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*WKU Faculty Led: British Leadership Rhetoric and Communication
Grantham, United Kingdom; Lincolnshire, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 04/06/2015 ** Rolling Admission 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.
Fact Sheet:
Program Length:
Short Term
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Housing Options:
Campus Dorm Style, Hotel
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite:
Language Courses Offered:
Number of Credits:
Credit Type:
WKU Credit
Class Eligibility:
2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate
Field of Study:
Minimum GPA:
Good Academic Standing with WKU
WKU Faculty Led
WKU Insurance
Faculty Leader:
Garmon, Cecile, Lux, Jace
Program Description:
We will examine the roles of culture (e.g., examples of art, architecture, music, literature, religion, hierarchy, social hierarchy and change, historic events).  We will read materials and reflect on their relationship to leadership, rhetoric, context, and social stability.  The syllabus and itinerary focus on three broad historic periods:  early Britain, Victorian Britain, and modern Britain.  We will read samples of rhetoric from each period and relate them to the site visits, thus making the visits more than a “tour” of England, rather an application of site, time, and place to leadership communication. The itinerary includes visits to sites that will support study of communication in form of speeches, architecture, historic locales, and trends through British history in such areas as government, religion, literature, and science.  The specific communicators might include such notable figures as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Cromwell, Disraeli, Gladstone, Churchill, Dickens, Thatcher, the Beatles, etc.

CoursesLondon-House of Parliament
  • COMM 350 (3 credits):  Leadership Communication
  • COMM 531 (3 credits): Global Leadership Communication

Harlaxton Manor (Dormitories) and Hotels

Learning Objectives
  • To enhance critical evaluation of historic and contemporary leadership rhetoric
  • To recognize varied leadership styles related to cultural factors and contexts
  • To recognize the roles of culture, context, and social circumstances in shaping leadership styles and leaders’ rhetoric in Britain
  • To enhance written and oral communication skills appropriate for an educated person