Cultural History of London I

Make the infamous history of London come to life by journeying through cathedrals, courts, social institutions and museums, and a "city" of finance and commerce. Study the roots of British culture from its founding in the Roman period to the extensive destruction of the Great Fire of London, 1666.

Journey through the Medieval and early modern periods and explore the struggle between state and church culminating with King Henry VIII. From the Roman walls and medieval Guildhalls to the economic and cultural powerhouse of today, follow the rise of the British Empire and the achievements of the city during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Topics include:

  • The Norman invasion
  • Rise of corporate London under the Guilds and Lord Mayor
  • The Tudor and Stuart influence on London

May apply toward upper-level credit for history, humanities, or electives.

Faculty member: John Nolan,

Tentative Course Itinerary


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Day 1 (Saturday)

 Arrival in London and check in at lodgings
 Orientation meeting

Day 2 (Sunday)

 The Romans and early Anglo-Saxons
 Visit the Roman Wall and the Museum of London

Day 3 (Monday)

 The Anglo Saxons and the Norman conquest
 Visit the Tower of London and St Bartholomew's Church

Day 4 (Tuesday)

 The High Middle Ages
 Discusses the commercial development of the city
 Visit to the guildhall, the Church of the Templars, and the jewel tower

Day 5 (Wednesday)

 The Later Middle Ages and the Reformation
 Visit to Westminster Abbey

Day 6 (Thursday)

 Elizabethan London
 Visit to the Globe theatre

Day 7 (Friday)

 The Stuart Age
 Visit James I banqueting house and other Stuart architecture
 May include a river trip to Greenwich

Day 8 (Saturday)

 Wrap up and departure

Accommodation and Transportation

For your convenience, UMUC coordinates the hotel and excursion arrangements for a field study 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.

The $650 fee does not include travel to and from the city where the course is held. Students must make their 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.

Registration Details

You may register for the 3 credit field study course with your local program coordinator or online at MyUMGC. Tuition assistance or financial aid can be applied toward tuition costs. For more information, contact the UMGC 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 UMGC 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How is a field study course different from a regular course?
A field study course packs all of the 48 contact-hours of other courses into seven adventure-filled days on location, so you can earn three credits in 5 weeks. In addition, rather than taking place in an education center, a field study course takes place in a historical European city where the subject being studied has its roots. You will visit historical sites and museums as well as participate in lectures that bring it all together for a one-of-a-kind learning experience.

The on-site portion of field study courses are also scheduled during registration weeks, so they shouldn't interfere with your other courses.

For more information, please visit the Field Study Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

Helpful Hints

Before you leave:

  • Contact your travel agency concerning insurance coverage for cancellations.
  • Contact your health insurance company for information concerning coverage at your destination.
  • Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of your destination country.
  • Check the weather forecast for your destination.
  • Obtain city maps for your destination.
  • Leave contact information with people at home who may need to reach you during the course.
  • Make sure your legal affairs are in order and leave a short-term power of attorney with someone you trust.
  • Make two photocopies of your passport and the contents of your wallet--leave one copy at home, and bring the other with you.

For more information, please visit the Field Study Resources page.