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The JMU Honors College is pleased to announce its lineup of 2020 Honors study abroad programs.

These courses combine the hallmarks of Honors education--interdisciplinarity, self-directed study, academic rigor--with a global focus on cultural competencies, mutual understanding, and diversity of thought and experience. With exciting destinations in different parts of the world, you can find the program that fits best for you.

These interdisciplinary programs are open to Honors students in all majors.

You must apply to each program individually. If you apply to multiple programs, you must cover multiple application fees. Apply through the CGE website (follow the links below). 

To learn more about these programs, you are encouraged to contact the program directors or Mr. Jared Diener, Director of Honors Advising and Global Initiatives. In addition, we strongly encourage all students to attend the Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, September 26 in the Festival Ballroom from 11-3. Representatives from each of these programs will be available to meet with students.

Contact

Jared Diener
Director of Honors Advising and Global Initiatives
dienerjl@jmu.edu
Hillcrest Annex 1002

Spring 2020 Programs:

Summer 2020 Programs:

Study at Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews


JMU Study Abroad

Cost and Scholarships

The Honors College strives to keep costs low and make study abroad affordable. We offer limited need-based scholarships to qualifying students.

Learn more and apply.

For more information on study abroad scholarships through the Honors College, contact Jared Diener, Director of Honors Advising and Global Initiatives.

The Center for Global Engagement offers financial aid for students studying abroad. 

Spring 2020 Programs

These programs incorporate an intensive spring break study abroad experience into a 3-credit spring semester seminar. Offered as HON 300 courses, they count as Honors seminars. The deadline to apply to these programs is November 1, 2019.

Leadership at Sea: An Exploration of Cross-Cultural Competence

CocoCay, Nassau, Bahamas

One important factor in being an effective leader is having a high level of cultural competency. Cultural competency can be defined as the ability to understand, appreciate, and interact with people from cultures different than your own. With over 20 nationalities represented in the workforce of one ship, the cruise industry is the perfect environment to observe intercultural experiences where the US context is not the norm.

As a part of this course, students will learn about cultural competency in the workplace and how increasing this competency can increase leadership effectiveness.

Students will meet in person during the spring semester and complete assignments on Canvas. During spring break, students will embark on a cruise (with stops in Florida and the Bahamas) and complete a major project surrounding cultural competency. The remainder of the course after spring break will consist of reflection and presentation of their project.

For students pursuing an Honors area of emphasis, this seminar will count for Leadership and Global Studies.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019


Program Dates

March 8-15, 2020


Program Directors

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Global Citizenship in a Service-Learning Context

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

This seminar focuses on the concept of “global citizenship” in the context of an international service-learning trip. Students will travel to the Dominican Republic (DR) and engage in an intensive service-learning project over spring break. The course seeks to address definitions and issues of global citizenship, development, and service, using the service-learning experience as an aid to learning within the course. Students will also experience/learn about contemporary social, political, cultural and economic conditions within the DR, through service-learning, structured outings, cultural events, guest speakers, coursework and course readings and assignments. Ongoing structured reflection will provide a way for all participants to discover, articulate, integrate and act on what they learn from their experiences.

Dominican Republic is located in the Caribbean and shares an island with Haiti. The project will take place in the city of Santo Domingo, the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. In past years, students worked in the education setting, which included teaching and working with school children and build/repair school facilities.

For students pursuing an Honors area of emphasis, this seminar will count for Global Studies and Service and Civic Engagement.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019


Program Dates

March 7-15, 2020


Director

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Summer 2020 Honors Seminars Abroad

Honors seminars abroad allow students to explore a new and exciting part of the world for three or four weeks during the summer while earning six academic credits and fulfilling the Honors seminar requirement. These programs travel in May and/or June.

Academic work for these programs begins in the spring semester. Two-hour, bimonthly meetings incorporate preparatory readings, discussion, and written assignments. This spring coursework lays the foundation for the study abroad experience in the summer. Once abroad, the seminars combine daily classwork with field trips, activities, and events.

Honors seminars abroad incorporate self-directed research projects.

Victorian London and Modernity

London, England

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. 

Application Deadline

October 15, 2019
EXTENDED to October 22


Program Dates

Spring 2020 bimonthly meetings: W 6-8

Summer 2020: June 1-20


Directors

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Art, Culture, and Politics in Medici Florence

Florence, Italy

This seminar abroad explores the history, art, political thought, and culture of Florence in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Florence is an extraordinary site for the kind of interdisciplinary learning promoted in this seminar. Late medieval Florence was, to a large extent, a republic in which political power was relatively broad based. The Medici family enjoyed a sustained influence on the ongoing development of political and cultural life in Florence, as prominent and wealthy citizens and later, beginning with Cosimo I, the first Grand Duke of Tuscany, becoming a powerful noble family. Florence was also the center of the artistic developments now associated with the birth of Italian Renaissance art, many of which depended on the patronage of the Medici. Donatello and Brunelleschi spent their entire careers in Florence, and other artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo began their careers in Florence before moving to other cities. Major authors, including Dante and Boccaccio, are important for understanding Medici Florence. Christianity was a pervasive and profound influence on all aspects of art and culture. Florence was also a vibrant center for the revival of Platonism during the Renaissance, a movement that influenced the development of humanism in modern Europe.

The experience will begin with approximately bimonthly two-hour meetings on campus in the spring semester of 2020. Students will use this semester to do preparatory readings, discuss ideas, and complete some assignments to become acquainted with the historical background and some art historical, literary, political, and cultural information related to Medici Florence. They will use this period to get to know one another and the instructors and to begin a small Florence-related research project which they will present in Florence. 

Once on site in Florence, the group will become immersed in the cultural history of 15th-century Florence. The students will meet with the instructors daily for classroom work, held at the Palazzo Capponi, JMU’s premises in Florence.  Afternoons and evenings will feature field trips and events, including visits to most of the major museums and cultural sites in Florence, and day trips to Siena and Medici estates in the environs of Florence. There will be a free three-day weekend, allowing students to travel to Venice or Rome or even further afield.

Upon returning to JMU, program students will participate in additional reflective work relating to their experience in Florence.

Application Deadline

October 15, 2019
EXTENDED to October 22


Program Dates

Spring 2020 bimonthly meetings: Tu 5-7

Summer 2020: May 12 - June 3


Directors

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Oxford, Cambridge, and St Andrews

Honors students are particularly suited to the rigorous academic culture of Britain's most prestigous universities: the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in England and the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Oxford and St Andrews are semester programs; participants take part in tutorials or small classes across a wide range of topics and earn credits that fulfill major, minor, General Education, Honors, or elective requirements at JMU. At the University of Cambridge, students can select two- or four-week summer courses that can also fulfill major, degree and Honors requirements.

These opportunities are available to all JMU students who qualify; Honors students can receive credits that double count towards the Honors minor. 

Students interested in studying at these universities in 2020 or 2021 should start planning early. Meet with Mr. Jared Diener soon to begin the process.

Contact

Jared Diener
Director of Honors Advising and Global Initiatives

dienerjl@jmu.edu
Hillcrest Annex 1002


Deadlines

Vary. Visit here for more information or contact Mr. Diener.

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