either the British Isles or Europe, or simply take daytrips in and around London.


Stephen Kirk Elwood | | ECON

Fletcher Linder | | University Studies


Students will stay at the Ridgemount Hotel, a small hotel located in London's Bloomsbury District and within walking distance of many of the city's prime attractions. The hotel provides daily breakfast and classroom space.

Students will be allocated a weekly meal stipend to cover lunch and dinner on their own.

Breakfast will be provided daily by the hotel. 

There will be occasional group lunches and dinners.

Additional Items to Consider

The Program will complete the Honors Seminar requirement for (Track I and Track II) Honors Scholars.

Students will arrange and pay for their own air travel to and from London. They are responsible for their own passports. No books will need to be purchased. Program fees will cover at least: transportation between London Heathrow airport and the hotel, hotel lodging (including daily full breakfast), weekly meal stipends, bus/subway passes, costs and fees related to required events and venues, and group dinners, high tea, a concert, and a London theatre performance.

This program is only for first and second year honors students.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • First or second year Honors Program students
    (rising Sophomores or rising Juniors in the summer of 2018).
  • Honors Program students (Track I or Track II) in good standing.
  • All majors are welcome.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HON 200: Special Topics in Honors: Modernism from a British Perspective (6 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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