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US: Civil Rights Tour

MLK March


Through the lens of journalism and public advocacy, students will explore the politics, law, and society of the Civil Rights Movement during a spring semester course, with a week-long spring break Civil Rights tour to Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Program Dates 

Students will participate in a spring semester on-campus course with spring break travel.


Dates of travel: March 9, 2019-March 16, 2019

Eligibility and Selection Process

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to students from the Scripps College of Communication. Preference also given to juniors, and seniors. Graduate students may also apply.

Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.

To participate in this course and on the spring break trip, students must submit an online application. Required materials include a copy of the student DARS, a personal statement, and a letter of recommendation.

Once selected for the course, students will be provided with instructions on how to register.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study away.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Application deadline

November 2, 2018

Apply Here!


Excursions and Highlights

Students will visit:

  • Edmond Pettus Bridge
  • Equal Justice Initative
  • 16 th Street Baptist Church
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Lorraine Motel
  • Southern Poverty Law Center

Cities include:

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • Selma, Alabama
  • Sumner, Mississippi
  • Philadelphia, Mississippi
  • Memphis, Tennessee

Living Arrangements

Students will share double rooms at hotels, while in Alabama and Mississippi. In Memphis, students will stay in multi-share bunked accommodation.


Students will ride on a charter bus to and from various cities in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Courses & Credits 

Students will earn 3 credits, enrolling in one of the courses listed below: 

  • JOUR 4900: Special Issues and Topics in Journalism: Media & the Civil Rights Movement
  • COMS 4900:  Special Issues and Topics in Communication: Media & the Civil Rights Movement


Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet Civil Rights Tour 2019

Graduate Student Budget Worksheet Civil Rights Tour 2019

Program fee includes student accommodations, bus transportation to and from sites in Alabama, Mississippi and Tenneesee, local transportation, entry fees to museums/sites, some group meals. 

Tuition: No additional tuition charge for undergraduates, if student maintains a courseload of 12-20 credit-hours for spring semester.

Non-resident surcharge waived for the credits associated with this program.

Requesting accessibility accommodation

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored global program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

For more information contact


Benjamin LaPoe  
Program Director
Email:  lapoeb@ohio.edu

Emily Englehart  
Global Programs Coordinator | Office of Global Opportunities  
Email:  eengleha@ohio.edu





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