Ethical Leadership: Lessons from the Holocaust


The 2017 program has passed, please check back for information about future programs.

To apply, see the “How do I apply?” question under “FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)” below. Please note: Spaces are limited. You must submit your application, have an “advising interview” and then submit your deposit in order to secure your space.

Student scholarships available for a limited number of George Mason University students thanks to the Parent’s Fund. Scholarship awards will be approximately $1,000 per recipient. Click HERE for more information and the scholarship application.

Program dates will be May 22 – June 1, 2017 (dates may change by a day or two). Check back for updated information for the May 2017 program.

This program/course will take place in Europe in May 2017. There will be group meetings before and/or after our time in Europe. We will start in Berlin, Germany around Tuesday, May 23, 2017. We will end in Prague, Czech Republic around Thursday, June 1, 2017. Before applying please make sure you are able to be in Europe from around May 22-June 1, 2017.


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Quotes from student participants:

“A summary cannot sum up the experience I had. It was one of a lifetime. I enjoyed traveling to different countries, meeting new people, and experiencing new things. I highly recommend this class to anyone and everyone. You will gain a new perspective and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

“I loved the idea and angle the course took at the holocaust. We have been learning about it for years but this allowed us to start with a fresh lens and that was great.”

“To walk along the very street from which the Nazis ruled Germany and there to read about how the Nazis created such a reign of terror made the Holocaust, and all the other horrors of WWII, more real to me than any book or movie.”

“[Our instructor] was awesome! He was very knowledgeable about the leadership aspect but also did a great job of creating a safe space to openly discuss some personal experiences.”

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Are you ready for a life-changing experience in Europe (Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic)?

  • Want to earn 3 credits as part of this 10 day experience?
  • Ready to consider some of the most challenging ethical questions of your life?
  • Time to learn more about your own views concerning leadership and ethics?
  • Want to have a leadership course/experience on your transcript and/or resume?
  • Undergraduate or Graduate credit available (see below).

It is not too early to start thinking about how this course can fit into your schedule. Space is limited.

Join us to explore the concepts of ethics and leadership through the example of the Holocaust. This 10 day (May 2017) traveling learning community will visit Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. There will also be meetings before and after our time in Europe. Ethical leadership will be explored, through examples from the Holocaust, in a way that is applicable to life today so that the lessons of the Holocaust may not be forgotten.

Nazi Germany mass murdered Jews, Poles, Romani people (Gypsies), gay people, people with disabilities, political opponents and many others during the Holocaust. Ethical leadership will be explored through examples from the Holocaust in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, and the Auschwitz concentration camp. Students and the course facilitator(s) will work together to explore questions such as: Why do people do bad things? How are values and ethics established in individuals, groups and organizations? What are the responsibilities of leaders to establish ethical climates in their organizations and communities? What are the responsibilities of followers and bystanders? Are there universal values and ethical principles in leadership? How does culture influence ethical leadership? What are some helpful approaches to ethical questions? How does this all relate to you, today?

Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) and the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Office are offering this 3 credit “Ethical Leadership: Lessons from the Holocaust” course in May 2017. This will count as a Summer course and can apply to the School of Integrative Studies (SIS, formerly NCC) leadership minor (counts as a required course for the minor), but you do not need to be in the minor to take the course.

Undergraduate credit available through:

  • School of Integrative Studies (SIS, formerly NCC) (INTS 498)
  • Honors College (HNRS 130)
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF 385)

Graduate credit available through:

  • School of Integrative Studies (INTS 595)
  • Philosophy (PHIL 694)
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF 695)

The cost for this unique Field Study course is $3,695 not including airfare to Europe, or $4,995 if you’d like your airfare included. It may be possible to apply your financial aid to this course (summer financial aid). The cost includes tuition for the course (3 credits), transportation within Europe with a full time tour director from EF Tours, hotels for 9 nights (with private bathrooms), international emergency insurance, all breakfasts and some other meals, sightseeing tours with local expert guides and museum entrances. Spaces in this course will be limited!

  • For information about registration and payment please contact Greg Justice at; 703-993-1740
  • For information about course academics please contact Dr. Nick Lennon at


FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

What is the deadline to apply?
Application forms and deposit must be received no later than Noon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

How do I apply?
Go to the following link to complete the application process:

If the link above does not work, please go to the following link and search for “Ethical Leadership: Lessons from the Holocaust”:

Note: You must submit your $750 deposit by the deadline date to:

Greg Justice

Field Studies at SAIL

Enterprise Hall Room 433 (Fairfax Campus)

Fairfax VA, 22030

Phone: 703-993-1740

Fax: 703-993-1439

Is there a scholarship that George Mason University students can apply for?
Yes! Thanks to the Parent’s Fund there are scholarships available for a limited number of George Mason University students. The purpose of these scholarships is to increase student access to participation in this program. This is done by helping to reduce financial barriers that Mason students may encounter and increasing and diversifying participation in study abroad at Mason. Scholarships will be awarded to up to five (5) Mason students to assist with their travel and other related expenses. Scholarships are need- and merit-based. Amounts will vary depending on the decision of the scholarship committee, but will be approximately $1,000 per recipient. Click HERE for more information and the Scholarship Application.

Are university students from all backgrounds welcome on this field study course?  
Absolutely! We welcome university students from all backgrounds, viewpoints, etc. Through the example of the Holocaust we will be learning about ethical leadership and how it applies to YOU, TODAY. The Holocaust is the case study, the lessons are applicable to all. Note: our philosophy of leadership is that everyone has the potential to be a leader and that leadership does not require a formal position. GPA requirement: Undergraduate students must have a 2.5 GPA or above to participate, Graduate students must have a 3.0 GPA or above to participate.

I am not a George Mason University student, can I still participate?
Yes, we can enroll you as a non-matriculating student, which will allow you to transfer credit to your home institution. Please check with your department first however to be sure the credits are applicable to your degree.

Is there a company in Europe that will be taking us around?
Yes, we are working with EF (Education First) College Study Tours ( A well-respected company that, for over 50 years, has helped teachers and students discover the world through culturally immersive educational travel. We will have a full time tour director from EF Tours with us 24 hours a day.

Can I travel in Europe before and/or after this field study course?
Yes! Students often like to travel before and/or after a field study course. You can choose to purchase your own round trip airfare to Europe so that you have the flexibility to travel to and from Europe when it works best for you. Please note that final class assignments will be due on June 29, 2017 (approximately 1 month after our time together in Europe) so if you are traveling after our last day together in Europe, please make sure you will have time to work on the assignments.

Where will we meet in Europe?
For those who are purchasing their own flights to/from Europe, we will meet at a clearly specified day/time at our hotel in Berlin, Germany. For those who woulds like their flights to/from Europe included, EF Tours will meet you at the airport in Berlin, Germany and transport you to our hotel in Berlin. You will receive more specific details after you have applied.

What is the itinerary (where will we be visiting each day)?
Please click here for a sample itinerary (itinerary is subject to change).

I do not have any background in ethics, leadership or the Holocaust, can I still attend?
Definitely! We welcome university students from all disciplines and levels of understanding about ethical leadership and the Holocaust. There are no prerequisite courses. GPA requirement: Undergraduate students must have a 2.5 GPA or above to participate, Graduate students must have a 3.0 GPA or above to participate.

What’s the cost and what is included in the cost of this field study course?
The cost includes tuition for the course (3 credits), transportation within Europe with a full time tour director from EF Tours, hotels for 9 nights (with private bathrooms), international emergency insurance, all breakfasts and some other meals, sightseeing tours with local expert guides and museum entrances. The cost is $3,695 (not including airfare to/from Europe, which you would purchase on your own) or $4,995 (airfare included to/from Europe and arranged by EF Tours). Don’t forget that these prices include 3 credits of tuition which you would be paying for anyway if you took an on campus course. You will also need to bring spending money.

What is the rooming like?
EF Tours Rooming Policy: Students 29 years old or under default into rooms of 3 or 4 people based on gender. Travelers 30 years old or older default into twin rooming. Travelers in triples or quads can choose to upgrade to a twin room for an additional cost (approx $270). To upgrade to a single room there is an additional charge (approx $675, or $405 in addition to the approx $270 twin room supplement if you are already paying for the twin room).

Can I apply my financial aid to this field study course?
You should be able to apply your financial aid to this course as you would to any other official Mason summer course, but please confirm with the financial aid office regarding your specific situation.

Which George Mason University course numbers apply?  Course can count as a School of Integrative Studies (SIS, formerly NCC) course (counts towards the Leadership Minor), an Honors College (HNRS) course, a Philosophy course (PHIL) or a Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) course.

Undergraduate: INTS 498, HNRS 130 or CONF 385

Graduate: INTS 595, PHIL 694 or CONF 695

Which semester will the 3 credits count towards? Summer.

How much work will this class be and when will assignments be due?
This is a 3 credit class so the amount of work will be equivalent to other 3 credit classes. Our time together will be condensed (traveling together as opposed to meeting a couple times a week in a classroom). Note: Please plan to complete most assignments AFTER our time together in Europe. The course syllabus will have more details about readings and assignments. Most class assignments will be due around June 29, 2017 (approximately 1 month after our last day in Prague) so if you are traveling after our last day together in Prague, please make sure you will have time to work on the assignments.

Can this course count towards the School of Integrative Studies (SIS, formerly NCC) Leadership Minor?
Yes, you can substitute this course for the INTS 404 (Ethics & Leadership) requirement OR you can use this course as an approved elective for the minor. This course will count for 3 “Experiential Learning” credits so it is a great way to get your Experiential Learning credit hours.

Can this count towards the School of Integrative Studies (SIS, formerly NCC) Experiential Learning credits?
Yes! It can count as 3 experiential learning credits.

Once I apply, how do I register for the actual course at George Mason University (Undergraduate: INTS 498, HNRS 130 or CONF 385; Graduate: INTS 595, PHIL 694 or CONF 695)?
There is an additional step and paperwork that is specific to the registrar’s office that has to be filled out and submitted. When SAIL receives your Application and Deposit they send you the course registration forms. When you have filled these out and returned them to SAIL they will register you for the class and it will show up in your student account. You will pay for the program through your student account in summer 2017.

Who is the instructor?

Nick Lennon, PhD

Director, Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) at George Mason University

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