The British Studies Minor is designed to offer FDU students from Becton College, Silberman College of Business, and the independent professional schools who attend Wroxton College for a full fall or spring semester the opportunity to earn a minor that recognizes that immersive academic experience at Wroxton College.

The British Studies Minor also recognizes that students may accrue 15 credits of British-centered courses during short-term winter or summer programs at Wroxton College coupled with courses taken at Becton College in New Jersey. These approved courses are noted below. One can also use an authorized substitute course from another winter or summer course at Wroxton and from another fall or spring course at Becton.

Wroxton Fall/Spring Semester Courses

Choose any 15 credits taken during the fall or spring semester at Wroxton College to fulfill the 15-credit minor.

Wroxton Winter/Summer Session Courses

Choose from the following courses. The Communications course is offered every summer at Wroxton, while the Criminology course is offered every other summer at Wroxton. The three History courses are part of a summer program offered together every even year with a week of class sessions at Becton Florham followed by two weeks at Wroxton that include site tours in England and France (among other neighboring countries).

COMM 4070 International Communications & Culture
CRIM 3312 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
HIST 2424 The Western Front in World War I
HIST 2425 The Western Front in World War II
HIST 2426 Topics in World War I & II

Becton British-Centered Courses

Choose from the following courses beyond the relevant courses taken at Wroxton.

LITS 2101 British & European Literature I
LITS 2102 British & European Literature II
LITS 2031 The English Language
LITS 3020 Eighteenth-Century British Literature
LITS 3021 Victorian Age
LITS 3054 Romanticism
LITS 3073 Irish Literature
LITS 3201 British Writers
LITS 3212 Chaucer
LITS 3213 Shakespeare I
LITS 3214 Shakespeare II
LITS 3230 Jane Austin: Fiction and Film
HIST 3350 The U.S. as a Continental Power: 1607-1898


For Information
Dr. Gary Darden
Chair, Department of Social Sciences & History, Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

Course Descriptions

  • COMM4070 International Corporate Communication and Culture is a 12-day seminar course offered at Wroxton College each summer as part of the MA Program in Corporate and Organizational Communication. The 2014 seminar will take place from May 20th thru June 2nd and is being opened to undergraduate students this year as well. Students completing the seminar receive three credits toward their degree. The seminar consists of readings, online discussion boards, invited speakers, case studies, site visits, and leisure trips to London, Stratford, and Oxford. A key objective of the seminar is make students familiar with the cultural, historical, and political contexts in which international business transactions take place, from a UK and European perspective. Along with an understanding of the cultural context of communication, students are given a grounding in the theoretical context of communication study. The 2014 seminar will provide a theory component provided by UK academics which will address key differences in the ways Americans and Europeans approach the task of theorizing about communication and the implications of these differences for business. Students will have two full-day opportunities to work with students from the MA in Corporate Communication offered by the University of West London (UWL). UWL students will spend one day at Wroxton participating in common sessions with FDU students. UWL will also host students for a day at their campus in London and participate in a full-day program of events and speakers organized by UWL. Students will examine case studies conducted by UK practitioners which show how issues of culture, history, politics, and theory play out in actual corporate communication practice. This is the strongest part of the seminar. Case study sessions take a specific product and problem and work through the steps in which the problem was addressed. Students will also have the opportunity to attend a day of seminars at the Harris-Manchester College of Oxford University. Students will be hosted by Dr. Susan Llewelyn, a Senior Fellow at Harris-Manchester College, and given a personal guided tour of her college. The day will end with the FDU students having High Dinner with the Oxford students in their Dining Hall.

  • CRIM3312 This course held at the FDU's Wroxton College in England, will conduct a comparative analysis of the criminal justice systems of the United States and Great Britain. Taught in collaboration with British criminal justice professionals and the faculty of Wroxton College, the course will examine the respective social, cultural, historical, political, economic, geographical, operational, and administrative components of both systems. The course will feature field visits to local police constabularies, the London Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard), British courts and British prisons.

  • HIST2424 This course explores the role of mass, multi-million man armies engaged along the 500-mile Western Front in WWI. Within 25,000 miles of trenches, a war of attrition generated casualties of an unprecedented magnitude, owing to the role of industrialization, militarism, and nationalism.

  • HIST2425 This course will explore the role of highly mechanized and aerial warfare in the German Blitzkrieg that conquered Western Europe from Norway to France in less than 11 weeks (thus breaking the strategy of trench warfare from WWI); the aerial bombardment of civilian targets with focus on Battle of Britain; the fate of population in occupied Western Europe; the opening of the Second Front with D-Day invasion followed, by the 11-month campaign to V-EDay.

  • HIST3350 Explores the expansion of the United States from a British settlement colony to that of a national continental empire. Topics include the conquest and settlement of Native American lands, negotiations and conflicts with neighboring powers, and completing visions over expansion as related to slavery and trade.

  • LITS2031 A skills-based introduction to the grammar and historical development of English; how does English work and how did it get to be the way it is? Designed especially for pre-service teachers, but accessible to everyone. Course historical and contemporary perspective on the language, literary uses of non- standard English, and selected topics in linguistics.

  • LITS2101 A varied and accessible survey of the literature of the British Isles and continental Europe from classical times to C.1500. Designed for Literature majors but all are welcome.

  • LITS2102 A varied and accessible survey of the literature of the British Isles and continental Europe from classical times to C.1600 to now. Designed for Literature majors but all are welcome.

  • LITS3020 Representative British verse, drama, and prose from the late 17th century to the early 19th century.

  • LITS3021 Representative British poetry and prose from 1832 to early 20th century, consideration of the emergence of popular genres and interaction between popular and literary styles.

  • LITS3054 Representative poetry and prose from 1789-1832 in England and Europe; attention to the interaction between social movements and literary styles, and other artistic forms such as art and music.

  • LITS3073 This course surveys some 1,500 years of Irish literature in the Irish language (read in translation) as well as Irish literature in English. Students will have the option of learning some modern Irish.

  • LITS3201 Reading and analysis of selected major authors assessing their aesthetic achievements and their cultural influence. Topics change with each offering.

  • LITS3212 Selection from The Canterbury Tales and other works, with some attention to their relationship to European literature of Chaucer's past and present.

  • LITS3213 Shakespeare's comedies, romances, and problem plays, and select discussion of Shakespeare's language, life and times and the critical reception of his work.

  • LITS3214 Shakespeare's histories and tragedies, and select discussion of Shakespeare's language, life and times and the critical reception of his work.

  • LITS3230 Through film and fiction, the 20th and 21st centuries have not stopped re-inventing and interpreting Jane Austen. The goal of this course is to return to the original six novels published during and after her lifetime and to understand them in the context of 18th Century Literature, the Regency Era in Britain, and Romantic movements in Europe.