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. A challenging, active-learning and research-oriented interdisciplinary course, the Arts of Medieval & Renaissance Britain is well suited to students from all majors who have interests compatible with the course, commitment to collaboration and a positive group dynamic, and strong work habits.
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. In fulfillment of Honors Program criteria, this course may be taken for Honors credit. Class size is limited to under 12 students for Spring 2016. (PREREQUISITES: ENGL 250; sophomore status; instructor's permission. Students pay travel fee.)
Our Spring 2016 England base location for the travel component will be London, one of the world's great capital cities, with history, arts, and culture, and an intriguing mix of old and new. We will have four full-day trips by train out of London in order to experience a wide range of locations in which to explore and learn. In addition to our activity days in London, in 2016 our day trips will include: York--a city in North Yorkshire with a fascinating Roman, Viking, Medieval, and Renaissance heritage; the southern cathedral and market city of Canterbury; the medieval to modern university city of Cambridge; and the Tudor royal palace and grounds of Hampton Court in Surrey.
Travel Dates for Spring 2016:
Departing MCLA Friday, March 11; returning Monday evening, March 21
Total Travel Fee for 2016 is $3,475. per MCLA student traveler.
We cannot accommodate non-MCLA guests or alumni in 2016.
Participation is by permission of instructor only.
*Full payment schedule for Spring 2016:
$ 275. First payment at time of sign-up
$1,000. Second payment by October 12
$1,000. Third payment by December 7
$ 1,200. Fourth (final) payment by January 29
*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 2016 travel includes: round-trip airfare (Albany, NY is our home airport); rail passes; local transportation in England; 9 nights London hotel accommodations, including daily full breakfasts; daily lunch 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 approximately $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 as soon as possible upon committing to the course.
Since Spring 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.