War in Europe

Program Dates: June 3, 2024 - June 23, 2024

This interdisciplinary study abroad program offers 6 hours of credit for studying the causes and consequences of War in Western Europe. While traveling through Belgium, France, and Germany, students will learn about the impacts of two world wars and over a thousand years of bloodshed by exploring various historic sites, museums, and cultural exchanges. Extended excursions included in this trip are visiting Paris, the Beaches of Normandy and D-Day museums, the 100th-anniversary ceremonies of World War I at Verdun and Metz, the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium, the steeped history of Berlin, Trier, and Munich, Germany, as well as the Alps, Dachau Concentration Camp, and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest.



We will travel to three specific countries and several cities while abroad. First, we will begin in Munich, Germany - a southwestern city famous for Oktoberfest and nestled in the German Alps. We will also travel to Nuremberg, Germany, a medieval city in Bavaria that is home to the rise of Nazism and the location of the famous war crime trials after WW II. We will also spend a significant amount of our program visiting Trier, Germany, one of Germany's oldest cities located on the Mosel River and on the border with Luxembourg and France. This area is home to the German wine industry and is the site of one of the oldest Roman cities outside of Rome, and is a great location to visit various war sites and museums within an hour to two-hour drive. For example, we will travel to Bastogne, Belgium for a day-long excursion to study the Battle of the Bulge and various war-related issues. We will also travel to Verdun, France and the surrounding countryside to learn more about World War I and its devastating effects. From there, we will travel to Paris, France to take in some French culture for one night by visiting the Eiffel Tower and other important locations. Finally, we will spend our last days in Bayeux to visit the Beaches of Normandy, France to learn about the D-Day invasion that led to the end of World War II one year later.



Course Prefix

Course Name



SOC 3800

Sociology of War


Cameron Lippard

HIS 3535

War in Europe: The World Wars


Jason White

SOC/HIS 3530

Wars of our Fathers: Encountering & Interpreting War


Cameron Lippard and Jason White

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Cameron D. Lippard

Professor and Department Chair

Department of Sociology


Dr. Cameron D. Lippard joined the faculty of Appalachian State University in 2007 and currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Sociology. He received his Master’s and PhD from Georgia State University, and his BA in Psychology and Sociology from Appalachian State University. His teaching interests focus on race and racism, immigration, war, inequalities, and research methods. 


Dr. Jason White

Associate Professor

Department of History


Dr. Jason White earned his M.Litt from the University of St. Andrews in Scottish History and completed his M.A. and Ph.D in History at Brown University. He is currently working on a book project about the Levant Company, a merchant trading group that enjoyed a royal monopoly on all trade between England and the Ottoman Empire until the mid 18th century. He has also published extensively on Scottish social and political history in the seventeenth century.

Outside of academia, Dr. White loves to travel, read (especially anything about the Beatles), and cook (especially anything plant-based), and go for walks.


Program Cost: $4,923

Program cost includes airfare, most meals, and lodging.  All fees associated with tourist site visits and activities.

Please note - Students are responsible for the total program cost upon submitting the application and deposit. Refunds are contingent upon meeting the minimum enrollment of the program. If a student decides to withdraw before departure, that student may be eligible for a refund if the program has met minimum enrollment and is therefore viable. 

Non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.  Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. 

Payment Schedule





 Upon receipt of application

Remaining balance due




Estimated Additional Expenses 


Undergraduate Tuition - Resident

$153/credit hour

Undergraduate Tuition - Non-resident

$173/credit hour



Summer Fees


Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.


Application Process

  1. In order to apply for this program, you will need to contact one of the program leaders and provide your Banner ID and email address. Program leaders may request additional information or a meeting to discuss the details of the program and your interest.
  2. When permission to apply for the program is granted, you will receive an email from your program leader with instructions to apply.
  3. Apply to the program following the instructions from the program leader.
  4. Print, sign and drop off your application at the Office of International Education and Development at Plemmons Student Union (PSU), Suite 321 ( 3rd floor), 263 Locust Street Boone, NC 28608. Your application will be considered complete when you have submitted your digital application, paid the $300 deposit, and dropped off your printed and signed application. The fee cannot be paid until it appears on your student account. Please note that it may take 2–3 business days for it to post to your account. You will receive an email with Instructions for paying the deposit fee. Instructions can also be found in the application.