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First-Year Experience in London

London FYE Courses and Credits

London FYE students will take a total of 17 credits in London. All students are required to enroll in a Scribner Seminar taught by a Skidmore Faculty Coordinators and the 1-credit Understanding Britain course. Students will enroll in 3 additional IES courses based on preference and availability. All courses will include cultural activities that tie directly to course content and make use of London’s valuable resources. All courses have been developed specifically for our students and will be offered at the IES London Center. 

Skidmore’s Scribner Seminar forms an important foundation for success at Skidmore and introduces first-year students to a number of the College’s intellectual expectations and learning approaches.

Each student will enroll in one of two Scribner Seminars offered in London.

Fall 2021 scribner seminars

IES Courses

In addition to the Scribner Seminar, students will enroll in the 1-credit Understanding Britain course and 3 additional IES courses, each taught by an IES London faculty member. The "Understanding Britain" course is required for all students. All other courses are worth 4 credits. Please note this list of IES courses is subject to change. 

Covers the development of the United Kingdom and its political system, the media, the welfare state, and Britain's ethnic composition, especially in London. Class discussions are supplemented by London field visits. (1 credit; required for all students.) 

Sheds light on how Bristish national identity has been constructed and experienced over the last century, and what it means to be British in one of the worlds' most diverse countries. Topics include the role of the emoire; economic, political and cosial change since WWII; and immigration and race relations. Ethnic minorities to be studied include people from Africa, the Carribbean, Asia, as well as Islamic and Jewish immigrants. (4 credits)

The premise of the course is based upon a traditional Fine Art education comprising both Practical and Art Historical elements. The course is divided into six different artistic movements. Each movement will begin with an Art Historical ‘background’ lesson followed by a practical class the following week in galleries, including the National Gallery and Tate Britain, related to that movement. (4 credits)

Course covers the social, political, economic and environmental influences that shaped London's development between the mid 15th century and the end of the Second World War. Traces the expansion and contraction through the destruction of the metropolis in 1666 and the causes and consequences of London's subsequent expansion. London's economy, social structure, and government will also be examined. (4 credits)

This course examines the relationship between literature and its varied settings in conjunction with field trips and visits from guest writers. Its concern is with the interrogation of the importance of location, and with the specific influences on location of class, money, ethnicity, nationality, history and gender. The examples of literature studied include novels, short stories, essays and poetry. The distinctions between real and imagined places, and the ways  in which these places are depicted in literature, are rigorously analysed; special attention is paid to the location of this course in a world-famous capital city. (4 credits; fulfills Humanistic Inquiry through Practice requirement.)

Centered on visits to nine productions, smaller fringe venues and theatre companies are the focus, along with one at the Royal National Theatre, allowing students to see new, innovative work and classic revivals. In additional to seminars based upon the theater productions, lectures will provide a historical and cultural background and the artistic, financial, and professional structures that shape British theater. (4 credits; fulfills Humanistic Inquiry through Practice requirement.)

This introductory course will concentrate upon the painting and architecture of Britain during the ‘long’ nineteenth century. It will focus on the works of individual artists and architects as well as "the larger picture," including a look at the prevalent artistic movements, artistic theories, and social and historical influences. Students will visit London galleries and buildings of architectural importance. (4 credits; fulfills Humanistic Inquiry through Practice requirement.)

This course will cover derivatives, integrals and their applications as well as techniques of differentiation. Integration and differentiation of exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions will also be covered. Prerequisite: High school preparation including trigonometry. (4 credits)

Academic Resources

Academic Resources is a service provided to London FYE students to aid them in the academic transition from high school to college, providing the kinds of assistance that are typically available through various offices and support structures on Skidmore's campus.  Students can make an appointment or drop in to get help with a variety of academic topics: organization, time management, critical reading, academic research, essay writing, and assessment. This service will be available to students at the IES London Center throughout the semester for 4 hours each week during lunchtime when students are not in class. 


Credits and grades from the First-Year Experience in London will be Skidmore credits and grades: students will receive Skidmore credits, and grades received will count toward their Skidmore GPA.