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Good Trouble: Race, Memory, and Communication in Montgomery, Alabama

Martin Luther King Marches with hundreds of other in Washington D.C.

This program will be offered virtually (online) in Summer 2021.

What You Will Learn

The learning outcomes and objectives that you can anticipate mastering as a result of the program is the ability to describe critical events that occurred during the civil rights movement. You will be able to compare similarities and differences in the ways aspects of the past are recalled in the present, interpret and evaluate how communication about the past informs the present and future, develop and use field notes in research projects, and to formulate and justify research projects that use theories associated with public memory, civil rights, and race.

Montgomery has an important history as it relates to the 1960s civil rights movement, including the Montgomery bus boycott, violence against the Freedom Riders, and the conclusion of a march that started violently in Selma. Today, Montgomery is home to many memorial sites that will provide students with vivid narratives about what occurred in our nation's past, including the recent National Memorial for Peace & Justice, the Civil Rights Memorial, and the Rosa Parks Library and Museum. These sites will provide students with in-depth information about the civil rights movement that they will be able to use as they craft research projects and oral presentations about the civil rights movement and its legacy today. All of these sites are within walking distance of each other, which will provide students with the opportunity to compare different ways various people remember the past (i.e., what is included in the story, who tells the story, what is excluded from the story). Many of these sites also trace these past events to the present, which provide students with visible and tangible examples about how narratives about the past inform our shared present.

Given Montgomery's significance to the 1960s civil rights struggle, traveling to Montgomery will allow students to engage with and learn at memorial sites (museums, monuments, and other memorials) that are not available anywhere else. These sites include the bus stop where Rosa Parks boarded a bus where she would refuse to give up her seat, the church where Martin Luther King served as pastor, the newly-developed National Memorial for Peace & Justice and Legacy Museum, and the Civil Rights Memorial. These sites are unique, and being physically present at them will have a deeper impact on our students.


Summer 2021 Term: June 1, 2021 - July 2, 2021

Course Meetings: Meets weekly online.

Virtual Tours: Weekly, throughout course term.

Course Options 

COMM 3316F

Rhetoric, Race, and Memory

CRN 52518

COMM 5329N

Rhetoric of Diversity

CRN 52520

Students register for three (3) credit hours during this program.

Pre-program orientation meetings will take place online.

Online coursework throughout the program will also be required.

Students Applying for Graduate Courses

Applicants interested in enrolling in a 5000 level or above extension course who are not Texas State graduate students must first contact the Texas State Graduate College. This step must be completed before registration can be finalized into a graduate-level course.

Tuition and Program Fee

3 Hours (1 Course) Undergraduate


3 Hours (1 Course) Graduate


The course tuition and program fee will be billed and paid through SBS Billing and Payment.

Additional Program Fee

The additional program fee includes the cost for three live virtual academic engagements with speakers in management positions, email updates, phone call check-ins, academic briefing materials in the WorldStrides App, and access to download recorded sessions within 60 days after the meeting ends: $550.00

Drops and Refunds

All university policies regarding installments, course drops, and refunds apply to all billed and paid tuition and program fees.

Registering for Courses

Register for your courses though the Student Information System/CatsWeb during the regular university registration period.

For more information about the content of the course/program, please contact Dr. Joshua Miller. For questions about appying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.