Study in America: Civil Rights Sites & Collective Memory

Program Dates: May 16 -June 1, 2019 (Actual Travel Dates: May 22-June 1, 2019)

Courses Available: COMM 4390/5390

This is a special topics course that examines collective memory and existing historical spaces, monuments, and memorials dedicated to the Black Civil Rights Movement of the U.S. American South. The course will require four (4) on-campus class sessions at TAMU-CC, and 11 days of travel with overnight stops in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. 

This will be the cross-listed course. So students who may not necessarily need the COMM designation can enroll in this course under HIST 4390 or HNRS 4390. This course can also be counted toward the WGSS minor. 

About the Program

Students will travel through 5 different states observing and examining people, places, and spaces that relate to the Black Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. American South. Students will make stops to the National Civil Rights Museum, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, National Voting Rights Museum & Pettus Bridge, MLK Center, Ebeneezer Church, Rosa Parks Museum, and more historical sites and centers. 


Transportation & Accommodations:

Students will be traveling via coach shuttle service throughout the program. For a majority of the program travel dates, students will be staying in hotels. Depending on hotel room size, rooms will accommodate anywhere from 2-3 people per room. 

Estimated Program Fees:  $1,900* ( *Based on minimum target enrollment of 25 students)

Program Fee Includes: Coach shuttle service, Accommodations, Excursions/Entrance Fees, guest speaker/guide fees, and some group meals. 

Out-of-pocket expenses, not included in Program Fees: 3 Credit-Hours of Tuition, additional meals (Most lunches and dinners will be on your own), additional excursions not included in schedule, and personal spending.  

Financial Aid may be available ; however, this will depend on student eligibility and whether or not students are enrolled full-time during the summer. Students should consult with the Office of Student Financial Assistance (1st Floor of Student Services Building - The Round Building) to find out more about their eligibility. You can also call the OSFA at: 361.825.2338. 

Program Eligibility:

  • 2.5 GPA Minimum (UG); 3.0 GPA Minimum (GR+)
  • Be in good academic & behavioral standing (not on academic probation or currently completing sanctions)
  • Must enroll in course while on program

Program Application:

Application Deadline: (Next priority deadline is Dec. 7th, 2018; however, rolling admissions will be considered.)

Other Important Deadlines: 

  • $200 Confirmation Deposit Due: Early-mid December
  • Program Fee Payments: (Broken into 3 installments, due to the 16th of every month starting January 2019- March 2019)
  • TAMU-CC Study Abroad Scholarship Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
  • Tuition Payment Deadline: Early April 2019

For More Information Contact: 

Questions about the courses, contact the faculty/staff members below:

Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford ( or Angela Walker (

Questions about the application process, contact:

Office of International Education (University Center, 226)

Call: 361.825.3346