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Field Study Components of Courses

Honors faculty frequently design special versions of their courses that allow students to add a field study component. For example, the City of London Colloquium offered a trip to London during spring break, and the City of Paris Colloquium let students travel to Paris immediately after the end of the spring semester.

For the past six years, we have sponsored a field study experience in Rome, Italy, during May. This trip follows a semester-long Colloquium on the City of Rome, in which the city is examined through various lenses: archaeology, art, architecture, fiction, and nonfiction.

Students identify an appropriate field study project to be conducted in Rome. In 2005, some students had the option of adding colloquium credit for a field study in Rome and London. Students visited and wrote about sites connected with texts they had studied in the humanities sequence. In 2006 and 2007, students visited Rome and Florence, and the 2007 and 2008 class also included a trip to Venice.

Numerous courses have included field study options, such as the Fantasy Literature Colloquium and Jane Austen Colloquium, both of which visited the United Kingdom for on-site explorations in 2007. In 2005 and 2006, a similar field study option explored sites connected to Alice in Wonderland.

Some of these offerings are once-only, some recur frequently. In any case, the Honors College is active in promoting study abroad experiences