WWII era women in New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, LA

From Homemakers to Bomb Makers: Women in WWII

G St 395

Dates: On campus May 15-19, 2023; New Orleans, LA from May 21-24; and Jackson, MS on May 25, 2023*

Credit Hours: 3

Instructors: Kevin Cozart, Coordinator of Community Engaged Learning and Research for the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies

Course Fee: $1,150 plus tuition

Application Deadline: April 6, 2023

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  • Learn how gender impacted the lives and jobs of Americans before, during, and after World War II
  • Explore the ways traditional women’s roles were repurposed to support the war
  • Articulate the role of propaganda in recruiting women to contribute to the war effort
  • Discuss the impact of participation by minorities in WWII and how it led directly to the movements of the 1950s and 1960s
  • Visit the National World War II Museum and spend a day exploring its exhibits
  • Visit the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson for a different lens to view the catalyst of the war years.

*Itinerary and class dates are subject to change. Please verify specific dates with instructor and confirm that the course has adequate enrollment to make before making travel arrangements.

Students will attend class on the Oxford campus May 15th-19th and then meet in New Orleans on Sunday, May 21st. Students will be in NOLA for 4 days prior to traveling to Jackson, MS, for the final in-person day of class. Class will finish with virtual presentations on Friday, May 26th.

This course may interest students in the humanities and social sciences (particularly history, sociology, gender studies, English, African-American studies, journalism, IMC, writing, and education), as well as students enrolled in general studies.

Students in the following organizations may also be interested in this cross-listed course: UM Pride Network, UM NAACP, RASA, Students Against Social Injustice, FEMISS, and students affiliated with the Center for Inclusion & Cross-Cultural Engagement.

There are no prerequisites to register for GST 395.

Students will make their own travel arrangements to and from New Orleans, returning to Oxford by way of Jackson, MS. Shared accommodations will be provided at a hotel near the warehouse district in New Orleans.

The Study USA program fee is $1,150 plus tuition. Included in the program fee are accommodation, entrance to museums and other class activities, select group meals, and group ground transportation in New Orleans. Excluded is travel to and from New Orleans, most meals, and personal spending money.

Study USA Scholarships

Deadline: Coincides with program deadline

Outreach Study USA Scholarship
The Outreach Study USA Scholarship supports student participation in Study USA courses. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $750 and are designed to help offset the additional expenses associated with academic travel.

Carolyn Ellis Staton Study USA Scholarship
The Carolyn Ellis Staton Study USA Scholarship was established to increase access to unique experiential learning programs. These scholarships will help to make engaging educational travel opportunities more accessible to students with financial need. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $750 and are designed to help offset the additional expenses associated with academic travel.