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Topics addressing special or emerging interests, chosen for their current importance and the specific expertise of an instructor.
(Limited to the returning Honors Global Scholars cohort)
Most travel literature is based in the humanities: essays, narratives, even poetry inspired by time spent in another country. The exception is Democracy in America, when Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville came to a very young United States, traveled through the country, and reflected on the nation’s politics, economics and social structures. This course will use Democracy in America as an opportunity to discuss the founding of the United States and geopolitical states in general; de Tocqueville’s use of travel narrative as a social science; and to reflect critically on the student’s own study abroad and travel experience.