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Academic Courses: ENG, ENL, ENW, HON, JCS, MBU, MDS, PSC, PSY, PSY w/LAB, REL Housing: Dormitory
Program Length: Short-Term Faculty-Led Program Type: Faculty Led
Minimum GPA: 2.50 Program Fee: $6500
Program Description:

Belmont Month in London

PROGRAM | COURSES AVAILABLE | COSTS | APPLICATION PROCESS | FACULTY CONTACTS

PROGRAM
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Experience London as the natives do, by living for a month on the South Bank in walking distance of The Tower, the Thames, St. Paul’s, Borough Market and the Houses of Parliament.  A center of theatre, art, culture, banking, music, media, fashion, and science:  you name it, London has it.  We’ll also explore other parts of England with course-specific and group day excursions as well as a four-day trip to Scotland.  Join us as together we find out why Samuel Johnson famously said, “the man who is tired of London is tired of life.” 

Every student must enroll in at least one on-site course; students wishing to take two on-site courses can only do so by selecting one A and one B class. In addition to their on-site course(s), students may also take Third Year Writing on-line.
Excursions
  • Course specific site visits
  • Group excursions
  • Four-day trip to Scotland

COURSES AVAILABLE
 
All courses will satisfy either Belmont requirements in the Gen Ed core or the specified major. You must participate in at least one course offered in London. You should consult individual program faculty to see how online options can fit into your study abroad program.
 
Group A Classes Faculty contact Gen Ed Course(s) Major/Minor
British Media: It’s Another World dorren.robinson@belmont.edu MDS 2950  LCC in Social Science if taken with PSC 1950 or general Gen Ed SocSc MDS 3950
EIS 3950
Jane Austen and the English Country House doug.murray@belmont.edu ENW 3950  JCS in Humanities or BellCore Humanities ENL 3950
ENG 6950 (GRAD)
Psychological Health, From Freud to Neuroscience linda.jones@belmont.edu PSY 2950 (3hrs-non lab science)—JCS or non
PSY 3950 (4 hrs lab science)—JCS or non
HON 3950 Analytics (4 hrs)
PSY 3950 (3hrs)
 
Group B Classes      
The British Music Industry don.cusic@belmont.edu Not applicable MBU 3950
British Politics nathan.griffith@belmont.edu PSC 1950 as LCC in Social Science if taken with MDS 2950 or general Gen Ed SocSc PSC 3950
 
C.S.Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien and the Inklings jonathan.thorndike@belmont.edu HON 3950  (for HON 3110); ENL 3950 for BellCore Humanities; REL 3950 for Junior Religion (non-JCS) ENL 3950
ENG 6950 (GRAD)
Option with one or two courses above      
Third Year Writing maggie.monteverde@belmont.edu ENG 3950 Abroad: Third-Year Writing  

British Media:  It’s Another World   [Group A Course]playing with the beatles
Contact: Professor Dorren Robinson dorren.robinson@belmont.edu
 
British television has given us a wide variety of programming from BBC News to Simon Cowell’s American Idol (Pop Idol in England); from the original versions of The Office, Real World, and Big Brother to the immensely popular Downton Abbey and Top Gear. British newspapers shout with giant, provocative, attention-grabbing headlines. British radio has the most listened to radio station in the world and features deep music playlists. Yet the BBC is facing a crisis. More Brits say they want what we have – television and radio that is free, more entertaining, more, well, American. Delve into British media: experiences its music, tour BBC Radio, chat with British journalists, engage in pop culture. In short, consume British media and decide for yourself. British Media: It’s Another World! is an unforgettable study abroad experience, during which we explore important media sites from London to the Beatles Liverpool, while we give careful consideration to the ways media in the US and the UK impact us, both as citizens and consumers. This course may also be of interest to students of Music Business and Entertainment Industry Studies.
 
Areas of credit for which this course can be taken:
  • MDS 3950—major/minor credit in Media Studies and related disciplines
  • MDS 2950 if taken with PSC 1950 for LCC credit
  • MDS 3950—for MDS 3015 JCS or BellCore requirements in Social Sciences
  • EIS 3950—major/minor elective credit for EIS or MBU majors
This GROUP A course may be taken alone or combined with a GROUP B course and/or Third Year Writing.

Jane Austen and the English Country House [Group A Course]chawton house
Contact: Dr. Doug Murray doug.murray@belmont.edu
 
This course offers you the chance to discuss Jane Austen while visiting some of England's most beautiful houses and gardens. After a brief survey of country houses in British literature (Chaucer, Jonson, Marvel), our class will examine the fictional estates and the people they represent in Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.  We will visit sites known to Austen (the town of Winchester and Chawton Cottage, where all 6 of Austen's novels were drafted or revised) and sites depicted in films (Chatsworth, the stand-in for Pemberley in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice) as well as other miscellaneous country houses. 
 
Areas of credit for which this course can be taken:
  • ENL 3950—for ENL 3015 Jr Cornerstone or BellCore requirements in Humanities
  • ENL 3950—major/minor elective credit in English
  • ENG 6950—Graduate credit in the MA in English program
This GROUP A course may be taken alone or combined with a GROUP B course and/or Third Year Writing.

Psychological Health – From Freud to Neuroscience [Group A Course]freud house
Contact: Dr. Linda Jones linda.jones@belmont.edu
 
Psychological health concerns itself with how you cope and whether you find life to be interesting and enjoyable. Psychological health (i.e., well-being) is important with respect to how we function and adapt and whether or not we view our lives as satisfying and productive.  Psychological theories attribute various factors to psychological well-being. For example, Freud (i.e., psychoanalysis) suggested that our psychological health depends on our childhood experiences while neuroscience has examined the role of the brain and biological factors.  This class will review the concept of psychological well-being from a biopsychosocial perspective and examine various theories associated with this topic.  Several exciting field trips (e.g., Freud museum, Brain bank) and self-reflective exercises will allow students to gain both an in-depth understanding of this topic as well as valuable knowledge of their own behavior and well-being.
 
Areas of credit for which this course can be taken:
  • 4 hr options (w/ lab credit):
    • HON 3950 Honors Analytics
    • PSY 3950 JCS (or Gen Ed) credit in Science
  • 3 hr non-lab options:
    • PSY 3950   major/minor PSY
    • PSY 2950 non-lab Gen Ed.
This GROUP A course may be taken alone or combined with a GROUP B course and/or Third Year Writing.

The British Music Industry [Group B Course]students on penny lane
Contact: Dr. Don Cusic don.cusic@belmont.edu
 
Explore British music business in London, the center of international music business, the major revenue streams for the British. Study business practices in Great Britain and the impact differences between these practices and those in the US have on the British Music Industry.  Through visits to industry professionals, significant cultural sites, and a field trip to Liverpool focused on the Beatles and a visit to the British Music Experience, students will gain a better understanding of the British Music Industry, then, now, and to come.
 
Area of credit for which this course can be taken:   
  • MBU 3950  major/minor elective 
This GROUP B course may be taken alone or combined with a GROUP A course and/or Third Year Writing.

C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Inklings   [Group B Course]
Contact: Dr. Jonathan Thorndike jonathan.thorndike@belmont.eduboudleian in london
 
The recent success of Hollywood versions of The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Hobbit have brought a new generation of young readers to the classic books by Lewis, Tolkien, and their friends in the writers’ group known as the Inklings.The Inklings (including C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Warren Lewis, and others) was a Christian fantasy writing group and group of scholars who met in Oxford, England.  From the pens of Lewis and Tolkien came not only The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters, but also some of the 20th Century's most enduring scholarship, apologetics, and imaginative mythologies. The Inklings’ books echo some of the great themes of mid-20th century Europe including fears over the rise of totalitarianism, concern with new scientific advancements, the loss of traditional religious values, and perceived threats to the old traditions of church, crown, and the natural world.   This course will allow students to gain a complete understanding of the works of Lewis and Tolkien in their cultural context of early 20th century England haunted by the dark shadow of the European wars.  The Inklings gathered in the 1930s and 1940s in Lewis’ rooms at Magdalen College or at the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford to read and discuss their work, places we will visit during trips to Oxford.   
 
Areas of credit for which this course can be taken:
  • HON 3950 for HON 3110
  • REL 3950 for REL 3015 Questions that Matter for  Gen Ed Junior Religion
  • ENL 3950 for BellCore requirements in Humanities
  • ENL 3950 major/minor credit in English
  • ENL 6950 graduate credit in the MA in English program
This GROUP B course may be taken alone or combined with a GROUP A course and/or Third Year Writing.

British Politics [Group B Course]
Contact: Dr. Nathan Griffith nathan.griffith@belmont.edu
 
coat of armsIf Great Britain is our mother country, then why don’t our political institutions look anything like hers?  Shaw once remarked that Great Britain and the United States are two countries separated by a common language; as it turns out, we are also two democracies united by extremely disparate institutions.  They are a monarchy, parliamentary and centralized, with no written constitution.  We are a republic, presidential and decentralized, arguing about how to construe the meaning of the words our founders wrote.  Perhaps because we share so much in common, the differences between the United States and the United Kingdom can teach us a great deal not only about who they are, but about who we are, as well.  The purpose of this class is both to acquaint you with the political institutions and politics in Great Britain, as well as to enable you to understand how those fit into the spectrum of political institutions (or at least the democratic part of it).  As we come to understand how culture and institutions shape (political as well as other) behavior, you should come to see our own in different light.
 
Areas of credit for which this course can be taken:
  • PSC  1950— if with MDS 2950 for LCC credit or alone for BellCore Social Science
  • PSC 3950—for PSC major/minor credit
This GROUP B course may be taken alone or combined with a GROUP A course and/or Third Year Writing.
ONLINE OPTIONS:
ENG 3950:Third Year Writing (English 3010) (satisfies BELL CORE requirement, must have completed 60 credit hours to count as Third Year Writing) 
ENW 3950: 
Travel Writing
INB 3950: Satisfies BBA Core Business requirement for International Business 3300


COSTS

1. Program Fee: $6,500: 
 
This fee will include transatlantic airfare from Nashville; dorm-style housing in multi-bedded rooms with a shared kitchen; @30% of your meals; free internet access; a London transport pass as well as a BritRail pass; a 4 day excursion to Scotland; several whole group excursions; entrances for class-specific excursions and activities other than books; a group theatre or concert ticket. Although tuition is a separate charge in addition to the program fee, the price of the program
itself (exclusive of tuition and fees) is the same whether students take one or two classes

2. Belmont Tuition
Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 2/3 off the cost of normal summer tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.  

Program Deposit: $500 due at time of application

APPLICATION PROCESS

Faculty-Led Application Process
 
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
  • Spring Break Programs: November 15
  • Maymester Programs: February 1
  • Summer Programs: February 15 
How to Apply
1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply. 
2. You will automatically be directed to your myBelmont account to log-in. 
3. After logging in to your myBelmont account, if you are not re-directed back to Belmont Global, open a new window for Belmont Global to complete your application. 


FACULTY CONTACTS


Dr. Maggie Monteverde
maggie.monteverde@belmont.edu • JAAC 3023

Dr. Don Cusic
don.cusic@belmont.edu • 34 MUSIC SQUARE EAST 202

Dr. Nathan Griffith 
nathan.griffith@belmont.edu • JAAC 2076

Dr. Jonathan Thorndike 
jonathan.thorndike@belmont.edu • JAAC 2108

Dr. Linda Jones 
linda.jones@belmont.edu • MCWHORTER 419

Dr. Doug Murray 
doug.murray@belmont.edu • JAAC 3029

Professor Dorren Robinson 
dorren.robinson@belmont.edu • JOHNSON CENTER 108


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 07/07/2019 08/08/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.