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Summer – July 17-August 1, 2015


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LIT 370: Magic of Archival Research in Cornwall (1 unit – 4 credits, Liberal Learning Elective in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts)

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Program Director: Dr. Michele Lise Tarter, Professor of Literature

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

Please take only a minute – that’s all you’ll need! – to watch this fantastic video of the TCNJ Cornwall program!

If you have one more minute…check out the video created by our Summer 2013 students in Cornwall!
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This special topics course will conduct groundbreaking archival research at the world-renowned Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, England. Working with primary manuscripts that have never been studied before, students will consider the many ways that these materials can be archived, analyzed, and understood in the broader cultural context of witchcraft today. While living in Tintagel, set on the rocky cliffs by the Cornish sea and right atop Merlin’s cave, students will read and explore the history and narratives of witchcraft across the ages, with particular focus on Arthurian legends which attempted to bring together the pagan and Christian worlds.


” Part of the magic of Cornwall, aside from the beauty and ancient energy of the place, is its people. We met and worked closely with local men and women who had exciting stories to tell and secret, mystical places to show us. They treated us just like family. Cornwall truly is a magical place and, because of it, I will never be the same.

– Kristine Mintel (graduate student, English)

“Experiencing Cornwall was magical. The history, the people, and the landscape combined to make the trip unforgettable. Working in the archives at The Museum of Witchcraft taught me so much not only about the history of witches but also about the process and importance of archiving. Also, we lived in Tintagel, the setting for much of the book we studied–_The Mists of Avalon_; the novel literally came to life all around us! Going on that trip was the opportunity of a lifetime.”

cornwall 2014 a33-Cassady Rubins (Junior, English/Art History Double Major)

“No one should pass up the chance for this magical experience. In the classroom, you will learn the history and nature of witchcraft and its transformation and persecution throughout the ages. In the archives, you will be unveiling history by working hands-on with historical documents. Still, the best part of the Cornwall trip is Cornwall itself. The beauty and magic of this unique landscape will leave a lasting impression on anyone.”

–Casey James Perno (Junior, Philosophy major)

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    • hike along sea cliffs
    • exploration of caves and beaches
    • walk in medieval Druid forests
    • visits to ancient Holy Wells and sacred waterfalls
    • immersion in traditional Cornish culture
    • visit 3 Traditional Cornish Fishing Villages
    • Travel to Glastonbury to climb the Tor, visit the Glastonbury Abbey, and go to the Holy Chalice Well

Summer 2015 Program Fee:

  • Undergraduate: $3,574.00
  • Graduate: $4,059.14
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  • $150 Application Fee
  • $500 Program Deposit Fee
  • Accommodation at the charming Cornish Bed and Breakfast, “The Bosayne,” with views of the ocean and seaside cliffs
  • A full Cornish English breakfast every morning
  • Airport Shuttle round trip from London to Cornwall
  • Excursions to Medieval Druid Forests and Holy Wellscornwall 2014 a29
  • International Student Insurance

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare (arranged separately)
  • Transportation to/from US airport
  • Bus fare roundtrip to Museum of Witchcraft
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • One weekend free for Independent Travel (optional)
  • Books
  • Personal Items
  • Other personal expenses (personal travel, etc.)

Payment Schedule (Cash or Check Payable to TCNJ – pending Treasurer’s approval): 

All payments should be brought to the Student Accounts office, Green Hall 119.

Plan A:

  • $150 application fee (submitted with application)
  • $500 confirmation fee (submitted upon acceptance)
  • $1259.84 (balance of travel costs) due on March 19, 2015
  • $1,664.16 (undergraduate course tuition/fees) or $2,149.29 (graduate course tuition/fees) due on May 15, 2015

Plan B:

  • $150 application fee (submitted with application)
  • $500 confirmation fee (submitted upon acceptance)
  • Create a Sallie Mae payment plan (arranged by the student in the Student Accounts office) for the balance of travel costs + tuition/fees =
    • $974.66 (undergrad) or $1,136.37 (graduate) due in March
    • $974.66 (undergrad) or $1,136.37 (graduate) due in April
    • $974.67 (undergrad) or $1,136.37 (graduate) due in May
    • Payment in full by May 15, 2015

Refund, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy – Please review our policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.

Questions?  Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.