History Department international immersion and study abroad courses enable students to learn history on site. History faculty frequently teach on LMU study abroad programs and have also developed three BCLA international immersion courses (thus far, with more to come – we hope – in the future).
HIST 3910 Museums and Society
Berlin, Germany (spring 2019)
Professor Amy Woodson-Boulton’s spring 2019 course on the history and theory of museums in Europe (from c. 1750) included a Spring Break trip to Berlin, where students investigated museums and historic preservation in place, considering how museums have engaged with and helped to define art, ethnography, the natural sciences, and history (including the Holocaust). Upon their return to Los Angeles, students curated their own pop-up exhibition (see Public History Projects page for more information).
HIST 4273 Nazi Germany
Berlin, Germany (spring 2017 & spring 2019)
Professor Elizabeth Drummond’s course on the history of Nazi Germany has twice included a Spring Break trip to Berlin, where students visited museums, memorials, and other sites of memory to examine how Germans have grappled with the history and memory of Nazism and the Holocaust, what Germans call Vergangenheitsbewältigung. In spring 2017, students created their own public website about the history of Nazism and the Holocaust; in spring 2019 students created a timeline, with blog essays about various aspects of the history of Nazi Germany (see Public History Projects page for more information). To read two students' reflections about the 2019 trip, click here and here.
HIST 5200 Seminar in Modern European History: The Artist & the Machine
Manchester, England (spring 2016)
Professor Amy Woodson-Boulton’s spring 2016 seminar “The Artist and the Machine” worked with mental health charity The Horsfall Space, the Manchester Art Gallery, and the University of Manchester to put together an online exhibition, “Thomas Horsfall in Context.” Horsfall was a Victorian reformer who worked to bring art to one of the poorest areas in industrial Manchester, and The Horsfall Space has recently opened near the location of his original Ancoats Art Museum to continue his work, using art for healing and community building. The students’ website project explained the broader historical context for his work and will be integrated into the new Horsfall Space website (see Public History Projects page for more information).