Arts & Sciences 2017 Summer Program
Program still accepting applications on a space-available basis.
Contact Alana Franklin (firstname.lastname@example.org) to open an application today!
Paris, "The City of Light" draped in history, tradition, culture, and glamour, has long been a center of academia. The Seine River has long been a source of the city's economic, political, and artistic notoriety. The two banks of the Seine each have distinct personalities: the spacious boulevards and formal buildings of the Rive Droite [right bank] to the north and the cultural and intellectual reputation of the Rive Gauche [left bank] to the south. Both banks contribute to the diversity of this magnificent city. While Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world, it also has an endless amount of enchanting nooks to be discovered.
Watch the video, UNE NUIT PARISIENNE [Paris by Night].
In this faculty-led summer program students will have the opportunity to get a taste of la vie Parisienne. Classes will be offered in a variety disciplines and lecture material is enhanced through excursions and site visits throughout the city. All courses are instructed by USD faculty. With the exception of the French (FREN) courses, all classes are instructed in English. Classroom space is located at the CEA Global Campus, located in the 3rd arrondissement.
FREN 394/494: Topics in French - "A Table!" A History of French Gastronomy
Dr. Michele Magnin
FREN 394: FREN 202
FREN 494: FREN 301, 302 and either 320, 321 or 322
Additional Information: Counts towards French Major/Minor
In this course, students will examine the evolution of French gastronomy, from the modest early bourgeois society and the extravagant feasts at the court of the kings (Versailles is nearby) to modern cuisine in France. They will learn to appreciate the diversity in French gastronomy, and to observe first-hand the complex and rich customs surrounding the preparation, serving and consumption of food in France. Cookbooks from the 16th to the 21st century will help them understand the progression of cooking utensils and ingredients and their roles. They will also learn about regional staples and specialties, the history of spices (how and when they came to France) and their uses, and will sample ethnic fare in restaurants and open-air markets in Paris. Students will research a famous French chef and present his/her claim to fame (some of these chefs have restaurants in Paris). We will also compare cooking shows in the US and in France, cultural approaches towards food waste, organic products, GMOs and diets. The class will be taught in French.
HIST 348: Americans in Paris, through War & Peace
Dr. Kathryn Statler
Additional Information: Fulfills upper division course for both History and International Relations majors/minors. Honors credit available (must confirm with the professor).
This course is designed to explore the impact of Americans in Paris (and the impact of Paris on Americans) from the American Revolution to the present. We will analyze the history of France through the lens of Franco-American relations. To do so, we will examine how the Franco-American alliance formed and solidified as well as how it has been challenged and represented over the centuries during times of war and peace. We will combine classroom lectures, class discussions of the readings, use of film and documentary excerpts, memoirs, novels, newspapers, and site visits to understand what it means to be an American in Paris, beginning with Benjamin Franklin and ending with you. In particular, much of the class will revolve around discussing the readings and then finding (scavenger hunt) and analyzing the symbols, statues, monuments, cafes, stores, and streets that represent over 200 years of Franco-American history.
THRS 366: Problem of God (Course Closed)
Dr. Rico Monge
Additional information: Fulfills upper-divison Theology core curriculum requirement; counts toward THRS major/minor
This course examines the movement of Western civilization through the processes of secularization, and the major monuments of Paris itself uniquely demonstrate this movement in a way that no place in the United States can. Visits to the cathedral of Notre Dame and the Place de la Concorde, for example, will help students better understand the movement France underwent from a homogeneous Christian society to a modern secular state. Moreover, the majority of philosophers and theologians taught in the second half of the class are French thinkers who have both critiqued and defended Christianity. Of particular significance is that two of the most celebrated and accomplished Roman Catholic philosopher-theologians in the world, Jean-Luc Marion and Emmanuel Falque, are essential thinkers covered in this class.
Students enrolled in all classes other than French will be able to indicate their housing preferences after admittance to the Summer prorgram. Students may request accommodation in a residence hall, shared studio, or apartment. While students are able to indicate preferences, placement will be based on local availability in Paris. Housing accommodations are a minimum of double occupancy and students will be roomed with other USD program participants.
Students enrolled in a French course will be housed with a French host family.
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage.
Students applying for the FREN courses may qualify for the Dr. Jeanne Rigsby Scholarship. Please contact Michele Magnin for more information.
Students with US, Canadian, Mexican and / or European Union citizenship will not need to secure immigration documents other than a valid passport until January 2018. Please make sure you have a valid passport as well as at least 2 blank pages for stamps in your passport. If you are not a citizen of the aforementioned locations, please contact your study abroad advisor promptly to learn immigration requirements.
More information on course activities coming soon!
Optional Day Trip to Bruges