Outbound Opportunities

American History Field School: Slavery, Freedom and Civil Rights

Study 400 years of American History in 14 days!

Spend two weeks traveling in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Field School participants will visit numerous historically important sites during the trip, each focusing on various topics relevant to Slavery, Freedom and Civil Rights in American History context.

Please view the information session presentation here.


Participants will complete two courses as part of the field school, earning a total of 6 MRU credits.

HIST 2212: Travel Study in American History

HUMN 2201: Outstanding Lives

Both HIST 2212 and HUMN 2201 have GNED designations.

Program Travel Dates

May 16 - May 30, 2017.

Note: Participants will attend pre-departure lectures and preparations in May 2017, prior to departure. Some course assignments will also be due prior to departure.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2016

Application Process

Interested participants should submit an application letter by email to Joe Anderson at jlanderson@mtroyal.ca prior to the application deadline.

Application letters but include your Mount Royal email address as contact information and should be a maximum 250-word statement in MS Word that speaks to the following:

  • why you would like to participate and what you hope to learn and experience;
  • discuss any relevant experience or coursework that might complement the experience and note current GPA;
  • include contact information for someone who would serve as a personal reference.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance on November 15, 2016. Successful applicants will need to pay the initial program fee deposits (see below) by December 1, 2016 to confirm their spot in the field school.

Program Costs

American History Field School Program Fees - $2,480.00

The American History Field School Program Fees include local transportation during the field school, accommodation, all course-related excursions, visits and activities, faculty expenses and MRU administration fee.

Program fees are payable in person at the Office of the Registrars (A101) using the blue Field School Payment Slip, according to the payment deadlines outlined in the following table.

Program Fee Payment Deadlines:

1st deposit* December 1, 2016 $750
2nd deposit January 26, 2017 $865
3rd deposit March 16, 2017 $865

*Initial program fee deposit is non-refundable and secures the participant's place in the program. Possibility of refund of subsequent deposits due to withdrawal from the program will be assessed and determined at the time of withdrawal. Refund of subsequent program fees are not guaranteed. Program fees do not include course tuition.

MRU Tuition & General Fees

MRU tuition and fees for HIST 2212 (3 credits) and HUMN 2201 (3 credits) are in addition to the program fees and will be assessed to each student's account in April, 2017, They are payable to MRU by the spring 2017 fee payment deadline.

Additional Student Expenses

Students are responsible for all additional expenses not included in the program fees such as return airfare, meals, snacks, spending money, phone plans, travel health and medical insurance, etc. Estimates of additional costs are available from the instructor or the Office of International Education.

Contact Information:

Joe Anderson - jlanderson@mtroyal.ca

Trinda Guillet - tguillet@mtroyal.ca