History undergraduate students take advantage of a range of study abroad opportunities offered by MSU in the summers. In summer 2015, professors in the History Department organized three programs. Some majors on those trips benefitted from a generous study abroad endowment given in honor of a former faculty member. All benefitted from exploring the world, learning about the past, and engaging with different cultures.
In June and July of 2015, History offered two different programs that brought MSU students to a variety of places in Europe. Students visited Germany, France and England. They studied history, literature, philosophy and political science. They also enjoyed a range of “interesting” hotels, attended performances at theaters, and took hikes in the mountains. Similar programs run every summer.
In July 2015, History Professor Aminda Smith took a group of students to Amsterdam to study the history and politics of gender and sexuality. The group spent a month living in the center of the city and undertaking coursework at the University of Amsterdam. In addition to excursions to The Hague and to the European Parliament in Brussels, the students attended workshops with scholars, professionals, and activists. They learned about how gender and sexuality intersects with everything from immigration policies to the squatter’s rights movement. This program, which Smith will lead again in the summer of 2015, provides valuable experience for students planning to pursue careers in public policy, law, education, social work, the non-profit sector, and more. Professor Smith welcomes inquiries about her program.