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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Memory of War—War of Memory: The 75th Anniversary of 1945 in US and Global Perspective

How do Americans remember World War II today, and how did our memory of the war evolve since 1945? Which stories, memorials, museums, books, films, and other media influence the way people think about World War II? How do other nations, friends and foes, remember the war 75 years after its end? 

Through a discussion of monuments, memorials, and memory acts, this course explores how different nations remember or forget the past and how the memory of World War II impacts national and international politics today. This course will feature lectures, interviews, and interactive assignments by top scholars from The National WWII Museum and Arizona State University, including a former US Ambassador and a retired Lieutenant General of the US Army. Learners will engage these materials while analyzing the many commemorations for V-E Day around the world. 

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.

This course will run twice, once near V-E Day in May, and again near V-J Day in August.

May Enrollment:
Start Date: Monday, May 4, 2020
Cost: $299

August Enrollment:
Start Date: Monday, August 3, 2020
Cost: $299

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

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D-Day: The Allied Invasion of Normandy

This course explores the largest amphibious invasion in history through expert interviews, fascinating oral histories, unique artifacts, and rare historical footage. Trace the intricate planning of the operation through an analysis of strategy and leadership of the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force. Learn how D-Day was executed and examine the successes and failures of the invasion through the testimony of the servicemen who flew the missions, night-dropped into the countryside, and landed on the beaches. Access rare artifacts in the Museum’s vault and exhibits with commentary from educators and historians from The National WWII Museum and Arizona State University. Analyze memory and present-day remembrance of the historic battle through a variety of perspectives and personal reflection.

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: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Cost: $299

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

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