Domestic Travel Programs

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Rider University provides you with a great domestic travel opportunity that will allow you to explore the cultural heritage of the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina.

NOTE:  These courses fill quickly to capacity, so be sure to register early and meet with your advisor to discuss your plans!

Course:  AMS-214 Special Topics in American Studies: Spoleto Festival in Charleston

  • Faculty: Dr. Jack Sullivan
  • Dates: May 29 - June 6
  • Cost: Approximately $1,600 [includes air, hotel, lectures, lavish Southern-style parties, all tickets to events, free food, meals at high-end restaurants] This cost does not include the 3 summer credits​.
  • Credits: 3 credits
  • Contact: Dr. Jack Sullivan: [email protected]

This eight-day American Studies travel course takes Rider students to a fabulous international arts festival, Spoleto USA, to enjoy theater, opera, jazz, symphonic, and cultural events in a gorgeous Southern city, Charleston, South Carolina, a mecca of history, food, renowned architecture, and easy living. Students will stay in in an elegant hotel, the Embassy Suites, a Hilton property with large suites and a private outdoor pool within walking distance of all events. In addition to enjoying concerts and plays, we participate in talkbacks and lectures, including exclusive interviews with maestros, singers, music journalists, and producers.  This unique course gives students an intimate, exciting introduction to music, theater, and Southern culture. Check out the website at

There is a nonrefundable deposit check for 600.00 to save your spot, and there are 12 spots available.This counts for global-cultural perspective for Business School students, a fine arts elective, and a literature course for English students, and it also counts for Engaged Learning.