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Honors Study Abroad : Scotland 1998

The Honors Programs of the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Christian University, and the University of North Texas invite you to spend three weeks in the historic city of Edinburgh, Scotland. At the University of Edinburgh we will study the history, literature, art, architecture, political science, philosophy, science, and economics of the Scottish Enlightenment (1730-1790). Students will read and discuss David Hume's philosophy, Adam Smith's economics, the geology of James Hutton and Joseph Black, Daiches A Hotbed of Genius: The Scottish Enlightenment, Mackenzies's The Man of Feeling, and Smollett's "Tears of Scotland," as well as authors Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns, Susan Ferrier, and Joanna Baillie.

Students will also research Edinburgh's cultural and architectural monuments with trips to historic and scientific sites such as the Georgian House, the Royal Museum of Scotland, Siccar Point, the Island of Iona, and Edinburgh Castle.

Major goals of Honors in Scotland include: 1) acquiring new knowledge and understanding of the events, movements, ideas, and people that dominated eighteenth- century Scotland; 2) linking historical events and developments with twentieth-century culture; 3) understanding the contributions of the people and region to American institutions and culture; and 4) providing study of a particular area, including on-site visits to historic sites and geographical phenomena.

UTA students may earn three hours of college credit by enrolling in English 4334 Special Topics: Themes in British Literature. This course will count as: literature credit, as a general elective, a Humanities /Liberal Arts, or a Social/ Cultural Studies elective. All credit applied to the student's degree must be approved in writing by the major advisor and chair. Students wishing to substitute Honors in Scotland for the Honors Thesis requirement should register for an additional three hours: the Thesis/Research Project course in the major, or an Individual Instruction course (if no thesis course is available), and must complete additional readings and a more extensive research paper as approved by the Honors Director.

Specific Course Requirements: 1) Every participating honors student is required to be in residence at the University of Edinburgh from July 5-25, 1998, and to participate in all lectures, discussions, presentations, and tours. 2) Each student is required to read the material assigned for class. 3) Each student is required to prepare a scholarly research and analytical paper to be turned in after the end of the travel portion of the course. The paper topic will be selected with the approval of the three instructors to be certain that it focuses on an aspect of the course that is of importance and interest.

Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs. All participants are required to have a passport. Students should depart the United States on July 3 or 4, 1998. A suggested low cost route of travel is DFW to Chicago to Glasgow, and a train or bus to Edinburgh. The program is scheduled to begin on Sunday July 5, 1998. All participants should be present that morning at the University of Edinburgh at Pollock Hall for registration, orientation, and an afternoon tea reception. The program will conclude with final exams and a banquet on Friday July 24, 1998. Students will depart Edinburgh on the morning of July 25.

The following is a tentative cost breakdown of Honors in Scotland. These figures are subject to change and may vary depending upon each student's personal travel arrangements.
Airfare - $600.00 to $800.00 (approx.)
Program cost - $2400.00 (approx.) This will include room, meals, banquets, teas, socials, admissions and tour costs, and the week-end trip to Inverness, LochNess, and the Isle of Skye.
Tuition - about $350.00 to $600.00 (equal to the amount of tuition and fees at UTA for Summer II 1998)

"Most financial aid that students would normally receive for studying at the University may continue to be utilized during a U.T. Arlington study abroad program. If a student is on any federal or state financial aid, the student should discuss the specifics of the application of such aid and the possible adjustment of the student's need level with the study abroad advisor in the International Office and subsequently the Financial Aid office. Participants are also eligible to apply for an International Education Fee Scholarship (IEFS). Applications are available from the International office and are due March 31 for summer programs. (UTA Catalog 1997-99, pg. 9).

The Honors Program in Scotland is limited to fifteen UTA Honors students.

Payment & Scholarship Deadlines:
February 1, 1998 - $500.00 (Deposit to reserve room & board)
March 31, 1998 - International Education Fee Scholarship application due.
June 4, 1998 - $1900.00 (approximate balance of Program costs; may be less if more students participate)
Tuition - will be due as required for regular UTA Summer II registration.

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