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Berlin: Its History and Art

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Course: HIST 317A (3 Credits)

Class and Credits: Berlin: Its History and Art (3 Credits)

Location: Berlin, Germany

Register By: 18 September, 2024

Status: Open


  • “Hitler’s” Bunker
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower
  • Palace of Tears
  • The Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, and Unter den Linden
  • Museum Island (Pergamon Museum, Old National Gallery, Museum of German History)
  • New Palais and Castle of Sanssouci
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • East Side Gallery and Mauerpark
  • Escape Tunnel and Air-raid Protection Bunker from WWII
  • Roof top of the New Berlin Castle
  • Festival of Lights 2024 (Berlin Illuminated)

Tuition and Fees:

  • $750.00 Undergraduate 3-credit hour tuition cost
  • $350.00 Field Study Additional Fee (museum/ticket fees, excursions)
  • Not included: Meals, transportation to and from the location, and hotel accommodations

Travel to Berlin and explore this vibrant city during this field study program at UMGC Europe.

A European center of cultural dynamism and political power, Berlin is much more than the commonly held image of Third Reich bombast and Cold War tensions. Established on the banks of the Spree River, Berlin has seen splendor in architecture, theater, and art, along with philosophical, literary, and scientific dynamism. These elements have evolved side-by-side with the erratic legacy of the ambitious Hohenzollern royal dynasty, the cataclysmic Nazi Third Reich, and the wintery years of East and West Cold War divisions. Berlin is a city that enthralls the observer today with its cultural contributions while simultaneously producing a sense of bafflement at the raw ambitions and ideals of the city's driven political leaders during the last 300 years.

Topics include:

  • Berlin and the rise of Prussia: A center of Hohenzollern dynastic power and glory
  • Bismarck and the 1871 unification of Germany: A Hohenzollern triumph
  • Berlin and the disaster of World War I
  • The Weimar Republic: Cultural splendor and political catastrophe
  • The Nazis come to Berlin: A city at the heart of the Third Reich
  • Life in former East Germany
  • Cold War divisions and the final reunification: Berlin rises from the ashes

May apply for general education requirements in humanities, history major and minor, electives, or certificate.

Faculty member: Professor Dr. Heike Raphael-Hernandez, e-mail:


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