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  • Locations: Bayeux, France; Berlin, Germany; Bruges, Belgium; Brussels, Belgium; Verdun, France; Weimar, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: SNC applicants only
  • Program Cost:: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 12/03/2018 12/10/2018 05/20/2019 06/06/2019
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Experiential Language of Instruction: English
Direct/Exchange/SNC: Faculty-led
Program Description:
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Location IconBetween 1914 and 1945, a mere 31 years, the world witnessed a period of unprecedented conflict, violence, and inhumanity. Driven by several historical forces – nationalism, imperialism, militarism – combined with remarkable technological development in the 19th century, the violence unleashed in this period against institutions, human beings, and the environment forever altered Europe and the world. While these conflicts were global in scope, they owed their origins to developments in Europe, and significantly, a surprising amount of the conflict and violence occurred over a relatively small geographic region, the so-called Low Lands of Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands, eastern France, and western Germany.

BUAD 340 will explore these events – and their implications for strategy and leadership – through experiential learning, by actually visiting several of the battlefields and their associated museums, monuments, cemeteries of the First and Second World Wars. The course’s timing in 2018 coincides with the centenary anniversary of the end of WWI – 1918. The itinerary includes visits to Ieper, the Somme, and Verdun, to Normandy and the Ardennes, and to Weimar, Buchenwald, and Berlin. While the course will address the obvious aspects of strategy and well-known leaders such as Adolf Hitler and Woodrow Wilson, it will also draw out lessons learned from everyday people – soldiers, business leaders, laborers, artists, and more – with particular attention to how we might use the lessons learned to enhance our lives as individuals and members of organizations and communities. This course will include stops to both historical and cultural locations. Participants will also have time to engage individually with the cultures being visited.

View course overview here
Arendt BUAD 389 SS19.pdf.
Hear past students' reflections here.

Orientation IconThis is a course taught in partnership with University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The course will travel for 23 days to Belgium, France, and Germany. All students are encouraged to attend the Pack + Prep events hosted by the office of Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs. See the Events page for details.

Intellectual and Emotional Demands of the Course: Please be advised this is an intensive educational experience. The course will visit sites of intense hatred and violence, view artifacts from those sites, and confront remarkable cruelty, inhumanity, and atrocity. Participants should be prepared to deal with such subjects in a manner more immediate and intensive than they would expect from a regular history course or book. Participants are expected to exhibit maturity throughout the course and will be asked to sign a waiver explaining that they understand the nature and content of the course.

Physical Demands of the Course: In order to visit the sites of these events, we will have to do a lot of traveling. Much of this travel will be by foot, and participants can expect to walk an average of 4 - 5 miles per day. All students are welcome, and reasonable arrangements will be made whenever possible, but participants should be aware that not all sites are easily accessible, which may slow their progress or limit their participation.

All students will be provided with international health insurance by Study Abroad, which provides comprehensive injury/illness coverage. The insurance only covers you during your program dates, so any students traveling for an additional amount of time should purchase other insurance. Students will be traveling with Professor Lucy Arendt and Professor Clifton Ganyard of UWGB throughout the program as an SNC-UWGB group. 

Academics IconThis is a 4-credit course, meaning all credits are earned abroad. BUAD 340 fulfills an advanced management elective and an advanced BUAD elective. This course also fulfills a Leadership Studies elective as well as a Core Curriculum Advanced Beyond Borders requirement (C-AD, C-BB).There is no language requirement for this Global Seminar. 

Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will be knowledgeable about the major historical aspects of WWI and WWII, specific to the Low Lands of Europe.
  2. Students will recognize and understand the primary strategic and leadership lessons to be gleaned from studying key individuals, organizations, and communities participating in WWI and WWI.
  3. Students will be able to apply the lessons learned to contemporary situations and contexts in organizations and communities.
  4. Students will enhance their appreciation and understanding of other cultures from a historical, political, and organizational perspective.
This course asks participants to consider and confront several questions as they follow the course of conflict and destruction in Belgium, France, and Germany:
  1. What was (is) the character of modern, total war?
  2. What impact did (does) modern, total war have on institutions, humanity, and the environment?
  3. What decisions led to these catastrophes?
  4. What characterizes leadership in destitute times?
  5. What lessons in leadership can be drawn from peoples' experiences in WWI and WWI that might be applied contemporary organizations and communities?
  6. How might the values and traditions of both SNC and UWGB be used to understand the political and cultural contexts in Europe during WWI and WWII?
View last year's syllabus to get a feel for the course: BUAD389 Leadership Lessons WWI and WWII syllabus.pdf

Housing IconStudents will be traveling to Belgium, France, and Germany. Accommodations will be arranged in Norbertine Abbeys, hotels, and hostels around the course destinations. 

Travel Doc IconA visa is official permission, granted by the authorities of the country where you wish to study or visit, which allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose and for a designated period of time. A student visa is not required for this Global Seminar. U.S. Immigration requires all passports to be valid for up to 6 months after return date. 

Contact IconFor more information, please contact Dr. Lucy Arendt, Faculty Leader, or Ms. Alaina Morales, Advisor for Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs.


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