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The Summer Cultural History Program is first and foremost an academic program. Students are required to enroll in twelve hours of credit and to complete all course requirements.

  • Because we follow an extensive travel itinerary, instructional delivery is different from the pattern of fixed class time and standard contact hours of campus courses. On each Cultural History Program, class sessions are usually scheduled around or during the program activities that take up most of the day: visits to museums, monuments and temples, historic sites, governmental institutions, etc. Thus, in a sense most of the waking hours of each day are contact hours because students are actively engaged in some aspect of their academic work.
  • The faculty are careful to balance the program activities described in the itinerary with sufficient time for students to reflect on and discuss the significance of what they have seen and experienced. And because the faculty travel with the group and are always available, meaningful discussions often take place during routine activities such as meals, walking from one site to the next, waiting for trains, etc. Course assignments are also aimed to develop student experiences through reflection and critical analysis.
  • The faculty allows sufficient time for the completion of most course requirements on the Program. Because of the full itinerary and the academic requirements, there is relatively little free time on this program.
  • Students will be enrolled in twelve hours of EMU credit on the Summer Cultural History Program. Select from 3 credits in both History and Art from the levels offered on the European itinerary and 3 credits in Art and History/Political Science on the Mediterranean itinerary.

Summer European Cultural History Program:


Students will be enrolled in one three-credit course in history and one three-credit course in art on the European itinerary  (make your European selections from the course offerings below), and must complete all course requirements. The courses offered are designed to meet basic studies or general education requirements. Courses at the 300 and 400 level may meet major or minor requirements, or be taken as elective credit. EMU students must take Art 100 before taking Art 379.

Europe Courses

FA 100 Art Appreciation (3)

The aim is to acquaint students with art philosophies, their elements, principles and values. For non-art majors and minors. Most major art museums in the cities on our itinerary will be visited and key works studied. For the art museums to be visited see the itinerary.

FA 379 Art and Architecture of Europe (3)

This course studies the development of Western European art and architecture. Guided tours will be taken of most major museums in London, Paris, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Munich. Architectural structures such as churches and palaces of artistic significance will also be visited and discussed on location. EMU students must take FA 100 before taking FA 379.

HIST 102 History of Western Civ., 1648 to World War I (3)

A topical survey of western civilization from the 17th century to World War I. Cultural development and institutional growth are emphasized. The Baroque era, Enlightenment, political and industrial revolutions, nationalism and imperialism are among major topics considered.

HIST 333 Europe Since 1919 (3)

A history of Europe since Versailles with emphasis upon the Communist, Fascist and Nazi revolutions and their impact on the world, the origins and outbreak of the Second World War, and the post-1945 era.


Credit for Non-EMU Students:

The courses offered are designed to meet basic studies or core curriculum requirements at most universities. Courses at the 300 and 400 level may meet major or minor requirements, or be taken as elective credit. Students must complete all course requirements even if they do not intend to transfer the credits to their home institution. The decision to accept the credits earned on this program rests with the appropriate officials at the student's home institution. Students should consult with their advisor to learn their institution's policies and procedures regarding transfer credit.

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