In the Footsteps of Ernie Pyle

Students in the 2016 Footsteps of Ernie Pyle class stop in front of Buckingham Palace for a photo. (Courtesy photo)

Follow in the footsteps of Indiana native Ernie Pyle, one of America’s most famous World War II correspondents. From London to Paris: In the Footsteps of Ernie Pyle, is a four-credit, semester-long course during spring semester on the life and times of Pyle. The class includes spring break travel to London, England, and Normandy and Paris, France.

Taught by senior lecturer Bonnie Layton, the course will introduce students to the work of influential journalists during World War II, with special emphasis on Pyle. Students will visit the Imperial War Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Cabinet War Rooms, historic Omaha and Utah beaches, the American Cemetery and Mont-Saint-Michel.


To apply for the course, you must:

  • be on track to be a sophomore by credit hours (30 hours completed) by the end of fall 2017 semester.
  • have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • be on track to be admitted to The Media School by the end of the fall 2017 semester.

Master’s degree students also may be eligible to take the class for graduate credit. Contact Amy Cornell, director of student services, for more information.

The Media School provides a scholarship to all students admitted to this course to lower the course fee assessed for travel.

  • Full program costs: $3,400
  • Scholarship from grants: $1,200
  • Course fee after scholarship: $2,200

The course fee covers round-trip transportation from Bloomington, lodging, all required activities, health insurance and some meals. We recommend students have at least $400 available during the trip to cover meals and personal expenses. These expenses can be reduced through other scholarships and grants, such as the Hutton International Experiences grant.