Sample Course Description (History)

World War II
History Department

Course Description:  An introduction to World War II in both Europe and the Pacific

Credits:  1


  • The War, by Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns
  • Navajo Code Talkers – America’s Secret Weapon in World War II, Nathan Aaseng
  • War in the Pacific, volume 1, Brigadier General Jerome T. Hagen, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)
  • The Pearl Harbor Story, Captain William T. Rice, USNR (Ret)
  • Pearl HarborU.S. Enters World War II, by Richard Tames
  • America At War:  World War II, by Tom McGowen
  • World War II for Kids, by Richard Panchyk
  • Good Fight: How World War II Was Won, by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Key Battles of World War II, by Fiona Reynoldson
  • AirRaid-PearlHarbor! The Story of December 7th, by Theodore Taylor
  • Pearl Harbor, by Stephen Krensky
  • Boy at War:  A Novel of Pearl Harbor, by Harry Mazer
  • Victory in the Pacific,
  • Hiroshima, by John Hersey
  • Hiroshima, by Laurence Yep
  • Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes, by Eleanor Coerr
  • Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
  • The House of Sixty Fathers, by Meindert DeJong
  • Snow Treasure, by Marie McSwigan
  • It Began With A Parachute, by William R. Rang
  • The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom
  • The Small War of Sergeant Donkey, by Maureen Daly
  • Flags of our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima, by James Bradley w/ Ron Powers
  • A Father’s Promise, by Donnalynn Hess
  • Raoul Wallenberg:  The Man Who Stopped Death, by Sharon Linnéa
  • Escape From Warsaw, by Ian Serveiller
  • Hey, Mac! by William F. McMurdie
  • Journey Through the Night, by Anne DeVries
  • My Secret Camera: Life in the Lodz Ghetto, by Frank Dabba Smith, Mendel Grossman
  • Twenty and Ten, by Claire Huchet Bishop
  • The Winged Watchman, by Hilda Van Stockum
  • Surviving Hitler:  A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps, by Andrea Warren
  • Anne Frank:  Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
  • Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust, by Susan D. Bachrach
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, by Judith Kerr
  • The History Buff’s Guide to World War II, Thomas R. Flagel


  • The War, PBS documentary
  • Schindler’s List

 Field Trip:

  • Pearl Harbor (recommend two days to see everything if taking shuttle busses)
  • USS Oklahoma Memorial
  • USS Arizona Memorial
  • Battleship Missouri Memorial – highly recommend both tours
  • USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
  • Pacific Aviation Museum

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