Since 1988 European Studies has provided a unique and rewarding semester abroad, offering two distinct program options that immerse students in a specific period in European civilization. These are Option One: Ancient Greece and Rome: the Foundations of Western Civilization, and Option Two: Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In 2019, European Studies will introduce a Third Option: Contemporary Europe.
Option One - Ancient Greece and Rome: The Foundations of Western Civilization
This provides a broad study of the culture and thinking of Ancient Greece and Rome, intended both for Classical Studies majors and those who are not specialist classicists. It is designed to show the fundamental contribution made by the arts and science of the Ancient World to modern Western civilization.
Option Two - Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
This offers an inter-disciplinary study of the literature, art and history of Europe in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Classroom study and European travel combine to provide a stimulating and integrated approach to the rich cultural diversity of Western Europe.
Option Three - Contemporary Europe
The new, contemporary Europe Option will focus on issues related to immigration and integration and include courses (pending approval by the faculty) in history, art history, and international and global studies. Students will be taught primarily by Sewanee and Rhodes College faculty members and have the opportunity to engage with their host societies, including home-stay options in Berlin.
In the Summer and Fall of 2019, European Studies will offer the following two options:
Option Two: Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. This option will unfold in three phases: three weeks at Rhodes College or the University of the South; six weeks at the University of Oxford; five weeks of travel on the Continent of Europe and London. In Europe, teaching is by British and European faculty. Additional experts and distinguished specialists participate as guest lecturers and guides. Lodging is on the university campuses at Rhodes College or the University of the South; in the beautiful, fifteenth-century buildings of Lincoln College at Oxford; and in carefully chosen hotels on the Continent.
Option Three: Contemporary Europe. This option will unfold in four phases: three weeks at Rhodes College or the University of the South, four weeks at the University of Oxford; six weeks in Berlin, Germany; three weeks in Strasbourg, France. In Europe, teaching is primarily by U.S. faculty. Additional experts and distinguished specialists participate as guest lecturers and guides. Lodging is on the university campuses at Rhodes College or the University of the South; in the beautiful, fifteenth-century buildings of Lincoln College at Oxford; a choice of family stays or student residences in Berlin and Strasbourg.
The comprehensive fee for either of the European Studies options is equal to Rhodes and Sewanee's respective semester tuition, room and full board rate. Rhodes and Sewanee students participating on European Studies will be billed by their home institution. The comprehensive fee for students from other institutions is equivalent to the Rhodes semester tuition, room and full board rate.
What is included:
All tuition; complete room and board at Rhodes College or the University of the South, at Lincoln College, Oxford, and on the Continent and in London; all excursions and any day expeditions; all transportation in Great Britain and on the Continent; admissions to museums visited for group and independent study; an International Student Identity Card; and program health insurance.
What is not included:
Trans-Atlantic airfare from the United States to Great Britain; texts required while at Sewanee and Oxford; and incidental, personal expenses.
European Studies offers 26 places per option for students from Rhodes College and the University of the South: 13 per school, per option. Four further places (two per option) are prioritized for applicants from other institutions who are welcome to apply. In recent years students from other schools, including Bowdoin, Davidson, Millsaps, Vanderbilt, the University of Virginia, and Washington and Lee, have participated.
The program is open to students of all disciplines of good academic and social standing. The closing date for applications is February 1. Places tend to be taken up rapidly, so students with a particular preference for one of the options are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and indicate their order of preference on the application form in the spaces provided. Completed application forms, together with a typed paragraph explaining how applicants hope to benefit from participating in the program, a $300 deposit (refundable in the event of non acceptance), four recent 2” x 2” photographs of passport quality, an official transcript, and a photocopy of the first two pages of your passport should be sent to the Office of European Studies, Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112-1690. Telephone (901) 843-3036 or FAX (901) 843-3434. Applicants will be contacted by February 7.
- Dean of European Studies: Sally Dormer, B.A., University of Durham; M.A., Ph.D., University of London, Courtauld Institute of Art.
- Associate Dean of European Studies: Stevens Anderson, B.A., the University of the South; M.A., University of Virginia.
- Administrative Assistant, (Rhodes College): Mary Allie Baldwin, B.A. Rhodes College.