Freedom Summer Class 2018

Photo by Yadira Gil, Freedom Summer Class of 2016 in Memphis, TN.
Photo by Yadira Gil, Freedom Summer Class of 2016 in Memphis, TN." 

Freedom Summer Class is a 3-credit study tour of the Civil Rights Movement in the South taught through IU South Bend. The next bus departs out May 10, 2018 for two weeks of living history.

Enrollment is scheduled for Spring 2018. Enrollment is limited, students must pre-register by January 1, 2018: pre-register at:


An intensively personal academic experience, the Freedom Summer Class and Tour is a 14-day journey earning participants three credit hours. Students will travel to historic sites in the Civil Rights Movement to experience this history first-hand.

The Civil Rights Movement

A living history course concentrating on the years between 1954-1968, students will march in the footsteps of activists, dialogue with Civil Rights leaders, and visit museums, monuments, and churches. Students will be immersed in the current and past culture of social change.


The Civil Rights movement is alive today. By connecting with past organizers and sites, students will be inspired to engage in community action.


The course will culminate with a 14-day study tour that will follow the path of the Freedom Riders and travel to southern destinations that honor the march for freedom.

Mandatory travel from May 10-24, 2018.

The class will meet 3-4 times during the Spring semester, dates and times to be determined.

Class Highlights

  •  Nashville, TN: Tour HBCU Fisk University where the student movement was started in Nashville
  • Study at Highlander Research and Education Center, a social justice leadership training school 
  • Atlanta, GA: Honor the city of that gave birth to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and elected Rep. John Lewis
  • Birmingham, AL: Experience the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park
  • Selma, AL: March from Brown Chapel and cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge
  • Montgomery, AL: Visit Southern Poverty Law Center and celebrate the real story of Rosa Parks
  • Jackson, MS: Commemorate democracy in action in this hotbed of coalition building and voter rights
  • Mississippi Delta: Reflect on the lives of Emmett Till, BB King, Stokely Carmichael, and Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Memphis, TN: Explore the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel.

Class Costs

Total expenses will be an include prepaid travel, personal daily per diem, and Spring tuition.

  • A $300 deposit will be required to reserve enrollment.
  • Prepaid Travel: $1,500 includes transport, lodging (double occupancy) with breakfast, class materials, group meals, and all engagements
  • Per Diem: Students should budget ~$500 for trip incidentals and additional meals.
  • Tuition: Course fees subject to student status and banded to Spring tuition

Financial aid can be applied towards the cost of this class and prepaid travel.

Scholarships and fundraising opportunities are available.

Enrollment Details

Freedom Summer fulfills requirements or electives for most majors at IUSB and can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. Undergraduate students can enroll at either the 200 or 400 level. Check with our instructors or your academic advisor for eligibility requirements.

Freedom Summer Instructors:

Dr. Darryl Heller
Civil Rights Heritage Center
Email:, Phone: (574) 520-4243   

Dr. Monica Tetzlaff
DW 3263, History Dept.
Email:, Phone: (574) 520-5515

Enrollment is limited, students must pre-register by January, 2018:

pre-register at: