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Fordham in London: London Liberal Arts

Location: London, United Kingdom

“Studying abroad gave me a new sense of independence and truly living on my own. I think through this experience I matured and learned a lot about myself and what I want for my future. “
— Antonia Paruolo, Fall 2016

Students taking Harry Potter and Philosophy course in London

Fordham London Centre’s Liberal Arts program offers students the opportunity to take courses at the Fordham London Centre as well as one module (course) offered at Queen Mary, University of London (Fall Only), City University, or University of Westminster. Fordham students who will be second semester sophomores during the term in which they will be abroad, and who otherwise meet the requirements, may apply to study in the Sophomore Liberal Arts Program. Second semester sophomores take all of their courses at the Fordham London Centre.

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Program Details

Location

Fordham’s London Centre is located in Central London, in a neighborhood called Clerkenwell. Find out about the opening of Fordham's new London Centre in Fall 2018.

The United Kingdom—England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland—is a diverse place full of contrasts, featuring a wide range of landscapes and cultures. London, the largest city in Europe, is a bustling cosmopolitan center of astonishing variety and interest that a visitor could explore for months without turning over every stone. The other regions of the U.K. are fascinating for their own reasons, each with a unique personality and history.

While based at Fordham’s London Centre, students may choose to venture from Cornwall in the far west to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the north. Cities such as Edinburgh, York, Durham, Chester, and Canterbury are reachable by an excellent rail network, as are areas of great natural beauty, such as the Lake District, the New Forest, and North Wales. And it’s only a quick trip to Dublin and the Republic of Ireland.

Academics

Fordham London Centre’s Liberal Arts program offers students the opportunity to take courses at the Fordham London Centre as well as modules offered at one of three local universities: Queen Mary, University of London (Fall Only); City University; or University of Westminster. Students must enroll in the equivalent of 15-18 US credits.

Students in the Liberal Arts program are required to enroll in one of the following three courses:

ENGL 3915 – London Modernisms
John Harrington
4 Credits
British literary modernism is associated with London and the post-war period of 1915-1925, and particularly with the “annus mirabilis” of 1922, when many new literary works appeared in what was perceived as a new, “modern” literary style. But just as Arnold located “the modern spirit” across different times from the classical to his contemporary, this course will focus on the nature of literary modernism in the early 20th century and connect it to modernism in the early 21st century, our contemporary. Literary modernism a century ago developed in the context of social conditions that resemble our own: migrations and immigrations; tensions between Global and Local orientations; consciousness of society under siege by anarchy; and the increasing influence of technology. For the poet T. S. Eliot, the accomplishment of the writer James Joyce as "giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history." We will explore how that shape was achieved in 1915-1925 and how that is attempted in London today. This course is only available to Juniors participating in the London Liberal Arts program and satisfies the ICC core requirement at Fordham University.

ENGL 3206 – Shakespeare
4 credits
This course has a two-pronged focus; on the one hand, it is an opportunity to undertake a detailed study of Shakespeare’s verbal and theatrical languages, and on the other hand, it equips you to investigate Renaissance London’s importance in shaping Shakespeare’s plays and Shakespeare’s importance in shaping some of the fiercest debates about agency and government, family, and national identity in London and the world today. The two concerns are tightly interlaced and demonstrate how Shakespeare continues to occupy a dominant status in English literature and culture today. This course satisfies the Advanced Literature core requirement and is a Comparative Literature Major or Minor course at Fordham University.

ARHI 3480 – Art and Architecture in London
Geoff Snell
4 credits
London is one of the most exciting cultural capitals of the world. This course will take advantage of London’s museums, galleries and buildings to explore the history of art and architecture, with special emphasis on British art from the 18th century up to and including the current lively London art scene. We will take into consideration the special character of British art along with its major contributions to the larger development of Modern art. Throughout this survey, we will focus on how a changing British national identity has been filtered and shaped via artistic representation over three centuries. This course satisfies the Fine Arts core requirement and is an Art History Major or Minor course at Fordham University.

Students select 2 or 3 of the following London Centre courses:

Please note: Some of these courses may not be offered in your chosen semester. Syllabi are provided, when available, for course pre-approval purposes only. Syllabi shown are often for the previous semester, not the semester in which students will be studying.

ARHI XXXX – The Victorian City: Art and Architecture in 19th Century London
4 credits
Queen Victoria’s long reign, from 1837 to 1901, encompassed a period of unprecedented economic and industrial growth, while global imperial expansion made the British Empire the largest in history. For much of the 19th century, London resembled a giant construction site as industry, imperialism, philanthropy and 'the coming of the railways' brought massed building projects to the capital. This course explores the social, economic and cultural history of the Victorian city through its flourishing artistic production that ranges from painting and sculpture to architecture and public monuments. Major subjects include the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the Arts and Crafts Movement, Gothic Revival architecture and The Great Exhibition of 1851. Classes will combine visits to major London galleries and museums with walking tours of landmark sites and buildings of architectural significance. This course satisfies the Fine Arts core requirement and is an Art History Major or Minor course at Fordham University.

COMC 3247 – Race, Class, and Gender in the Media
This class analyzes representations of social class, racial and ethnic identity, and gender and sexuality in media. We begin our work with two assumptions. First, that media both shape and are shaped by social conceptions. Second, that these categories—race, class, and gender—are embodied, that is, they describe different physical bodies that inhabit real, lived environments. From there, students learn to identify central themes and problems in representing differences of race/ethnicity, social class, and sexuality in fiction and nonfiction media. The class will use a mixture of hands-on activities with contemporary media (such as blogging, journaling, and online discussion) plus more traditional readings about theories of representation and embodiment. The course is intended as a learning environment where students are able to do more than simply identify stereotypes. Rather, they intervene in these representations, actively critiquing stereotypes and moving past them towards a reflective attitude about the relationship between society as it is lived for people of different racial, sexual, and class groups—and the image of those groups as depicted in media. This course satisfies the Advanced Social Science and Pluralism core requirements and is an American Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Major or Minor course at Fordham University.

COMC 3380 – International Communication
Comparative study of media systems of different countries. The role of the media in the formation of the concept of nationality. Theories of communication development and the debate around the international flow of information. How the media informs us about other countries and how, through the media, we form our conception of the world. This course satisfies the Advanced Social Science and Globalism core requirements and is an International Studies, International Political Economy, Journalism, Latin American Studies, and New Media Digital Design Major or Minor course at Fordham University.

ECON 3245 – International Political Economy
This course uses an economic methodology to study the fundamental relationships between wealth and political power in the context of various international economic policies. Contemporary issues covered can include globalization, protectionism, trade wars, foreign assistance and macroeconomic coordination.

ECON 3739 – Financial Markets
An introduction to flow of funds analysis and interest rate determination in the money and capital markets; the risk and the term structure of interest rates. An introduction to financial futures, options, and swaps.

ENGL 2000 – Texts and Contexts: British Writers
Professor Gearing
3 credits
This course will study three important British texts from the last four hundred years: Shakespeare's Macbeth, Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, and George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. The objective of the course is to impart an in-depth knowledge of these texts, a critical framework within which to discuss them, and a more general knowledge of the historical, cultural and social context from which they emerged. This course satisfies the EP2 and Texts and Contexts core requirements at Fordham University.

ENGL 2000 – Texts and Contexts: British Writers
Professor Panjwani
3 credits
This module offers an opportunity to study adaptation/remediation in diverse forms, genres, and styles across stage, page, and screen. First, we will analyze the language, structure, and politics of specific texts from the sixteenth- to the twenty-first centuries. Then, we will investigate how these texts change as they transition from one form to another and/or from one context to another, and to what effect. The works selected have a clear relationship with Britain and students are guided towards ways to explore these connections in London. This course satisfies the EP2 and Texts and Contexts core requirements at Fordham University.

ENGL 3068 – Writing London
4 credits
By studying classical Greek and other myths, Joseph Campbell’s ideas on universal story structures, superhero and Bible stories, we will learn how stories are built. We will then analyze great literature and ‘Harry Potter’ to see how other people employ these ideas. Throughout, we will practice how to observe, listen and analyze better as a first step to writing better, all the while using London as our sensory playground. Field trips include a Harry Potter walk, a film, a play, a museum and a gallery visit.

FITV 3638 – British Film and TV
4 credits

British Heritage Cinema, arguably the most identifiable and lucrative form of British national cinema, emerged in the 1980s and continues to define “Britishness” through its nostalgic and individualized view of the past. In looking at costume dramas, literary adaptations, and biographical films, this course explores Heritage Cinema through its key themes and aesthetics, the cultural context in which it gained and retains popularity, and its material and ideological consequences.

FITV 3565 – The Documentary Idea
The history of documentary and the analysis of contemporary works. An examination of the variety of documentary language formats and visual styles and their meaning and impact. Credit will not be given for both this course and FITV 3566. This course satisfies the EP3 core requirement and is a Journalism Major or Minor course at Fordham University.

HIST 3620 – 20th Century Europe
3 credits
World War I and peace settlement; postwar problems; communism, fascism, Nazism; totalitarian aggression and World War II; international cooperation and reconstruction; the cold war and the collapse of communism. (Alternate years). This course is an International Studies and International Political Economy Major or Minor course at Fordham University.

MUSC 2031 – Rock and Pop Music since World War II
4 credits
The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. Dusty Springfield. Led Zeppelin. Tom Jones. Shirley Bassey. David Bowie. Elton John. Deep Purple. Black Sabbath. Sheena Easton. Judas Priest. Soul II Soul. Sade. Loose Ends. Slick Rick. Floetry. Joss Stone. Duffy. Estelle. M.I.A. Amy Winehouse. One Direction. Adele. Sam Smith. These are just some of the British bands, singers and rappers who have ‘… broken America’ – the much prized term used to describe the feat of commercially (and in some cases, culturally) succeeding in the largest music market in the west.Utilizing key theories from the social sciences and musicology, ‘Breaking America: Exploring the value of British music, national identity & culture via international success,’ will examine why the measure of domestic musical accomplishment is so couched in another country. This course is an American Studies Major or Minor course at Fordham University.

PHIL 3000 – Philosophical Ethics
3 credits
This course involves philosophical reflection on the major normative ethical theories underlying moral decision making in our everyday lives. The principal focus of the course is a systematic introduction to the main normative ethical theories, i.e., eudaimonism, natural law ethics, deontological ethics, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, and feminism. The differences among these approaches are illuminated by studying various moral issues. In each section of the course, at least half the readings will be selected from Aristotle and Kant. Each section will include writings by at least one contemporary figure. Prerequisite: PHIL 1000 - Philosophy of Human Nature. This course satisfies the Philosophical Ethics core requirement at Fordham University.

POSC 3621 – European Politics
4 credits
This course focuses on the main features of contemporary political systems in Europe, with special emphasis on Western Europe. The course provides an introduction to European electoral and party politics, political behavior, and the theoretical foundations of different types of government. Case studies will be used to highlight the functioning of different political systems across the continent such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Southern Europe and France. This course satisfies the Advanced Social Science core requirement and is an International Political Economy Major or Minor course at Fordham University.

THEA 1100 – Invitation to Theatre
3 credits
This course provides an introduction to Theatre through an examination of a variety of its aspects; historical, practical and theoretical. Based in London, the course concentrates mainly on British Theatre from Shakespeare’s time to the present. During at least seven theatre visits in London and elsewhere students learn to express a lively critical response to performances: they also develop an understanding of theatre’s relationship to society together with a wide range of other art forms. Recent visits to the class have involved Dame Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes. The course involves a considerable amount of reading as well as writing responses to performances. This course satisfies the Fine Arts core requirement at Fordham University.

THEO 3200 – Sacred Texts and Traditions
3 credits
The New Testament texts are ancient texts, but also sacred texts being used, applied and called upon every-day in political and ethical discourse. How then should one read and understand these documents? The aim of this module is to show how an understanding of the New Testament has developed over time; to teach skills of critical engagement with the texts as both ancient and modern documents, and to engage with sacred texts as academic and cultural documents. This course satisfies the Sacred Texts and Traditions core requirements and is an American Catholic Studies, Classical Languages, Medieval Studies, and Religious Studies Major or Minor course at Fordham University.

THEO 3200 – Non-Western Sacred Texts
This course satisfies the Sacred Texts and Traditions core requirements and is an American Catholic Studies, Classical Languages, Medieval Studies, and Religious Studies Major or Minor course at Fordham University.

Gabelli School of Business Electives

Students are eligible to enroll in one course offered in the GSB London program to satisfy Business Administration minor requirements:

  • Financial Management
  • Legal Frameworks of Business
  • Marketing Principles

Internship Opportunity

Learn more and apply for the semester internship program.

British Universities

Students may opt to take 1 course (module) at one of our three partner universities in London. These direct enroll courses (modules) offer students the experience of studying within the British system. For a listing of possible modules available at the various universities in London, please select the links below. Please note that 10 UK credits are generally equivalent to 3 credits at Fordham and 15 UK credits are generally equivalent to 4 credits at Fordham.

Please note that the British university academic calendar is different from Fordham's, so in the spring semester particularly the term will begin earlier and end later than a semester at Fordham. For precise dates, please review the information at each university's link below.

City University
Queen Mary, University of London (Fall Term Only)
University of Westminster

Housing

Students are housed in shared student residences in residential areas in Zone 1 or 2, both of which offer a commute by public transport to classes at the London Centre and your chosen host university. The residences have self-catering facilities with a shared lounge. All of our housing is centrally located within London, in areas with shops and transportation and within reach of city attractions. Read more about living in London.

Student Services

The London experience begins with a comprehensive orientation that acquaints students with health, housing, travel, academic, and safety information. Program costs typically include co-curricular activities in and around the city of London and one long weekend visit to another European country.