Department of History - Dulles Hall.
Department of History - Dulles Hall.

History of World War II Study Program

Integrated Semester – Study Tour and History Minor at The Ohio State University

2013 Inaugural Program Students at Omaha Beach

2013 Inaugural Program Students at Omaha Beach

Our powerful interdisciplinary academic/study abroad program is an in-depth look at how the Second World War helped shape contemporary issues, providing our program students a strong foundation for their future leadership roles—in their professions, communities, and in the world.

We welcome undergraduate students from diverse disciplines across campus to compete for the 20 places available. During spring semester, program students take a challenging group of history and culture courses related to World War Two that focus on interconnections between the United States and Europe. Additionally, students meet frequently in small-class settings to discuss what they are learning and to exchange ideas. These classes and meetings prepare students for a three-week tour during May semester of World War II sites: memorials, museums, and battlefields in London, Normandy, Paris, and Berlin.

Curriculum courses and study-abroad itinerary

Office of International Affairs application process

Program Costs

Melinek and Professor Steigerwald at the American Cemetery, Coleville sur Mer"I have never been passionate about history, but going to the historical landmarks of WWII opened my eyes to the horrors and realities of this tragic event. That coupled with the fun adventures around Europe . . . made this an unforgettable experience.”

Madison Melinek, Political Science, Program Class of 2013

Curriculum courses and study-abroad itinerary

Students not studying for a History Major who complete the program will earn a History Minor and GE credits.

Ideally, students will take the classes listed below as a group in spring semester. However, students who have previously taken History 3015, History 3570, French 3801, or German 3351 are also encouraged to apply and will not have to take those courses again as part of the program. Students who have taken courses relevant to the international experience of World War II listed below may petition directly to Professor Steigerwald to substitute for any of the required courses except the 4795 Research Seminar.

Projected courses for spring 2014:

  • History 3015: From the New Era to the New Frontier, 1921-1963 (3 hrs) MWF 10:20-11:15
  • History 3570: History of World War II (3 hrs) TTh 2:20-3:40
  • French 3801: French/American Cultural Relations: From Jazz to Freedom Fries (3 hrs; French course taught in English) TTh 12:40-2:05
  • History 4795: Research Seminar in History (3 hr) M 2:15-5:00
  • French 2194: Language/international travel course (1 hr, Group Studies) Monday 11:30-12:25
  • History 3798: 3-week Study Tour during May semester [PDF] (3 hr) (London, Normandy, Paris, Berlin)

Optional Courses:

  • History 2475: History of the Holocaust
  • History 3253: 20th Century Europe to 1950
  • History 3263: France in the 20th Century
  • History 3265: 20th-Century German History
  • German 3351: Democracy And Fascism in German Culture

History Professor David Steigerwald and French Professor Jennifer Willging will lead the World War II May Semester Study Tour in 2014.

DeVol (r) delivering a talk on the U.S. Rangers at Pointe du Hoc"One of the best decisions I have ever made! It was way more than I expected. Not only did we learn about World War II, we also got to experience modern day culture in places like London, Paris, and Berlin. Also, I enjoyed the opportunity of getting to know my fellow classmates and professors on a more personal level."

Scott DeVol, Logistics, Program Class of 2013


Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Students must have a 3.1 GPA; credit for one GE History course; and at least 30 semester hours completed at Ohio State to apply. A letter of application, student advising report, and a letter of reference from an Ohio State University professor or staff person is due on October 15, 2013. Applications will be accepted only through the Study Abroad web site.

For more information, contact Professor David Steigerwald at and Kelsey Poole at at the Office of International Affairs—Study Abroad

Gabi Colon, History, Program Class of 2013"I experienced it all: from Hitler's bunker to London's ER. I tasted it all: from fish and chips to free nutella. I stormed the beaches of Normandy, climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and stepped over the Berlin Wall. I am all the better for all of it."

Gabi Colon, History, Program Class of 2013

Program Costs

Students are responsible for spring semester tuition and fees plus the study abroad program fee. The program fee for this study abroad program is TBA, but should be appoximately $5000. The fee includes all accommodations, all program field trips and excursions, interior travel from London to Berlin, two group dinners, and international health insurance. Students are responsible for international airfare, pre-departure expenses (passport), non-group meals, and personal expenses.

All students accepted into the program automatically receive a grant of $1000 from the Office of International Affairs and will receive at least $500 from the Department of History. The program’s special endowment also includes scholarships, which range from $1000 to $2500, for which all accepted students are eligible. Department scholarships are awarded through direct application to program resident directors and are based on a combination of need, academic performance, and extent of previous international experience.

Please contact Professor Steigerwald directly with questions regarding Department of History scholarships.