UF Honors Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS in Mannheim): Explorations of the Holy Roman Empire

Summer B
Note: one week later than the official Summer B!

2016 Program Fee: $3, 993.
Write to Professor Hasty, hasty@ufl.edu, to be included in a list serve of interested students.


Honors Students in good standing who have completed the first semester of their freshman year, and are at least 18 years of age. Students from other universities and community colleges are welcome to apply. Non-Honors students are welcome to apply to this program, and non-Honors course sections are available.
Academic Credits: As this is a UF program, credits taken can satisfy major, minor, and university requirements with prior approval. UF GPA credit will be granted for courses taken with UF faculty.

Transfer credit will be earned with courses taught by local instructors at the University of Mannheim.


The University of Florida’s Honors Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies in Mannheim, Germany (close to Heidelberg) offers students the opportunity:

  • to work closely with UF Center Directors Bonnie Effros (Professor of History, Rothman Chair and Director, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere) and Will Hasty (Professor of German, Co-Director, Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies).
  • to study and travel in Europe and earn six credits of upper-division Humanities credit:
    •  explore the rich political, literary, and artistic history of Medieval Germany during the age of the Holy Roman Empire in MEM 3730H, “Explorations of the Holy Roman Empire,” offered in English. MEM 3730H can be cross-listed for credit in History or German Studies.
    • take a one-credit Introduction to “Everyday German” (no pre-requisites), based on self-study and occasional class meetings with a Mannheim instructor for review purposes, thus providing students a convenient way to acquire some basic German language skills while in Germany.
    • complete a course of independent study in Medieval Studies (MEM 4905H) or in German Studies (GEW 4905), under the supervision of the MEMS in Mannheim faculty. A possible independent format is for students to work in small groups on video essays using Windows Movie Maker that incorporate video material and information on a topic of common interest.
      An example of  a video essay produced in the MEMS in Mannheim program is this one on Holocaust memorials produced by Emily Bogenschutz, Jessica Holland, and Katy Russell (ca. 16 minutes run time): http://streaming.video.ufl.edu/~mem2500/Holocaust Project Final.asx.


  • Core course involves excursions to Trier – with the basilica of Constantine and other ancient buildings – where the Roman Empire first became “Holy”; Aachen, home of Charlemagne and the Carolingian renovatio of the Roman Empire; to the Cistercian monastery at Maulbronn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; to Worms and Speyer, free imperial cities and sites of significant medieval Jewish communities; Nuremberg, where the Holy Roman Empire intersects with Hitler’s infamous “Third Reich”; and a capstone weekend excursion to Vienna, seat of the Habsburg dynasty, with residential palaces, theaters, and museums.
  • Program includes regional transportation ticket that enables wide-ranging independent regional travel extending from Bavaria to France. Independent travel on the weekends is encouraged!


Students will be housed in dormitories of the University of Mannheim. The space in this program is limited and applications are considered on a space-available basis, so please apply early.

Contact Information

  • UFIC Study Abroad Advisor: Emily Grubbe – egrubbe@ufic.ufl.edu – 352 294-3335
  • Program Directors/Instructors in 2016: Will Hasty, Professor of German and Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Co-Director, UF Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies – hasty@ufl.edu
  • Bonnie Effros, Professor of History, Rothman Chair and Director, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere