June 28-July 12, 2014 (2015 Dates TBD)
LIT 370: Magic of Archival Research in Cornwall (1 unit – 4 credits, Liberal Learning Elective in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts)
Program Director: Dr. Michele Lise Tarter, Professor of Literature
No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)
Apply Now! (click on this link to access the paper application – online application access will be available in Fall 2014)
Please take only a minute – that’s all you’ll need! – to watch this fantastic video of the TCNJ Cornwall program!
If you have one more minute…check out the video created by our Summer 2013 students in Cornwall!
This special topics course will conduct groundbreaking archival research at the world-renowned Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, England. Working with primary manuscripts that have never been studied before, students will consider the many ways that these materials can be archived, analyzed, and understood in the broader cultural context of witchcraft today. While living in Tintagel, set on the rocky cliffs by the Cornish sea and right atop Merlin’s cave, students will read and explore the history and narratives of witchcraft across the ages, with particular focus on Arthurian legends which attempted to bring together the pagan and Christian worlds.
” Part of the magic of Cornwall, aside from the beauty and ancient energy of the place, is its people. We met and worked closely with local men and women who had exciting stories to tell and secret, mystical places to show us. They treated us just like family. Cornwall truly is a magical place and, because of it, I will never be the same.
– Kristine Mintel (graduate student, English)
“Experiencing Cornwall was magical. The history, the people, and the landscape combined to make the trip unforgettable. Working in the archives at The Museum of Witchcraft taught me so much not only about the history of witches but also about the process and importance of archiving. Also, we lived in Tintagel, the setting for much of the book we studied–_The Mists of Avalon_; the novel literally came to life all around us! Going on that trip was the opportunity of a lifetime.”
-Cassady Rubins (Junior, English/Art History Double Major)
“No one should pass up the chance for this magical experience. In the classroom, you will learn the history and nature of witchcraft and its transformation and persecution throughout the ages. In the archives, you will be unveiling history by working hands-on with historical documents. Still, the best part of the Cornwall trip is Cornwall itself. The beauty and magic of this unique landscape will leave a lasting impression on anyone.”
–Casey James Perno (Junior, Philosophy major)
- hike along sea cliffs
- exploration of caves and beaches
- walk in medieval Druid forests
- visits to ancient Holy Wells and sacred waterfalls
- immersion in traditional Cornish culture
Program Cost in Summer 2014:
- Undergraduate: $3,662.00
$150 Application Fee
$500 Program Deposit Fee
Accommodation at the charming Cornish Bed and Breakfast, “The Bosayne,” with views of the ocean and seaside cliffs
A full Cornish English breakfast every morning
Airport Shuttle round trip from London to Cornwall
Excursions to Medieval Druid Forests and Holy Wells
International Student Insurance
Airfare (arranged separately)
Transportation to/from US airport
Bus fare roundtrip to Museum of Witchcraft
Lunches and Dinners
One weekend free for Independent Travel (optional)
Other personal expenses (personal travel, etc.)
Students have two payment options – they may enroll in the Sallie Mae Payment Plan (follow this link, scroll to “Summer Faculty-Led Program,” and follow enrollment instructions) to pay in installments or pay-in-full for the program fee (travel-related expenses, not including airfare) by February 21, 2014. Tuition and fee charges ($1,631.97 for in-state and out-of-state students) would be applied to your account in the regular summer school cycle, payable by April 21, 2014. The $500 fee charged to students upon program acceptance is applied toward the program fee and is not an additional charge. Please contact the CGE for more information.
Withdrawal from Program – There may be financial penalties for students who withdraw from a faculty-led program after acceptance and payment of the $500 confirmation fee. Please review our withdrawal policy and contact the CGE if you have any questions.