In days gone by, an “educated” person was required to travel in order to round out his or her education. Minnesota State University Moorhead provides the opportunity for students to broaden their education by offering a semester-length humanities program which includes:
Students earn 15 upper-division credits through their Eurospring experience. 6 credits are earned through coursework under the direction of Oxford Professor Allan Chapman and his colleagues at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. Students can choose from a variety of classes addressing the year’s chronological theme, “The Enlightenment.”
3 credits are earned in a course focusing on preparation, execution, and evaluation of cultural experiences and the study tour component.
6 credits are earned as two MSUM Dragon Core/LASC classes: one in the humanities (area 6, cross-listed into area 8, Global) and one in the social sciences (area 5), which includes a writing intensive designation. In these two courses, students synthesize their overall experience and meaningfully answer broad thematic questions central to the liberal studies learning outcomes.
Student experiences include prep course briefings about museum visits and cultural background, field trips and weekend trips in England and Europe, personally tailored museum and archive visits, and the Study Tour. This flexible and dynamic assessment allows students to pursue individual interests under the guidance of the tour leader, while experiencing the relevance and connectivity of the liberal arts first-hand.
All students take the main lecture course and select two classes for credit. Students may audit any of the remaining classes.
Instruction will be provided in Oxford by carefully selected British faculty, who will set and grade examinations. Examinations will be held on the last day of classes at Oxford. Students must be prepared for a full day’s examination schedule. No rescheduling is permitted. All examinations are hand-written. Grading results are final.
Students will be required to keep and submit a daily journal for grading and complete papers on topics chosen in consultation with the professor. This work will be based in part on observations and material collected during the study tour.
Students must participate in all Oxford field trips, which are generally held on Saturdays. There will be time for students to pursue individual interests, such as spending time in London and other locations.
In addition to the academic coursework in Oxford, students will be required to complete all assigned pre-departure coursework and attend orientation sessions; write an autobiographical essay at the end of fall semester; attend a mandatory on-campus preparatory course lasting one week during spring semester (February 6 - 10, 2017); keep a daily journal while in Oxford and on tour; visit a minimum of two historic sites, museums, and/or other cultural events in each city on tour; and turn in written work following completion of the program.
From Revolution to Enlightenment, 1600 - 1780
Dr Allan Chapman, University of Oxford
Modern England, Europe, and North America were formed, in many respects, from the series of changes that took place between 1660 and 1780. With the accession of the House of Stuart in 1603, England faced the prospect of a near bankrupt Royal dynasty trying to rule an increasingly rich and powerful people whose power base lay in Parliament. This period not only created massive political upheavals, but also laid the basis for a modern libertarian political tradition. In the eighteenth century, many European intellectuals came to admire not only the English political achievement, but also the work of geniuses like John Locke, Francis Bacon, and Isaac Newton, while at the same time reading authors like Shakespeare and Milton. Reason and science, not absolute authority, were seen as the only laws, because they were rooted in nature; and when the Americans and French strove to create new freedoms, it was, ironically, England and the ‘Age of Reason’ to which they looked for inspiration and guidance. Though the course will be taught from an English historical perspective, it will contain a great deal about what was going on in Europe and in the wider world.
There will be a lecture on the origins, history, and present-day workings of Oxford University, and on student life within it. Before each field trip there will also be a full lecture; in addition, there will be a background talk on the Shakespeare play to be seen in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The following classes are offered. Each student must register for TWO classes for credit, though all classes are open for audit. Book lists will be provided to participants during fall semester.
(Course selections subject to change.)
The three-week study tour this year will include Paris, Rome, Siena, Florence, Venice, Prague, Weimar, Vienna, and Liverpool. Guided sightseeing tours will be planned and group entrances are sometimes included in the cost, but students will also be expected to visit other important historical sites on their own. Transportation to and around Europe will be via train, airplane, and bus.