SU London Program

London, England

The SU London Program is a 15-week residential program offered each fall.  SU faculty and about 30 students live and study together in the Kensington district of London’s West End.  Any Southwestern undergraduate is eligible to apply for the SU London Program provided he or she is in good academic and disciplinary standing and will have attained at least sophomore status at the start of the program.  A 2.50 GPA is usually expected as a minimum requirement.

Cost & Fees

Costs for the SU London Program are equal to Southwestern’s on-campus tuition, room, and board charges for Fall 2013 plus a $250 administrative fee.  This program fee includes tuition, accommodations in the student residence, a weekly meal stipend of 60 British Pounds, organized field trips and admission fees that are required as part of the British Life and Culture Course, and transfers to and from the London airport for students arriving together on the arranged group flight.  The fee does not include international airfare, admission charges for the Theatre Arts in London course ($300), local and independent travel, textbooks, personal expenses, passport fees, or baggage insurance.  There is also an extra fee for students who participate in an internship.  Information about this fee is available from the Office of Intercultural Learning.


Group housing for the London Semester is in a student residential center in the Kensington district of central London.  Students live in flat style housing.  Flats accommodate up to four people and are furnished with beds, linens, desks, chairs, basic kitchen equipment, and utensils.  There are several grocery stores in the area where students may buy their own provisions.  In addition, there are many restaurants in the area to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets.  Students are provided a weekly meal stipend to help with the purchase of food (see section on Cost & Fees).  The student housing is within walking distance of stops for London buses and the Underground or “Tube”.


Living in London provides students with a locus of study for understanding the historic, economic, and social development of the British people.  Participants on the SU London Program take advantage of the attractions of historic London and Westminster, as well as excursions to selected sites in England and a long weekend trip outside of England.

Plan of Study/Classes

The curricular focus of the SU London Program changes every fall.  The curriculum of the 2013 London Program will include courses in English and Sociology.  Several courses will also be cross-listed with other departments.  Students majoring in these fields will find the course offerings especially appropriate, though students in all majors can fulfill general distribution requirements, gain elective credit, and benefit from the experience of living and studying abroad.  Credit transfer is not required as students enroll through Southwestern.  Courses taught by Southwestern faculty are developed to take advantage of on-site education in London.  In addition to courses in the focus discipline, the following basic courses are offered every year:

British Life and Culture (UST39-224)

All students in the London Semester Program enroll in this core course to ensure a common educational experience and provide the background necessary for understanding British culture.  This core course examines the traditions and institutions that have shaped British life in the 21st Century.  Visiting lecturers from British academic, political, and social institutions as well as field trips to locations in London and throughout southern England are planned as part of the course.  The course is designed to help participants develop an appreciation and understanding of the British culture in which they now find themselves.

Theatre Arts in London (THE73-114)

A theoretical and experiential survey of the theatre, its past and its present, with an emphasis on the role of theatre within society. Emphasis will be on attending performances in London. This course is taught by a British faculty member. An additional fee of approximately $300 is applicable to cover admission charges.

This course satisfies the Fine Arts Lecture (FAL) general education requirement.

2013 Curricular Focus:




Expats and Anglophiles: American Writers in England - ENG10-754

This course examines the phenomenon and texts of the American expatriate writer in England, beginning with the major literary monuments of Henry Adams, Henry James, Edith Wharton, T. S. Eliot, and Ezra Pound. This course will examine the historical roots of the enduring American-English divide in literary studies, and will consider alternative transatlantic ways of thinking about Anglo-American literary history. If time allows, we will also look at the work of the latest generation of American expat writers in England.

This course satisfies the Writing Attentive general education requirement.

This course satisfies the Humanities Division requirement.

Food and the City: London - ENG10-334

This inter-disciplinary course takes the city of London as its primary text in an investigation of the relationships between cities and food. Relying on Carolyn Steele’s work, we’ll look at the ways in which food supply and distribution have shaped the city of London, visiting the streets and markets that she writes about. Next we’ll examine how the first huge hemispheric global exchanges of food commodities shaped what came to be known as English food. Finally, we’ll look at the current nutriscape of global food exchanges, the rise of a new English cuisine, and the well-meaning, but often conflicting, goals of cosmopolitan and “slow” or traditional foodways.

This course satisfies the Writing Attentive general education requirement.

This course satisfies the Humanities Division requirement.

Teaching of Writing: An Intercultural Service-Learning Experience - ENG10-444

The teaching of writing is a course in the theory and practice of writing center-based pedagogy. One of the aims of the course is to prepare you to work as a writing consultant in the Debby Ellis Writing Center.  Our larger aim is to inspire you to become an “organic intellectual,” in the words of cultural theorist Antonio Gramsci. In the process of all the reading and writing and talking about writing that we’ll do, we’ll also discuss the mechanisms and politics of “grammar” and review some conventions of usage and style. Finally, you should expect to do a great deal of writing – some formal and some informal – as well as to engage in serious reflection about your writing practices.




Social Problems - SOC34-124

This course is designed as an introduction to the sociological study of contemporary social problems. Students will learn about how social problems are defined and the consequences of social problems for individuals and groups. After an introduction and a discussion of the theories and perspectives used by sociologists to examine social problems, we will then focus on two substantive areas: problems of inequality (by sexual orientation, class, race, and gender, and immigration status) and problems of deviance (e.g., drugs, crime, and violence).

This course satisfies the Social Science Division requirement.

Sociology of Work - SOC34-254

This course provides upper-division course work to enrich students’ understanding of the world of work by drawing on sociological perspectives and theories. These objectives will be met through an exploration of topics in the contemporary workplace including: the historical, theoretical, and empirical foundations of research on work, globalization, human capital, social capital, employment segregation and discrimination. Students will be required to read the assigned employment related pieces from American journals (e.g., Gender and Society), English journals (e.g., Work, Employment and Society) and international journals (Work and Occupations). Students will also be required to read select policy reports from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and compare them to the trends that emerge from Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission. Dr. Byron will also use the British environment to enhance this course as well.

This course is cross-listed as BUS30-354.

Globalization in the Contemporary World - SOC34-284

This course provides upper-division course work to enrich students’ experiences of the contemporary world by drawing upon sociological perspectives and theories. These objectives will be met through an exploration of contemporary world issues including: globalization, capitalism, and other social, cultural, and demographic processes. Moreover, using a global, regional, and national framework will help emphasize the interconnections between these topics. Students will be required to read a number of articles and book chapters/books that address issues that are seemingly consistent throughout our global community.

Academic Internship

Students are placed with organizations in London to gain practical experience in their field of study. Requires permission of instructor. Additional fee applies.

Southwestern University Faculty Contacts:

Reggie Byron

Assistant Professor of Sociology

p: 512.863.1419


Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton

Associate Professor of English

p: 512.863.1415






Office of Intercultural Learning

Prothro Center - Room 231-233   p: 512.863.1857   e: