arts & letters
british studies

The Southern Miss British Studies program is an outstanding opportunity for students to travel to the UK and learn about English history, culture, and art while earning college credit. Many different departments at Southern Miss offer classes in British Studies, and the program is open to students from all over the country. For more information, please visit the British Studies Program website..

highlights from 2015's history of british food & drink

Safety first at the Fuller's Brewery, a local favorite which has been brewing beer next to the Thames River since 1857. The vests are so they can find you if you throw yourself into a vat of fermenting malted barley water. Happily, none of our group were tempted, and all escaped unharmed.

After learning how Fuller's beers are brewed, we were invited to the Hock Cellar to sample ales, lagers, cider, and local soft drinks for those who don't drink alcohol.

On a trip to Oxford, Dr. Alison Abra (History) explains how higher education in Britain differs from the American System, and gives everyone an overview of the gorgeous town and its history.

Dr. Alexandra Valint (English) talking about the literary history of Oxford University, alma mater of J.R.R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, and Lewis Carroll.

Dr. Andrew Haley (History) talking about historic Oxford coffee houses, no doubt a lifesaver to the great writers who once studied here.

Pastries at the Oxford Covered Market: lardy cake, bread pudding, scones, rock cakes, Chelsea buns, and traditional Eccles cakes. Yum!

For Harry Potter fans, these are the stairs in Christ Church in Oxford where some scenes from the movie were filmed.

The famous Christ Church dining hall, which served as a model for the dining hall at Hogwarts.

Late lunch at Ottolenghi's in Spitalfields, the deli owned by Jerusalem-born British chef Yotam Ottolenghi, author of the cookbooks Jerusalem and Plenty.

Visiting Gladstone's Land in Edinburgh during London Away!, the four days classes are encouraged to leave London and visit other European cities.

Experiencing real Scottish weather walking through the streets of Old Town in Edinburgh listening to corner bagpipe players and looking at the magnificent architecture.

Is there time to shop for some Scottish wool hats before our next adventure? Of course. There's always time to shop for Scottish wool hats. And coffee, too.

The campus we stayed at in Edinburgh, complete with a full Scottish breakfast every morning: rashers, sausage, Scotch pancakes, black pudding, haggis, eggs, and porridge.

Was everybody brave enough to try haggis, neeps, and tatties at local Scottish pub?

Yes, everyone tried at least a bite of haggis, and some of the class were even brave enough to order it for lunch. Verdict? Not bad verging on semi-delicious.

Someone had to take one for the team and try haggis flavored potato chips. Daniel, we thank you for your unflinching service to culinary adventurism.

One last view of the Scottish highlands before we head back to London for more adventures!

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