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 Online Courses

D-Day: The Allied Invasion of Normandy

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 Assistant Director of Distance Learning, 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: December 2, 2019
Cost: $299

For questions or more information, contact the ASU Enrollment Services Team at 1-844-353-7856.

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Coming in Early 2020

Myths and Legends: World War II and Blitzkrieg

The idea of blitzkrieg has come to define the reasons for the Wehrmacht’s success during World War II, yet this was a term never utilized by German military commanders. This continuing education course explores the evolution of military thinking in Germany, in comparison with the Soviet Union, and the reasons behind the Wehrmacht’s success on the field of battle. Through a discussion of the interwar period, the numerous testing grounds that witnessed how these armies waged war, and the only time that Germany implemented a blitzkrieg strategy—Operation Barbarossa—scholars from ASU and The National WWII Museum will show how the myths and legends associated with blitzkrieg developed and the reality behind Germany’s successes and failures during World War II.

Weekly discussion topics include:
Week 1 | The Interwar Period: The Birth of Blitzkrieg
Week 2 | Military Testing Ground
Week 3 | Myths and Legends
Week 4 | Blitzkrieg in Action

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 instructors and fellow enrollees.

Start Date: Early 2020
Cost: $299

Please check back soon for more information and to register for this continuing education course online.