Full course description
What you'll learn:
Taught by the scholars of the Museum’s Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, as well as leading faculty from Arizona State University, The World War II Professional Studies Certificate will provide in-depth insights for students. The World War II Studies continuing education track provides a rich sequence of online noncredit courses that will allow WWII experts and educators to learn at their own pace, while gaining premier knowledge that can be used in their professional careers.
Peek into the Stories of the Pacific course:
Week 1 - "A Day Which Will Live in Infamy"
After more than two years of taking a non-interventionist stance in World War II, the United States is thrust into the conflict following the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, and makes the war one truly global struggle.
Week 2 - “The Hinge of Fate”
Between December 1941 and February 1943, there is a decisive shift in the war as the Allies begin to gradually gain the upper hand following a number of devastating defeats throughout Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean.
Week 3 - “Catching Pure Hell”
CAs the war progresses throughout 1943, countless combat and civilian casualties continue to mount, ensuring World War II would become one of the bloodiest conflicts in world history.
Week 4 - “The Most Terrible Thing Ever Discovered”
Allied casualties continue to soar in battles across the Philippines, on Iwo Jima, and on Okinawa. Assailed with increasing ferocity from both air and sea, Japan enlists apocalyptic measures in the battle against invasion of their homeland.
Week 5 - “Fascism Finally Dies”In the aftermath of surrender, Japan faces perils of mass death from disease and famine. The American occupation will dramatically address these dangers and unveil a host of political and economic reforms.
Who is this course designed for:
WWII enthusiasts, lifelong learners, and the curious.
What you'll receive:
Students will receive new insights into the most significant event of the 20th Century. At the end of this course, students will receive a digital badge of completion.
“This dynamic collaboration epitomizes ASU’s commitment to innovation and accessibility. Regardless of where they live, students will be able to interact with materials in the Museum’s collection that have typically only been open to professional scholars."
-Penelope Adams Moon, PhD, Director of Online Programs for ASU’s School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies