Nuremberg: The Third Reich and the Rise of Nazism

HIST 319Z The Third Reich and the Rise of Nazism (1 credit)

Nuremberg played a key role in the emergence and establishment of Nazism in the 1920s and 1930s. The field study course HIST 319Z The Third Reich and the Rise of Nazism examines Nazi Germany by focusing on three main components of its rise and fall: policy and law; culture and propaganda; genocide and aggression. Each of these components is related to the city of Nuremberg, and the course is structured around the city’s role in the Nuremberg Laws, the Nuremberg Rallies, and the Nuremberg Trials.

The 1935 Nuremberg Laws codified the Third Reich’s use of anti-Semitism and racism and dictated daily life for Germans. Discrimination and paranoia about “national loyalty” and “Jewish degeneration” fueled the Nuremberg Laws. The Third Reich’s propaganda and its use of performance and pageantry brings us to the Nuremberg Rallies. Hitler had declared Nuremberg the "City of Nazi Party Rallies" in 1933, and its relationship to Nazi propaganda was irrevocably fused together.

This course provides an overview of this terrifying era and the emergence of Nazism, the establishment of the Third Reich, and its eventual defeat by the Allies in World War II.

Topics include:

  • The history of the Eugenics Movement
  • Art or architecture during the Third Reich
  • Use of mass media as a tool of war
  • History of German Jewry
  • The Weimar Republic and Hitler’s rise

Faculty member: Jessica Stock, e-mail:

Tentative Course Itinerary

Pre-Course & Week 1

You will gain access to the online LEO classroom one week prior to the course start date. The official course start date is 16 December. Once you gain access to the classroom, take a virtual walk-through of the course and begin reading assignments.

Day 1 - Saturday, 21 December

1000Meet at the Army Education Center on Rose Barracks in Vilseck
1000-1200Attend morning lecture
1300-1500Attend afternoon lecture

Day 2 – Sunday, 22 December

0930Meet in Nuremberg at the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds on Bayernstrasse 110.
1000-1200Walking tour of parade grounds; it is outside so dress warmly
1200-1300Visit the permanent exhibit at the museum with a guided tour
1500-1630Visit the propaganda exhibit
1630Christmas Market

Week 2

Access online LEO classroom; complete readings and all assignments

Accommodation and Transportation

Students must arrange their own transportation to and from Nuremberg and pay the 1.50 Euro museum entrance fee and meals. The meeting point in Nuremberg is the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds, Bayernstrasse 110.

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

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 an adventure-filled day on location, so you can earn one credit in 2 weeks. In addition, 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.

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.