Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Paris, France; Ypres, Belgium
- Program Terms: Spring
- Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
From 1914-1918, World War I raged across the globe, claiming more than 20 million dead, most famously through the deadly trench warfare on the western front through France and Belgium. Even before the war drew to its ambivalent conclusion, contemporaries attempted to find and capture meaning in the destruction, an effort that continued in subsequent generations. In this course, students will study World War I through the ways people have portrayed the war over time, from writings, art, and early video to memorials, cemeteries, and exhibits. We'll travel to northern France and Belgium to visit museums, battle sites, and cemeteries.
Students' academic activities will include preparatory reading, journal-writing during the trip, and a final project due after. Specific learning objectives include analytical comparative history, critical reading skills, and multiple research skills.
Credit/registration: Students will be registered for HIST 280 for 4 credits as a part of their spring term course load. Students must leave space for these 4 credits in their credit load, or will otherwise be billed for exceeding the 20 credit term maximum.
Pre-requisite: None. All undergraduate majors are welcome to apply for this program, sophomore year and above
Instructor: Kathryn Steen, Associate Professor of History, Department of History, CoAS
Arrival Date: March 25
Departure Date: March 31
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.
During the winter term, students will undertake preliminary research and complete a short paper on a World War I topic of their choice.
Itinerary OverviewSaturday, March 25: Paris and environs I
Due 11/15/2022 - $ 500
Due 1/15/2023 - $ 1,065
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
Included in Program Fee:
Local transit, train from Paris to Arras
Expert guided tours, entrance fees
Bus from Arras to Ypres
Covid quarantine insurance and emergency medical assistance
Not Included in Program Fee:
Train from Ypres to airport for flight home (itinerary to Brussels will be suggested, but students can choose to extend their travel)
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