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Travel Classes and Study Abroad

EMU History faculty regularly offer classes that incorporate off-campus travel. We offer several scholarships to support our majors and minors participating in travel study programs.

Travel classes for 2019

HIST 329: Power, Place and Image in Florence and Rome / HIST 516: Medieval and Renaissance Florence & Rome

Once again Professor Delph will lead students over winter break to Florence and Rome, where they will study the history and culture of these two beautiful Italian cities during the later middle ages and Renaissance eras. Students will learn about the political turmoil that engulfed both of these cities, as the popes struggled to gain control over Rome, and an emerging class of wealthy merchants, bankers, and manufacturers worked to gain control of Florence. We’ll examine how people exercised political and social power and the relationships between men and women, both inside and outside of families. We’ll also spend time studying tangible manifestations of power, in the form of architecture and what messages monuments such as palaces, churches, city walls, fountains, city squares, monumental streets and arches were meant to convey. Finally, we’ll use the art of medieval and Renaissance Florence and Rome to gain an understanding of the mentality and values of the period and explore the religious beliefs and practices of the time. Cultural and social values as portrayed in the art of these two cities will also provide us with another means of examining how political and social power was structured and expressed in the everyday lives of the men, women, and children of this period, from the popes and nobles in Rome to the orphans and prostitutes of Florence.

This program runs from runs from Feb. 22--March 3, 2019. Students will enroll in either HIST 329 Power, Place & Image in Florence & Rome, or HIST 516 Medieval and Renaissance Florence and Rome. A complete trip itinerary and information on the cost and academic requirements are available on the APA website. For more information, contact Prof. Delph at

HIST 379/592: OVERLORD: D-Day and Beyond

The Allied landings in Normandy in June 1944, codenamed Operation OVERLORD, marked the beginning of the final phase of the Second World War in Europe. American, British, and Canadian troops conducted a massive amphibious landing on the beaches of Normandy in northwest France, followed by and intense battle with the Germans in the countryside behind the beaches. Within three months, the Allies had liberated France and within eleven months had won the war. This course visits the location where these momentous events occurred, as well as a number of museums and educational institutions that document the struggles to defeat Nazi tyranny and liberate conquered nations. The travel portion of the course will spend four days in Bayeux, the first city liberated by the Allies on D-Day itself, as well as two days in Paris, the ultimate objective of Operation OVERLORD. A complete trip itinerary and information on the cost and academic requirements are available on the APA website.

HIST 179/379 Imagining the Holy Land

Led by Professors Marty Shichtman (English/Jewish Studies) and Jesse Kauffman (History), students will travel to Jerusalem and the Galilee region, and will get a close look at texts supporting various claims to “the Holy Land,” particularly the city of Jerusalem. Students will also consider why, for centuries, the three “peoples of the book,” Jews, Christians, and Muslims, have engaged in hostilities here. The course—which includes being in Israel on Holocaust Remembrance Day—examines how religious, racial and political identities are fashioned, how these identities are represented, and how they have become inextricably associated with territory. A complete trip itinerary and information on the cost and academic requirements are available on the APA website.