Cultural History of London II

Discover the history, art, and architecture of London that have made it the fascinating city it is today. By exploring the political and religious history over the past 400 years, and experiencing the paintings, literature, theater, and music of the time, you will learn firsthand what it might have been like to live in London during important periods in history.

  • Early seventeenth century, including Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • The Restoration and the eighteenth century, including Wren churches, public buildings, and private residences
  • The Age of Revolution, Romanticism, and the Gothick Revival, including the Houses of Parliament, the rise of steam power, and new transportation systems
  • The Victorian Age, including Trafalgar Square and the museums and halls of South Kensington (The Albert Memorial, The Royal Albert Hall, The Victoria & Albert Museum, and The Natural History Museum)
  • The early twentieth century, including the suburban sprawl, the class struggles in the streets of London, and the Blitz of the Second World War
  • The later twentieth century, including the rise of tourism, the swinging sixties, and the growth of multicultural London

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."

- Samuel Johnson

May apply toward upper- or lower-level credit for history, humanities, or electives.

Faculty member: Robert-Louis Abrahamson, PhD,

Tentative Course Itinerary

Day 1 (Sunday) - Students arrive in London and meet at the hotel

1600First class meeting
1800Free time

Day 2 (Monday)- Prince Regent's London

0930Seminar discussion
1300Walk from Waterloo Place to Regent's Park
1700Explore Regent's Park

Day 3 (Tuesday) - Bloomsbury and West End

0930Seminar discussion
1115Walk along Euston Road
1200St. Pancras Hotel tour
1330Lunch at British Library
1415Walk through Bloomsbury, including British Museum, to Covent Garden
1700Free time at Covent Garden

Day 4 (Wednesday) - City of London

0930Seminar discussion
1230Walk along Strand and Fleet Street
1500Museum of Immigration and Diversity
1645Smithfield Market and City of London

Day 5 (Thursday) - Kew Gardens

0900Seminar discussion
1000Walk along Embankment to Westminster and House of Parliament
1100Boat ride up the River Thames to Kew
1245Kew Palace
1330Lunch at the Orangerie
1430-1700Tour of Kew Gardens, free time
1730Boat ride downriver to Westminster

Day 6 (Friday) - The South Bank

0930Seminar discussion
1230Walk along the South Bank to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
1545Tour of the Globe Theatre
1715Free time on the South Bank

Day 7 (Saturday) - South Kensington

1300Walk through South Kensington, including Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Albert Hall and Albert Monument
1700Free time in Kensington Gardens

Day 8 (Sunday)

1000Final Exam

Accommodation and Transportation

For your convenience, UMUC coordinates the hotel and excursion arrangements for a flat fee of $650 per student per field study course. This fee will be charged to your student account and covers seven nights of lodging (double occupancy room), as well as local transportation costs and entry to all excursions. Single rooms are available upon request for an additional fee of $200.

The $650 fee does not include travel to and from the city where the course is held. Students must make their own travel arrangements to the course.

Textbooks and Course Materials

Textbooks can be ordered through webText Europe - a secure, online textbook service designed to make your textbook ordering quick and simple. You can also receive on-site assistance from your local program coordinator. For a detailed listing of required textbooks and early reading assignments, please see the current course syllabus found in the schedule.

Registration Details

You may register for the 3 credit field study course with your local program coordinator or online at MyUMUC. Tuition assistance or financial aid can be applied toward tuition costs. For more information, contact the UMUC Field Study Office at CIV +49-(0)631-534-800, or e-mail

Before completing your travel plans, please verify with your local program coordinator or the Field Study Office at UMUC Europe Headquarters that the course will be held as scheduled. If you drop/withdraw from a field study course after the registration deadline, you will be charged a fee of $100.