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May Session course will take WKU students to New York City

Through a partnership between the WKU Honors College and the Study Away office, students will have the opportunity to study in New York City during May Session.

Students in a WKU May Session course will visit the Statue of Liberty and other sites in New York City.

Honors 300 is a three-credit-hour course in which students and faculty will live in a hostel in New York’s upper west side while studying the art, history, architecture and literature of New York City.

English professors Walker Rutledge, a specialist in American literature, and Lou-Ann Crouther, an expert on the Harlem Renaissance, will lead the study tour. “This is the first course of its kind at WKU,” said Rutledge.  “Students will experience New York City from a unique perspective by actually living on site and interacting with the culture.”

Students will be required to prepare for the course by researching specific subjects and leading the related sessions. Students will also read immigrant narratives, literary works and dramas in advance to prepare for visits to Ellis Island and the Metropolitan Museum, as well as a tour of Harlem and the apartment where Langston Hughes lived. Other locations will include the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Guggenheim Museum, Chinatown, Little Italy, Central Park, Greenwich Village and the Tenement Museum.

According to both professors, this is a great opportunity for students to earn three credit hours and experience New York City at an affordable price. Program fees include tuition, housing, museum fees, airfare and a metro pass. SGA scholarships are available to all students, and Honors College scholarships are available for students enrolled in Honors College. All students with a 3.2 cumulative GPA are eligible to apply for the program. Honors students will receive credit for an Honors Colloquium course. Online applications and an initial deposit are due March 1.

For information, visit www.wku.edu/studyaway or contact Walker Rutledge at walker.rutledge@wku.edu or Lou-Ann Crouther at lou-ann.crouther@wku.edu.

About Study Away: Study Away is a unit of DELO. DELO partners with WKU faculty and departments to offer credit and noncredit educational opportunities beyond the Bowling Green campus.

Contact: Susan Esters, (270) 745-8922.

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