One hundred years ago, the greatest war that man had ever known was being fought “eye deep in hell,” as the armies of Europe dug into the mud of Flanders and northern France along a ragged line of trenches that snaked from the North Sea to The Alps. Our class will study this war as we make London and Paris–two of its greatest capital cities–our amazing classrooms. From the Imperial War Museum to the Queen’s Square Archives to the Public Records Office, we will explore how and why the war was fought as it was by the British. Then when we get to France, we will shift our the French experience as we focus on where the greatest battles of the war were actually fought. Fiction, poetry, art and photography will all factor into our history, as will the hand-written accounts of the war and the war-at-home that we will find in British and French archives. World War Two would kill and maim many more souls than the First World War. And yet for most historians and for anybody who is French or British, it will always be 1914-1918 that will be called “The Great War.” Click here to review the 2017 syllabus for In Flanders Fields (1) (1)
Finding real passion for your learning can be tricky in any given semester, because you have so many different classes to take and so many responsibilities outside of school. Enter The Catalyst. With us, you will be taking two courses that relate to our classroom cities in vitally important and exciting ways. (Meanwhile, you and your fellow students will be freed from work commitments and all of the other distractions of a typical semester.) The dynamism of our program’s academics is its beauty. In each of our cities, our faculty will give you the wide-angle view of the European classroom you meet each day, from the Renaissance to the Holocaust. While your two Elective Courses will be your summer’s telephoto lenses, bringing your classroom cities and your material into a special focus that only specific disciplines can help you to attain. You will take one of these three-credit courses in London/Paris and the other of them in Berlin/Prague. Students who come on The Catalyst receive credits approved and administered by the University of West Florida. If you’re not a student at UWF, no worries. Our credits transfer to any university or college in the USA, but you should still print up the syllabi below for the classes you want to take with us and discuss these with your academic advisor(s).