Engl 372/Engl 372H: Arts of Medieval & Renaissance Britain travel course
Join Prof. Rosanne Denhard for traveled to Great Britain in Spring 2016.
About this course:
This full-semester interdisciplinary course incorporates a Spring Break travel component to explore medieval and Renaissance British literature, history, and culture through on-site experiential learning and research. The course contextualizes the literary arts and their relationship with the visual and performing arts, studying all within the cultural and historical heritage of Great Britain. Our wide chronological focus will span from the early medieval period of Anglo-Saxon culture through the 17th-century period of the English Civil Wars and the Restoration. On campus the class engages in extensive reading, writing, discussion, and research work; on-site during travel, we extend our learning. After returning to campus, we complete and polish our research projects and present our work.
This course is designed for mature and committed students. This challenging, active-learning and research-oriented interdisciplinary course is well suited to students from all majors who have interests compatible with the course.
Throughout the travel component, the class experiences the cultures of medieval and early modern Britain- and their contemporary legacies- through exploration of landscapes and cityscapes, museums, libraries, cathedrals, castles, historic sites, attendance at performing arts events, and participation in on-site research and workshops.
Within the English/Communications major or minor the course may be taken as fulfillment of the Department's "Texts in Contexts" requirement or as a departmental elective. This course may be taken for Honors credit. Class size is limited. (PREREQUISITES: ENGL 250; sophomore status; instructor's permission. Students pay travel fee.)
Spring 2014 base locations for our travel component were York-a city in North Yorkshire with a fascinating Roman, Viking, Medieval and Renaissance heritage-and London-truly one of the world's great capital cities, with history, arts, and culture, and an intriguing mix of old and new. We'll traveled by rail on a scenic route from York to the ancient and vibrant city of Edinburgh, Scotland for an exciting day visit.
Travel Dates for Spring 2014 were:
Departed Friday, March 7; returned Monday evening, March 17
Total Travel Fee for 2014 was $3,100. per MCLA student/alumni traveler. For non-MCLA guests, there is a $ 200. "non-student" administrative fee . Participation is by permission of instructor only.
*Full payment schedule for Spring 2014:
$400. First payment at time of sign-up
$900. Second payment by October 25
$900. Third payment by December 6
$900. Fourth (final) payment by January 17
*All payments are considered non-refundable, except in the case of MCLA's cancellation of the entire trip, unless the student's place is taken by another paying traveler.
Price for 2014 travel included: round-trip airfare (Albany, NY is our home airport); rail passes; taxi-fares and London Underground travel as needed; 9 nights hotel accommodations (4 nights York; 5 nights London), including daily full breakfasts; daily lunch and/or dinner, including several special meals; airport snacks/light meals during travel; all tickets for theatre/concerts/special events and admissions for museums, historic sites, etc.; guidebook & course materials; some fun "extras"; and a cushion for emergencies, unforeseen expenditures, and special opportunities.
Prof. Denhard designs the travel as an integrated part of the course and works with the class to maximize experiential and collaborative learning both on campus and during travel. There will also be free time during travel for exploring on your own.
Funding & Scholarship Note: MCLA has a limited number of $300. Student research/travel grants available by application for students with exceptional research project plans. Students from this course have successfully applied for these research grants in the past. Interested students should speak with Prof. Denhard.
New in 2014: Travel Course Scholarships. More information to follow soon! See Financial Aid Office for information on student loans.
Please contact Prof. Denhard if you are interested in participating or would like more information.
Rosanne F. Denhard, Ph.D., Professor English/Communications
Department Office: Mark Hopkins 103-C
Office Phone: 413-662-5195 R.Denhard@mcla.edu
Special thanks to all of the students and alumni who have contributed photos over the years.