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Nuremberg: The Third Reich and the Rise of Nazism

Course at a Glance

Course: HIST 319Z (1 Credit)

Class and Credits: Nuremberg: The Third Reich and the Rise of Nazism (1 Credit)

Location: Nuremberg, Germany

When: 10 - 30 July. Meets in Nuremberg, 13 July 2024

Register By: 03 July 2024

Status: Open


  • Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally

  • Parade Grounds

  • Nuremberg Museum Permanent Exhibit

Tuition and Fees:

  • $250.00 Undergraduate 1-credit hour tuition rate

  • $30.00 Field Study Additional Fee (Museum tickets, excursions, tour guide.

Nuremberg played a key role in the emergence and establishment of Nazism in the 1920s and 1930s. Learn more in this field study program at UMGC Europe.

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, email:

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