Scotland: Culture, Literature, and History

Scotland is more than Braveheart, bagpipes, haggis, and whiskey. From the ancient town of St. Andrews, home to one of Europe's oldest universities, to the culturally vibrant city of Edinburgh, birthplace of R.L. Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott, to the rich folk tradition of the Highlands, Scotland is also a country with a history steeped in drama and intrigue. Through classroom lectures/discussions and site visits to museums and monuments in Scotland, this course provides students with an appreciation and understanding of the literary culture of Europe's northernmost Celtic peoples, focusing on the major figures who helped shape that culture.

Topics include:

  • The poetry of medieval, Renaissance, and eighteenth century Scottish poets
  • The fiction of nineteenth century Scottish writers
  • Modern Scottish writers
  • The history of Scotland

"O Scotia! My dear, my native soil!
For whom my warmest wish to heaven is sent;
Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content."

-Robert Burns

Faculty member: Dr. Christine Wettlaufer-Adock, e-mail

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

Tentative Course Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday)

2000Arrival at Edinburgh; evening orientation. Location: TBA

Day 2 (Sunday)

 Transportation tour of St. Andrews (castle, abbey, old town)
 Evening lecture on Arthur Conan Doyle; Film: "Sherlock Holmes"

Day 3 (Monday)

0830Bus trip to Wallace Monument; tours of Stirling Castle and Linlithgow Palace
 Evening lecture on Pub and Poetry; Robert Burns and student poetry

Day 4 (Tuesday)

 Bus trip to Loch Leven and Dunfermline (abbey and palace)
 Evening lecture on Sir Walter Scott

Day 5 (Wednesday)

0830Selfie Scavenger Hunt Day 1: Tour of Edinburgh (Royal Mile, Writers' Museum, St. Giles' Cathedral, Old Parliament, and Canon Gate)
 Evening lecture on Robert Louis Stevenson; Film: "Treasure Island"

Day 6 (Thursday)

 Bus trip to Abbotsford, Melrose Abbey, Dryburgh Abbey, Scott's View, and Smailholm Tower
 Evening lecture on J.M. Barrie; student poetry; Film: "Peter Pan"

Day 7 (Friday)

0830Selfie Scavenger Hunt Day 2: Tour of New Town (Charlotte Square, Portrait Gallery, Scott Monument, National Art Gallery, National Museum, and more)
1600Evening lecture on Muriel Spark; Film: "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"

Day 8 (Saturday)

 Departure from hotel in Edinburgh

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. You must make your 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. This course uses no-cost online resources.

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.