Learning across the pond

Students travel to London to retrace the steps of Alfred Hitchcock

By Brit Raley
On March 23, 2018

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Communication and Mass Media students pose for a selfie at the London Eye.

Communication and Mass Media students went to London during spring break as part of a study abroad course focused on Alfred Hitchcock films.

“We visited London and surrounding cities where Hitchcock grew up, went to church and lived,” Henry Mahome, graduate student, said. “We went to different locations where he shot some of his films, like The 39 Steps.”

The students participated in several tours related to Alfred Hitchcock.

The Communication and Mass Media department chair, Dr. Herman Howard, said that they learned how Hitchcock filmed The Man Who Knew Too Much, on the Royal Albert Hall Tour.

Students visited Hitchcock’s home and his church where he was baptized, Mahome said.
Hitchcock’s religious views foundational, Mahome said. 

Mahome said his favorite part of the trip was interacting with locals outside of the tours.

“I was able to see the stark difference of London life as it would compare to living in America,” Mahome said. “As well as learning the different vernacular they would use when talking to people.”

The spring break trip was a part of a 16-week course.

“Leading up to the week, we watched and analyzed films,” Mahome said. “It was a full-scheduled spring break week.”

“This week and the following weeks, the course will focus on how Hitchcock’s films relate to culture and communication,” Mahome said. “Then the course will tie everything together at the end.”

Howard said students need to think globally and prepare themselves for the global job market.

“If scholars are to compete in a global market, they must be able to experience life outside of Texas,” Howard said. 

Mahome said other students should go on a study abroad experience. 

“I would definitely go again if I had the chance,” Mahome said. “Prepare for it,” Mahome said. “Go with an open mind and enjoy your time.” 

This was the first study abroad trip within the Mass Media and Communication department in about 10 years.

There are plans for more study abroad programs within the Communication and Mass Media department in the future.

“The department plans on engaging in another study abroad activity in 2019 by going to Japan and Hawaii,” Howard said.

There will also be a study abroad trip to Paris during the spring break period of 2020 to study French media, Howard said.

Two more are scheduled for 2022 in Rome and 2024 in Berlin.

 

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