Honors France Program: Art, War, and Human Rights - Summer 2023


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.

2023 Syllabus

TRIP GALLERY: https:/johnwbailly.comfrance/

DESTINATIONS: Paris, Loire Valley, Orsay, Normandy, Lyon, the Alps, and Geneva in Switzerland

DATES: June 30 – July 31, 2023


Students participating in the FIU Honors College France Program must register for the 3 credit hour pre-trip seminar in the Spring 2022 term at the Modesto A. Maidique campus, and the 3 credit hour “in-country” course in the Summer B 2022 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 Cemetery project, in conjunction with the American Battle Monuments Commission.


Students will be housed at the Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris. While in Lyon and Bayeux, students will stay in a hotel, with breakfast included.

Program Information


  • Spring 2023
  • Summer B 2023

Dates: Abroad: June 30 – July 31, 2023


France: Art, War, and Human Rights

  • Spring On campus – Fridays 3:30PM-6:15PM: IDH 4007—France: Art, War, & Human Rights (3 credits)
  • Summer B Abroad: IDH 4008—France: Art, War, & Human Rights (3 credits)

The program fulfills one year of Honors credit requirements (6)

Approximate Cost

The cost of the 2022 France program is $2,800. It will include housing for the duration of the trip, local transportation, admission to required museums and monuments (approximately 20), some meals, and mandatory insurance.

Program costs DO NOT include: $500 Honors College administrative fee and $195 Office of Education Abroad non-refundable fees, FIU instructional fee (6 credits, $205.57 per credit), airfare, meals, vaccinations/PCRs if needed, or personal expenses (including out-of-class transportation). \


Contact Information
John Bailly
Program Director
Honors College at FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus
E: baillyj@fiu.edu
W: http:/webdept.fiu.edu~johnbailly/france-study-abroad/

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