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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer Term
  • Budget Sheet(s): Summer Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Short-Term Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Number of Credits: 6 Language of Instruction: English
Subject Area: Accounting, Advertising, Art, Business Administration, Child and Family Studies, Dance, English, Finance, Geography, Healthcare Marketing, History, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Business, International Studies, Journalism, Liberal Studies, Library and Information Science, Management, Marketing, Music, Psychology, Sport Management Housing Options: Residence Hall
Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate Non-USM Students: YES
Minimum GPA: 2 Application Fee Amount: 300
Program Description:

Program Director and Description
Dr. David R. Davies

The British Studies Program, founded in 1976, is organized by Southern Miss through an academic consortium of colleges and universities. The program offers ten to fifteen different courses in various disciplines. Students will take one course and earn six credit hours through lectures taught by British scholars, artists, business leaders and government officials, and through field excursions to various locations in and around London. On British Studies, London becomes the students' classroom as they experience their subject first-hand and conduct research supervised by their professor. 

Contact the program Coordinator Ms. Jessica Bunales or schedule an appointment.

London Alive!
London Alive begins arrival weekend and continues throughout the program on Wednesday evenings. Students are guided by veteran faculty and staff through London on group outings. Students will begin to learn how to navigate London’s transportation system and will be exposed to London’s hottest tourist spots as well as to little-known gems. 

Weekend Explore! 
After the first week in England, students will have the opportunity to travel over the weekend. Here are some of the optional Weekend Explore experiences:
  • Take a day trip to Stonehenge and Winchester.
  • Explore the wonders of Dover Castle and Canterbury. 
  • Plan your own adventure with new friends to other nearby cities.
For details about the supplemental optional group trips, see here! Registration for optional trips opens March 1, 2018. 

British Studies features a four-day “mini-break” during the third weekend of the program.
  • Continue exploring the United Kingdom and join in on an optional supplemental group trip to Edinburgh.
  • Plan your own small group travel to easy-to-visit European cities like Paris, Berlin, or Dublin.
  • Stick around London and continue checking off the bucket list.
For details about the supplemental optional group trips, see here! Registration for optional trips opens March 1, 2018. 

Academic Calendar
The academic calendar specifies academic days and non-academic days of the program. Please note that students are required to attend class on all academic days.  Students should see course schedule for daily course itinerary. Calendar is subject to change.
See here: BSP Academic Calendar

Students’ home for the summer will be in the University of Westminster’s Marylebone residence hall. The residence hall provides single occupancy rooms with common kitchens and laundry facilities. The residence hall will be right in the heart of historic London with easy access to shops, cafes, restaurants and various markets all within walking distance to numerous tourist sights. Staff and faculty reside alongside students in the halls of residence. 

Learn more here:

Video: Tour of Hall 

Contact the program Coordinator Ms. Jessica Bunales, or schedule an appointment.
Undergraduate students with at least 12 completed credit hours and graduate students may apply to the British Studies Program.  Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and may not be on academic probation at the time of application.  Students on disciplinary probation from the time of application through the start of the study abroad program may not participate in study abroad.

Course Description(s)

Art and Design: Visual Culture, Art 499CA
This course gives students the opportunity to experience art and design while immersed in the British culture. Students will gain a greater understanding of visual culture and historical movements with a focus on typography and global visual trends. Taught by Professor John Mark Lawler,

International Business: Global Expansion of the Business Mind, Business Administration 498CA & 499CA or 598CA & 699CA

This course offers exceptional visits to some of the world's largest and most important businesses. The course also features discussions with business leaders from across the United Kingdom.

"Ever hear the phrase, 'think global, act local'? This course will help you appreciate the true meaning of this statement as you learn about British culture from a business perspective. You will gain insight about international commerce by living in London and immersing yourself in this interdisciplinary course of business study.” You’ll get a firsthand look at the global economy by visiting British businesses. While your eyes open to assess economic conditions, fiscal/monetary policy, international accounting regulations, and governmental structures in the UK and the EU, you’ll also learn about the impact of social and cultural factors on international business.

Planned field excursions will allow you to observe the British and European systems at work, with visits to institutions like Fitch Financial, Lloyd’s of London, Salvation Army International Headquarters, Jaguar, the British Parliament, and Wimbledon. Supervised research will involve analysis of a global business issue or a comprehensive international business case study.

Prerequisite: Completed one of the following courses (ACC 200, FIN 300, MGT 300 or MKT 300) and consent of instructor.

Taught by Mr. Russ Willis,

Dance in London: Creativity, Performance, Practice, and History, Dance 499CA
This course gives opportunities to explore dance in ways artistic and historical, while in a city rich with a unique history of dance and with a multitude of venues for attending and participating in dance. The program will allow students to attend performance and gain contextual insight into what they view, as well as take class in a variety of styles and methods, and visit internationally known schools for studying dance. Students are able to experience dance in ways not possible in the United States. Students will be able to pursue individualized options to explore choreography, history, practice and performance. Students of all levels and experiences with dance are welcome. Taught by Stacy Reischman Fletcher,

Children’s Literature: Beatrix Potter and Other Potters, English 499CA/599CA
This course will combine a survey of classic works of British children’s literature with visits to sites related to the texts or their authors. Sites include places in Oxford associated with Lewis Carroll, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Harry Potter; Pooh Bridge in Milne’s Ashdown Forest; Stevenson’s Edinburgh; Beatrix Potter’s Lake District; the Greenwich Meridian and the Old Royal Observatory, and Kensington Gardens.
Taught by Dr. Jameela Lares,

British Gothic Literature, English 499CA/599CA
This class focuses on the British obsession with Gothic monsters. We will read tales of horror such as Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, R. L. Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Conan Doyle’s The Sign of Four and travel to the gloomy moors and dark urban streets where they are set. Throughout the class we will strive to understand the vast appeal of monsters that attack civilization by violating the psychological and social restraints on which it is based.
Taught by Dr. Tim Carens,

Sexuality in the Family System, Family Studies 450CA
This course has been canceled for the 2018 program.?

The Geography of Great Britain, Geography 499/599 
This course has been canceled for the 2018 program.?

Battles and Bastards; Grails and Ghosts – The Hidden History of Britain, History 499CA or 599CA/799CA
From King Arthur, to Jack the Ripper, to Mordor, British History has it all. Experience Britain’s historic highlights where they happened from the time of King Arthur to the Rolling Stones and the world of J.R.R. Tolkien.  Walk with us through Roman ruins, Camelot, the White Tower, Abbey Road, and Churchill’s secret World War II command bunker! Taught by Dr. Andrew Wiest,

The Epidemic Streets: Death and Disease in Modern British History, History 499CA or 599CA/799CA
This course has been canceled for the 2018 program.

“Anarchy in the U.K.”—Pop Music in Britain, Interdisciplinary Studies IDS 492CA

Ever wonder how the Rolling Stones met? Where Led Zeppelin played their first show? Where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody? How Oasis became maybe the most popular British band of all time? How Adele emerged as one of the most successful artists of the new millennia? Come experience Britain’s popular music as we walk, talk, and discover the places, spaces, and moments where some of the world’s most influential artists and music began. Using many disciplines, we will explore sights and sounds across Britain as we study British pop music’s culture. 
Taught by Dr. Kevin Greene,

British Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections, Library Information Science 480CA/487CA or 580CA/587CA
Learn about historic and modern British libraries, archives, and special collections from on-site guided tours and lectures by distinguished British librarians, archivists, and curators. The class goals are to learn about librarianship and archival preservation in the U.K. and to research a specific, related topic of interest.  For more information see: Taught by Dr. Chirstopher Cunningham,

Information please: Journalism, PR, Social Media and the British Culture, Mass Communication and Journalism 499CA/599CA
Students gain an understanding of how the British culture figures into the world of media: print, broadcast, public relations, advertising and photography. Visits to media institutions and lectures from media professionals provide a backdrop for students to harness social media and take on the world.
Taught by Professor Maggie Williams,

School and Clinical Service Delivery to Children in the UK and USA, Psychology 499CA/599CA
This class investigates how school and clinical service delivery operates in the UK versus the USA with a focus on autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders. Taught by Dr. Brad Dufrene,

$5900 Undergraduate | $6200 Graduate
Cost includes tuition and fees, housing, and program transportation, excursions, and mandatory travel insurance.
See the budget sheet for a full estimated cost. 

Airfare is not included in the cost of the program. However, students may opt in for a group flight departing either New Orleans, Jackson, Dallas or Charleston on June 1 and returning home on July 2 at the cost of $1,500. Students who book their own flight should discuss details with Study Abroad Coordinator, Jessica Bunales, prior to booking airfare. 
Financial Aid
This program qualifies for financial aid in the form of guaranteed student loans, Pell Grants, and other applicable scholarships. Southern Miss students requiring financial aid should contact the Office of Study Abroad.

The British Studies Program offers two scholarships specifically for students accepted to this program. Southern Miss can apply for the Frances and Phil Sudduth Scholarship. Students from consortium partner institutions can apply for the Kenneth "Rock" Clinton Scholarship. Applications for these scholarships open in March. 


BSP changed me as a person because it immersed me into a completely different culture. That, plus the opportunities to meet professionals from my field of study, made studying abroad one of the best decisions I've made in college.Jacob Harvell, British Studies Program 2017

Studying abroad in London has made me a more confident, open-minded scholar and person. The experiences I had and the lessons I learned are those that can only be gained from exploring and studying outside the traditional classroom.  Janine Nowak – British Studies Program 2017

Upon arrival, you are introduced to the world’s most exciting city through walking tours throughout its historic districts. Courses generally meet throughout the week, giving you the weekend to explore London and the surrounding area. Every day and every lecture in London were different and exciting. I learned new things about myself and the world in just one month.” – Cindy Nuygen, British Studies Program 2016

Application and Payment Deadlines
Completed online application, with $300 application fee, are due by February 15th, 2018. Program deposits should be paid to the Office of Study Abroad. Balance of fees, less deposit, should be paid according to the regular summer schedule as outlined by the USM Business Services Office.The withdrawal deadline is March 1st, by 11:59 p.m.
Early Bird Special
Students who apply online and submit the $300 application fee to the Office of Study Abroad by December 8, 2017, at 5 pm will have a $50 discount applied to their account once fees are charged for the summer semester.  

This program is currently not accepting applications.