Our departmental faculty have led or participated in study abroad programs to Ecuador, Egypt, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Spain, and Turkey, among others! Several of our faculty have active research programs in places ranging from Europe and the Middle East to Africa and Central and South America.
Closer to home, faculty research focuses on the coal mines of West Virginia, the Underground Railroad in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, and the Shaker communities of Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Students have spent summers earning academic credit while excavating at Historic Jamestowne and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
Within the department, contact Prof. Quinn for details on various study abroad programs she is currently associated with through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies; contact Dr. Medlicott for opportunities to study away in the United States; contact Dr. Watkins for details on department-specific funding opportunities like the Steely Travel Fellowship; and contact our chairperson Dr. Miller for assistance on getting your study abroad program credits to work with your major or minor!
For more information about the process or other travel opportunities, visit the Office of Education Abroad.
During winter break I went on a study abroad program to London and Dublin to study Neolithic Britain. Over the course of two weeks we attempted to pack in all that modern and ancient Britain had to offer. The program was an amazing opportunity, as I plan to pursue a career in public history, and the trip afforded me the chance to see how other countries run their museums and historical sites. One of my favorite moments from the trip occurred on the last night when a group of us went to a local pub which was having traditional Irish Set dancing, and some locals were kind enough to teach us a dance. This picture was taken at one of the lakes from which Glendalough gets its name. I am so thankful to have received the Steely Fellowship as it made this study program a reality and allowed me to gain valuable experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
With only 10% of American undergraduates studying abroad, an international experience will certainly add to your resume and show potential employers that you are able to step outside of your comfort zone, navigate new situations, problem-solve solutions, interact with people from other cultures, and bring an awareness of diverse, global communities into the workplace that can help combat cultural stereotypes and foster collaboration and innovation. Our department encourages students to get out and explore the world.
In fact, the Department of History and Geography has had a long association with study abroad programs, a connection made stronger by our own Dr. Francois LeRoy’s assumption of duties in the Office of International Education, first as the Director of International Education (2009) and currently as the Executive Director of the Center for Global Engagement and International Affairs, including the Office of Education Abroad. Here, Dr. LeRoy oversees the Office of International Students and Scholars, the American English Language Program, and the Office of Education Abroad. Under his leadership, faculty from across the campus have been encouraged to develop or participate in study abroad programs of varying lengths to meet the educational needs of NKU’s busy student population.