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

This program has been canceled for summer 2022.

Rhetoric of Diversity, COMM 5329N, is still offered via Extension without the Study in America fee.

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

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 2022 Term: May 31 - July 1, 2022

Program Travel: June 12 - June 18, 2022

Course Meetings: Meets regularly during the summer 2022 semester

Orientation Meetings: May 27, 2022

Required: 6-day field trip to Montgomery, Alabama

Course Options 

COMM 1310

Fundamentals of Human Communication CRN 52350

COMM 2338

Public Speaking CRN 52351

COMM 3316F

Rhetoric, Race, and Memory

CRN 52352

COMM 5329N

Rhetoric of Diversity

CRN 52353

Important:  To ensure your place in this program, you must complete the program application and then receive approval from Dr. Miller.

Pre-program orientation meetings will take place online.

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


6 Hours (2 Courses)

Undergraduate $1,844.16

9 Hours (3 Courses)

Undergraduate $2,766.24
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 lodging, program transportation, and admission fees: $2,213

Important Note: Airfare, meals, and personal expenses are not included in the Program Fee. 

Drops and Refunds

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

Important COVID-19 Information

All participants in Texas State Study in America programs adhere to the health guidelines in the Texas State University Roadmap, including the Health and Safety Measures and Student Roadmap page. The guidelines provided for protecting health and safety on campus also apply to field locations and travel in this Study in America program.

The field/travel portion of the program is subject to change and/or cancellation. If the field portion of the program is canceled, Study in America, in collaboration with the academic departments and program providers, will make every effort to develop online, virtual field experiences as alternatives to the field/travel experiences. If instruction continues with virtual field experiences, Texas State Study in America will refund or discount the additional program fee (not course tuition).

Texas State will not be able to provide refunds for canceled airline tickets, nor purchase new return airline tickets, should students be required to return home earlier than originally planned. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase flexible and fully refundable tickets as well as Cancellation For Any Reason (CFAR) travel insurance.

Montgomery, Alabama Mask Advisory

Montgomery, Alabama has an indoor mask advisory in place as of July 27, 2021. The City of Montgomery strongly advises everyone, regardless of vaccination status, where a mask indoors with people outside of their household. Breakthrough COVID-19 infections are rare but possible for those who are fully vaccinated. While the vaccine effectively prevents individuals from severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death, preliminary evidence shows fully vaccinated people who become infected can still spread the virus to others. Visit Montgomery Mask Advisory webpage for more information.


Applying to the Program - Applications Now Closed

  1. Complete and submit the program application
  2. Complete and submit the Approval Request to Travel during an Ongoing Pandemic form immediately after submitting the program application
  3. Receive approval from Dr. Miller and the Office of Distance and Extended Learning
  4. Register for your program's courses

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 program, please contact Dr. Joshua Miller and Mark Paz.

For questions about applying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.