The Honors Program partners with the Office of International Studies and Programs to offer short-term, faculty-led, study abroad experiences using the interdisciplinary City as Text model. Through the application of the Honors Learning Framework, students from a variety of majors investigate the destination from multiple perspectives as they prepare to explore the city firsthand.
Students experience the culture of the destination through an immersive exploration of major attractions and off the beaten path places. Participants make sense of their experiences through interactions with local guides and instructors, as well as through planned and spontaneous conversations with faculty and peers.
This transformational experience offers students a deeper understanding of the global community, while also strengthening the community of Honors students and staff who participate.
March 7 - 16, 2020; (please note that participants will return to classes on the Tuesday after Spring Break)
Travel to Barcelona with the Honors Program during Spring Break 2020 to experience the unique history and cultures of this Catalan city. Both a part of and separate from the rest of Spain and global in many ways, Barcelona stands at the crossroads of identities and cultures. Students will learn about Barcelona from an interdisciplinary lens. Our class begins on campus as we learn about the people, politics, arts, urban planning, history, and technology of Barcelona from various written texts. We then travel to Barcelona to deepen our learning, using the city itself as one of our texts. A mixture of guided tours and structured, small group explorations round out our experience. The course continues with culminating reflections once we return to campus (see dates below).
Honors Learning Experience
Students will register for IDS 121, City as Text: Barcelona for the Spring 2020 semester.
Attendance in class on the following Wednesdays from 3 – 5 pm is required: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4 and 4/15.
City as Text: Barcelona participants are encouraged to apply for one or more scholarships to assist with expenses related to this experience.
“Being in an area where we were not all fluent in Spanish and unfamiliar with the landscape made us think differently when making decisions. You never really develop a skill like that until you are forced into a situation.”
-Ben CollettiRead about Honors Travel to Merida, Mexico