Evolution in Darwin’s World and Ours provides an opportunity for students to learn about the history of biology and evolutionary theory in particular, and gain an informed understanding of the relevance of modern evolutionary theory. The course begins on--campus in spring semester with a brief overview of the origins of the biological and medical sciences, starting with Aristotle and Hippocrates, moving to the rebirth of inquiry during the 16th century, and onward to the time of Darwin. To prepare for study abroad during the first 2--weeks of May, coursework will focus on Victorian England and Charles Darwin. 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. 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. To explore the impact of modern evolutionary theory and the origins of many human diseases and ailments, we will read Neil Shubin’s book, Your Inner Fish. 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.
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.
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.
Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus $ 2,317 program fee. The program fee will include one way international airfare (from the United States to England), all breakfasts, in-country lodging and a few group meals, program-required transportation and field trips/play, and GeoBlue international supplement insurance. The program fee will not include returning airfare (from England to the United States), most meals (lunches and dinners) and personal expenses related to the program (such as Passport cost, etc.).
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.
- Thursday, September 21, 2017, 5 - 6pm, 201 Kuhn House
- Thursday, October 5, 2017, 5 - 6pm, 201 Kuhn House
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country-specific information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of an issuance or change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Warning, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.