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Iconic American Landmarks in NYC and DC

UC Davis Summer Abroad is an academic program that aims to enhance students’ education by incorporating both traditional lectures with experiential learning outside of the classroom setting. Students will earn 6* quarter units in four weeks; therefore, students should expect a rigorous academic course work that is enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities. Auditing is not an option. 

Students on Summer Abroad programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Davis students can use Summer Abroad courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements. 

See Academics to learn more about applying Summer Abroad coursework toward your major/minor/General Education requirements. 

*Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid should contact Summer Abroad to inquire about enrolling in an additional unit.


University Writing Program (UWP) 12 - Draft Syllabus (PDF)


University Writing Program (UWP) 12. Visual Rhetoric (4 units)

Throughout the three weeks of this program, students will be asked to engage the following question: How do the iconic spaces, structures, and monuments of Washington D.C. and New York City contribute to our abstract understanding of what the United States is as a nation? In order to engage this question effectively, students will be introduced to concepts of visual rhetoric and visual communication; they will be asked to apply these concepts to their analysis of elements of the urban landscape that they explore during course excursions. While fulfilling the requirements for UWP 12, students will earn general education credit for Arts and Humanities, Visual Literacy, and Writing Experience. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, VL, WE. 

Student learning outcomes for the course include:

  • Consider how iconic buildings, spaces, and monuments have a persuasive impact upon our understanding of the nation.
  • Learn visual rhetoric concepts and visual communication conventions.
  • Understand how and why different visual communication conventions call for different kinds of readings and interpretations.
  • Develop a vocabulary for thinking and writing about objects, spaces, images, and structures.
  • Gain control of ability to read, write, and think critically and reflectively about the rhetorical impact of objects, spaces, images, structures, and texts.
  • Employ writing as a process, including drafting, revising, and editing.
  • Develop an effective writing style.

University Writing Program (UWP) 198. Directed Group Study (2 units, P/NP)

Students will participate in a number of group excursions, keep a journal recording their responses to these activities, and contribute to a course blog.

The program schedule, including the daily itinerary and planned activities, are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

No prerequisites are enforced for this program beyond the general eligibility requirements.