Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

 Civil War in American Memory

The Civil War in American Memory: Retracing Sherman's March to the Sea

The American Civil War has a complicated legacy.  Modern civil rights struggles and recent controversies regarding Confederate monuments, statues and flags attest to the enduring mark the conflict has on our nation.  By learning how to distinguish history, heritage, nostalgia and myth, you will better understand the relationship between history and current debates on public commemoration, political allegiance, and cultural identity.     

Location(s)  Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia
Term   Spring 2023
Credit   GH 299, 1 sh  
Class Sessions Macomb campus in-person class sessions Spring 2023 (March 20-May 5).  Exact dates/times/location TBA
Travel Dates May 15-22, 2023
Housing   Hotel
Passport Not required
Visa (for US citizens) Not required
GPA 3.4
Hours completed 12
Student Conduct
Good status
Grad credit No
Non-WIU   No 
Pre-requisite Member in good standing of Illinois Centennial Honors College 
Student Year Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Travel Requirements

Current, valid driver's license or State ID card required.
NOTE: REAL ID goes into effect May 3, 2023.  You must have a REAL ID compliant license or ID card to participate in this Course.  Plan accordingly to avoid travel issues to/from the on-site location.  Failure to have a REAL ID compliant license or ID can lead to inability to travel and failure of the Course.  For more information on REAL ID, see the Illinois Secretary of State's website .

Health Insurance

You must have health insurance while you are on your program.  Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

  • WIU student health insurance
  • Personal medical coverage
Health Precautions

COVID-19 - You are REQUIRED to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in this program.  Proof of vaccination required prior to acceptance of your deposit.

Walking/mobility/travel - Expect to walk 5-7 miles per day.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day, sometimes over uneven terrain and up/down flights of stairs. 
You will also be responsible for moving your own luggage.

Environmental - Average daytime temperatures are in the mid-70s to mid-80s for this time period.  Excursions and some portions of the Course will be conducted outside, rain or shine.  Sun protection is strongly recommended.

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost. Contact Kim McDaniel  if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions. 

Accommodation can be arranged with advance notice.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.

Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost* $2,500-$3,000 based on similar programs
Included in the program Round trip airfare from Chicago, on-site transportation, lodging (twin rooms), and entry fees to scheduled sites
Application Deadline October 31, 2022
Commitment fee
$75 due December 6, 2022
Non-refundable deposit $800 due December 7, 2022 
Second payment $800 due January 31, 2023
Final payment* Balance due March 1, 2023

* Costs subject to change based on student enrollment and flight costs.

WIU reserves the right to adjust the cost or arrangements of this program due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond the University's control.  For details about this or individual withdrawals, see Cancellations and Withdrawals .

Important Dates

REAL ID license/ID copy deadline: January 31, 2023  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and increased costs.

MANDATORY Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2023


Credit offered

GH 299 - Required course for University Honors, Honors in the Major, or General Honors   

Please check with your Honors academic advisor for more information on how this Course fits your Honors requirements.

  • Develop skills in contextualization when examining historical events
  • Compare pre-departure readings to actual experiences at battlefields, statues and heritage and cultural sites
  • Conduct oral history interviews

Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  You are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to Dr. Tim Roberts .  






Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
Study Abroad Advisor

Horrabin Room 8


Advising appointments

Dr. Tim Roberts
Faculty leader

Morgan Hall 4th floor


Information Sessions

October 6, 3:30 pm
October 10, 3 pm
October 18, 3:30 pm

 All meetings will be hybrid (in-person and Zoom).  Registration required for location/Zoom link: registration form

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