Heidelberg Through the Ages

Visit the famous city of Heidelberg and learn about its fascinating history, from the early origins to the present. Explore Heidelberg's role as a political and religious center and a focal point of the German romantic and post-romantic movements. You will study German history, the history of Heidelberg, and the rise and fall of powers through lectures and visits to well-known landmarks in this charming city.

Topics include:

  • The prince electors of Heidelberg
  • Heidelberg and the Palatinate (the Pfalz)
  • The mysterious Mithras Cult of Roman soldiers
  • Elisabeth V and Friedrich V - Europe's ill-fated couple
  • Heiligenberg: St. Michaelskloster

"Heidelberg, in its location, has something so ideal."

-J.W. Goethe

Faculty member: Ms. Susan May, e-mail susan.may@faculty.umuc.edu

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

Tentative Course Itinerary

Day 1 - First Class Meeting

1600Meet at Bismarckplatz
1600-1900Orientation and introduction, walking tour of the old city

Day 2 - Early Heidelberg

0900-1100Lecture: Early History of Heidelberg
1100-1300Kurpfaelzisches Museum - from the Stone Age to the Romans
1400-1600Kurpfaelzisches Museum - Heiligenberg, Middle Ages
1600-1900Boat tour of the Neckar

Day 3 - Ladenburg and Heiligenberg

0900-1200Ladenburg - Roman ruins, city wall, basilica, market square
1200-1300Lunch in Ladenburg
1300-1700Hike around the Heiligenberg

Day 4 - Heidelberg Castle

0900-1300Lecture and tour of castle and grounds
1400-1600Lecture on Heidelberg from the Renaissance to the 18th century
1600-1800Religion in Heidelberg - walking tour

Day 5 - University of Heidelberg

0900-1030Lecture on university history
1030-1300Student jail, university museum, lecture buildings, library
1400-1600Lecture and Kurpfaelzisches Museum - 18th and 19th centuries
1600-1800Time to work on group presentations

Day 6 - Heidelberg in the 19th Century

0900-1030Group presentations 1 and 2
1000-1100Coffee break
1100-1230Group presentations 3 and 4
1330-1500Lecture - Romantic Heidelberg
1500-1700Walking tour of Philosophenweg, Eichendorffanlage, Hoelderlinanlage, Bismarcksaeule

Day 7 - Final Exam / Heidelberg in the 20th Century

0900-1030Final exam
1030-1100Coffee Break
1100-1300Friedrich Ebert Haus and Weststadt
1830Brewery tour and dinner

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, if space allows, 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

Please refer to the current course syllabus found on the schedule for details about course materials.

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 fieldstudies-europe@umuc.edu.

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.