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

2014 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

Emily Cunningham lecturing on British 6th Airborne Glider Assaults in Normandy, Pegasus Bridge

“World War II has always been one of my favorite topics to study, and the trip was an amazing opportunity to visit places about which I had only heard or read. The whole experience deepened my appreciation for the men and women who served during the war and re-affirmed my love of travel and exploration.”   

Emily Cunningham, Program Class of 2014

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 2015:

  • History 3015: From the New Era to the New Frontier, 1921-1963 (3 hrs) 
  • History 3570: History of World War II (3 hrs) 
  • German 3351: Democracy And Fascism in German Culture (3 hrs; taught in English)
  • History 4795: Research Seminar in History (3 hr) M 2:15-5:00
  • 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
  • History 3501: US Diplomacy 1914 to the Present
  • French 3801: French/American Cultural Relations: From Jazz to Freedom Fries

History Professor David Steigerwald and German Professor John Davidson will lead the World War II May Semester Study Tour in 2015.

Henry Dolin in front of Les Invalides War Museum, Paris

“The courses I took and the places I went gave me a vivid look into my family’s story, why the world of today works the way it does, and how important it is to pursue an understanding of people who live differently. Put another way, my study abroad experience helped me discover the things that really matter to me.”   

Henry Dolin, Program Class of 2014


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, 2014. Applications will be accepted only through the Study Abroad web site.

For more information, contact Professor David Steigerwald at and Tiffany Pierskalla 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 for 2015 has not yet been set. 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.

The program’s special endowment includes scholarships, which range from $750 to $2000, 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 at