Continuing Education

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The WWII continuing education track provides a rich sequence of online courses that will allow WWII experts and educators to learn at their own pace, while gaining premier knowledge that can be used in their professional careers. Learners of all backgrounds will be able to increase their knowledge of the war, as well as their critical thinking skills, while achieving quality personal growth and intellectual development through the vanguard coursework.

The Student Experience

The continuing education program aims at the student who is less concerned with grading and accumulation of academic credit hours, and more interested in the satisfaction and intellectual stimulation of lifelong learning. Continuing education courses will be briefer and more concise, while still drawing upon the combined resources and personnel of The National WWII Museum and Arizona State University.

Continuing education courses will also take participants “behind the lines” at the Museum, allowing them to see artifacts and documents that are not displayed as part of the regular exhibits. Without assignments, papers, or exams, the continuing education experience amounts to education for the purest reason of all: the challenge of learning.


Meet Our Instructors

Taught by the scholars of The National WWII Museum’s Institute for the Study of War and Democracy; Museum historians, curators, and educators; as well as leading faculty from Arizona State University, the WWII continuing education program provides lifelong learners in-depth insights into the war and its legacies. Get to know some of the course instructors:

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Continuing Education Courses

Stories of the Pacific

This course explores the Allied campaign across the Pacific during World War II through the eyes of the soldiers and civilians who lived through it. Encounter the battles of Midway, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and more from the vantage point of individuals fighting on the ground, at sea, and in the air on both sides of the conflict. Learn how the war in the Pacific began, how it was fought and won, and how the combatants and civilians of Japan, the United States, and other combatant nations understood the war at the time. Study more about the events that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the factors that led to President Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb.

Start Date: January 21, 2019
Duration: 4 Weeks
Lead Instructor: Keith Huxen, PhD
Cost: $299

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D-Day: The Allied Invasion of Europe

On June 6, 1944, more than 175,000 Allied troops aboard 50,000 vehicles stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in what would become the largest amphibious military invasion in history. Code-named Overlord, the invasion took many months of preparation, and involved the coordinated efforts of 12 nations. Learn how Allied leaders thwarted German intelligence in order to pull off the surprise invasion and hear firsthand accounts of the challenges of rough seas and unpredictable weather. Featuring oral histories and artifacts from the Museum’s collection, the course will help students gain a deeper understanding for how the invasion was planned and executed, and what happened during the days that followed.

Start Date: May 13, 2019
Duration: 4 Weeks
Lead Instructor: Robert Citino, PhD
Cost: $299

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