D-Day and the Normandy Campaign

D-Day and the Normandy Campaign

The D-Day landings and the campaign in Normandy which followed have taken on an almost mythic status in the history of World War II. Viewed as the great turning point of this global conflict, the campiagn can be seen as a vital signpost event in European, American, and military history. You will study the battle strategies, maps of the area, and slides illustrating the equipment of the period, all while visiting the battlefields, beaches, museums, and memorials dedicated to this campaign.

Topics include:

  • An in-depth discussion and readings pertaining to the D-Day Invasion and Normandy Campaign
  • Site visits to include Utah Beach, Sainte-Mère-Église Airborne Museum, Maisy Battery, Point du Hoc, Omaha Beach Cemetery, Longues-sur-Mer, Arromanches (Gold Beach)

"The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you."

-General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Faculty member: Katie Beck, e-mail katie.beck@faculty.umuc.edu

May apply toward the history major or minor, German associate degree or certificate, or electives

Tentative Course Itinerary

Pre-Course & Week 1

You will gain access to the online LEO classroom on 8 July. The official course start date is 15 July. Once you gain access to the classroom, take a virtual walk-through of the course and begin reading assignments.

Day 1 - July 19

TBDMeet at Ramstein for bus ride to Normandy (departure details to follow)

Day 2 – July 20

0815Depart hotel
0930-1030Utah Beach
1045-1200Sainte-Mère-Église Airborne Museum (lunch stop)
1230-1330Maisy Battery
1345-1500Point du Hoc
1500-1700Omaha Beach Cemetery
1730Arrive at hotel

Day 3 – July 21

0830Depart hotel
0945-1200Arromanches (Gold Beach and Lunch)
1200Return to Kaiserslautern

Week 2

Access online LEO classroom; complete readings and all assignments

Accommodation and Transportation

UMUC will coordinate transportation from Ramstein and lodging for a flat fee of $250.00 for this field study course. This fee will be charged to your student account and covers the bus ride to and from Normandy, 2 nights lodging (double occupancy room), as well as entry costs for sites and museums in Normandy.

Textbooks and Course Materials

Course materials will be provided within the online (LEO) classroom. This course uses no-cost online resources.

Registration Details

You may register for the 1 credit field study course with your local program coordinator or online at MyUMGC. Tuition assistance or financial aid can be applied toward tuition costs. For more information, contact the UMGC Field Study Office at CIV +49-(0)631-534-800, or e-mail fieldstudies-europe@umuc.edu

Please verify with your local program coordinator or the Field Study Office at UMGC Europe Headquarters that the course will be held as scheduled. If you drop/withdraw from a field study course after the registration deadline, you will be charged a fee of $100.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How is a field study course different from a regular course?

A field study course packs all of the 16 contact-hours of other courses into two adventure-filled days on location, so you can earn one credit in 2 weeks. In addition, rather than taking place in an education center, a field study course takes place in a historical European city where the subject being studied has its roots. You will visit historical sites and museums as well as participate in lectures that bring it all together for a one-of-a-kind learning experience.

The on-site portion of field study courses are also scheduled during registration weeks, so they shouldn't interfere with your other courses.

For more information, please visit the Field Study Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

Helpful Hints

Before you leave:

  • Contact your travel agency concerning insurance coverage for cancellations.
  • Contact your health insurance company for information concerning coverage at your destination.
  • Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of your destination country.
  • Check the weather forecast for your destination.
  • Obtain city maps for your destination.
  • Leave contact information with people at home who may need to reach you during the course.
  • Make sure your legal affairs are in order and leave a short-term power of attorney with someone you trust.
  • Make two photocopies of your passport and the contents of your wallet--leave one copy at home, and bring the other with you.

For more information, please visit the Field Study Resources page.