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  • Locations: London, England
  • Program Terms: Fall: WFU House, Spring: WFU House
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall: WFU House 2023 03/15/2023 ** Rolling Admission 08/31/2023 12/17/2023
Spring: WFU House 2024 03/15/2023 03/15/2023 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

Discover London at the Worrell House

One spot available for Spring 2023. Applications for Fall 2023 due March 15th, admissions decisions are rolling.

If interested in Spring 2023, please contact the Resident Professor.
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Overview Each fall and spring semester, a group of Wake Forest students and a Resident Professor live and study together at Worrell House. Students marvel at the extension of the classroom into the city of London. Courses integrate visits to art galleries, theater performances, historical sites, and musical productions. All students take five courses that are taught at Worrell House. Three courses are taught by British professors and usually include Art History, History, and Theater. In addition, the Wake Forest Resident Professor teaches two courses from his/her discipline. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday, leaving a three-day weekend for exploring the city or travel to other destinations.

For more information about living at Worrell House, be sure to watch this great video!
https://www.youtube.com/embed/8cTNifqHmTQ
Location London is one of Europe's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Its famous sites include Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, Picadilly Circus, and Westminster Abbey. With a multitude of art galleries, museums, and pubs, London is endlessly interesting. The underground rail "tube" system provides easy access to all parts of the city. Students may conveniently visit Canterbury, Oxford, Bath, Dover, and other destinations (Scotland and Wales) via the excellent British railway system.
In 1977, Wake Forest purchased a large brick house in Hampstead for its London program. The house, a gift from Eugene and Ann Worrell, was named in their honor. Formerly known as Morven House, the building served as the home and studio of landscape painter Charles Edward Johnson.
Worrell House has four stories and is situated on Steele's Road (named for essayist Sir Richard Steele) in a sector of suburban London known as Hampstead. Hampstead is primarily a residential neighborhood and home to Hampstead Heath, Regent's Park, Primrose Hill, and the Keats Cottage. Two underground tube stops are within a 5-10 minute walk.
Program

Standard Course

HMN 180 Contemporary London Experience (1.5 h) (p/f)
Social, political, cultural, and environmental factors of life in London today.

 

Fall 2022 with Dr. Mary Dalton, Communication

COM 120 Introduction to Film and Media Aesthetics (3h) (D)
Introduction to the major theories and aesthetics of motion pictures and other media forms through a study of styles related to writing, directing, cinematography, editing, and sound with an emphasis on British cinema.

COM 370: Introduction to Feminist Television Studies (3h)
This course will have an emphasis on British Crime Dramas and is an elective for COM majors/minors, COM Media studies concentration elective, and FLM elective that satisfies the International Cinema requirement. 

Spring 2023 with Dr. Melissa Maffeo, Psychology

PSY 243 Biopsychology (3h) (D) 
Biopsychology is the study of how our biology affects how we think, feel, and make decisions. Not surprisingly, a large emphasis is placed on the brain. In this class, we will approach biopsychology in four separate, but overlapping, themes: Introduction to biopsychology (how neurons communicate with each other), interacting with the world (how our bodies and brains perceive external experiences), internal regulation (how our brain regulates things like hormonal regulation, food intake and sleep), and cognition (how our brains control our thinking, and when that goes wrong). An overarching theme that we will discuss all semester is that of neuroplasticity, or the ability of our brain to change in response to experiences. Sometimes change is a good thing, but not always.  Psychology and Neuroscience minor credit.

PSY 322 Psychopharmacology (3h) (D)
Pharmacology is the scientific study of the actions of drugs and their effects on a living organism. By contrast, psychopharmacology is the study of how the actions of drugs influence things like mood, thinking, and behavior. In this class, we will learn about how the study of psychopharmacology can help educate about important societal issues, such as addiction and use of pharmacotherapies. By taking this class, you will develop language to talk, not only about how drugs interact with the brain and change behavior, but also about issues related to drugs in society. Psychology and Neuroscience minor credit.

Other possible courses offered will include electives taught by local professors.
ART 235 Arts of London (3 h) (D)
A course focused on the collections, exhibits, and architecture of London. The focus of the course will vary depending upon the specialty of the instructor and specific exhibits on view.
 
ENG 165 Studies in British Literature (3 h)
Emphasis on important writers representing different periods and genres; primarily discussion; writing intensive.  
 
POL 234 United Kingdom Politics in a Global Age (3 h) (CD)
Introduces the nature and content of contemporary United Kingdom politics by placing those politics in a wider analysis of United Kingdom history, society, and international positions.

Fall 2023 with Dr. Stephanie Koscak, History

HST 121 London and the World (3h) (D)
This class examines how the history of London is intertwined with significant themes in world history, including exploration and trade in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; urbanization, industrialization, and imperialism in the nineteenth century; and modern warfare, anti-colonialism, and emigration in the twentieth century. We will explore the history of London from the perspective of travelers, visitors, captives, prisoners, and immigrants, and we will read fictional representations of the city and incorporate historic site visits.

HST 223. The British Isles, 1485-1750 (3h)
This course explores the history of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland from the Tudor period through the mid-eighteenth century, focusing on the Protestant Reformation, the monarchy and political revolution, and the growth of cities, the state, and empire.

Other possible courses offered will include electives taught by local professors.
ART 235 Arts of London (3 h) (D)
A course focused on the collections, exhibits, and architecture of London. The focus of the course will vary depending upon the specialty of the instructor and specific exhibits on view.
 
ENG 165 Studies in British Literature (3 h)
Emphasis on important writers representing different periods and genres; primarily discussion; writing intensive.  
 
POL 234 United Kingdom Politics in a Global Age (3 h) (CD)
Introduces the nature and content of contemporary United Kingdom politics by placing those politics in a wider analysis of United Kingdom history, society, and international positions.

Spring 2024 with Dr. Sarah Lischer, Politics

POL 116 Intro to International Politics (D) (CD) (3h) /POL 252 Topics in International Politics (3h)
Surveys f the forces which shape relations among states and some of the major problems of contemporary international politics.

POL 251 Politics of Migration in Europe (3h)
Addresses major questions about forced migration in international politics, such as: What causes people to flee their homes? What are the effects of forced displacement on the host communities? How should considerations of human rights and international law affect our understanding of forced migration?

Other possible courses offered will include electives taught by local professors.
ART 235 Arts of London (3 h) (D)
A course focused on the collections, exhibits, and architecture of London. The focus of the course will vary depending upon the specialty of the instructor and specific exhibits on view.
 
ENG 165 Studies in British Literature (3 h)
Emphasis on important writers representing different periods and genres; primarily discussion; writing intensive.  
 
Faculty Resident Professor
Fall 2022: Dr. Mary Dalton, Communication,dalton@wfu.edu
Spring 2023: Dr. Melissa  Maffeo, Psychology, masicaml@wfu.edu
Fall 2023:  Dr. Stephanie Koscak, History, koscakse@wfu.edu
Spring 2024:  Dr. Sarah Lischer, Politics, lischesk@wfu.edu
Accommodation Worrell House accommodates fourteen students. There are five student bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large kitchen, a student lounge, a living room, two libraries, and a seminar room. Modern kitchen facilities are available, and students often prefer to cook their meals together in the house. The house is wired for Internet access and students should bring their laptop computers. The living room, called the Churchill Room, was named in honor of the former prime minister and statesman. His daughter, Sarah Churchill, unveiled a bust of Churchill at the 1977 dedication of the house. A beautiful English garden is located behind the house. There is a ground floor apartment (flat) for the Resident Professor consisting of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen.
Excursions  
Selection The Resident Professor is responsible for selecting each group based on the following criteria:
  • Academic suitability
  • Social and emotional maturity
  • Classification (seniors given some priority)
  • Seriousness of the student in pursuing the academic and cultural aims of the program
  • Applicability of the program to the student's interests and studies

Majors in all disciplines are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Costs Students pay current Wake Forest tuition and housing fees. Students are responsible for all meals, round-trip airfare, additional travel, books, and other personal expenses.
Scholarships Special scholarships for study at Worrell House are available through the David Hadley/Worrell House Scholarship Fund, the Ivy Hixson Fund, and the Hubert Humphrey Studies Abroad Scholarship. Students may apply for additional scholarships through the Center for Global Programs and Studies (Reynolda Hall 116).
Contact Dr. Mary Dalton
Program Director of the Worrell House and Professor of Communication
Phone: (336) 758 6120
Email: dalton@wfu.edu

Jessica Francis
Executive Director of Global Abroad Programs
Reynolda Hall, Room 116
Phone: (336) 758 3890
E-mail: francija@wfu.edu

Worrell House Global Ambassadors
Ada Li

lij220@wfu.edu​
Willa Baker 
bakewk20@wfu.edu

House Address:
Worrell House
36 Steele's Road
Hampstead
London NW3 4RG
England
Phone: 011-44-207-722-3808
Fax: 011-44-207-722-2496
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