Borderlands and Battlegrounds in Cumbria, England

This four-week, three-course, nine-credit study abroad program hosted by the University of Cumbria explores the history and archaeology England's most northwestern county and neighboring southern Scotland through classroom work, field trips, and site visits. Students will enroll in SS3960, plus one additional social science class and one humanities class.


SS3960 International Experience

This course provides an academic framework for the program's cultural experiences. Topics include Lake District poets and gardens, the rise of tourism, urban and rural distinction in modern Cumbria and North Yorkshire, and attending cultural events. Guest and staff lectures, site visits, field trips and cultural performances provide materials for a rich learning experience. Evaluation is based on participation and written journals.

SS2502 European History since 1650

This course covers the history of Europe from the mid-17th century to present. It includes political, social, intellectual, religious, economic, and artistic developments.

SS3952 Topics in World History: Cultural Borderlands

This course examines cultural boundaries in numerous realms—political, military, scientific, and cultural—and explores what happens when ideas collide. Through this story of both antagonism and learning, we'll explore topics including political intrigue, medieval and Renaissance warfare, and scientific controversies, mainly in the context of British history. Our study will be augmented by the field trips for the whole group.

HU2538 British Experience in Literature

This course surveys selected works of literature spanning British origins to the present. It focuses on historical trends in development of the English language and the cultures of Great Britain.

HU3540 Major British Authors: Romantics and Revolutionaries

This course focuses on in-depth reading of the works of the English Romantic Poets, who were inspired by the American and French revolutions, mistrusted the industrial revolution, and sparked a revolution in English poetry. The course hones in on the lives and works of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who lived in the Lake District area where we'll be living.

Download the Cumbria program brochure to learn more.

Contact Information

Steven Walton
Program Leader
224 Academic Offices Building

Dana Van Kooy
Program Leader
Walker Building Room 343

Vienna Chapin
IPS Study Abroad Coordinator
200 Administration Building