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Join us for an information session about the Spring 2024 Short-Term Abroad Program (STAP) on French and English history (HIST 3044W) with Professor of History Denver Brunsman.

“The Price of Freedom: Normandy 1944” (History 3044W) is an experiential course which explores the causes, conduct, and consequences of modern war through the vehicle of the 1944 Normandy Campaign, examining its impact on individuals, communities, and the nation.

Through an extensive series of lectures, discussions, and films we explore the massive, complex, and uncertain D-Day invasion and the fighting through the liberation of Paris. The class starts with a rigorous “staff ride” (that’s army-speak for a participatory, educational tour) of the entire campaign. Each student will conduct a briefing about some element of the campaign at the appropriate location. The highlight of the trip will be a visit to the actual landing beaches and the laying of a wreath at the memorial in the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, followed by each student presenting a eulogy for his or her soldier at the soldier’s graveside.

In addition to the GW Passport Pre-Decision application, a brief interview with Professor Brunsman is required. Please email Professor Brunsman at to schedule your interview. Your application will not be considered complete until the interview has been confirmed by Prof. Brunsman. The deadline to interview is Oct. 22, 2023.

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