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Honors International Courses


The Honors College is committed to students’ international experiences. Honors offers summer courses abroad to enrich and enhance its students’ college experiences. Student stipends are available to assist with students' participation through generous support of Catherine Simons grant, Sonnet & Ian McKinnon, and donors like YOU!


This short-term international field experience provides opportunities for advanced students to study the connections between the life and works of J. R. R. Tolkien through field experience in the places he spent his early life - Birmingham, England- as well as his early professional career in Oxford, England.
Multiple credit and semester options available
CR may be earned in any of the following ways:                                                                                            
 Spring 2017, 2nd 8 weeks Honors course described in more detail below - 3 CR
 Intersession Honors Independent Study course with Dr. Donovan - 1, 2, or 3 CR
● Summer 2017 Honors Independent Study course with Dr. Donovan - 1, 2, or 3 CR
● Graduate credit possible through English or Comparative Literature Independent Study course with Dr. Donovan - 1, 2, or 3 CR
 No credit participation options also may be also possible after consultation with Dr. Donovan

Course Fee
$2,000.00 (some financial aid is available; request info from the instructor): The course fee covers all lodging, ground transportation in while in Great Britain, admission fees for museums and other historical sites, lectures and workshops conducted by local experts, and some meals. Students must purchase their own airfare separately as well as some meals.

Course Requirements
Attentive and careful reading, responsible attendance, active class participation, short weekly exercises (1-2 pages) both at UNM and in Birmingham, 1 field study proposal (8 pages minimum), 1 final interdisciplinary research paper (15 pages minimum).
Please email Leslie Donovan at for more info visit the Tolkien Field Experience Website.


Conexiones offers students an extraordinary and unique experience. Students will live with a host family in Cáceres, a city whose history and architecture represents in itself the history of Spain. Students will attend Spanish classes of the Universidad de Extremadura's Instituto de Lenguas Modernas in Cáceres downtown. Weekly excursions are part of the program. 


Past Conexiones Program Information


Conexiones Ecuador - Summer 2016
Conexiones is an intensive four-week summer language and culture study program. Sponsored by the Honors College in conjunction with the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, students earn 3 hours of Spanish language credit and 4 hours of Honors Humanities credit. Students will live with families in the colonial city of Cuenca, study Spanish, and participate in field study. Conexiones introduces students to Ecuador's history, cultural diversity, and environment, emphasizing Ecuador's indigenous cultures. With 10 days of field excursions, students will explore the rich cultural and natural diversity of the country that is confronting the sometimes conflicting issues of preserving their natural resources and culture, and economic development.

Cost of program: $1800 includes: room and board for 4 weeks; all travel within Ecuador; lodging and meals during program excursions; fees for Spanish classes; all entrances to museums and special events. Not included are international airfare and UNM tuition for Honors classes, and incidental fees. Scholarships available.  Deadline: March 14, 2016
For more information visit the Conexiones Ecuador 2016 Program website or contact Margo Chavez-Charles at