DePaul University believes students should get an early start with their global education, to begin acquiring knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help prepare them for lives and careers in our increasingly globalized world. FY@broad programs are designed specifically for first-year students and are just one of many international learning experiences for DePaul students. The programs combine first-year coursework with a short study abroad experience at the end of the quarter, where students and the faculty who taught their class then travel abroad for 8-12 days to visit sites they have been studying. Note: While priority is given to first-year students, sophomores may apply if they were unable to complete their Focal Point Seminar in their first year.
The Focal Point component of this course focuses on the tensions between science and religion that surfaced in the wake of Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species. The scientific debate also percolated through a host of related issues, including the implications of Darwinism for social reform, racial theories, and women’s rights and the evolving concept of causation in science and its implications for public policy.
The course uses the “Reacting to the Past” philosophy. Reacting to the Past is a series of historical role-playing games. After a few preparatory discussions, the instructor becomes a Gamemaster (GM), and the students become important figures in a highly-charged moment in history. During the game, students strategize with teammates, work to defeat opponents, engage in negotiations, give speeches and participate in debates, and write essays and position papers. In this particular game, students are divided into 3 main factions.
1) The Natural Theologians,
2) The Naturalists, and
3) The Social Reformers
The Study Abroad component will take the students from the “role-playing” aspect of the course material to the real-life locations in England. They will actually get to see, hear, and touch the objects and locations referred to during the game. Students will learn about the man behind the Theory of Evolution and will get a sense of Charles Darwin— the boy, the student, the geologist, the naturalist, the explorer, the husband, and the father. They will hear from guest speakers and researchers and see first-hand the nature and process of science. By touring the Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences and the Zoology Museum at the University of Cambridge and the Oxford Museum of Natural History, they become scientists on The Beagle voyage. By visiting Darwin’s birthplace in Shrewsbury and his family home in Kent, they explore the cultural influences on his scientific career.
Margaret Workman is an instructor in the Department of Environmental Science and Studies at DePaul University. She teaches courses on Environmental Science, Cities and the Environment, Chemistry for Environmental Studies, Energy and the Environment, and Discover Chicago. She is a co-author of a Lab Manual textbook titled "Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab." She is also a pioneer in online learning in the sciences. She has developed a series of 15 Environmental Science instructional laboratory experiences (both in the field and in the lab). She is a proponent of women in the sciences and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM fields. She has served as the National President of Iota Sigma Pi, the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, and has been a member of said organization since graduate school.
All students will be enrolled in the following two courses:
LSP 112: Science, Religion, & Social Change
4 credit hours
Class meeting times
Liberal Studies domain
Focal Point Seminar
This course focuses on the tensions between science and religion that surfaced in the wake of Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species. The scientific debate also percolated through a host of related issues including the implications of Darwinism for social reform, racial theories, and women’s rights and the evolving concept of causation in science and its implications for public policy. The course uses the “Reacting to the Past” philosophy. Reacting to the Past is a series of historical role-playing games. After a few preparatory discussions, the instructor becomes a Gamemaster (GM); and the students become important figures in a highly-charged moment in history. During the game, students strategize with teammates, work to defeat opponents, engage in negotiations, give speeches and participate in debates, and write essays and position papers. In this particular game, students are divided into 3 main factions: The Natural Theologians, The Naturalists, and The Social Reformers. The game may replicate what happened in the past, but may also change the course of history!
Additional course information
Honors Program students will receive credit for either Scientific Inquiry (SI) or an Honors Approved Elective.
LSP 250: Travel/Study
2 credit hours
This is the two-credit course associated with the travel portion of the FY@broad program.
The prerequisite for this study abroad program is WRD 103 (or HON 100 for Honors Program students). Exceptions will be considered for students enrolling in WRD 103 (or HON 100) during the same quarter as the study abroad program coursework—if this will be the case for you, be sure to clearly indicate this in your study abroad application. Students with AP Language and Composition credit typically will have already received course credit for WRD 103.
Note: Just as with any application submitted to Study Abroad, a completed application does not guarantee program admittance. Any students not admitted to the FY@broad program will need to register for one of the other Focal Point Seminars offered that does not include a study abroad component.
Students will stay in shared accommodations in London throughout the program, either a student residence hall or a hotel.
All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.
DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Note: There are specific FY@broad scholarships available, and students are strongly encouraged to apply for the FY@broad scholarship by the application deadline. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.
DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward in the Summer 2021 term. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.
If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the FY@broad England program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.
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Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.
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NOTE: The faculty Program Director(s) will be conducting short interviews with all applicants, to meet them in-person before making final acceptance decisions. Faculty will be in contact with all applicants around the time of the application deadline to schedule these required interviews.