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The Age of Enlightenment in London

Location

London, England

Program Description

This program in London is designed to earn students General Education credits in clusters two and three.

Our studies will begin at JMU. We'll meet periodically in the spring term to begin our examination of the Enlightenment from political, cultural, and scientific perspectives. Then we're off to London!

In London we'll continue our investigations, using the city's museums, architecture, and historic attractions to help us better understand (1) the social, political, and economic changes that the Enlightenment ushered in, and (2) how the history of science tells a narrative about changes in civilization. For example, students will visit beautiful St. Paul’s Cathedral and “test” the acoustics of its “whispering gallery". We'll visit the British Museum and the Science Museum, examine William Hogarth's artwork at Sir John Soane’s Museum, look at works by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds (and more) at the National Gallery, consider the development of astronomy by visiting Greenwich, consider Enlightenment architecture by visiting Kenwood House (in Hampstead), along with various Christopher Wren churches in London, tour Westminster Abbey, and much more! We'll also take in a show or two and enjoy afternoon tea together as a group.

Finally, there will be one free weekend, during which students can continue to explore London or travel to other destinations, such as Oxford, Dublin, and Paris!

Location Description

This program is centered in London, where we'll spend 3+ glorious weeks taking in the sights and sounds of arguably the world's greatest city! Whilst in London, students will be given “Oyster cards” (i.e., passes for the London underground), the cost of which will be covered in the program fee. Students will also travel by boat along the Thames (to Greenwich) and have a chance to ride a double-decker bus. They will be plenty of opportunity for students to visit sites (like the Tower of London), shop, sample British cuisine, and more. We'll also leave London by train to visit Stonehenge, and see the Queen ride in a parade of royal carriages during the State Opening of Parliament!

Director

Caroline Lubert | lubertcp@jmu.edu | Mathematics and Statistics

Howard Lubert | luberthl@jmu.edu | Political Science

Accommodations

Students will be housed (most likely, two students per room) in a hotel in the Bloomsbury neighborhood of London--ideally located near tube stations (on two different lines), within walking distance to Covent Garden, the South Bank, Piccadilly Circus and much more. Laundry facilities and wifi will be available at the hotel.

Students will be provided breakfast at the hotel for all program days, and they will receive a stipend every five days or so for their remaining meals. There will also be at least two group meals (opening and closing meals) paid for by the program fee; the program fee will also include Afternoon Tea at a fancy restaurant, and some British 'snacks' as we travel about!

Additional Items to Consider

While in London, students will be given "Oyster cards" (ie passes for the London underground), the cost of which will be covered in the Program Fee. Entrance fees to all museums etc that we'll explore together will also be included in the Program Fee, as will all expenses associated with trips out of London (to Stonehenge and Salisbury, and Down House in Kent). All required books and notes will be provided, together with a map of London. Many of the places you'll want to explore on your own - museums, parks, art galleries etc- are also free and are within walking distance or our hotel, or easily accessible by public transportation.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

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 students

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

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Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

HUM 250: Foundations of Western Culture (3 credits)

ISCI 101: Physics, Chemistry and the Human Experience (3 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.

Cost

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