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  • Locations: Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: UMBC Faculty-led Program Housing Options: Apartment
GPA Requirement: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Faculty Leader: Michael Stone
Program Description:
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Course Overview:

HONR 300: General Honors Seminar (3 credits):This course focuses on American authors, and how their experiences of living in Paris affected their perspectives on their homeland. In addition to short selected readings from authors such as James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ernest Hemmingway, and Gertrude Stein, students will experience Paris through various cultural activities as well as their own independent exploration. Using the knowledge and new perspectives they acquire, students will synthesize their impressions and experiences with literary analysis to discuss subjects such as intellectual independence, romanticism, and cultural competence. This course is open to all UMBC students. 

The program also includes: 

  • Cultural activities and day trips
  • Housing
  • Meals 
The Country:
Throughout the 20th century, Paris has been a hotbed for American artists, authors, and other intellectuals. As a result, “the City of Light” has been portrayed as a central character in many movies, novels and poems. Students will benefit from experiencing Paris for themselves as they reflect on what has made Paris a refuge where American authors could reflect honestly on their culture of origin. Additionally, students will have opportunities to explore the cities and countryside beyond Paris on the weekends, including a planned excursion to Normandy. 
Faculty Overview: 
As an academic advisor in the Honors College, Michael Stone works with freshmen and transfer students, oversees the Honors College admissions and recruitment efforts, coordinates the Honors Living Learning Community, and develops and implements Honors College assessment strategies. Michael holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from UMBC. His research focuses on Public History, which he defines as a collaborative process that reclaims community power through the
Tentative Itinerary:
Itinerary Subject to Change
Monday, July 8, 2019 Students arrive, CEA arranged airport pickup
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 Student orientation, boat tour, and welcome meal
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 5K walk and food tasting
Thursday, July 11, 2019 Guest Lecture and discussion
Friday, July 12, 2019 Literary walking Tour
Saturday & Sunday, (7/13-7/14)  Normandy Excursion
Monday, July 15, 2019 Atelier: Wine and Cheese Tasting
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Classroom Discussion
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Classroom Discussion
Thursday, July 18, 2019 Classroom Discussion
Fri, Sat, & Sun (7/19-7/21) Free Weekend
Monday, July 22, 2019 Dance Performance at the Theatre des Champs-Elysées
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Left Bank walking tour and discussion
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Guest Lecture and discussion
Thursday, July 25, 2019 Museum Visit and Discussion
Friday, July 26, 2019 Classroom Discussion
Saturday, July 27, 2019 Classroom Discussion
Sunday, July 28, 2019 Farewell Meal
Monday, July 29, 2019 Depart 

Cost overview: 
To get a detailed view of the program costs as well as other estimated costs, please see the program budget

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This program is currently not accepting applications.