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Queen Mary, University of London, England

British Studies - London, England
Summer II, 2014


Tarleton State University is pleased to continue its partnership with Midwestern State University and New Mexico State University to offer students this unique opportunity to study in London, England, Summer 2, July -  August, 2013, at Queen Mary College, University of London. You will study in the heart of one of the most exciting cities in the world. Select one of nine course offerings (6 hours credit) for either undergraduate or graduate level courses. You must have completed 28 hours to be accepted into this program.

While in London individual student student travel will be facilitated by the consortium staff. All students are advised to secure a credit/debit card (with PIN Number) to cover personal expenses, and ATMs are conveniently located on the Queen Mary campus.

Classes are small and include a balanced mixture of lecture, guest speakers, field experience, and individual research. Credit hours are awarded by Midwestern State University and transferred to your home institution. American faculty from Midwestern, Tarleton State, and New Mexico State direct each class and assign grades.


July 3, 2014 - August 2, 2014


Each student will take one class and receive six credit hours.

Classes will operate on a seminar-style format with all students actively participating in discussions with their professor as well as the numerous guest lecturers. Each lecture will be supplemented with a field experience that will add practical application to the issues that have been raised in class. Students enrolling in a class will be provided with a syllabus before they leave the United States. Research projects or papers will be completed upon return to the U.S. and sent to the professor of record for a final grade. A mini-breinak during the session will allow students to explore Great Britain or virtually any venue in Western Europe.

Student Housing

Each student will be housed in a private room with a built-in desk, single bed, clothes closet, and lavatory. Each six-bedroom suite is equipped with a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. A common student lounge is also located on the ground level. University housing is within easy access to the West End Theatre District, Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery, and Piccadilly Circus.

Classes Offered

Arts - Graphic Design with an International Perspective

Six semester hours, ART 4743/4753. The lecture and studio component of this class will allow students to learn the historical and contemporary contributions that London has provided to the field of graphic design. Students will visit museums, design firms and receive lectures from some of London's greatest designers in order to broaden their perspective on the design world. Each student will create a design campaign that will be portfolio and exhibition worthy by the end of this course. 

Business - International Issues in Business

Six semester hours, BAUD 4883 & 4993 or 5993 & 6893. This course examines international issues in business. Components of marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics will constitute the core of lectures while each student will also complete a research paper with the topic decided upon by the student and professor  of record. Guest lecturers from the European community and field trips to various British and E.U. points of Internet will be included within the course. Consent of instructor for all business classes is mandatory

Criminal Justice - Comparative Criminal Justice

Six semester hours, C.J. 4253 & 4923. This course examines the primary components of the criminal justice system within the U.K. It will examine the similarities and differences of other criminal justice systems including the United States and European countries. This class will look at the criminal justice system’s responses to the historical, social, and political trends of the United Kingdom. The course will include lectures and scheduled field trips focusing on the primary components of the criminal justice system. They will include trips to Parliament, law enforcement agencies, Magistrates Court, and Crown Courts.

English - Shakespeare in London/Fine Arts - Theatre

Six semester hours, ENGL. 4716 or 5773 & 5003 or Fine Arts - THEA 4393 & 4493. This course explores the life and work of William Shakespeare from historical, textual, critical, and performative perspectives. Instruction will be bolstered by academic and theatre professionals, supplemented with practical experiences and field work. In this course students will 1) explore the historical context of Shakespeare and his production and reproduction, 3) master basic terms and techniques of Shakespearean criticism through an examination of its history, 4) experience the variety of Shakespearean performance, both historically and in contemporary English culture. Theatre involves experiencing professional productions, then critiquing them from the standpoints of both performance and design. Instruction will be bolstered by actors, directors, designers, stage managers and technicians invited to class to discuss their efforts and/or to conduct workshops. The course will also include trips to British theatre museums and collections. Students will also attend a production of Shakespeare at the London Globe Theatre as part of the class.

Engineering - Economics/Thermodynamics (MENG2003 & 2003)

This course will cover the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, properties of systems, solids, gases and liquids; and thermodynamic tables. It will also cover the time value of economic resources such as cash flow diagrams, simple and compound interest, present worth, equal payment series, and the economic evaluation of engineering projects. The course will be supplemented by field trips to relevant companies and or sites, and lectures given by guest speakers.

Fine Arts - Theatre THEA 4393 & 4493

Williams Shakespeare said: “All the world’s a stage,” and what better place to explore that very concept than London, England! While reading and dissecting classic texts such as the medieval morality play Everyman, or the brutal, but timeless Greek tragedy Oedipus The King, we will also be viewing and discussing some of the most dynamic and thought provoking live theatre in the world. How do these stories reflect the times and societies in which they were written? Why do they still resonate with audiences today? Which characters of stories hold up a mirror to your own life experiences? Be prepared for active discussions, playful projects, brilliant guests and powerful experiences during an exciting month abroad!

History - Tudor-Stuart Britain

Six semester hours. HIST 3123 & 4953 (undergraduate) and HIST 5003 & 5003 (graduate credit). British politics and society was transformed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: parliamentary government triumphed over unchecked monarchy, reformations in England and Scotland transformed the religious landscape, social and economic changes challenged the economic (and political) dominance of the aristocracy and saw the rise of a mercantile economy, and profound developments within art, literature, and science that created a "golden age" in British society. Site visits will include Hampton Court, Parliament, the Banqueting House, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Observatory at Greenwich. Guest speakers from British universities will lecture on their specialties to supplement the course content delivered by the lead professor.

History - World War II

Six semester hours. HIST 4933 and 4953, 5003 & 5003. Because of the unique history of London and all of England during World War II, this course will focus on the major military, political, and social issues surrounding the war with particular emphasis on the European Theatre. The class will rely on a mix of scholarly lectures, class discussion, and historical field trips. Churchill's underground bunker in London, the Imperial War Museum, and former allied air fields will be the centerpieces of field experiences that will supplement lectures and guest speakers.

Public Health - Determinants of Health Disparities - A Comparative International Perspective

Six semester hours, HSAD 4006, 5006. Course will investigate: (1) geographic and demographic differences between the U.S. southwest border regions (SWBR) and Great Britain; (2) description of health disparities and measurement issues; (3) determinants of health disparities: politics and health insurance coverage, economics, social and physical environmental factors, behavioral and emotional variables; (4) impact of aging of the populations, increased racial and ethnic diversity and technological development; (5) intervention strategies and evaluation results.

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Approximate Cost

The cost of the program is $6,600 for undergraduate ($6,850 for graduate students) and includes the round-trip airfare from DFW to London, tuition, fees, housing, and all program-related transportation.

For Travel in London, students will be expected to purchase a zone one and two London travel card. There is a $150 surcharge for students taking the Shakespeare and the Theatre classes. Food and personal entertainment costs are the responsibility of the student.

A $250 non-refundable deposit paid directly to the Midwestern State University must accompany the application to the program.

Contact Program Director

Dr. Marilyn Robitaille
Phone: 254-968-9545