Honors France Program: Art, War, and Human Rights - Summer 2016


Program Description

From great conflict comes great change. This interdisciplinary course examines France’s dramatic political, intellectual, and cultural conflicts. Students will experience French history firsthand, from the Roman conquest of Gaul to the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy, by way of the intellectual battles of the Enlightenment and the artistic revolution of the 19th century. Based in Paris, the class will navigate Francois I’s Renaissance in the Loire castles, Marie Antoinette’s final trek through Paris to the guillotine, and Hemingway’s walk through the streets of the Latin Quarter. Engage in debates about absolutism, nationalism, revolution and human rights in the country that saw the most radical, idealistic, and brutal revolution in Europe. Encounter the personalities that have shaped world history–Voltaire, Rousseau, Maximilien Robespierre, Olympe de Gouges, Napoleon Bonaparte, Dwight D. Eisenhower–as well as the figures that revolutionized art history: David, Gericault, Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso. Discover the Louvre, Orsay, Invalides, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, and other museums and monuments of Paris. The class also visits the castles of the Loire, the beaches of Normandy, the French Alps, and Lyon.

Students participating in the FIU Honors College France Program must register for the 3 credit hour pre-trip seminar in the Spring 2015 term at the Modesto A. Maidique campus, and the 3 credit hour “in-country” course in the Summer B 2015 term in France. While in France, students are lectured in the field by Professor John Bailly, and complete the Over Under Paris project. Students also participate in the Normandy American Cemetary project, in conjunction with the American Battle Monuments Commission.



Students participating in the Honors College France Program will be housed at the Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris. While in Lyon and Bayeux, students will stay in hotel, with breakfast included. Students will also stay one night in an Alpine mountain refuge, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Program Information


  • Spring 2016
  • Summer B 2016

Dates: Abroad: June 30–July 31, 2016

Course & Credits

  • On campus: IDH 4007 – France: Art, War, & Human Rights | Spring 2016
    Fridays: 2:00 to 4:45 pm (3 credits)
  • Abroad: IDH 4008 – France: Art, War, & Human Rights – Summer B 2016 (3 credits)


  • The cost of the 2016 France program is $3,000 which includes hoursing for the duration of the trip, local transportation, admission to required museums and monuments (approximately 20), some meals, and mandatory international health insurance. \
  • Program costs DO NOT include: $250 Honors College fee, $175 Study Abroad non-refundable fee, FIU instructional fee (6 credits, 2015/2016 $205.57 per credit), airfare, meals, or personal expenses (including out-of-class transportation).


Contact Information
John Bailly
Program Director
Honors College at FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus , DM 233
T: (305) 348.4100
E: baillyj@fiu.edu
W: http:/webdept.fiu.edu~johnbailly/france-study-abroad/

For more information: http://studyabroad.fiu.edu