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Designed by the JMU Honors College, Honors Seminars Abroad allow students to explore a new and exciting part of the world for three weeks during the summer while earning six academic credits and fulfilling the Honors seminar requirement. These programs typically travel in May; however, some programs may travel in other summer months. The academic preparation for these study abroad trips begins with mandatory regular meetings in the spring semester. In these meetings, students get to know each other and instructors prepare the groundwork for the upcoming experience through readings, films, and lectures. Once abroad, the seminars combine daily classwork with field trips and events. The Honors College strives to keep Honors Seminars Abroad affordable. The Honors College has limited funds for need-based assistance to support these transformational experiences.

Program Highlights
  • Open to Track I and Track II Honors students
  • Limited enrollment in each program
  • Completion of an Honors Study Abroad fulfills the Honors College six-credit seminar requirement or can count towards Honors elective requirements
  • Includes a required spring semester preparatory component
Summer 2018 Seminars Abroad

You must apply to each program individually. If you apply to multiple programs, you must cover the application fee for both. Apply through the CGE website (follow the links below). Limited study abroad scholarship funds are available for qualified applicants.

London: Modernism from a British Perspective

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.

Application Deadline

October 15, 2018


Dates

Spring 2019 classes:
HON 200: Special Topics in Honors: Modernism from a British Perspective (6 credits)

Summer 2019: May 11 - June 2, 2019


Directors:


Visit CGE website for more information

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Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

Though an important part of Spain, Barcelona is proud of its independent Catalan identity and language. The city has long been an intellectual and artistic hub and, by the twentieth century, the city saw an efflorescence of modern art, political consciousness, and revolutionary politics. Both the unique aspects of Barcelona and its ties to the rest of the country will be explored during the study abroad program. We will particularly focus on key moments in twentieth century Barcelona history: 1920s urbanization and dictatorship; modernist artists notably Dali, Miro, and Picasso; the Second Republic (1931-1936); the Spanish Civil War; the Franco era (1939-75); and the transition to democracy in 1975; and the post-Franco period.

Through guided visits of the Catalonian Museum of history and the Museum of the City of Barcelona and to key Gaudi sites and many other city locations, students will be exposed to the character of the metropolis, its people, and its history. Students will hear lectures by local academics and a journalist/film maker who will speak to the unique experience and identity of Catalonia. Students will also attend a live concert as a group in the breathtaking Palau de la Musica Catalana. Day trips will also be planned including to the Dali Museum in Figueres, the famous monastery of Montserrat, and local beaches. Course work includes informal lectures, readings, and student writing.

No Spanish language training necessary but is advantageous. All instruction will be in English.

Application Deadline

October 15, 2018


Dates

Spring 2019 classes:
HON 200: Special Topics in Honors: Twentieth Century Barcelona (6 credits)

Summer 2019: June 9 - June 30, 2019


Directors:


Visit CGE website for more information

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