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Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe: Poland, Serbia, and Bosnia

Genocide in the 20th Century and Beyond

This course will examine the history of genocide beginning in the 20th century focusing mostly on Europe and Africa: the Holocaust, the Balkans, Rwanda, and Darfur. As part of this study, students will travel to see the first-hand manifestations and implications of genocide. This class is a chance to come to a greater understanding of some of the calamities of the 20th century (and beyond) by not just reading and discussing them, but by visiting the sites where these horrors took place and meeting people who witnessed them and were part of them. Students will write several short papers regarding the readings
before they travel and will maintain a journal during the trip recording their reactions to various places. Students will use their experience for a research paper upon their return. (Prerequisite: one HIST course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020)

HIST 4700: Genocide in the 20th Century and Beyond (3 credits)
See CourseWizard for course syllabus
Instructor: Gary Gershman, Ph.D, J.D., Professor | (954) 262-8211 | Parker Building, Room 305

If you choose to enroll in the course, please follow these directions:

  • Register for the class with your academic advisor during open registration.
  • Submit payments using the Marketplace link to be provided following registration.
  • Complete all required pre-departure components of the course and as required by the Office of International Affairs.

Trip Information

Required Documents


Feb. 28        Depart for Krakow, Poland

Mar. 1          Arrive in Krakow

Mar. 2          Walking tour of Krakow, Eagle Pharmacy, Schindler Museum

Mar. 3          Salt Mines

Mar. 4          Auschwitz-Birkenau     

Mar. 5          Travel to Belgrade via Budapest, walking tour of Budapest—Night in Budapest

Mar. 6          Travel to Belgrade

Mar. 7          Walking tour I—Historic Belgrade; St Savas

Mar. 8          Walking tour II— Communist Belgrade

Mar. 9          Leave for Sarajevo, walking tour of Sarajevo

Mar. 10        Museum; Mothers of Srebrenica

Mar. 11        Srebrenica

Mar. 12        Tunnel Museum & Jewish Cemetery

Mar. 13        Fly back to U.S.A.


Projected Cost — $2900 

  • Deposit of $1,500 due by November 20, 2017 (with application, release form, and copy of passport).
  • Final payment of $1,400 due by February 3, 2018.
  • All payments are nonrefundable. However, if the class is canceled, all payments made to the university will be refunded.
  • Make payments by credit card using the online Marketplace.  (Students who are unable to pay by credit card should contact Jeannie Jaworski at to make alternate arrangements.)

Included Services

  • airfare
  • hotel accommodations
  • breakfasts
  • entrance fees to all museums, parks, etc.

Not Included

  • tuition and NSU fees related to this course
  • travel insurance, including trip cancellation, trip interruption, medical, and emergency evacuation and repatriation (required)
  • medical insurance (required)
  • snacks, lunches, dinners
  • incidental travel in each city
  • incidentals, gratuities

Travel study trips often require strenuous activity that may be difficult for some students. In many destinations, special accommodations are not available. If you may require special accommodations to participate in a travel study trip, please speak with the respective faculty member to determine whether or not you should enroll in this class.

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