In the Footsteps of Ernie Pyle

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.

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

Taught by senior lecturer Bonnie Layton, the course analyzes the gifted way Pyle described faraway scenes and people to audiences in the pre-Internet-and-CNN era. Students will visit the Imperial War Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Cabinet War Rooms, historic Omaha and Utah beaches, the American Cemetery, Mont-Saint-Michel and more.


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 2018 semester, or be a master’s student.
  • have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • be on track to be admitted to The Media School by the end of the fall 2018 semester.

Class schedule

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays


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

Full program cost: $3,500
Scholarship: $875
Course fee after scholarship: $2,675

The course fee covers round-trip transportation from Bloomington, lodging, all required activities, health insurance and some meals. We recommend students also have $200-$400 available during the trip to cover meals and personal expenses. These costs can be reduced through other scholarships and grants, such as the Hutton International Experiences grant.


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