Richland Honors students planning ‘British Invasion’

Students interested in studying abroad can explore the world and get college credit at the same time.

Applications are being accepted through the Richland College Honors Program for the Education First College Study Tour, May 23 to June 3.

Dr. Kathleen Stephens and Professor Erin Kelley are coordinating an 11-day trip to the British Isles, including England, Ireland and Wales.

“It is a college course, so we really want the students to learn. Education is the priority,” Stephens said. Participants can get three credit hours in honors English 1301,1302 or 2321 (British literature).

Beginning in Ireland, students will go to Wales and England to visit historic landmarks while learning about British Literature. Students will visit the medieval Blarney Castle, considered to be one of Ireland’s greatest national treasures, before traveling north to Dublin.

After crossing the Irish Sea, they will visit Wales, the prehistoric Stonehenge site, Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

Students should talk to an adviser before signing up. There are qualifications for participation and costs associated with each trip.

Classes will be held throughout the excursion and students will be expected to do some reading and participate in discussions about British Literature.

“Erin Kelley will be the one teaching the course. Students will study the play, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as well,” Stephens said.

Those wishing to join the Study Abroad trip must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, be able to cover the cost of the trip, and must submit their applications before Feb. 14. That’s when late fees begin to apply.

The opportunity is open to all Richland students.

Stephens said students from other colleges and four-year universities will also be taking part in the program.

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