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Wheaton in England

Take a literary pilgrimage through the ancient paths and contemporary motorways of Great Britain.

Program Overview

The Wheaton in England program provides students the opportunity to immerse themselves in literary narratives, historical realities, and visual culture as they experience the richness of British culture and its global connections. In the unifying seminar, students read select literary offerings that offer the chance to practice spiritual and academic reflection on how language and place mutually constitute each other. Students will also select from a range of other courses: an AIS exploring British history and literature through the two World Wars, a course that explores religious lyric and the power of devotional poetry, a course that examines intersections between writers from varied regions and England, and a writing course that studies the use of visual metaphor and narrative. Students will not only study the British classics and root them in the imaginative soil of place, but also engage with contemporary British and global literature within the realities of Britain today.
Experience Literary, Historical, and Contemporary Britain:

The trip will involve classic and memorable experiences in Britain: visiting the Tower of London and Poet's Corner, punting down a river in Oxford, experiencing Shakespeare plays at the Globe Theater and Stratford-Upon-Avon, hiking a fell in the Lake District, exploring the pump room and Roman baths at Bath, touring the wartime tunnels at Dover Castle, and hiking the Royal Mile in Edinburgh—as well as exploring castles, worshiping in cathedrals, navigating the London underground, and experiencing many more sites of historical significance.

  • Sponsoring Department: English
  • Program Leaders(s): Dr. Christine Colón
  • Term: Summer 2022
  • Online Dates: May 25 - June 12, 2022
  • Travel Dates: June 13 - July 23, 2022
  • Estimated Cost: $7,500 (airfare not included): Students choosing to take 10 credit hours during the program (ENGL 433 plus 8 credit hours) will be charged an additional fee for two credit hours at the standard summer tuition rate for 2022 ($1,450, $725 per credit hour) at Wheaton College.
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Eligibility: Open to all Wheaton College students, regardless of their major. All students must be in good standing to participate.
  • Highlights: Study English literature and writing (and earn CATC credit) while being immersed in British culture. Led by full-time Wheaton faculty members, this program highlights early 20th-century British literature and history, the long tradition of the religious lyric, multiple connections among writers from the Caribbean, Africa, North America, and Great Britain, and the power of visual metaphor and narrative.

Program offering is subject to internal approval, minimum enrollment, and ongoing evaluation of local conditions, including enhanced health and safety reviews in light of COVID-19

Course Offerings

The courses offered meet requirements for the English major and minor. 

All students will take:

  • ENGL 433: Literature and Place (2 credits)
    The course is designed to help students engage fruitfully with English culture of the past and present through place-focused literature. Students read various works associated with the locations visited, participate in discussion groups with questions designed to help engage with key issues for each work, listen to lectures at sites to help draw important connections, and complete a paper that will demonstrate the particular interpretive fruit of their reading in place.

Students choose six to eight additional hours from the following course offerings:

The estimated program cost includes a total of eight credit hours of tuition (ENGL 433 plus 6 credit hours). Students choosing to take 10 credit hours (ENGL 433 plus 8 credit hours) will be charged an additional fee for two credit hours at the standard summer tuition rate for Wheaton College.

  • Core 363: AIS: Nation at War: Great Britain 1914-1945 (4 credits) LE and HP tags
    As students explore the history and literature of Great Britain from the onset of World War I to the conclusion of World War II, they will be asked to grapple theologically with many of the challenging questions that arise during a time of war. Using both primary and secondary historical sources, students will investigate the complexities of the political, social, and economic realities of the time. They will also be asked to think about particular responses to these complexities from writers such as T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, and Dorothy L. Sayers. As students move back and forth between the history and the literature, they will gain deeper insights into this time period and begin to understand the different ways that historians and literary scholars approach the past. They will also position these insights within a theological framework as they draw on Scripture and other theological sources to help address the questions that arise during this difficult time in British history.

  • ENGL 378: Religious Lyric: Studies in Poetry and Devotion (4 credits)
    Religious lyric may begin with the impulse to praise or even with a cry of pain, but in either case it is the outpouring of the soul to God. Religious lyric may also be the poetry of meditation, as it ponders the meaning of the holy in a commonplace world. We start with the Psalms, which open with either tragedy or triumph, but, raising a prayerful voice to God, end with consolation in the encounter. In what ways do later religious lyricists follow that movement of verbal ascent and gain a divine view of the world? We look at some classical forms, move to the medieval, then into early modern, modern, and even postmodern forms of religious lyric. Of particular interest in this course are the following questions: How do the best religious poets avoid the sentimentality of the traditional-faithful who indulge in emotion rather than recreate it for the reader, on the one hand, and the transgressive frisson of the avant-garde who lay waste to sacred symbol or recast it to the poets’ own glory rather than God’s, on the other? How does religious lyric capture fresh glimpses of the divine in God’s work of creation and redemption? How might that poetry be written today? Students will cover the tradition of religious verse, visit famous sites associated with religious verse, and write some of their own as part of the devotional component of the course.

  • ENGL 352: Transatlantic Crossroads in Modern Literature (4 credits) GP tag
    Twenty-first century technology makes commonplace the marvel of near-instant globalization. We take for granted the syncretic nature of our connected world as the Internet and the media create seemingly instantaneous “contact zones” among nations, spreading various aspects of different cultures far and wide. But globalization is not a new phenomenon. Although it occurred at a much slower pace in modernity than it does now in our post-modern era, it did create in earlier times much more cultural upheaval as peoples and their literatures moved across the transatlantic from regions as diverse as the Caribbean, Africa, North America, and Great Britain. In this course, we will examine the intersections between assorted writers from these varied regions and England, and we will focus on the ways in which these narratives and people influenced global culture, political environs, and history. We will look especially at how certain Christian writers made the most of these crossings and maintained their distinctive witness in new cultural surroundings.

    Meets post-1800 British/Global requirement

  • ENGW 444: Travel Writing (2 credits)

Program Fees

The estimated program fee covers 8 credit hours of tuition (ENGL 433 plus 6 credit hours), lodging, some meals, ground transportation, group admission to literary and historical sites, and plays at the Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Estimated Additional Expenses: Students choosing to take 10 credit hours during the program (ENGL 433 plus 8 credit hours) will be charged an additional fee for two credit hours at the standard summer tuition rate for Wheaton College. Students will be responsible for international airfare, the cost of books, some on-your-own meals, and all personal expenses.

International airfare $1,000.00
Textbooks $150.00
Extra Meals $460.00 (approximately $75 per week)
Misc. Personal Expenses (Laundry. cell phone, etc.) $75.00

Learn More

If you have questions or would like to know more about the program, review the English Department's Wheaton in England program details or contact Dr. Christine Colón for further information.

How to Apply

To apply, visit GoGlobal, Wheaton College's registration system for off-campus study and international travel, research, and internships.

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