Study Abroad

HONR 302T & HONR 304T: Political Philosophy & War, Peace and Conflict in Poland and Germany (Honors), Summer 2018

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Program Description:

The capital city of Warsaw was built on hard work and self-reliance. Decimated during World War II, the grand city was painstakingly restored and brought back to life. There’s always something to do in Poland’s largest city – a major international tourist destination, with its richly detailed palaces, gardens, parks, and much more. A relatively youngc ity by Polish standards,Warsaw was founded in the 14th century and became the nation’s capital in 1596.Warsaw is a bustling city at the center of Poland’s economic and cultural life, and a thriving Central European capital. Enjoy the many theaters,museums, cafés, and discos while studying abroad in the most rapidly growing city in Central Europe.

The thriving global city of Berlin has been built over centuries around the River Spree. Home to nearly 3.5 million people, it's a place of vigorous growth and change. As the capital of Germany, business and governmental decisions made in Berlin reverberate through the European Union and the world. Berlin houses countless small start-up businesses, with growing communications, life sciences, environmental services,media and music, and digital sectors. As a result of reasonable living costs, excellent public transportation, and immediate local access to parks and playgrounds, Berlin is ranked among the top of global urban quality-of-life indices. It offers locals and visitors alike a multitude of universities, research institutes, orchestras, museums, festivals, and historical landmarks to explore.

Program Dates: June 22 - July 13, 2017

Program Highlights:

  • Earn 6 units of honors credit
  • Course led by experienced CSUF faculty leader
  • Complimentary Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • Guest lectures on World War II, History of Jews in Poland, Polish Politics, and Political Meaning of Solidarity
  • Meaningful cultural activities include a Frederic Chopin concert, Warsaw city tour, guided visit to Warsaw Uprising Museum, Berlin Wall Memorial Tour, and more 
  • 3-night excursion to Krakow, includes visit to Schindler's Factory, a tour of Krakow’s communist neighborhood of Nowa Huta and Plaszów, a tour of Wawel Royal Castle, and a guided visit of Auschwitz
  • 2-night excursion to Gdansk, includes a tour of Old Town and a visit to the European Center of Solidarity Museum



Courses and Faculty

CoursesParticipants will earn 6 credits for the two 300-level honors courses below:1. HONR 302T: Political Philosopy - Honors Seminar in Arts and Humanities (3 units)Course syllabus: 302T Political Philosophy.docx Prerequisite: Completion of General Education category III.B.1 or III.B.2. Interdisciplinary seminar that examines selected topics in arts and humanities.2. HONR 304T: Peace, War and Conflict - Honors Seminar in Lifelong Learning (3 units)Course syllabus: 304T Syllabus Peace War Conflict.docxPrerequisite: Completion of 9 units in General Education category III (Disciplinary Learning). Interdisciplinary seminar that examines selected topics in lifelong learning.Faculty

Dr. John Gleaves

Health and Human Development, Department of Kinesiology

Dr. John Gleaves, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton. Dr Gleaves received his doctoral degree in kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011 where he focused on the historical and philosophical aspects of sport. His dissertation focused on the socio-cultural issues related to doping and performance enhancing drugs in sports. He has successfully published papers in refereed journals including the Journal of Philosophy of Sport, Sports, Ethics and Philosophy, the International Journal of the History of Sport and the Journal of Sport History. Dr Gleaves’ future research aims to explore the ongoing philosophical issues related to sport, science and culture including issue related to doping, gender testing and the medicalization of sport.



Shared double occupancy hostel accommodations with breakfast included in Warsaw, Berlin and Gdansk. Shared double occupancy hostel accommodations in Krakow.


Costs & Financial Aid

1. Program Fee - $3,170 (tentative and subject to change)The program fee covers airport transfer upon arrival and departure, housing, program activities, and transportation to Berlin, Krakow and Gdansk. The program fee is based on final student enrollment. Interested students should budget for the maximum amount when applying. CSUF and CIEE reserve the right to adjust the program fee according to the final number of confirmed participants. Prices listed below are in U.S. dollars (USD).  

Please note  that the program fee  does not include  tuition and fees, airfare, passport and visa costs, etc. Additional separate costs required are listed below.

2. CSUF Tuition and Student FeesParticipants will register in 6 units of CSUF courses and need to pay CSUF tuition and fees for Summer Session 2018. 3. AirfareParticipants will need to arrange their own round trip airfare as well as transportation not included on the program itinerary.4.  Passport and Visa Fees
Participants will need to arrange their own travel documents for this program. 

5. ImmunizationsAny routine, recommended, or required immunizations listed for travel to this country by the CDC.

6 . Books & SuppliesAny textbooks or supplies required to be able to participate in the courses.7. Personal expensesPersonal expenses include additional meals not included on the program itinerary, shopping, entertainment, independent travel, etc., and vary from person to person. 

Budget Sheet
Read the official budget sheet.

Financial Aid
There are many opportunities for CSUF students to study abroad and continue to use financial aid. Learn more about financial aid for study abroad.


Passport & Visa

You must have a valid passport for at least six (6) months after the date of international departure. U.S. passport applications can be obtained at any major post office. Learn more information on U.S. passports. This process usually takes about 4-6 weeks, so plan early to apply for a new or renewed passport.

Poland is a party to the Schengen Agreement. U.S. passport holders staying in Poland for less than 90 days do not require a visa to enter the country for this program. Find visa and entry information.

Non-US passport holders should see more information about visa requirements for their country of origin.


Eligibility & Deadlines


  • Good academic standing
  • Valid passport and visa (if applicable); see above section
  • Completed online program application
  • Honors

Deadlines and Important Dates

To be determined.


Contact Us

Course-related Questions: Professor Gleaves - jgleaves@fullerton.eduApplication and Online Forms: Study Abroad Office -


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