Study Away

Study Away

Study Abroad is one of the four primary branches of Beyond the Classroom activities at the Honors College. The Honors College actively encourages students to enrich their educational experience by studying away from campus.


Upcoming Courses:


Maymester 2017


SCHC 457: Literature in Scotland (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

Travel Dates: May 14-27, 2017

Cost for Honors students: $3,750 (includes airfare and program fee)

Honors Requirement: English OR Beyond the Classroom

Carolina Core Requirement: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (AIU)

Taught by Dr. Anthony Jarrells

Students will read literary works written in and about Scotland from the eighteenth century to the present, with particular focus on 1. the ways that specific places and landscapes feature in the literary works, and 2. moments when writers respond to or otherwise engage large-scale social and political change (the Union with England in 1707, the re-opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, the recent Independence referendum and Brexit debate). Students will visit sites associated with writers and works studied in the course (the Burns cottage in Ayrshire, Walter Scott's Abbotsford estate, literary walking tours on Robert Louis Stevenson, J.K. Rowling, Ian Rankin, and Irvine Welsh) and study first-hand the surprisingly large role that Scottish authors still play in discussions of national identity and political representation. In general, the course will provide a survey of Scottish literature and history and offer an excellent opportunity for students to experience the great Scottish city of Edinburgh through and alongside the literature associated with it.


SCHC 402: Medical and Health Care Practices, Culture and History: Comparison Between the U.S. and Netherlands (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Travel Dates: May 8-20, 2017

Cost for Honors students: $3,600 (includes airfare and program fee)

Honors Requirement: Social and Behavioral Science OR Beyond the Classroom

Taught by Dr. Pearl Fernandes

As the world and its economies become increasingly globalized, it is critical to think about health in a global context. Many global health issues can directly or indirectly impact the health of the United States. The proposed program is a three-credit hour Travel Abroad Course focusing on medical practices in the Netherlands and U.K. By studying medical care in the Netherlands and the U.K., students will be able to place these challenges in a specific context, critically analyzing and comparing them to medical practices in the U.S. The course will touch upon global issues such as elderly care, women and children’s health, immigrant health as well as the effect of religion and culture on issues such as euthanasia. The course will consist of thematic lectures, including guest lectures from professionals in the field, and guided site visits. Students will stay in Amsterdam or London for the duration of the program. Study will also learn the culture and history of these countries by visits to historical sites and local museums.

Prior to departure, there will be three to four classes of two hour duration held in Spring 2017 (date and time to be announced) where students will be introduced to the culture and history of the countries they are visiting, and U.S. medical and health care through classes held on campus. Students will be expected to attend and actively participate in readings and discussions as they are designed to provide a valuable foundation of information and maximize the benefits of studying abroad. 



SCHC 480: Smithsonian Open Door Externship (Washington, D.C., USA)

Travel Dates: May 8-26, 2017

Cost for Honors students: $2,650 (includes program fee and housing)

Honors Requirement: Beyond the Classroom

The purpose of the Smithsonian Open Door Externship (SODE) is to open doors through the Smithsonian’s vast collections, facilities, and experts in order to provide firsthand experiences to students interested in making connections – which perhaps no one else has ever made before – across the Smithsonian’s broad range of disciplines. Students will engage in a program that offers behind-the-scene tours, conversations with experts, and guided seminars on a range of topics related to research, policy, programs, and operations at the world’s largest museum.


Partnership Programs:


John Cabot University Honors Program (Rome, Italy)

Travel Dates: Fall 2017 and/or Spring 2018

The USC Honors Program in Rome allows academically talented students to satisfy their intellectual and cultural curiosities and earn additional credentials for studying abroad. The honors program helps students to distinguish their work, and boost resumes while offering innovative alternatives to the traditional study abroad experience. South Carolina Honors College students gain additional recognition for their work that acknowledges their commitment to academic achievement, creativity and community engagement. The program in Rome is designed to amplify the academic experience abroad by offering students unique opportunities to link classroom learning to real world experience, while living and studying in Rome, a dynamic international global center.

In addition to the JCU honors course, students work with the SAI honors coordinator and participate in activities arranged by SAI, such as community services and scholarly seminars. Mentoring and structured reflection are integrated into the honors program prior to departure and while in Rome, where the SAI honors coordinator meets regularly with students to discuss their projects and activities. Students will also work closely with their SCHC advisor to integrate the study abroad into their USC academic experience.

Participating SCHC students will receive a $1,000 total discount off the program fee. Students are eligible to apply for additional SAI scholarships and may be able to transfer the majority of existing USC financial aid.

Courses will be announce soon along with the Honors credit equivalency.


Current Courses:


Spring Break 2017


 SCHC 380: Cuba: Economics and Culture (Havana, Cuba)

Travel Dates: March 4-12, 2017

Taught by Thomas Hughes

The study abroad course introduces students to the changing economic, political and cultural environments in Cuba. Students will gain insights on the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in Cuba. Students in this class will be able to

  1. Understand and discuss the advantages and disadvantages to economic growth and outside investment in Cuba and identify future threats and opportunities.
  2. Analyze and articulate the precarious position that Cuba will face as it transitions from a state-planned economy into a market based economy.
  3. Discuss the costs and benefits of the Cuban economy during the next several years as it regains diplomatic relations with the United States and begins trade between the two countries.
  4. Analyze and understand the difficulties of preserving political autonomy and culture in the midst of the United States capital investment.
  5. Understand the importance of Cuban culture, through, art, history, and music and its effect on Cuba’s transition into the 21st Century. 


HRTM 597: Global Travel and Tourism (London, United Kingdom)

Travel Dates: March 3-12, 2017

Taught by Dr. Brian Mihalik

This spring semester course will combine classroom conversations regarding global tourism one night per week the first 8 weeks of class and conclude with a required group, fee based, global tourist experience to London, England, during the March 3-12, 2017 Spring Break accompanied by the Professor. Program fees will be due in October and November of 2016. Students will explore first hand, global tourism as an important human activity and industry (the world’s largest) that promotes and facilitates understanding of cultural values and enhances economic development. It will provide an overview of a variety of issues impacting the global tourism industry such as transportation, government regulations, safety and security, terrorism, destinations/ attractions/ events, hospitality as well as an introduction to economic, social, cultural, and geo-political impacts of global tourism development.


SCHC 263: French Communication and Culture (Paris, France)

Travel Dates: March 3-12, 2017

Taught by Dr. Lara Lomicka-Anderson

Honors College French 209 & 210 (=SCHC263H) are different from the other sections of FR209 & 210. During the year, we will work closely with a class located in France and act as part of a collaborative project. Each of you will have at least one (and maybe two) specific French partner (corrès or keypal) with whom you will work, communicate in real time, exchange e-mails, and discuss cultural issues.

The two part sequence French 209 (fall) and French 210 (spring) [SCHC263H] focus on the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening through authentic materials and collaborative work with native speakers of French. Students are expected to participate in the yearlong experience. These two courses integrate learning French with technology through regular communication with students at a French school in Troyes, France. Some of the special features of this course include:

•          Regular correspondence with French students via e-mail and blogs

•          Regular videoconferencing (with webcams and microphones) and live chat sessions with French students

•          A collaborative website

•          A partially subsidized trip to France to visit the French students during spring break, 2008

•          A visit to Columbia, South Carolina by the French students (you are expected to reciprocate their hospitality during their visit)


SCHC 384: Mysteries of the Christian East (Arizona)

Travel Dates: March 3-12, 2017

Taught by Dr. James Cutsinger

The aim of this seminar is to introduce students to the visual, musical, literary, dramatic, and cinematic arts of Eastern (Orthodox and Oriental) Christianity in their theological and historical contexts.

Topics include the symbolic language of iconography, the transformative power of liturgical chant (Greek and Russian), and the organic relationship between the sacred space of the Byzantine church and its liturgical worship. Special attention will be given to the various ways in which these arts are linked to the science of Hesychasm, a form of Christian mystical practice long associated with the Holy Mountain of Athos in Greece.

Readings include a short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky, a novel (Laurus, by Eugene Vodolazkin), and a selection of articles drawn from a variety of recent and contemporary authors (monastic, clergy, and lay) who were, and are, attempting to live out the ancient faith of the East in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The course also includes two films.

Spring break will feature an off-campus excursion to two monasteries in Arizona, St Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery (a men’s sodality) and the Holy Monastery of St Paisius (a women’s community). Two exquisite oases set in the moonscape of the Sonoran Desert, these monasteries follow in the Athonite and Hesychastic traditions. Here students will gain firsthand experience of the mystic arts of the East. (Travel cost per student: $200.)


For funding opportunities and other information, see Study Away Resources.


For more information on studying abroad through the Honors College please contact:
Megan Campbell, Study Abroad Coordinator