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American Traveler is a short-term, noncredit program managed by Study Away that is designed to provide intense, unique travel experience to fascinating locations.

Religion and Broadway

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See the splendor of Broadway in a new light. 

Anticipated Learning Goals

  • Gain an understanding of narrative theory/interdisciplinary theory
  • Learn to analyze Broadway musicals from the perspective of narrative theory/interdisciplinary theory
  • Gain an understanding of different ways of defining "religion"
  • Learn how narrative theory/interdisciplinary theory reveals the interplay between theater and religion


  • Complete American Traveler registration process
  • Permission of instructor(s)
  • Study Away program (credit) link here

Logistical Considerations

  • Program will involve some walking so participants should wear proper shoes that are comfortable for walking and cover their feet.
  • New York weather in December can be erratic. Bring warm clothing.
  • Proper theater attire is required.

Program Package

  • Includes round-trip airfare from Nashville, accommodations, all ticket prices.
  • Not included in program fee: transportation from home to the departure airport /return from airport to your home, meals and personal spending money.
  • Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements.
  • WKU Employee tuition discounts do not apply.

Additional Budget Information

  • The listed cost of program is based on Hostel International shared room rates.
  • Double occupancy hotel rooms are available for an additional $50 per person per night, WITH ADVANCE NOTICE.
  • Single supplement is an additional $50 per night. 

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Planned Itinerary

January 2 Introduction: Religion and Broadway: I (WKU Main Campus)
January 3 Religion and Broadway: II (WKU Main Campus)
January 4 Religion and Broadway: III (WKU Main Campus)
January 7 Fly from Nashville to New York City
January 8 Wicked
January 9 The Lion King
January 10 Once
January 11 Spider-man: Turn off the Dark
January 12 Scandalous . . . McPherson (Tentative)
January 13 Chicago
January 14 Newsies
January 15 Fly from New York City to Nashville
January 18 Papers due
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Inquire Now

Program Leaders:


  • New York City


  • Winter 2013


  • $1.800 - $2,000(estimate)



  • American Traveler Registration form coming soon 

Key Dates:

  • October 26th: Priority Deadline - Application with first payment
  • January 2nd: Class Begins
  • January 7th: Depart for New York
  • January 8-14: Broadway plays and Discussion
  • January 15th: Return to Nashville
  • January 18th: Post program assessment (online)

* subject to change

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 Last Modified 9/24/14