This May 2012 course is devoted to the legendary King Arthur and the sites in Great Britain associated with the myth and its origins. There will be three intensive on-campus seminars outlining Arthurian history, narrative, and material culture. We will meet in the Special Collections to examine real medieval manuscripts and get to know how the legends were disseminated. We will tackle Gildas, Bede, Chretien de Troyes, Robert de Boron, and Malory. We will learn about Romans, Celts, Round Table, Holy Grail, Courtly Love, the joust, and the cultural world of Arthurian romance. During the Maymester, our class will visit key Arthurian sites in England including the cities of Winchester , Caerleon, Tintagel, Glastonbury, Salisbury, Bath, Postbridge, and London.
The Honors College actively encourages students to enrich their educational experience by studying away from campus. There are many opportunities available for study abroad through the University of South Carolina. Short-term summer programs are a popular option, but, increasingly, students are studying abroad for a semester or a full-year. The Honors College sponsors a few USC faculty-led Maymester programs each year, with recent trips to England and India.
Our Honors College Beyond the Classroom requirement can be met by earning college credit for a study abroad program. A few additional Honors College elective requirements can be met by studying abroad for a semester, or full year. See Jim Clark, or your Honors College advisor for more information on this policy.
Director of Off-Campus Education
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