Ohio University

US: Media and the Civil Rights Movement

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United States

Program Term

Spring Break

Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Communication, Journalism, and Media

For more information contact

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


MLK Jr. leading a 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. 

Highlights and Excursions

Students will visit: 

  • Edmond Pettus Bridge 
  • Equal Justice Initiative 
  • 16th 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. 

Program Dates 

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

Program will tentatively run next in AY 2021-2022.

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial and academic risk. Please click here to read information related to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic


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 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, bus transportation to and from sites in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, local transportation, entry fees to museums/sites, some group meals. 

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 3 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

An itemized Student Budget Worksheet will be published when the next travel dates are available.

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

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. 

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. 

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 abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.