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Study Abroad

Roosevelt University-Sussex Exchange

Roosevelt University’s Department of History has inaugurated its first study abroad exchange program with the University of Sussex in England.  Each year two Roosevelt students will take courses at the University of Sussex and students from the University of Sussex taking American studies courses will study at Roosevelt University. Professor Erik Gellman serves as the department contact for the exchange.  Inquiries should be sent to him at For application information about this and other exchanges, contact Joanne Canyon-Heller, Assistant Provost for International Academic Programs and Summer Sessions, at 312-281-3250 or

Spring 2013 Study Abroad Course

"The Scandinavian Social Welfare State and National Identity"

During the Spring 2013 semester Professor Chris Chulos will offer a course about the history of the comprehensive social welfare state in Scandinavia and its impact on the construction of modern national identity.  A significant component of this course will be a two-week trip (in May) to three Scandinavian cities (Stockholm, Sweden; Turku, Finland; and Helsinki, Finland).  This course will examine the historical roots of the Scandinavian welfare state that combines market capitalism with a broad social net which protects all citizens in society while incorporating a “society first” mentality in the public, corporate, and private sectors.  This model has enabled Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway consistently to occupy the top slots in international rankings of educational achievement, market competitiveness, innovation, egalitarianism, press freedom, and quality of life.

An information meeting will be held on October 17 (3:30pm, AUD 720) with details about the trip, costs, and scheduling.  For more information, contact Chris Chulos at