Dr. Leek with the London 2013 School of Communications group at the British Library

Dr. Leek with the London 2013 School of Communications group at the British Library

This past summer, the SoC offered students the opportunity to complete required courses in a study abroad program. This was the first time the SoC held a communications program in London. The trip included 24 students who stayed in the Imperial College dorms, located in central London. Students resided near the Victoria and Albert museum, Hyde Park, and number of other historic sites.

Dr. Danielle Leek, Associate Professor in the School of Communications, traveled with the students and oversaw the course work and excursions.

“It is the single most inspiring experience I’ve had as a professor, and I’ve been teaching for over ten years,” Leek said. “I think the students felt like it was an incredible learning opportunity. London is such an international city, 6 different languages can be spoken at the same time on the same street corner. The students were able to change and broaden their perspectives on the world.”

Undergraduate students were able to complete COM 295, Theories of Communication and COM 375, Communication Research in one of the world’s most famous cities. This six week program includes four to five weeks of living in the heart of London. Prior to travel, students complete a week of online course work and turn in assignments via Blackboard when they return.

The students’ course work was integrated with being in London. They attended classes in the morning and in the afternoon they explored the day’s topic in the city. Each person designed their own individual research project where they were able to focus on a particular communication practice related to their degree. Students observed communication practices in public places, elementary schools, restaurants, and tourist locations.

The faculty designed optional excursions, based on the major of each student. Theatre majors were able to visit Shakespeare’s Globe, Advertising and Public Relations majors toured London Public Relations agencies, and Broadcasting majors interested in sports visited the Manchester United stadium.

The SoC will offer opportunity again for the 2014 summer semester. This includes the whole month of July and into the beginning of August. The first information meeting will be October 21 from 5-6 p.m. in 134 Lake Superior Hall. This meeting is open to all SoC students regardless of major.

For those who have completed COM 295 or 375, independent study options are available.

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