Integrated Semester – Study Tour and History Minor at The Ohio State University
To begin Spring Semester, 2013
American troops of the 28th Infantry Division march down the Champs Elysees. Credit: National Archives.
As a turning point in the 20th century, World War II had far-reaching repercussions that echo into the 21st century. The war marked the rise of the United States to superpower status and the waning of European colonial empires. Its conduct, consequences, and legacies shaped Cold War conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia, and incited wars of national liberation and decolonization. The war experience accelerated the spread of American-style capitalism, development of an integrated Europe, and attempts to mediate conflicts through international institutions. It supported not only economic growth in the U.S. and abroad but also the growth of social movements associated with labor, gender and race. Contested memories of the war in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere continue to evolve.
In this program, 20 Ohio State students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds will study with four OSU professors various aspects of World War II, with a particular focus on the United States and Europe. They will take a challenging group of history and culture courses, meeting frequently in a small-class setting to exchange ideas, to discuss their research, and to prepare for the second portion of the program—a three-week tour of World War II sites, memorials, and museums in Europe (London, Normandy, Paris, Berlin). This powerful interdisciplinary program, emblematic of Ohio State’s motto, “education for citizenship,” will furnish the students a strong foundation for their future roles as American leaders in government, business, academia, and other professions.
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 taken either History 3015 or History 3570 previous to the Spring semester are also encouraged to apply. Students who have taken courses relevant to the international experience of World War II (for example, History 2475, History of the Holocaust; History 3253, 20th Century Europe to 1950; History 3263, France in the 20th Century; or History 3265, 20th-Century German History) may petition directly to Professor Steigerwald to substitute for either History 3015 or History 3570.
Projected courses for Spring 2013:
Students are responsible for Spring Semester tuition and fees plus the study abroad program fee. The program fee for this study abroad program is $TBD. The fee will include accommodations, some meals, all program field trips and excursions, international health insurance. Students are responsible for international airfare, pre-departure expenses (passport), non-group meals, and personal expenses.
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 OSU to apply. A letter of application, student advising report, and a letter of reference from an OSU professor will be due on a date still to-be-determined, but sometime early in the Autumn Semester 2012. Applications will be accepted only through the Study Abroad web site.
For more information, contact Prof. David Steigerwald at email@example.com and Savannah Heilman firstname.lastname@example.org at Office of International Affairs—Study Abroad http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html.
The World War II Scholarship Fund in History has been established to help defray costs of the History Study Tour in Europe.
How to Contribute to the World War II Scholarship Fund:
If you would like to support this new academic program, you may send a check, made out to “The Ohio State University,” with fund code 481997 and/or The World War II Scholarship Fund in History, written in the remarks area, to
OSU Development Office
Arts and Sciences, 1501 Neil Ave., Suite 020, Columbus, OH 43201.
Contact information: Prof. Peter Hahn Hahn.email@example.com Chair of History
Or, you may contribute via the giveto site.