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Field Experiences & Trips

In pursuit of a true liberal arts education, the Division of Humanities seeks to combine coursework at YHC with opportunities for learning across subjects and across the world. The Division of Humanities sponsors trips within the United States and abroad in which students can both travel and receive class credit. 


Third Annual Popular Culture Association of Canada conference - May 2013

In 2012, The Media Studies Research Collective (MSRC) was formed to facilitate and support collaborative student-faculty scholarship at Young Harris College. The MSRC examines the intersections of culture, politics, and information technology to better understand the key issues that affect our mediated world today. Working with honors students in Communication Studies, Dr. Chris Richardson directs large-scale research initiatives that aim to be presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed academic journals.

In May 2012, with the generous support of The Division of Humanities, students co-authored a paper and travelled to Niagara Falls, Ontario to attend the Third Annual Popular Culture Association of Canada conference from May 8-11, 2013. This trip allowed promising undergraduates to experience an intensive professional academic environment, exposing them to cutting-edge work in the field and demonstrating how their research can be applied in practice. Young Harris College was well represented at the conference, signifying its commitment to critical research and enriching undergraduate experiences. The MSRC hopes to continue this practice in the years to come, building YHC’s reputation internationally for outstanding research, enriching undergraduate experiences, and excellence in teaching.

Tours and Study abroad

Study Abroad in Ireland: Finding Our Roots - Summer 2013

Study Abroad in Ireland: Finding Our Roots," a new interdisciplinary cluster designed to fulfill a variety of students’ needs, had a very successful first run in May 2013. We pored over the Book of Kells in Trinity College Library; got a behind-the-scenes tour of Ireland’s National Theatre, the Abbey; learned to surf on the West Coast in the small village of Strandhill; hiked up to Carrowkeel, the Neolithic cairns in County Sligo; and watched the seals play off the coast of the Aran Islands. It was glorious.

Students earned from three to ten credits by taking the appropriate combination of courses available in this cluster: English 1102; English 2220; English Special Topics in World Literature--The Irish Literary Revival; English Special Topics in World Literature--Irish Poetry: From Yeats to Heaney; Biogeography for the Biology major and non-major, a new course that explores the relationships between the environment and biodiversity; and Humanities 2298, an introduction to Irish Literature and biogeography. Students explored the biogeography of Ireland’s storied landscape with Brenda Hull and then made connections between the landscape and the literature in Louisa Franklin’s classes, explorations of emigrant literature—the works of both the Irish in America and Irish-Americans—and in Ruth  Looper’s upper-level English classes. These courses introduced students to the rich texture of Ireland, the country and its literature. Building bridges across cultures and disciplines, this program fulfilled Young Harris College’s mission to educate and inspire.

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Art Tour of Italy - May 2012

Students studied Italian art, literature and culture while touring museums, cathedrals and historical monuments in many of Italy’s cultural and historical centers including Florence, Rome, Venice, Lucca, Pisa, Siena and Cinque Terre. To prepare for the excursion, students enrolled in a comprehensive course that enhanced their experience abroad. Through lectures, selected readings, class discussions and hands-on activities, the course provided students with an introduction to many aspects of Italian culture and history as well as helpful tips about traveling abroad. As part of the course, students learned to identify and evaluate important works of art and architecture of ancient Rome, the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque Period. Students also gained an appreciation of the value and influence Italian authors have had on literature by reading selections that directly related to the cities the group visited. Students studied works by a variety of American and Italian authors including Dante, Boccaccio, Virgil, Keats, Browning and Twain.

Click here to view the Italy Tour blog and find out more about the excursion.

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A New England Tour of the American Renaissance - 2011

In our tour of New England, we visited the homes, archives and hang-outs of literary giants including Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. We explored the location that nurtured American Romanticism, Transcendentalism and reform movements, such as Abolition and Women’s Rights. To understand the world which produced some of this nation’s most enduring authors, we wandered the shores of Walden Pond, combed through manuscripts at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester and roamed the Boston campus of influential Harvard University.