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.

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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 Online Courses

Stories of the Pacific

This four-week course explores the Allied campaign across the Pacific during World War II using oral histories and the Museum's extensive collection of artifacts. Participants will 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. Co-taught by the Museum's Senior Historian Robert Citino, PhD, and Senior Director of Research and History Keith Huxen, PhD, and featuring guest lectures from ASU faculty, each week will touch on a new aspect of the conflict.

Weekly discussion topics include:
Week 1 | Japanese expansion and the start of the war in the Pacific
Week 2 | Battle of Midway
Week 3 | Guadalcanal campaign
Week 4 | Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and the downfall of the Japanese empire

While no reading is required, course participants will also receive exclusive access to a curated list of relevant books and articles as well as an online discussion board where they can interact with the instructors and fellow enrollees.

Start Date: January 21, 2019
Cost: $299

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D-Day: The Allied Invasion of Europe

In this four-week course, take the unique opportunity for an in-depth exploration of D-Day near its 75th anniversary. Facilitated by the Museum’s Distance Learning Manager, Chrissy Gregg, examine important artifacts, oral histories, and archival footage from the largest amphibious invasion in history. The course will feature interviews and commentary from Museum historians, curators, and educators, Arizona State University faculty, and a few special guests including notable authors and fellow museum officials.

Weekly discussion topics include:
Week 1 | Planning and preparation in England
Week 2 | The Atlantic Wall and the decision to go
Week 3 | Airborne, amphibious, and ground operations on June 6, 1944
Week 4 | The Normandy campaign and memory and remembrance 75 years later

While no reading is required, course participants will also receive exclusive access to a curated list of relevant books and articles as well as an online discussion board where they can interact with the instructors and fellow enrollees.

Start Date: May 13, 2019
Cost: $299

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