Cultural History of London II

Discover the history, art, and architecture of London that have made it the fascinating city it is today. By exploring the political and religious history over the past 400 years, and experiencing the paintings, literature, theater, and music of the time, you will learn firsthand what it might have been like to live in London during important periods in history.

  • Early seventeenth century, including Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • The Restoration and the eighteenth century, including Wren churches, public buildings, and private residences
  • The Age of Revolution, Romanticism, and the Gothic Revival, including the Houses of Parliament, the rise of steam power, and new transportation systems
  • The Victorian Age, including Trafalgar Square and the museums and halls of South Kensington (The Albert Memorial, The Royal Albert Hall, The Victoria & Albert Museum, and The Natural History Museum)
  • The early twentieth century, including the suburban sprawl, the class struggles in the streets of London, and the Blitz of the Second World War
  • The later twentieth century, including the rise of tourism, the swinging sixties, and the growth of multicultural London

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."

- Samuel Johnson

May apply toward upper-level credit for history, humanities, or electives.

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Tentative Course Itinerary

Pre-Course and Week 1

You will gain access to the online LEO classroom approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. The official course start date is 1 March 2020. Once you gain access to the classroom, take a virtual walk-through of the course and begin reading assignments.

Day 1 (Saturday) - Students arrive in London and meet at the hotel

1600First class meeting
1800Free time

Day 2 (Sunday)- Prince Regent's London

0930Seminar discussion
1300Walk from Waterloo Place to Regent's Park
1700Explore Regent's Park

Day 3 (Monday) - Bloomsbury and West End

0930Seminar discussion
1115Walk along Euston Road
1200St. Pancras Hotel tour
1330Lunch at British Library
1415Walk through Bloomsbury, including British Museum, to Covent Garden
1700Free time at Covent Garden

Day 4 (Tuesday) - City of London

0930Seminar discussion
1230Walk along Strand and Fleet Street
1500Museum of Immigration and Diversity
1645Smithfield Market and City of London

Day 5 (Wednesday) - Kew Gardens

0900Seminar discussion
1000Walk along Embankment to Westminster and House of Parliament
1100Boat ride up the River Thames to Kew
1245Kew Palace
1330Lunch at the Orangerie
1430-1700Tour of Kew Gardens, free time
1730Boat ride downriver to Westminster

Day 6 (Thursday) - The South Bank

0930Seminar discussion
1230Walk along the South Bank to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
1545Tour of the Globe Theatre
1715Free time on the South Bank

Day 7 (Friday) - South Kensington

1300Walk through South Kensington, including Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Albert Hall and Albert Monument
1700Free time in Kensington Gardens

Day 8 (Saturday)

1000Final Exam

Accommodation and Transportation

For your convenience, UMGC coordinates the hotel and excursion arrangements for a flat fee of $650 per student per field study course. This fee will be charged to your student account and covers seven nights of lodging (double occupancy room), as well as local transportation costs and entry to all excursions.

The $650 fee does not include travel to and from the city where the course is held. You must make their own travel arrangements to the course.

Textbooks and Course Materials

Please refer to the current course syllabus found on the schedule for details about course materials. This course uses no-cost online resources.

Registration Details

You may register for the 3 credit field study course with your local program coordinator or online at MyUMGC. Tuition assistance or financial aid can be applied toward tuition costs. For more information, contact the UMGC Field Study Office at CIV +49-(0)631-534-800, or e-mail

Before completing your travel plans, please verify with your local program coordinator or the Field Study Office at UMGC Europe Headquarters that the course will be held as scheduled. If you drop/withdraw from a field study course after the registration deadline, you will be charged a fee of $100.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How is a field study course different from a regular course?
A field study course packs all of the 48 contact-hours of other courses into seven adventure-filled days on location, so you can earn three credits in 4 weeks. In addition, rather than taking place in an education center, a field study course takes place in a historical European city where the subject being studied has its roots. You will visit historical sites and museums as well as participate in lectures that bring it all together for a one-of-a-kind learning experience.

The on-site portion of field study courses are also scheduled during registration weeks, so they shouldn't interfere with your other courses.

For more information, please visit the Field Study Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

Helpful Hints

Before you leave:

  • Contact your travel agency concerning insurance coverage for cancellations.
  • Contact your health insurance company for information concerning coverage at your destination.
  • Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of your destination country.
  • Check the weather forecast for your destination.
  • Obtain city maps for your destination.
  • Leave contact information with people at home who may need to reach you during the course.
  • Make sure your legal affairs are in order and leave a short-term power of attorney with someone you trust.
  • Make two photocopies of your passport and the contents of your wallet--leave one copy at home, and bring the other with you.

For more information, please visit the Field Study Resources page.