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Honors-Global History of WWII (Faculty-led) Fall '13

A Global History of World War II is an University Honors seminar with a study tour to the United Kingdom and France!

The class will meet on Mondays 3:35PM - 5:25PM, BOK: SE, HP



Its Content: This course examines the Second World War in its global contexts. It emphasizes the comprehensive impact of warfare not only on the battlefield, but also on the intellectual, cultural, and political life of belligerent states, above all Germany, the Soviet Union, Japan, and the United States. It attends to everyday life during the war, to the experience of women and children, and to the “barbarization of warfare” that led to the enslavement, murder, and genocide of millions of noncombatants. It addresses, finally, developments that portended the division of Europe and the world after 1945.

Its Importance: World War II was the largest single event in human history. It mobilized seventy million people for military service and affected countless more through economic disruption, family separation, physical and emotional suffering, and grievous loss. Destroying some sixty million lives worldwide, it convulsed the symbolic and moral order so profoundly that its impact reverberated well past 1945 in Cold War animosities and “proxy war” conflicts, decolonization in Africa and Asia, international relations, international law, humanitarian intervention, and Postmodern intellectual, cultural, and artistic life, among many other facets of human experience. Indeed, its impact can still be felt today in manifold ways.

Its Relevance to You: Rarely does a topic of university study speak to all of who we are as integrated and inescapably embodied intellectual, feeling, and ethical human persons. World War II is such a topic. Its violence was so terrible, its crimes so pitiless, its valor so breathtaking, that its history confronts us with disturbing and urgent questions about ourselves as selfsame members of the human family. Students with the courage to approach these questions have radically changed their minds about themselves and others, very often becoming more intently studious, humble, emotionally mature, and sensitive individuals. If “transformative education” is what you want, if this is what you expected to find when you enrolled in university, then this course is a good choice for you.

Can I participate in this program?

Students at the following levels are eligible to participate in this program:

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors

Where will I go?

  • United Kingdom (London)
  • France (Caen, Normandy)

When can I go?

Travel will take place December 13-19.

Students who participate in this program will be out of the country for less than 9 weeks.

Important Program Deadlines:

Application required. The application deadline was February 15th; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the class is full. A waiting list is being maintained. Although this program is facilitated by the University Honors Program, students who are not in the UHP are welcome to apply provided they have a cumulative university GPA of 3.4 or above.

Who is in charge of this program?

Are any foreign colleges or universities involved?

This program is not associated with any foreign colleges or universities.

Is this program associated with my college or department?

This program is associated with the following UC college(s) and/or department(s):

  • University Honors Program
  • McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

*You may still be able to participate in this program if you are not enrolled in any of the above college(s) or departments. For more information, please contact the person (or people) who are in charge of this program.

Can I earn course credit by participating in this program?

Participants in this program can earn UC credit for the following UC course(s):

  • HIST3096

What amenities are provided?

  • Housing / Accommodations
    The group will stay in hotels in both London and Caen.

  • Meals
    Some meals will be provided, including breakfast and a group dinner.

  • Transportation
    Airfare, train fare to Paris and Caen, travel from Caen to the airport, some ground transportation

How much will it cost to participate?

  • Tuition
    If students are registered for full-time status, this should be included in tuition for the semester.

  • Room & Board
    $750 (included in cost)

  • Airfare
    $1300 (included in cost)

  • Other Costs
    train fare, admissions, some meals, some ground transportation

  • Total Costs
    The estimated cost is $3000. University Honors will provide a grant of $1300 to all participating students to help offset this, making the final cost to participants $1700. Costs will include airfare, hotel, some meals (breakfast), some ground transportation, admissions.

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