Missouri State University

Honors College

Honors Study Away Experiences

Any Missouri State approved study away program may count as
one Honors course

Be sure to research more study away experiences through the Study Away webpage.

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A Field Study of Ancient Rome, IDS 397 Honors (can also be taken as LLT 595):

Participants in the first study away course for Honors College students, IDS 397/LLT 595, A Field Study of Ancient Rome, recently returned home after about three weeks in Rome. Dr. Art Spisak, professor of classics in Modern & Classical Languages and Honors College Director, led a group of eight students on a tour of ancient Roman ruins and artifacts.
 
The class spent most of its time in Rome, with day trips to Ostia, Tivoli, and Pompeii, with the objective of getting a better feel for ancient Roman culture. “We were able to see all the major ancient Roman sites and artifacts in and around Rome,” Dr. Spisak said. “That experience gives you a whole other perspective on what you read and see in books on ancient Rome. Truly, words and photographs can’t capture the feel of these monuments that this ancient culture has left behind. Also, just being in Rome itself is an enlightening experience because of its heritage and tradition. Americans just can’t imagine!”
 
The group also had time left over to see the many other culturally rich attractions in Rome, such as the many churches, basilicas, and museums.
 
The course will be offered again in two years time.
  • IDS 397 Honors: The course is offered in the Spring, although the travel for the course would occur between the Spring and Summer semesters. The total travel time is 21 days, and the course carries 3 credit hours. There will be several preparatory meetings during the Spring semester (meeting times to be arranged). Formal class meetings will take the form of onsite lectures, presentations, and discussions. These presentations and lectures include at least 22 hours of instruction, and over 27 hours of guided educational tours and visits to historical and cultural sites and museums.
  • Cities to be visited: Rome, with days trips to Ostia and Tivoli.
  • Cost: approximately $4,850 per student covers lodging, transportation, some meals (breakfast), and other associated fees. This does not include the cost of tuition (but see next bullet).
  • Scholarships: If you are on a scholarship that covers your tuition, your scholarship covers the cost of tuition for this course (up to the value of your scholarship).
  • Principles of Selection: Participants will be selected on the basis of their date of application, eligibility, and reason for taking the course.
  • Rationale for the Course: The purpose of the class is to expose Honors College students to a foreign culture – the ancient Roman culture – in the most direct manner possible: through contact with artifacts of that culture and the cognate culture of modern Rome. By touring the physical remains of ancient Rome students will come to appreciate the long-lasting and deeply rooted impact that the ancient Roman Empire has had on the development of the Western World and especially America.

 Instructions for Registration

Registration for these courses will not be in the usual manner.  Each course requires two applications--the MSU waiver form and the application specific to the desired course--be filled out and returned to the Honors College office in University Hall, Rm. 212.  In addition to the required paperwork, students must also submit a $200.00 deposit. Students may apply for both courses, but can only participate in one.
 
Instructors will enroll as many students as possible from the application pool.  Accepted students will be registered through the Honors College. Note: if you are not selected to go, your deposit will be refunded.
 
Meanwhile, ALL applicants should register (or have registered) for classes as if they were not going to take a study away course. Those students selected to participate in the study away will drop one of their courses and replace it with one of the study away courses. (Both study away courses will be 3 hours credit, with their travel away time occurring between the Spring and Summer semesters; also, both can be used to fulfill a general education requirement.)

Application Process

The application forms for both courses can be found below. Please note that there are two forms for each course and that these forms are course-specific. Please fill out the forms for the course you desire and then turn them in to the Honors College office, University Hall 212.
 
As part of your application you must include a deposit of $200.00. If you are selected to take part in the course, your deposit is non-refundable. If you are not selected to take part, your deposit will be refunded. Please make checks out to Missouri State University.
 
Finally, as part of your application, please include a short essay on your reasons for taking the course. These essays will be used to determine which students are best suited for the courses.
 

"A Field Study of Ancient Rome" Application Materials: