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The Bloomsbury Group


London, England

Program Description

The Bloomsbury Group is a celebrated and extraordinarily productive group of intellectuals, artists and public figures who lived in or near London in the early 20th century and who closely interacted with one another. It includes well-known figures such as Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster (literature), Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant (art), and John Maynard Keynes (economics). The Bloomsbury Group Seminar will begin with approximately biweekly two-hour meetings on campus in the spring semester of 2015 to become acquainted with the principal figures of the Bloomsbury Group, the activities of the Group, and the Group’s geographical and historical setting. Students will use this period to get to know one another and the instructors and to prepare for the London experience. For the three weeks in London, the group will become immersed in the Bloomsbury Group experience, especially as it relates to art, literature, and economics. Coursework will include readings, written work, research and class participation. However, much of the learning will be experiential learning, taking place outside of the formal coursework.

Location Description

Students and the instructors will stay in a hotel in the Bloomsbury section of London, where classes will be held most weekday mornings. The hotel is within walking distance of many London's main attractions and is easily accessible to the city's excellent bus and subway systems. The program will include day trips to Cambridge (where we will punt along the River Cam, visit Cambridge University, and explore the city of Cambridge) and East Sussex (where we will visit Charleston Farmhouse, Monk's House, and other sites important to the Bloomsbury Group's story). Several group dinners, high tea, and a trip to a London theater will be provided. Ample free time and opportunities will be provided to explore London and beyond, including a three-day weekend, which, for example, would allow students to travel to Paris via the Channel Tunnel train, bus to Wales, fly to Ireland, or simply take day trips to attractions in and around London.


Siân White | | English
S. Kirk Elwood | | Economics


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.

· There will be occasional group lunches and dinners.

Additional Items to Consider

The Bloomsbury Group Seminar 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. Some books will need to be purchased. Program fees will cover at least: transportation to/from airport, hotel lodging (including daily full breakfast), weekly meal stipends, cell phones, bus/subway passes, costs and fees related to required events and venues, and group dinners and high tea.

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

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 3.25

First or second year JMU Honors students

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 
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HON 200: The Bloomsbury Group (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.