The Normandy Scholars Program is an interdisciplinary honors program open to students from all majors at the University of Tennessee. The goal of the program is to study World War II in the wider context of memory studies, a discipline that examines how social, cultural, political, and technological shifts affect how societies react to and commemorate past conflicts in their national histories. The Normandy Scholars Program includes a 3 UT credit hour honors course offered in the spring semester and a one UT credit mini-term program abroad to London, Normandy, Paris and Krakow. All students receive a scholarship of $3,000 to help cover the cos of the mini-term program abroad.
The central goal of the Normandy Scholars Program is to expand students' abilities to analyze how images of World War II in art, film, literature, and architecture work to reduce the complexities of this conflict to serve political and cultural agendas of the past and present. The spring seminar in Knoxville introduces students to the theoretical tools and models necessary to analyze memory politics critically. The study abroad component offers the opportunity to see competing memory agendas in practice in the museums, memorials, beaches, and cemeteries of Western Europe.
Mini-Term Study Abroad Program Activities
The mini-term study abroad component of Normandy Scholars begins in London, where students will visit well-known museums and memorials including Winston Churchill’s bunker at the Imperial War Museum (from which the British commanded their forces) and Bletchley Park, the once top-secret home of the famous World War II codebreakers. The program then travels across the English Channel by train to Caen in Normandy, France. Caen will serve as our base for excursions to the D-Day beaches, military cemeteries, and museums dedicated to the memory of the massive June 6, 1944 invasion. From there we move on to Paris and explore museums and memorials that reveal the different and sometimes quite contradictory ways in which the French remember their role during the war, as both Germany’s victims and its collaborators. The trip’s final leg takes students to Krakow, Poland where students will learn about the Holocaust by visiting nearby Auschwitz-Birkenau and Oskar Schindler's factory.
Must have a 3.25 GPA or higher
Must be sophomore standing or higher at the time of applicaiton
Course pre-requisite: Must have taken one of the following courses: English 102, 118, 132, 290 or 298 or receive permission for the faculty director.
Applicants will be asked to submit the following additional application materials in their VolsAbroad portal:
An essay of no more than 250 words addressing the quesiton: Why is it important for a society to commemorate or to memorialize past conflicts?
An essay of no more than 250 words explaining the potential of this program to contribute to your intellectual development.
The name and email address of one UT Knoxville faculty member who can comment on your ability to be successful in the program.
Students who successfully complete the program will receive credit for:
4 UT credits of NORM 457: Normandy Scholars: Interdisciplinary Studies
The Normandy Scholars Program is open by application to UTK students from all undergraduate majors. This unique honors program has two components:
3-credit-hour spring Normandy Scholars seminar
1-credit-hour mini-term study abroad program to England, France and Poland
Students must successfully complete the spring term seminar course in order to participate in the mini-term study abroad program. All students accepted into the program are awarded an automatic $3,000 scholarship to help pay for program costs.
Mini-Term Study Abroad Program Housing
Accommodation will be in 3-star hotels, conveniently located in their respective cities. Participants will share twin rooms with private bathrooms.
Housing is included in the program fee.
Your program costs include: tuition, a program fee, a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. The program's detailed costs sheet outlines the fees that are billed to your myUTK account and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts for guidance.
Associate Professor of History
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You should carefully review costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Programs Abroad Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
Review the program's Costs Sheet to understand the breakdown of program expenses.