Evolution in Darwin’s World and Ours provides an opportunity for students to learn how evolutionary theory relates to all careers and even every-day life. Students studying biology, medicine, history, literature, philosophy, etc. will all be able to relate to discussions on historical and modern interpretations of the origins of life, scientific inquiry, and the acceptance of new ideas. The pre-departure course takes place during spring semester; to help contextualize Darwin’s remarkable life and scientific contributions, students will read Darwin’s Autobiography, some of his personal correspondence, and analyses by Darwin scholars. Once in England, students will visit the British Museum, Linnaean Society of London, Westminster Abbey, Down House, and Cambridge University, where Darwin received his baccalaureate degree. This international experience is designed to reinforce the concepts discussed during the pre-departure course. Students also have unstructured days during which they can explore the cities and visit additional attractions, as desired.
This program is specially designed for honors students and those interested in the history of biology and evolutionary thought. Please click here for 2018 Information PowerPoint.
Upon course completion, students will be able to:
- describe early to mid-19th century England in historical context (i.e., social, scientific, religious, political milieu) and Darwin’s life in that world, with emphasis on the paradigm shift that evolutionary theory propelled and 19th C responses to it.
- explain the tenets of modern evolutionary theory and cite evidence of its broad application and utility.
- provide scientific evidence for the ancient evolutionary heritage of the human body.
The majority of this study abroad experience will take place in London, with a special trip to Cambridge University, where students will meet with an archivist from the Darwin Correspondence Project.
Students will reside with other students in hotels in London and Cambridge.
Department of Entomology
Department of Entomology
Education Abroad Coordinator
Courses and Credit
Admitted participants are required to register in two hours of ENTMLGY 3797H for May 2018, and two hours of ENTMLGY 3790H (the pre-departure course) in spring 2018.
Students in the Honors and Scholars Program represent the primary audience for this program. Although honors standing is required, non--honors students may contact the resident director, Dr. Anelli, if they wish to enroll. There are no course prerequisites, but students should be motivated to learn about the history of biology and evolutionary theory in particular. They also should be interested in how scholars think about and conduct research in the history of science, as they will be conducting their own historical research as part of a required group project.
In addition, in order to be eligible to apply for this program, student must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. Students also must participate in an individual interview after the program application deadline. Details about the interview will be sent to students by the program coordinator after the program application deadline.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Please refer to the 2018 budget sheet for estimated costs. The costs for the 2019 program will be finalized soon. Please note that the 2019 program will differ based on changes to the program itinerary, fluctuations in exchange rates, and other variables.
Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a TBD program fee.
If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.