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London, England

Program Description

Victorian London was the birthplace of what we now call "modernity." Transformations in food, music, art, theatre, literature, science, and architecture characterized the increasing tempo of modernity for Victorian people. Experiencing all of these things will be the basis of our hands-on learning trip through time and into the heart of London.

The London Underground, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Queen's Walk and the Embankment are all Victorian creations that transformed the life of London and perceptions of what it means to "make progress" and be modern. The joys, failures, and anxieties that dominated the Victorian period still set the stage for some of our most intense contemporary debates even today in our global, social world. Come explore ground-zero of modernity's deepest desires and greatest fears as we walk our way through Victorian London.

For more information, please contact the program directors, Dr. John Butt or Dr. Heidi Pennington; or contact Mr. Jared Diener, Director of Honors Advising and Global Iniatives. 

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Location Description

Students and the instructors will stay in a hotel in the Bloomsbury district of London. Classes will be held each day in the form of outings to Victorian sites and places of interest; be prepared to traverse the city on foot! 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 a day in Oxford to see the University, most of which is Victorian in Gothic garb. A second day trip visits Greenwich to see the classical architecture and to view the site of London’s launching into the British Empire. Several group dinners, high tea, 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 around the British Isles, to Europe, or elsewhere in and around the London area.


John J. Butt | | History

Heidi Pennington | | English


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.

Additional Items to Consider

Victorian London 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. Several books will need to be purchased in the Spring semester before the program. Program fees will cover hotel lodging (including daily full breakfast), weekly meal stipends, bus/subway passes, costs and fees related to required events and venues including two day trips out of London, and group dinners, high tea, and a London theater performance.

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

Limited study abroad scholarships are available from the Honors College for qualified applicants. Contact Jared Diener for more information.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • First- or second-year Honors College students
    (rising Sophomores or rising Juniors in the summer of 2020).

  • Honors College 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. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HON 200: Special Topics in Honors: Victorian London and Modernity (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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