Civil Rights South

The Civil Right South program has been moved to 2023.
Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Each Study USA program fulfills 3 of your Honors credit requirement.

Registration works on a first come, first served basis!

This is America: A Journey Through the U.S. Civil Rights Movement



**This course counts towards your Global Learning medallion**


The tragedies and triumphs in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement awakened an entire nation to the reality of racial injustice for African Americans, which still exists today. During the 1950s and 1960s, African Americans fought peacefully to gain equal rights in the United States and were met with resistance and violence. On this Civil Rights tour, students will explore historical sites, volunteer in local communities, and learn about critical moments by walking in the footsteps of great leaders who helped change the trajectory of U.S. history. Students will learn real history, the importance of tolerance and awareness, and grasp the relevance of the Civil Rights Movement today. This will be an inspiring, emotional, eye-opening experience suited for mature honor students.

In this course, we will examine the events of the Civil Rights Movement and how it has shaped Black History in the past and today. The Civil Rights movement was a fight for social justice during the period of the 1950s and 1960s for African Americans to gain equal rights under the constitution. This summer course will serve as a general introduction to the pivotal events of the quest for Civil Rights in America and Black music’s influences throughout that period.

Through the course lectures, required readings, films/short clips, class visitors, and discussions, students will better understand the historical development of the music of the Civil Rights Movement. Students will explore the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of African Americans and their allies during the 20th Century in the U.S., with attention to racial inequality and how the Civil Rights Movement interacted with and changed this country’s major political and social systems.



2022 Syllabus


Atlanta Georgia, Montgomery Alabama, Selma Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, and Tuskegee, Alabama.




The estimated cost of the program is $775* and will include accommodations, entrance fees to cultural tours, breakfast at the hotel, service-learning experience, tour guides, and transportation between cities included in the trip.

It does not include the $250 non-refundable Honors College administrative fee, FIU tuition for the course credits, the airfare for Miami/Atlanta and for Montgomery/Miami, our guide gratuities, personal expenses, and vaccinations if needed.

*Financial assistance for this program provided by FIU Phi Kappa Phi


Students participating in the Honors College Study USA Program will be housed in comfortable local hotels with WiFi readily available. Note: Four students will be assigned per bedroom. Bedrooms might offer only 2 queen size beds.


IDH 3034 (3 credits): This is America: A Journey Through the U.S. Civil Rights Movement
Program Dates: May 17, 2022 – July 26, 2022
Classes Summer C 2022 (on-campus): Tuesdays, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Trip Dates: July 5 – July 12, 2022


Dr. Trina


Trina Sanders (Ed.D.) is an Instructional Design Manager at FIU Online. Trina Sanders oversees a team of Instructional Designers and Specialists in producing over 1000 fully online and hybrid courses each semester. Trina Sanders is also a Faculty Fellow currently teaching The Power of Black Music in American: Its History, and Culture from the Past Until Today, Black Nightmares: Deconstructing Symbolism and Race in Horror Stories, and Turn My Mic Up! Beyond the Lyrics of Hip Hop from A to Z for the Honors College and the First-Year Experience for the Division of Academic and Career Success. A lifelong learner with over 20 years of experience in Corporate Training and Development in both asynchronous and synchronous learning environments, she obtained a Doctor of Education with concentrations in Organizational Leadership and Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Sanders also holds a Master of Science in Adult Education and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Trina Sanders is from Greensboro, NC, loves sports, learning and teaching Black history, and reading. She is looking forward to taking you on this new adventure. If you have any questions, please reach out to her at