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New York City:
Citizen and Self in New York City 

Foundational element of Honors can now be taken in NYC!

newNew York City is the perfect context to explore how diverse people can learn to live well together and solve shared problems in a democracy. The experience is ideal for motivated students that want to push themselves intellectually, enjoy adventure, and have an interest in exploring new ideas and places. Citizen and Self offers students a chance to think about how their academic, personal, and professional goals relate to the challenges facing American democracy. This interdisciplinary course involves intensive group work on community-based projects and will help you develop the tools and civic skills for giving back to your community regardless of your chosen major and career.


Program requires a specific Honors application:  Link Here


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  • Bowery
  • Mission
  • SoHo
  • Chinatown


Learning objectives

  • Students will learn how to identify and critically engage a range of viewpoints on democracy and citizenship (deliberative democracy, strong democracy, ballot box democracy, citizenship as a form of membership, citizenship as co-creation of public goods, etc.) and how to connect these ideas to their own academic course of study at WKU.
  • Students will gain confidence in their ability to take on leadership roles in addressing major challenges to democratic life, including issues related to the economy, gender, and racial, ethnic, and national identity.
  • Students will learn about how to incorporate a range of sources and texts into your research from a variety of disciplinary vantage points.
  • In the context of the citizen professional framework, students will be able to articulate the ways that their intended careers can serve a public purpose.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in, and be able to explain the value of, the following skills: interacting with the community beyond the classroom; writing clearly and convincingly for both academic and public audiences; working in a team; taking part in and facilitating deliberations about complex political and social issues; identifying common ground in the midst of conflict and competing interest; interpreting creative expression from a public perspective; conducting archival, library, internet, and community-based research.


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The Program Leader may determine other eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants need to meet these requirements: 

  • Current WKU Honors student eligible to register for WKU courses
  • Good academic standing (Undergraduate Catalog p.27)
  • 18 years of age or older at time of departure (parent/guardian permission for anyone under 18 at time of departure).
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by Judicial Affairs.
  • Full payment prior to departure.
  • Completion of all pre-departure orientations.
  • Permission of instructor(s).
  • Complete Study Away application


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Program Package

Included in Base Package

  • Undergraduate tuition for 3 credit hours.
  • Round-trip flight between Nashville and Washington DC.
  • 16 nights of accommodations in Washington DC.
  • Airport transportation from Airport to hotel in Washington DC.
  • Course-related ground transportation in Washington DC (Metro Pass).
  • Round-trip flight between Nashville and Washington DC.
  • Admission fees for group excursions
  • Some group meals.


Excluded from Base Package

  • Transportation between your departure airport and your home.
  • Independent travel (non-program travel).
  • Meals, services, and beverages not included during course-related field programs.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, phone service, and Internet access.
  • Tips for guides and drivers not included in program-related activity.
  • Travel cancellation/interruption insurance. Recommended.
  • Baggage fees and additional costs associated with flight / program changes.
  • Any other expenses not explicitly listed above.


Study Away courses are not eligible for employee tuition waivers or discounts.
Final program fee subject to change due to travel arrangements.


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Planned Schedule

July 31 Travel to New York City from Nashville
August 1 Get to know your neighborhood
August 2 Exploration Day
August 3 Central Park
August 4 Place as Text
August 5 St. Anne's
August 6 Neighborhood visit. Museum excursion.
August 7 Bowery Mission, SoHo, Chinatown
August 8 Place as Text; Neighborhood research
August 9 Religious Service in Neighborhood
August 10 Group Project: Research
August 11 Group Project: Neighborhood Tours
August 12 Neighborhood Exploration
August 13 Return to Nashville

The schedule is subject to change due to educational opportunities that may arise unexpectedly, the vagaries of weather, and other factors beyond the control of the course instructors and staff.

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link to program details


  • Hon 251: Citizen and Self
  • Hon 300: Colloquium

Faculty Leader


  • New York City


  • Summer 2015
    July, 31 -  August 13, 2015


  • $2,999 (est)

Funding Options


  • Syllabus (coming soon)

Honors Application



Western Kentucky University and its associates are not responsible for any loss due to theft, personal injury, flight or weather delays, negligence, or default of suppliers, or suppliers changing of itineraries. They and their associates are not responsible for any loss due to travel/flight delays or changes in travel plans due to Acts of Nature or other unforeseen circumstances, nor are we responsible for accidents and medical care. Tour services are furnished by independent contractors who are not agents or servants of Western Kentucky University. Refunds are not available for unused portions of the package.


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