"The Price of Freedom: Normandy, 1944" course

Students from the Price of Freedom: Normandy, 1944 course at the American Cemetery in France
Students from the Price of Freedom: Normandy, 1944 course at the American Cemetery in France


About this remarkable course

This spring the History Department will be offering an unusual class that gives each student an opportunity to learn about a soldier from his or her hometown who died in the Normandy Campaign and is buried in the American Battlefield Cemetery at Omaha Beach. The class, taught by Professor Tom Long, will explore the causes, conduct, and consequences of the Normandy Campaign, examining the impact on individuals, communities, and the nation.

This is an intensive regular history department course with lectures, discussion, and film viewings. The class will meet for lectures on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:45 to 6:00 pm, discussion on Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 and for watching films from 7:00 until 9:00 or so. The course will carry 4 credits, satisfy a WID requirement, provide GWID elements, and is considered a Special Dean's Seminar in Globalization History Course.


Travel to France

On Friday night of spring break, the class will fly to Paris, arriving early in the morning on Saturday. They will board a bus and, before noon, arrive at Pegasus Bridge, where British Airborne troops landed at 16 minutes after midnight on D-Day – 6 June 1944. From there they will conduct a rigorous “staff ride” (that’s army-speak for a participatory, educational tour) of the entire campaign – all the way to Paris.

Each student will conduct a briefing about some element of the campaign at the appropriate location.  The students will conclude their visit to the actual landing beaches by laying a wreath at the memorial in the American Cemetery and having each student present a eulogy for his or her soldier at the graveside.

It is anticipated that the additional expense associated with the travel will be about $3,450 for items like airfare, hotels, meals, bus transport, etc. Some financial aid may be available to help students who would require it to be able to take the course.


Applications for the 2018 class are now open!

Professor Long is currently accepting applications for the 2019 class. There is an info session on October 5th in Phillips 411 at both 12:30 and 6:30 PM. Applications will be accepted no later than 5 pm on October 26th, 2018. The class will be abroad in France from March 9th through the 17th (Spring Break). More information about the 2019 class can be found here. If you have any questions regarding the course, you can e-mail the course instruction at [email protected]


Check out the Normandy Scholars Website! - http://normandyscholars.wixsite.com/priceoffreedom

Includes pictures and videos, syllabus, travel details, student testimonials, fallen soldier biographies, and more.