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The Battle of the Bulge 

Course at a Glance

Course: HIST 218J (1 Credit)

Location: Ardennes Battlefield Sites in Belgium and Luxembourg

When: 7 June to 20 June 2023

On-Site: 10 June 2023

Register By: 1 June 2023 


  • La Roche Museum 
  • Siegfried Line and the initial point of the German artillery barrage 
  • Follow the route of the 6th Panzer Army
  • Infamous Kampfgruppe Peiper who aimed to seize the bridges on the Meuse River
  • Site of the Malmedy Massacre (17 December 1944)
  • Village of Foy
  • Foxholes of the Bois Jacques

Tuition and Fees

  • $250.00 Undergraduate 1-credit hour tuition cost
  • $150.00 Field Study Additional Fee (round-trip bus transportation to excursions from UMGC Headquarters and entry fees)
  • Not included: Meals

The Battle of the Bulge was the finale of the 1944 Western European campaign. Learn more in this field study program at UMGC Europe.

The Battle of the Bulge was fought from December 1944 to January 1945. This battle was the finale of the 1944 Western European campaign and the last major offensive of Nazi Germany. Because of its significance, the "Bulge" can be viewed as a vital signpost event in European and military history. You will learn about this significant episode using maps of strategic movements, Army organizational charts, and slides illustrating the equipment of the period. A course highlight is a day bus tour to the battlefield regions in Luxembourg and Belgium, as well as visits to battlefield museums.   

Topics include: 

  • The role of Ardennes Campaign of 1944-1945 (commonly known as the Battle of the Bulge) for the outcome of World War II
  • The importance of terrain and weather on the battlefield
  • The role of specific weapons systems and equipment, along with strategic movement, organization, and leadership 
  • The role of war crimes, including crimes perpetrated against both prisoners of war and civilians 

Faculty member: Dr. Michael Mulvey, email

May apply toward the history major or minor, an associate degree or certificate in foreign language area studies with a focus in German, or electives.

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