The Department of History offers a variety of education abroad experiences. Studying abroad allows students to learn about history while absorbing the culture of an area. The links below offer more information about our current programs.
- Between France and Morocco: This 3-credit hour course is led by Professor Alice Conklin, and will explore the ways in which the experience of modern colonialism helped to shape the cultures of two modern nations: France, which had the world's second largest overseas empire between 1830 and 1962, and Morocco, which France colonized between 1912 and 1956. During two weeks in France and one week in Morocco, we will focus on how these two secular countries, one traditionally Catholic and the other largely Muslim but each with significant religious, ethnic, and racial minorities, have approached the challenges of practicing inclusivity and respecting diversity in the past as well as today.
- Global Hotspots of the Early Modern World: Buenos Aires, Argentina - This study tour in Buenos Aires, led by Professor Margaret Newell, focuses on the emergence and history of the centers that connected Old and New Worlds and that served as places of innovation in commerce, political structures, and ideas. Students gain knowledge about the origins of global trade, the competition among rising nation-states, the unequal relations between centers and peripheries, and the pathway to economic development that colonial regions followed.
- Changes in Urban China: Shanghai, - This study tour provides a rich opportunity both culturally and academically. Participants study the history, culture and language of Shanghai, the world's largest city, at East China Normal University in Shanghai. Visits to places discussed in class are also included. The program is led by Professor Christopher Reed, a specialist in the histories of modern China and Shanghai.
- Study Tour: Trim, Ireland - This program in Trim, Ireland, is led by Professor Alison Beach and includes an introduction to bioarchaeology and the study of human remains from archaeological sites. Students participate in archaeological excavations of the Blackfriary, a medieval monastery and cemetery located about 40 minutes from Dublin. Professional archaeologists from the Irish Archaeology Field School train the students in excavation methods. Group field trips to surrounding areas are included as well as time for students to explore the area independently.
- Tanzania - Led by Professor Thomas McDow, this interdisciplinary exploration of the real world impact of—and response to—HIV/AIDS is aimed at students in the sciences and the humanities and combines academic and experiential learning in Tanzania to introduce students to fundamental history and microbiology concepts as they relate to the local HIV epidemic. During this four-week tour, students study the language (Swahili), history, and culture of East Africa, all in the context of the public health response to HIV.
We also offer a History of World War II Study Program. This program differs in that students take coursework on campus the semester before they travel abroad. Led by Professor David Steigerwald, this program studies the war at close range through visits to relevant European museums, battlefields, memorials, Auschwitz, and other sites. Stays include London, Normandy, Paris, Poland, and Berlin.