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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.

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.

Program is subject to change and pending approval from the Texas State Board of Regents.


Program Travel: June 6, 2021 through June 12, 2021.

Courses will meet on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos 3 times during the first two weeks of the program and one time after the trip in x 2021.

Orientation Meetings: October 29, 2021, November 17, 2021, and January 25, 2021

Course Meetings:  June 1, 2021, June 4, 2021, January 15, 2021, January 17, 2021, January 22, 2021 and January 24, 2021.

Required:   Field trip to Montgomery, Al.


Course Options 

COMM 1310

Fundamentals of Human Communication


COMM 3302

Rhetorical Research Methods


COMM 3316F

Rhetoric, Race, and Memory


COMM 5329N

Rhetoric of Diversity


Tuition and Program Fee


3 Hour Course


Additional Program Fee, which includes lodging, on-site transportation, and admission fees:  TBD

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

Additional costs / program fee Cost TBD

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

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 cancelled, course instruction will continue virtually, but Texas State Study in America will refund the additional program fee (not course tuition).

Applying to the Courses/Program

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

Applications are not yet open for this program.

Registering for Courses

After applying for and being accepted into the program, you must also register for your course 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 and Mr. Mark Paz. For questions about appying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.