Wheaton in England 2015

Wheaton in England 2015 is an 8-week program that will sharpen your eye for the importance of place in English literature and allow you to immerse yourself in the richness of English culture as you engage with various communities throughout England.

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Take 8 to 10 credit hours in the tradition-soaked cities of London, Canterbury, Stratford, Cambridge, and York; and enjoy the beauties of the English countryside in the fishing village of Beer and the lakeside town of Ambleside. Join us to visit historic sites from the ancient Stonehenge and majestic cliffs of Dover to the enchanting homes of writers like Austen, Johnson, the Brontës, and Wordsworth. We’ll also take in theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe in London and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, hike the trails of the Lake District, and worship in cathedrals and small village churches throughout England. We will not only study the English classics and root them in the imaginative soil of place, but we will also engage with contemporary English literature and the realities of England today.


Proposed Itinerary

May 18: Wheaton. Residence and classes on campus.
June 3: Flight from Chicago to London
June 4-9: London. Visits to sites in the city. Play at the Globe Theatre.
June 10-11: Holmbury St. Mary. Classes. Visit to Penshurst.
June 12-14: Canterbury. Classes. Visits to Dover Castle and Canterbury Cathedral.
June 15-28: Beer. Classes. Visits to Chawton, Bath, Stonehenge, Bemerton, and Salisbury.
June 29-30: Moira, Derbyshire. Visits to Shakespeare sites. Play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
July 1-3: Cambridge. Classes. Tours of the city.
July 4-8: York. Classes. Tours of the city.
July 9: Haworth. Visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Walking on the moors.
July 10-12: Ambleside. Visits to Wordsworth sites. Hiking on the fells.
July 13: Manchester
July 14: Flight from Manchester to Chicago with the group, or commence individual travel.


The estimated cost of the program is $7600. In addition to the costs for 8-10 credit hours, this fee covers airfare, lodging, most meals, ground transportation, group admission to literary and historical sites, and plays at the Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Students will be responsible for the cost of books, some meals, and personal expenses. Costs will be less for students who do not stay on Wheaton’s campus during the first stage of the program.

Wheaton in England is not just for English majors. It is open to all college students, regardless of their area of specialization. The courses offered meet both general education requirements and also requirements for the English major and minor. Non-Wheaton students who share Wheaton's Christian commitment are welcome to participate.

2015 Course Offerings

All students will take ENGL 433: Literature and Place (fulfills ENG 271 req. for teaching concentration; elective for other concentrations; 2 hrs).

Students will choose 6-8 additional hours from the following: 

ENGL 337: 17th Century British Literature (4 hrs)

ENGL 355: The Romantic Period (4 hrs)

ENGL 385: Jane Austen (2 hrs)

ENGW 444: Special Topics: Travel Writing (prereqs waived; 2 hrs)


Further information:

Dr. Christine Colón
Phone: 630/752-5780
Email: christine.colon@wheaton.edu

Dr. Jeffrey Galbraith
Phone: 630/752-5234
Email: jeff.galbraith@wheaton.edu

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