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The American Civil War in Gettysburg

Program Details

Walt Whitman thought "The real war will never get in the books." The poet and U.S. Army Nurse felt the suffering during the Civil War too great and passion of the men too strong to reach posterity. In an effort to make the words in history books more vivid--and address some of the limitations of the written word and classroom tutorials--this course brings students to sites crucial to the war: Gettysburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and the surrounding towns. It presents students with an opportunity to see where the men fought their enemies, where women and children huddled as cannons roared, and were free African Americans hid as Confederate enslavers marched through their communities. Perhaps Whitman was right, but the combination of lectures from leading scholars, visits to battlefields, and emersion in Civil War history with professionals examining the conflict from various perspectives provides students a chance to get as close as someone in the twenty-first century can to the heroism and humanity of those living through the war.

Selection Criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be a high school graduate or above.
  • Participants seeking academic credit for the program must be able to read the required text and participate in discussions.


  • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Program Dates:

April 17, 2020 (Ogden)
June 12-19, 2020 (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)


$1,899 (Airfare Included)

Suggested Payment Schedule:
Deposit: $500
Jan. 8, 2019: $500
Feb. 5, 2019: $500
March 5, 2019: $399
Must be paid in full by May 12, 2019

Deposit: $500 dollars will need to be paid when you hand in your application. All payments must be made through the Hurst Center, NOT at the main cashier's office. Payment can be made in person, or over the phone at (801) 626-6600. The Hurst Center is located on the south side of campus next to the Alumni Center.

Includes room and board, domestic transportation, supplemental health insurance abroad, and most meals.
Not included:  passport, incidentals, excess baggage costs, any unscheduled travel, and most meals.


Please attend the pre-departure meetings!

April 17, 2020 - Pre-departure meeting to review syllabus and discuss requirements.

June 12, 2020 - Meet @ SLC Airport. Depart for Baltimore and shuttle to Gettysburg College. Check into rooms.

June 12-17, 2020 - Students will engage in lectures, tours, and discussion.

June 17, 2020 - Check out of rooms. Shuttle to BWI airport for SLC airport. 

Academic Courses

Students who participate in this study abroad program will be able to register for three (3) semester credits through Weber State University by choosing the following:

  • HISTORY 4710: Special Topics in American History

Program Directors

Dr. Jonathan Lande, Assistant Professor of History

Trip Cancellations

If Weber State cancels a trip for any reason, all participants will be refunded 100% of funds paid to the school. If a participant withdraws from the program for any reason, they are subject to the refund policy found on the first page of the application.  Deposits are always non-refundable unless the program is canceled by Weber State.  No refunds will be issued 30 days prior to the program start date. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8711.