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The London GE Program

Study literature and history in the city where some of the world's greatest literary works were written, and where history comes alive.

Program Dates

May 10th, 2020 - June 27th, 2020

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.


Tuition: $1,745 per unit

Room & Board: $3,990

Required Vital Documents and Deadlines

Completed IP Document Submission Form, including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy: due January 17, 2020
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary (for flight exempt students only): due March 13, 2020
  • Visa Copy (for students requiring a visa only): due April 24, 2020

Course Requirements

8 units required, and students may choose to take up to 11 units. Students must take one course in the May block and one course in the June block. Students may also choose to take REL 301, which is offered through the months of May and June.

Course Offerings

May (choose one):

ENG 380 Topics in Literature: The Quest in Modern European Literature: London and Beyond (4)

GE: Literature

Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent

  • The course will study works of fiction that have London/British settings and themes, such as Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, John Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman, and W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz.

HIST 406 Topics in National History: Religion, Conflict, and Peace in Northern Ireland (4)

  • This course provides an introduction to the history and politics of the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process through a blend of academic learning and practical experience involving a study trip to Northern Ireland. The course also sheds light on other seemingly intractable conflicts that are such a feature of our world in the 21st century.

June (choose one):

HIST 204 History of the American Peoples (4)

GE: American Experience

  • This course provides a historical overview of the American peoples from pre-colonial times to the present, exploring the variety of the American experience in the context of political, social, and intellectual developments. Satisfies in part the general education requirement in the American experience. This course will have a focus on Hamilton.

NASC 156 Earth Science: A Way of Knowing (4)

GE: Lab Science

  • The historical and philosophical development of science and the role of famous scientists and world views are introduced. Science concepts are introduced through the study of astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography. The interconnectedness of the sciences is emphasized, including the calendar and time, the earth in the cosmos, and the stability and instability of the natural phenomena which affect man at the surface of the earth. The course emphasizes the earth science part of the subject matter of the California "Science Framework" for secondary education students. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Does not count for major credit. Tier I laboratory fee will be assessed.

May - June:

REL 301 Christianity and Culture (3)

GE: Christianity & Culture

Prerequisite: REL 101

  • A study of ways in which Christianity shapes such aspects of culture as art, literature, music, medicine, law, secularization, ecology, racial and ethnic issues, and education, and ways in which these, in turn, influence Christian life and faith.



Dr. Frank Novak

Professor of English, Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College

Office Location: CAC 308

Office Hours: Tuesday: 12:00PM-2:00PM, or by appointment.

Frank Novak is a Professor of English at Seaver College, where he has taught for thirty-seven years. He teaches courses in the Great Books Colloquium, American literature, and modern European literature; he recently developed a course entitled Literature of the Holocaust: Memory and Imagination. He has served as Faculty-in-Residence for the academic year in Heidelberg and Florence; he also served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Maribor in Slovenia. Although he has not participated in the London program, he has often visited London and has traveled extensively throughout the UK; during one summer sojourn, he visited twenty-seven country houses in England and Wales. Professor Novak is an avid road cyclist and likes to cook; he has been known to subject students to his culinary experiments.

Lisa Hacken, his wife, is a therapist and dog lover who enjoys interacting with young people; she has work commitments in Los Angeles but hopes to be in London for at least a few weeks of the term. Both look forward to exploring what Joseph Conrad described as "the biggest, and the greatest, town on earth" with Pepperdine students during the summer of 2020.



Updated: 11.12.19