France: Western Humanities II in Paris, Belgium, loire valley and Normandy beaches

HUMN 221, or 'HUMN II', is the second installment of Geneseo's Humanities-core requirement, and is a required course for all Geneseo students.  This course is held in Paris, France; students will also spend two days in the Loire Valley, two days in the Belgian city of Ypres, as well as three days in Normandy.




Fast Facts

Program Type: Faculty-ledTerm/Duration: Summer/4-weeksSummer 2014 Program Dates: July 5 - August 5, 2014
Credits: 4Application Fee: $20Application Deadline: October 18
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Course Details

The 4-credit hour Humanities II course is required for Geneseo students and also satisfies the SUNY Western Civilization General Education requirement.  This course is held in Paris, France, one of the world's greatest cultural centers, and the home of some of history's most impressive art and literature.  The program runs in July and August (dates vary from year to year).  Students study western literature, history, culture, and institutions primarily through great works of Western European thought from 1600 to the present.  In Paris, emphasis is laid on the French contributions to western civilization, complemented by trips to selected sites of particular interest accompanied by a specialized guide.  Students also have ample opportunity to explore Paris and surrounding areas on their own.

2014 will be particularly significant, for it will mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WW I and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.  Students will spend two days in the Belgian city of Ypres to study WW I, and three days in Normandy to explore Caen, the D-Day beaches, and several other WW II sites.  The course will also include a two-day trip to the beautiful Loire Valley to visit the royal châteaux.


The Setting

One of the world's great capitals, Paris was founded before the Romans invaded Europe.  The architecture of Paris is a tribute to its rich and glorious past, from the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame to the Centre Pompidou, a testament to French creativity.  The city is famous for its picturesque neighborhoods, like the Latin Quarter and Montmartre, as well as its wide avenues, like the Champs-Elysées.

Paris is also a city of over 200 art galleries and a vivid cultural life.  An efficient public transportation system makes exploring this magnificent city quite easy.  Safe, reliable, and inexpensive rail, road, and air systems put Paris within a few hours reach of all western European countries.


Housing and Meals

Students will live in student housing with private bath, close to the Latin quarter, public transportation, and stores.  The program cost also covers breakfast and one main meal per day.


Meetings are held on campus to prepare students for the experience.  Written information and personal communication with the program instructor and director, as well as Geneseo Study Abroad staff, will also help orient students for the trip.



Program Director: Professor Beverly Evans, former Chair of Geneseo's Department of Languages and Literatures, established this Western Humanities II program.  Her expertise in French culture and her deep familiarity with Paris have ensured the ongoing success of this study abroad opportunity.

Course Instructor: Lecturer Marc Johnson, whose experience includes travel to France, Belgium, England, Australia, and Japan, has been a hit with students in teaching HUMN 221 in both Paris and Geneseo.  His graduate degree in Philosophy and undergraduate degrees in French and Political Science, as well as his knowledge of French culture, make him an ideal instructor for this course.

Program Costs

For complete cost details, download and read the HUMN II Paris Program Cost Sheet.

Estimated Total Due to Geneseo and/or home SUNY Campus: $8,250.80.


  • International airfare from major east coast metro area airport.
  • Accommodations.
  • Two main meals per day.
  • Some group meals.
  • Teaching facilities.
  • Field trips, scheduled museum and entrance fees, guided tours, guest lectures, etc.
  • Travel between cities.
  • NYS Tuition.

Does Not Include:

  • Passport.
  • Travel from your home to major east coast metro area airport.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Flight Deviation Fee (if applicable).



Priority will be given to Geneseo students who have completed Western Humanities I and are in good academic standing.  Non-Geneseo students are welcome to apply, but will need to demonstrate prior course experience in western civilization and thought and be in good academic standing at their home campus.  Applicants with a disciplinary record or pending disciplinary hearings must schedule a meeting with the Office of International Programs.


Application Deadline

October 18

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