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Discover the World: History
Fall Semesters Only!
Make the cities of Limerick, Paris and Rome your living classroom for deepening your study of History and enroll in our new Discover the World: History program! Join Dr. Mauricio Borrero, Associate Professor in the History Department will accompany students throughout the semester and teach a class at each of our three campuses in Europe.
This unique opportunity to engage history first-hand is avalible for all students, not merely history majors!
The Discover the World: History program will primarily attract History majors and minors, but is open to all St. John’s students, wishing to deepen their knowledge of History. The program will allow 15 students to enroll in three history courses to be taught by Dr. Borrero, an Associate Professor in the Department of History.
Students who participate in this program will enroll in one history course in each of our three European campuses and will supplement their schedule by selecting additional courses to take while studying in Limerick, Paris & Rome under the advisement of their dean.
- Innovative Modular Format with a Unifying Theme
Through Discover the World’s unique course format, you’ll complete a semester’s worth of credits in three, five-week sessions—with one or two courses in each city. By focusing on a few classes in each “module,” you’ll find time to become immersed in each campus’s academics while exploring the city. The DTW: History program will give a thematic coherence to your study abroad experience and make the most of the numerous cultural and historical opportunities that Seville, Paris & Rome have to offer.
- The Vincentian Difference
Helping to change lives is an inspiring experience—one that enhances the study abroad experience. By engaging in service-learning activities, you’ll make a difference in the lives of those you work with at local schools, in soup kitchens, or in other locations throughout our cities. The DTW: History program will integrate your Academic Service-Learning with the content of our courses by focusing on immigration and refugees, a topic with deep historical roots and great contemporary urgency. Moreover, while in Paris you will have an opportunity to study first-hand the historical context behind the life and work of Vincent de Paul and the Vincentian Order, as part of our Core Curriculum course, The Emergence of Global Society (HIS 1000-C).
- Vibrant Excursions throughout Limerick, Paris & Rome
One of the most exciting parts of the study abroad experience is the opportunity to explore your surroundings. The DTW:History lets you explore three fascinating cities in one semester. Some of the excursions—such as to the Coliseum in Rome, the Château de Versailles near Paris, or St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick — are part of the broader Discover the World program. Other excursions in and around the three cities will be tied to the three courses that are specific to the DTW: History program. Though you’ll enjoy time away from the classroom, these excursions are guided by our experienced faculty and staff, so you’ll still be in a learning state of mind. Best of all, it’s all included in your program fee!
- Stay on track for Graduation
For History majors, the three History courses will add up to one-fourth of the 36 credits required to complete the major requirements. Non-History majors will be pleased to find that after your semester abroad, you will only need three more courses (9 credits) to complete a minor in History.
For basic information regarding Housing, Meals, Local Staff, Costs, and Financial Aid please reference the Discover the World: Europe page.
While abroad, you must maintain full-time status by being registered for a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 18 credits. You’ll be accompanied by a full-time member of the History Department, who will teach a course in each of your three host cities. You'll need to be registered in at least one course in each city and may round out your semester with courses from the Discover the World: Europe program or online learning courses in the home departments.
Course Offerings for Discover the World: History
Limerick — HIS 2540: Europe in the Twentieth Century
The program begins with a five-week module in Limerick, where we will use the city and Ireland itself as a case study for a broader inquiry into Europe’s turbulent twentieth-century history. The course will highlight a variety of Spanish cultural, political, economic and social themes to gain a better understanding of Europe in the twentieth century and Ireland’s relationship to it.
Paris — HIS 2531: The Age of Revolution
The city of Paris was the epicenter of two decades of revolutionary transformations that rippled throughout France, Europe, the Americas, and other parts of the world. The events of 1789 that ushered the French revolution and the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815 will serve as bookends to a tumultuous era that also witnessed heated political debates, revolutionary terror, Napoleon's attempted conquest of Europe, a successful slave rebellion in Haiti, and the end of Spanish rule in the Americas. We will study and visit numerous Parisian sites associated with the events of these years.
Rome— HIS 3110: The Papacy Confronts the Modern World
We end the semester with five weeks in Rome, capital of the modern Italian state and historical center of the Catholic Church. Our course will study the history of the papacy from the French revolution to the present, from Pius VI to Francis I, as it responded to modern religious, political, social and economic challenges to its ideas and authority. We will take advantage of our campus’ nearby location to visit and study in the Vatican Museum and Vatican Library, as well as other sites belonging to the Holy See throughout the city of Rome in order to gain a better understanding of the Catholic Church’s efforts to balance its identity as a local, Roman institution and a global, transnational community.
Faculty Director: Dr. Mauricio Borrero
Dr. Borrero has taught History at St. John’s University for over twenty years. He has been Chairperson (2002-11) and Director of Graduate Studies (2011-15) of the History Department. He regularly teaches undergraduate courses in Russian and European history and is particularly interested in the history of sport and popular culture. As an undergraduate student, he took part in a semester-long Study Abroad program in Poland and traveled extensively throughout Eastern Europe. He has lived in and studied in Russia and the Netherlands and visited most European countries. As a faculty member at St. John’s, he has twice led Global Passport courses to Rome.
Available to all students: The College of Professional Studies awards a minor in International Studies upon the satisfaction of 18 credits distributed among foreign language courses, courses with an international and/or comparative focus as their primary area of study, as well as other courses taken abroad. Students of any college interested in a minor in International Studies should contact their advising dean. A maximum of 3 credits may overlap between major & minor, or minor & minor.
The following Global Studies courses may count toward the International Studies minor: ART 1095C, ART 1250, ART 1775A, ART 1790A, ART 1795A, ECO 1320, ENG 2500, GOV 2650, GOV 3320, HMT 2025, IB 3341, PHI 2200C, PHI 3000C, THE 2810, THE 2850, THE 3305.
Courses in French, Italian and Spanish at the 3000-level and 4000-level also count. Students may count 6-credits of foreign language study at the 1000-level and 2000-level.
By paying the $250 non-refundable deposit all students agree to accept the Office of Global Studies Refund Policy, detailed in the Confirmation Form as well as on this Accepted Students Site. Please note that the $250 deposit is non-refundable for All Programs, and not subject to (or not part of) the Office of Global Studies Refund Policy. In the event that you choose to withdraw from the study abroad program, notification of your withdrawal must be submitted in writing to the Office of Global Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Refund Policy schedule is as follows:
IF WITHDRAWAL OCCURS...
PROGRAM FEE REFUND
Greater than 8 weeks prior to the arrival date
6-8 weeks prior to the arrival date
4-6 weeks prior to the arrival date
3-4 weeks prior to the arrival date
1-3 weeks prior to the arrival date
One week or less
All fees are non-refundable
On or after the arrival date
All fees are non-refundable
Please note that tuition is refunded according to SJU's tuition refund schedule, available here.
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