Wilkes University



Location: London
Course Name/Program number: History or Communication (HST 101, HST 398, HST 498)
Course Begins: January 19, 2016
Travel Dates: March 5-12, 2016
Course Completion Date: April 5, 2016
Faculty Leader/Contact: Dr. John Hepp
Academic Credits: 3 credits
List any restrictions: Must be eighteen years old or older.

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Application: Completed with $500 non-refundable deposit due October 30, 2015. Full payment due December 23, 2015 | details
Application Deadline: October 30, 2015. | details
Program Fee: $2699 | details

Program Description:

Join Professor John Hepp for an interdisciplinary and intercultural experience studying history and culture in London, England, one of the great cities of the world. This is a spring semester course with up to three credits in history that includes seven days and six nights in London in March. There are two sections of this study tour. Wilkes students may take a section of this class (which is combined with online assignments) to fulfill the History 101 general education requirement. Another section, open to all majors, is History 398/498, “London as a Global City,” which will consider how London’s history has helped shape the modern metropolis we see today. To make the most of your experience, no more than sixteen students will be admitted to both classes. Be forewarned, we will be walking a lot on this study tour! Students will meet once for a pre-planning meeting at the end of the fall semester, on the day in March the trip leaves for London, every day whilst in London, and three times during the spring semester.

Draft Itinerary

Students will spend one week in London studying the history and culture of the city. Each day, the class will meet at different sites carefully chosen to enhance the course curriculum. In the past students have visited such diverse sites as the British Museum, British Library, Imperial War Museum and BBC Broadcasting House. In addition to museums, students take walking tours of historic London, and Greenwich, the home of London Observatory and Royal Naval College.


  • You may earn up to 3 credits in history
  • Students may also arrange to take the class as an independent study for either 1 or 2 credits in either history.  
  • Students may also audit the course (standard audit fees apply)
  • A section of this course meets the Wilkes’ General Education requirement for History 101 “Historical Foundations of the Modern World”
  • Another section, open to all majors, is History 398/498, “London as a Global City,” which will consider how London’s history has helped shape the modern metropolis we see today.

Total cost:

The cost of this trip will be at most $2699 per person (double or triple occupancy, single rate upon request).

The travel fees for this course include:

  • round trip airfare to London
  • ground transportation between Wilkes-Barre and the airport and Heathrow Airport and our central London hotel
  • six nights in a central London
  • six breakfasts in London
  • welcome dinner on the day of arrival
  • all required museum admissions
  • a Transport for London pass valid on central tubes and busses for the entire visit

Application Process & Requirements

Students should contact the instructor (john.hepp@wilkes.edu) for permission to register. Students must register for a minimum of 1 credit of history or a 1 credit audit. Students are responsible for the possession of a valid U.S. passport, or passport and visa if so required. Students must be at least eighteen years of age. 

Dr. John Hepp | Associate Professor & Chair | Global History & Languages

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Dr. John Hepp
Division of Global History & Languages
Breiseth Hall Room 110
Phone: (570) 408-4225

Dr. Hepp teaches courses on U.S. and world history that examine the period 1600 to the present. His research interests center on the effects of technological and economic change on everyday urban life from about 1800 to the present and international relations. In 2003, he received the Carpenter Award for Outstanding Teaching and he was the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award of Merit in 2001, 2002, and 2004. In addition, he also received, along with Dr. Mark Stine, Wilkes University’s first Interdisciplinary Teaching Award in 2005.

Dr. Hepp makes regular presentations on a variety of topics at conferences in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Most recently, he (with Dr. Stine) presented “The use of video in oral histories of science, technology and medicine” at the Oral History Society annual conference at the University of London and "“Circles and Squares: The Physical Legacies of William Penn’s Philadelphia” at the Eastern Communication Conference annual meeting in Philadelphia.

His first book, The Middle-Class City: Transforming Space and Time in Philadelphia, 1876-1926, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2003 He co-edited with Leonard Schlup Selections from the Papers and Speeches of Warren G. Harding 1918-1923: The Twenty-Ninth President of the United States of America published by The Edwin Mellen Press in 2008 He is currently working on a book that looks at the creation of public international law in the early-twentieth century. He is also the author of a number of articles and his most recent, “James Brown Scott and the Rise of Public International Law,” in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era was nominated for the Charles DeBenedetti Prize in Peace History.

Dr. Hepp is a member of the Editorial Board of the Pennsylvania History.