Honors Program Study Abroad
NJCU Honors Program includes a university supported Study Abroad component, in line with the Program's mission to promote student engagement in a culturally complex world. In their second and third years the students travel to a destination outside the US. The trips are embedded in Honors Program courses and complement the work done in the classroom. Students return from this first-hand experience with different cultures with new confidence, with their opinions challenged, and a new vision of the world.
STUDY ABROAD IN CHINA:
In Spring 2015 Professor Tim White traveled with the students in his Historic Preservation in the Global City: New York, Shanghai, Beijing to China. Their course chronicled the historic preservation in the skyscraper cities of New York, Beijing, and Shanghai after 1900. Students in the course heard expert presentations at NJCU, visited sites in New York City, and traveled to China to evaluate the efforts undertaken in each city to preserve old buildings and neighborhoods, using successes and failures as windows into power, sustainability, and disenfranchised populations in the global city. Professor Louise Stanton co-led the trip.
Day 1 - Land in Shanghai
Day 2 - AM Bund tour PM Nanshi district (old city) tour
Day 3 - AM Lilong housing, Luzan tours PM Nanjing Road tour
Day 4 - AM Day trip to Suzhou PM travel to Beijing
Day 5 - AM Forbidden City PM Cultural immersion dinner
Day 6 - AM “Back lakes” Hutong tour PM Summer Palace
Day 7 - Daytrip: Great Wall of China PM return from Great Wall
Day 8 - AM Tour: modern hutong in Gulou PM Tian’an Men Square
Day 9 - Flight home
STUDY ABROAD IN BERLIN: In Spring 2015 Honors students in the course “East Meets the West: Borders and Crossings through Cultures” will travel with Professor Anna Cieslik and Professor Rozzy Hooper-Hamersley to Berlin. The course focuses on the notion of borders and the politics and social processes associated with them. During spring break, they will explore Berlin, using it as a case study to engage the socially constructed divisions between East and West, Communism and Capitalism, Islam and Christianity.
Day 1 – AM Arrival in Berlin PM Unter den Linden, Brandenburger Tor, Reichstag
Day 2 - AM Nikolaiviertel tour PM The Museum of Islamic Art
Day 3 - AM New Synagogue, Spandauer PM Jewish Museum Vorstadt
Day 4 - AM Sachsenhausen Labor Camp PM Sachsenhausen Labor Camp
Day 5 - AM DDR Museum PM Check Point Charlie, East Side Gallery Alexanderplatz
Day 6 –AM Kreuzberg PM Şehitlik Mosque
Day 7 – AM Potsdam PM Potsdam
Day 8 – AM Departure
STUDY ABROAD IN IRELAND In Spring 2016,
Honors juniors will take Professor William Westerman's course “Politics, Folklore, and Theatre in Ireland,” and will travel to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland with Professors Westerman and Scott O'Connor. This year coincides with the centennial of the Easter Rising rebellion, and the course will examine the relationships between folklore, paganism, and nationalism, and the role of theatre and other arts in Irish independence, as well as reconciliation after The Troubles in the north.
The itinerary will include four days in Dublin. Activities will include a backstage tour of the Abbey Theatre, visits to Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells, the National Museum of Ireland, Kilmainham Gaol, the Dublin Writers Museum, the homes of George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce, and attending several theatrical performances. After a day on the west coast, the group will spend three days in Londonderry/Derry in Northern Ireland, and visit the Bogside murals and Museum of Free Derry, the Tower Museum, the old city walls. They will meet with local theatre companies developing new plays to bring Catholic and Protestant populations together after decades of division and distrust.