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*English Architecture and Literary Landscapes

London, United Kingdom ; York, United Kingdom

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The MU International Center, Department of English, Department of Art History and Archaeology and Honors College are happy to announce this summer study abroad program in London, York and the Lake District. MU professors Noah Heringman and Elizabeth Hornbeck will lead a four week, six credit-hour program that is open to both MU and non-MU undergraduate students with an interest in English literature, art history, art, architectural studies and related disciplines.

The program will give students the opportunity to experience firsthand the settings and subjects of English literature on the one hand, and the monuments of English art and architecture on the other. London and York offer the contrast between a metropolitan city and a beautifully preserved medieval town. The setting for the program allows students to experience literature, landscape, art, and architecture as an integral whole.



All students who join the program will be enrolled in two MU courses for a total of six credits.

ENGLISH 3110/3110H:  English Literary Landscapes: London, York and the North Country (3) is focused on a simple question: how does literature affect the way that readers perceive and understand environments? The question is deliberately framed to accommodate urban and rural landscapes, natural and built environments — from the bustling banks of the River Thames in London to the gorgeous Gothic spires of York Minster to the windswept North Yorkshire moors and the mountainous Lake District. When looked at through the lens of literary works such as William Blake's "London" or Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights," these places become literary landscapes. Because so many literary tourists have already visited these places, they are literary landscapes in a more objective sense as well, socially and economically altered by decades or even centuries of tourism. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to some of the most stunning sights in England — still as fresh and powerful as they were to the writers who first made them famous.

ART HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY 3010/3010H:  International Study: Architecture in England (3) will cover approximately 900 years of English architecture, from the early works of the Normans to contemporary design. Through most of its history, English architecture has followed the trends of the Continent, adapting those styles to fit into its own unique culture. From the French Romanesque and Gothic to the Italian Renaissance and Baroque styles, England has been a melting pot of European trends. In the 19th century, England made original contributions to European architecture in the form of Gothic Revival and Arts and Crafts. In this architectural survey, students will visit churches and cathedrals, castles, museums, historic houses, medieval cities, parks and gardens, the Houses of Parliament and even an observatory as we trace the steps of the famous architects and anonymous stonemasons who created England's designed environment.

Academic credit

All students will be enrolled in an actual MU course. All students are guaranteed to receive MU credit for the successfully completed course; however, students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.

MU students: Grades will calculate into students' MU GPAs and appear on students' MU transcripts when grades are recorded by the Faculty Program Director. Students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.

Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to students' home universities. Students must work with their home universities to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue ONE transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on the student's Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.


Host program

The MU International Center, Department of English and Department of Art History and Archaeology sponsor this faculty-led summer program in London and York, England.

Accommodations and meals

Students will stay in a combination of shared apartments, hostels and residence halls. From June 26—July 6, students will reside in London in two-, three- or four-bedroom apartments with living spaces shared with other program participants. These apartments include kitchens, so students can store and prepare their own food. From July 7—14 and July 19—21, students will reside in York, staying in single bedrooms in a York St. John University residence hall. All breakfasts will be provided by the university cafeteria. From July 15—18, students will reside in the Lake District in a YHA hostel on the shore of Lake Windermere. All breakfasts and dinners will be provided at the hostel. Five additional group meals are included in the program costs; students will be responsible for all other meals on their own.

Host city and surrounding areas

The first half of the program will take place in London, United Kingdom, the largest city in the British Isles and home to countless museums and cultural institutions in addition to parks, gardens, and other public spaces. Architecture and urban design in London reflect centuries of contributions from some of the best architects in the world, including John Nash, John Soane, Christopher Wren, Inigo Jones, William Chambers, Gilbert Scott, Charles Barry, Robert Venturi, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Herzog and de Meuron. London serves as the capital of both England and the United Kingdom, and is the largest metropolitan area in the U.K. Home to 43 universities; London has the highest concentration of higher education in Europe. London is a very walkable city, with several miles of the scenic Thames River cutting through, and the Underground transportation system allowing students to explore the city on their own quite extensively if desired. London's theaters are world famous, and students may choose to attend evening performances of plays and musicals on their own.

The second half of the program will take place in York. York, United Kingdom, is a beautifully preserved medieval city located in North Yorkshire at the confluence of the River Ouse and the River Foss. The city is nestled halfway between London and Edinburgh, has a long history of political importance--from its founding in 71 A.D. by the Romans to its importance as a manufacturing and transportation hub in the 19th century. One of York's architectural wonders is its magnificent circuit of 13th century walls that enclose the city. York offers students a taste of history and modernity with a plethora of museums, cafes, and traditional British pubs. Architectural highlights include York Castle and York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe.

Students will also spend three days in the Lake District, where rocks can tell nearly 500 million years of history. Many writers, including Wordsworth, Coleridge and Beatrix Potter, have found inspiration in the rolling hills and deep, blue waters of the Lake District. Considered by many to be one of the most breath-taking landscapes in Europe, it is an area rich in history, with more than 14,000 archaeological sites. Those seeking wide-open space will not find fault with the nearly 3,500 kilometers of walking, cycling and swimming trails.


Students will travel with the group but they will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during their time abroad.

Tentative itinerary

  • June 26: Arrive in London
  • June 27: London orientation and class; tour of Westminster Abbey
  • June 28: Class, first walking tour of London: St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern museum, Houses of Parliament (guided tour)
  • June 29: Class; excursion to Greenwich via Thames River cruise and National Maritime Museum (the Queen's House); Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" at the Globe
  • June 30: Class; excursion to Hampton Court Palace
  • July 1: Class; excursion to Strawberry Hill (with group lunch at the tea room), Chiswick House, Hogarth House; Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" at the Globe
  • July 2: Class; walking tour of East London street art
  • July 3: Class; second walking tour of London: Buckingham Palace, St. James' Park, Banqueting House of Whitehall Palace, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery
  • July 4: William Blake walk (Soho); British Library exhibition; British Museum
  • July 5: Free day
  • July 6: Free day; prepare to travel to York
  • July 7: Travel to York and check into residence hall; group lunch at Lamb & Lion Inn; afternoon class at King's Manor
  • July 8: Tour of York Minster, walking tour of York; lecture by Professor Derek Pearsall; Yorkshire Museum; tour the abbey grounds
  • July 9: Excursion to Ripon Cathedral, Fountain's Abbey, Studley Royal
  • July 10: Class; the Observatory at the Yorkshire Museum; optional excursion to Durham Cathedral
  • July 11: Excursion to Whitby: tour Whitby Abbey, Captain Cook Museum; evening class discussion
  • July 12: York Festival events
  • July 13: Class; York Mystery Plays
  • July 14: Class; excursion to Brontë Parsonage, Haworth, walk on the moors
  • July 15: Travel to Lake District, check into YHA Ambleside; hike from Ambleside to Grasmere; group dinner at the Lamb Inn
  • July 16: Lake District hike: Fairfield Horsehoe; afternoon class
  • July 17: Boat ride on Lake Windermere; hike along the lake shore
  • July 18: Class discussion; walk to Dove Gottage (Grasmere), home of William and Dorothy Wordsworth; group lunch at Dove Cottage tea room; visit Jerwood Centre (library and archive of Wordsworth Trust); visit Rydal Mount
  • July 19: Return to York; discussion of paper topics and wrap-up
  • July 20: Optional: York Mystery Plays
  • July 21: End of program, departure

Faculty program directors

MU faculty members Noah Heringman, Department of English, and Elizabeth Hornbeck, Department of Art History and Archaeology, will accompany the students to London and York, England.

Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.

Noah Heringman

Noah HeringmannNoah Heringman ( is associate professor and associate chair of the Department of English at MU. He teaches courses on the Romantic period and poetry, aesthetic theory and the cultural history of science. He has published "Romantic Rocks, Aesthetic Geology" (Cornell University Press, 2004), a study of the relationship between British Romanticism and early earth science. Professor Heringman has also published an edited collection, "Romantic Science: The Literary Forms of Natural History" (SUNY Press, 2003), featuring essays by several distinguished scholars in the field. His articles and chapters have appeared in "SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900," "Studies in Romanticism," The Huntington Library Quarterly and other journals and collections. He is currently at work on a study of the relationship between writing and fieldwork in the new disciplines emerging from 18th century antiquarianism and natural history.

Elizabeth Hornbeck

Elizabeth HornbeckProfessor Hornbeck ( studied the history of European modern architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning a Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture in 2002. She has traveled extensively in England and the Continent over the past 20 years, has lived in Paris, Rome and Berlin, and has spent significant time in London. She has taught architectural history, art history and film studies at MU since 2003, where she is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology.


Program Budget

Additional Expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Program End

We anticipate this program will be offered again in Summer 2015.


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser for your program or country of interest.
  2. If you are an MU Student, start an application in using the button below. Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process. Please note:
    • Once you have started an application, you can login again using the myStudyAbroad button above.
    • By starting an application you will incur a $50 application fee, even if you do not complete your application.
  3. Complete your application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials.
    • Signature Documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
    • Recommendation Forms - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically online.
      • Application Certification/FERPA waiver
      • Essay
      • International Center Scholarship Application
      • Recommendation FERPA waiver

This program is not currently accepting applications.

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