Arts, Visual and Performing top

Success in the visual and performing arts requires a stimulating, nurturing environment that celebrates creativity and promotes the exploration of cultures and ideas. We can help you maximize your talents as a working artist, hone your writing skills, sharpen your analytical ability and take a fresh look at ways the arts influenced history and continue to shape lives today.

Social and Behavioral Sciences top

The social and behavioral sciences live at the intersection of science and the study of what makes us human. At Ohio State, you will learn from pioneers who successfully blend the two as innovative scholarly approaches. Across our departments, we integrate multiple viewpoints, encourage critical discourse and provide our students with global perspective and competitive edge.

Natural and Mathematical Sciences top

Our programs in the natural and mathematical sciences are among the country’s best. We offer you unique opportunities to learn from and conduct research with top experts in high-impact areas, from energy and the environment to medicine and data analytics. Exceptional teaching, mentoring and access to leading-edge facilities will prepare you to engage in discoveries that make a difference.

Arts, Visual and Performing top

Success in the visual and performing arts requires a stimulating, nurturing environment that celebrates creativity and promotes the exploration of cultures and ideas. We can help you maximize your talents as a working artist, hone your writing skills, sharpen your analytical ability and take a fresh look at ways the arts influenced history and continue to shape lives today.

  • Arts Entrepreneurship

    Through the Arts Entrepreneurship minor, students will be able to develop entrepreneurial and managerial skills necessary to succeed as creative individuals in the increasingly complex economic environment of contemporary art-making. Students attain business acumen and expertise necessary to operate arts and cultural institutions in the specific role of arts entrepreneurs. (ARTSENT-MN)

  • Dance

    The Dance Minor is organized to merge course work in three core areas of the department. Students electing the minor will choose a minimum of two courses in each of these areas: Theoretical Inquiry, Creative Process, and Movement Practice, with the remainder of credit hours to be selected according to the student’s preferences. (DANCE-MN)

  • Design

    The Design Minor builds a solid understanding of the principles, processes, and applications of Design. (DESIGN-MN)

  • Music

    The music minor is organized to allow for student flexibility and to balance academic and applied course work in music. Through this integrated approach a student completing the minor will emerge with an informed perspective on the field. (MUSIC-MN)

  • Music, Media and Enterprise

    Through the MME minor, students will be able to develop a multidisciplinary perspective on the role of music in commerce, and society. Students gain a theoretical foundation for continuing study and research in the interrelated areas of music, communication, business, society, and culture. (MSCMDEN-MN)

  • Studio Art

    It is the mission of the Department of Art to inspire and enable people to lead creative and intellectually flexible lives. The minor in Art provides students with the opportunity to integrate creative and artistic studio practice with other academic or research pursuits. (STUDART-MN)

  • Theatre

    Any OSU students who are not majoring in Theatre but who wish to extend their knowledge of the Theatre may undertake a Theatre minor. Minoring in Theatre, students are welcome and encouraged to audition and to participate in all aspects of our production season. (THEATRE-MN)

  • Video Arts

    Through the Video Arts minor, students will be able to explore traditional, alternative, and artistic means of media delivery in a variety of expressive and creative contexts. It will contribute to the development of students who seek to incorporate this medium into traditional art and/or narrative practices as well as those interested in creating experimental artworks. (VIDART-MN)

Humanities top

The humanities are the cultural heart of universities; foundational for careers as writers, entrepreneurs, educators and more. At Ohio State, you have access to one of the country’s largest gatherings of top scholars in their fields and unmatched diversity and depth of programs. For example, we provide language, literature and culture instruction in 30 languages from Arabic to Uzbek.

  • African American and African Studies

    The minor in African American & African Studies (AAAS) consists of 15 semester hours. No area of concentration is required to fulfill the minor program. If students complete the minor, according to guidelines, they need only to file the Minor Program Form with their Arts and Sciences advisors. (AFAMAST-MN)

  • American Indian Studies

    American Indian Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on the histories, experiences, languages, arts, and cultures of peoples indigenous to the lands that now comprise the United States. It seeks to broaden understanding of and make connections between Native peoples and cultures in the U.S. and Indigenous peoples across the Americas and around the globe. (AMINSTD-MN)

  • American Studies

    The American Studies minor brings together scholarship in a number of fields to give students a broad view of American society from a variety of perspectives, with particular attention to the problems of a diverse, pluralistic nation in an interdependent world. (AMERSTD-MN)

  • Andean and Amazonian Studies

    The interdisciplinary minor in Andean & Amazonian Studies highlights the geographical region, its languages and peoples, its history and societies, as well as its cultures and environment. Students must achieve intermediate proficiency in Portuguese, Quechua or Spanish. Courses included in this minor may have additional prerequisites - view minor sheet for details. (ANDEAMZ-MN)

  • Arabic

    The minor in Arabic consists of 13 -15 credit hours (depending on which language sequence students choose) of course work. Language and literature courses may require prerequisites. Please view Minor Sheet for details. (ARABIC-MN)

  • Asian American Studies

    Asian American Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on the histories, experiences, and cultures of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent living in the United States. It seeks to broaden students' understanding of the diversity and complexity of Asian American identities and communities. (ASIANAM-MN)

  • Chinese

    The minor in Chinese consists of 15 credit hours of prerequisites and 14 hours of course work beyond the prerequisites. The purpose of the prerequisites is to give students a fundamental language and cultural basis upon which to build an understanding of China. (CHINESE-MN)

  • Classical Greek

    Classics is the study of the cultures of the ancient Greeks and Romans and the people they directly affected. Its major subfields include the Greek and Latin languages from the earliest records until the Middle Ages; the literary and philosophical works composed in these languages; Greek and Roman art, architecture, science and technology; and more. (CLASGRK-MN)

  • Classical Humanitites

    Classics is the study of the cultures of the ancient Greeks and Romans and the people they directly affected. Its major subfields include the Greek and Latin languages from the earliest records until the Middle Ages; the literary and philosophical works composed in these languages; Greek and Roman art, architecture, science and technology; and more.

  • Creative Writing

    The Creative Writing provides students options for indepth study of the craft of creative writing. The progression of courses enhances critical reading skills and gives students the tools they need to create original fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. (CREATWR-MN)

  • Critical and Cultural Theory

    The Critical & Cultural Theory Minor helps students develop the tools for the thoughtful examination of culture and its various constructions, from social structures to political processes to various kinds of art objects. The minor crosses a wide variety of disciplines, such as African and African-American Studies, Anthropology, Comparative Studies, Economics, English, and more. (CRITCLT-MN)

  • Disability Studies

    Disability Studies seeks to study the nature, meaning and consequences of disability in global culture from an integrated social, political, cultural model. It incorporates historical, phenomenological, political, cultural, medical, sociological, technological, educational, and legal perspectives in order to provide an enriched and coherent view of disability. (DSBLYST-MN)

  • East Asian Languages and Literatures

    The purpose of the prerequisites is to give students a fundamental language and cultural basis upon which to build an understanding of East Asia. The courses beyond the prerequisites are intended to provide substantial training in an East Asian language and further cultural understanding. (ASNLANG-MN)

  • English

    Undergraduate Studies in English prepares students to think critically about texts; to construct sound arguments based on evidence; to write elegantly and persuasively; and to understand the historical and cultural contexts in which texts are produced, disseminated, and received. (ENGLISH-MN)

  • Film Studies

    The film studies minor is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry devoted to the analysis of cinema both as a unique art form in its own right, and as a medium influenced and shaped by related fields such as literature and the visual arts. Film studies is a discipline distinct from film making, which focuses on skills of film production rather than film analysis. (FILMSTD-MN)

  • Folklore

    Folklorists focus on a broad spectrum of social expression, examining the forms and ways of living through which communities shape their reality. Those forms include language, work, food, play, dance, song, gestures, beliefs, and so forth. (FOLKLOR-MN)

  • French

    There are multiple course combinations that may interest students with particular career or personal goals. For example, the culture/film option may appeal especially to International Studies majors, whereas the literature option may be a good choice for students who plan to specialize in literary studies in graduate school. (FRENCH-MN)

  • German

    The minor in German consists of a minimum of 15 units of coursework in German beyond the 1103 level and including the two required courses German 2101 and German 2102. The remaining 9 credits of electives can be chosen according to the student’s particular interest. One course taught in English is allowed. (GERMAN-MN)

  • Hebrew

    The minor in Hebrew consists of 14 credit hours of course work, in addition to the prerequisites required. Up to six hours overlap between the minor and the GE will be permitted. (HEBREW-MN)

  • History

    The minor consists of 12 credit hours of history course work at the 2000 level and above. Of these, at least 6 credit hours must be at the 3000 level and above. Courses at the 1000 level cannot be used on the minor. (HISTORY-MN)

  • History of Art

    Students can choose one of three tracks to successfully complete a History of Art Minor or design their own program in consultation with one of the department faculty advisors. Tracks include: general track, period track and cultures groups or culture track. (HISTART-MN)

  • Italian

    The minor in Italian consists of 15 hours of course work beyond 1103 or 5101. All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated. Italian minors must take four courses taught in the Italian language. These courses must include Italian 2102 or a 3000-level course, and at least one 4000-level or above course taught in Italian. (ITALIAN-MN)

  • Japanese

    The minor in Japanese consists of 15 credit hours of prerequisites plus 14 hours of course work. The purpose of the prerequisites is to give students a fundamental language and cultural basis upon which to build an understanding of Japan. The courses beyond the prerequisites are intended to provide substantial training in the Japanese language and further cultural understanding. (JAPANES-MN)

  • Jewish Oral History

    Oral history is a tremendously powerful and important tool in today’s world of Jewish Studies. The minor in Jewish Oral History at Ohio State combines a background in modern Jewish history, needed to understand the significance of such oral histories, with knowledge of the proper techniques and legal issues involved in recording oral histories through various media.

  • Jewish Studies

    The goal of the Jewish Studies Minor is to provide an overview of Jewish culture, history, and thought from the biblical period to the present. The minor will offer an appreciation of how Jewish culture, history, and thought can be applied to practices in the legal, educational, and other fields. (JEWSHST-MN)

  • Korean

    The minor in Korean consists of 15 credit hours of prerequisites and 14 hours of course work beyond the prerequisites. The purpose of the prerequisites is to give students a fundamental language and cultural basis upon which to build an understanding of Korea. (KOREAN-MN)

  • Latin

    Classics is the study of the cultures of the ancient Greeks and Romans and the people they directly affected. Its major subfields include the Greek and Latin languages from the earliest records until the Middle Ages; the literary and philosophical works composed in these languages; Greek and Roman art, architecture, science and technology; and more. (LATIN-MN)

  • Latina/o Studies

    The Latina/o Studies Minor allows students to deepen knowledge of Latina/o experiences (social, economic, legal, etc.), histories, literatures, cultures, and arts; enhance critical learning skills; learn comparative and interdisciplinary methods of analysis; and develop close working relationships with faculty and other students. (LLSTDS-MN)

  • Linguistics

    The undergraduate program in linguistics permits a student to combine a broad spectrum of humanistic and scientific interests and to strengthen his/her analytic skills. The student is encouraged to explore with faculty the many relationships that linguistics has with other fields in order to discover the optimal program to meet his/her individual goals. (LINGUIST-MN)

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies

    The minor in Medieval and Renaissance studies consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours and is designed to serve those students planning to pursue graduate degrees in Medieval and Renaissance areas of study and those who wish to learn more about these periods while they prepare for careers in other fields. (MEDIEVA-MN)

  • Modern Greek

    This minor is offered by the Department of Classics, and includes courses in the language, culture, and literature of the Greek world. Students studying Modern Greek progress from an elementary working knowledge of the language to oral and written fluency. (MDRNGRK-MN)

  • Persian

    The minor in Persian consists of 15 credit hours of course work, in addition to prerequisites. Up to six hours of overlap between the minor and the GE will be permitted. (PERSIAN-MN)

  • Philosophy

    Some students will want a minor in philosophy to complement their major; others will want to pursue some topic in philosophy unrelated to their major. (PHILOS-MN)

  • Popular Culture Studies

    The goal of the minor is to provide tools for students to build bridges between the popular, public, and material cultures of their daily lives and the cultures that are the traditional objects of study. (POPCTST-MN)

  • Portuguese

    The Portuguese minor consists of a minimum of 12 credit hours. The language of instruction in all Portuguese classes leading to the minor will be in Portuguese. Students choosing to minor in Portuguese are encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities offered in cooperation with The Office of International Affairs (OIA). (PORTGES-MN)

  • Professional Writing

    The Department of English’s professional writing minor is designed to give students the opportunity both to develop the cognitive knowledge, practical skill, and hands-on experience needed to write well in the 21st-century workplace and to obtain a credential certifying that knowledge, skill, and experience to potential employers. (PROFWRT-MN)

  • Religious Studies

    The religious studies minor employs an academic approach to religion, stressing its role as an important dimension of human experience in different cultural contexts. (RELSTDS-MN)

  • Russian

    The Russian minor aims at developing your language proficiency so that you can handle survival topics and a range of everyday communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. In addition, you will take coursework to increase your appreciation and understanding of Russian culture, develop your analytical skills, and give you an international outlook. (RUSSIAN-MN)

  • Scandinavian Studies

    A minor in Scandinavian Studies consists of 15 units of coursework beyond Swedish 1103. In addition to three required courses, students choose two electives in consultation with the director of the Scandinavian Program. (SCANDNA-MN)

  • Sexuality Studies

    The minor in sexuality studies focuses on the social, historical, psychological, literary, legal, and political contexts in which human sexualities have been and are currently being expressed and theorized. The minor pays particular attention to the tension between non-normative sexualities and the concept of heterosexuality against which they are typically defined. (SXLTYST-MN)

  • Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures

    The Slavic and East European Minor allows you to focus on a single culture or else to develop a broad knowledge of several cultures in the region. You can choose from a wide array of languages in which you will develop a Novice High or Intermediate Low proficiency, which will enable to handle survival topics and a range of everyday communicative tasks in straightforward social situations.

  • Somali Language and Culture

    The Somali Minor provides students the opportunity to study language, history, literature and culture of Somali speaking peoples of Eastern Africa.

  • South Asia Studies

    South Asia is an area rich in culture and history and is now increasingly important on the global scene. The minor addresses the following: the history, society and cultures associated with the South Asia region; the religions associated with the South Asia region and their impact on the peoples living there; the arts and literatures associated with the South Asia region. (SASIAST-MN)

  • Spanish

    The Spanish minor consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours in the study of Iberian and Latin American Literatures, Cultures, and Hispanic Linguistics. The language of instruction in all Spanish classes leading to the minor will be in Spanish. (SPANISH-MN)

  • Spanish for Business

    The Spanish Minor for Business consists of 15 credit hours. The minor includes four courses taught in Spanish and one course taught in English. The Spanish Minor for Business is not open to Honors students.

  • Spanish Honors

    The Spanish Honors minor consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours in the study of Iberian and Latin American Literatures, Cultures, and Hispanic Linguistics. The language of instruction in all Spanish classes leading to the minor will be in Spanish. Honors students must take 3450H and fulfill additional requirements.

  • Swahili Language and Culture

    The Swahili minor provides students the opportunity to study language, history, literature, and culture of Swahili speaking peoples of Eastern Africa. Swahili is offered at beginning through advanced courses and fulfills the university’s GE foreign language requirement. Study abroad is available in Kenya.

  • Turkish

    The minor in Turkish consists of 15 credit hours of course work as listed below, in addition to the prerequisites required. Up to six credit hours of overlap between the minor and the GE will be permitted. (TURKISH-MN)

  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

    The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Undergraduate Program at the Ohio State University offers both a major leading to a BA degree and a minor designed to complement studies in other academic fields. (WOMSTDS-MN)

  • Yiddish

    The minor in Yiddish consists of 15 units of coursework beyond Yiddish 1103. Once a faculty advisor in the Yiddish Program has approved the Minor Program Form, the student must file the form with a college/school counselor. (YIDDISH-MN)

Social and Behavioral Sciences top

The social and behavioral sciences live at the intersection of science and the study of what makes us human. At Ohio State, you will learn from pioneers who successfully blend the two as innovative scholarly approaches. Across our departments, we integrate multiple viewpoints, encourage critical discourse and provide our students with global perspective and competitive edge.

  • Anthropology

    The minor in Anthropology offers three distinct tracks: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology and Physical Anthropology. View Minor Sheet for specific details on each individual track. (ANTHROP-MN)

  • Atmospheric Sciences

    Atmospheric Sciences encompasses all aspects of the study of weather and climate. It includes severe storms and other systems that comprise our day-to-day weather. It also includes processes that create and change the Earth’s climate. Atmospheric scientists work on scales that vary from local weather at the surface to global features of weather and climate.

  • Biological Bases of Behavior

    Biological Psychology explores the relationship between the brain and behavior. The Biological Bases of Behavior minor will allow students to study behavior specifically from a physiological perspective.

  • Campaigns and Elections

    The Campaigns and Elections minor is intended to accommodate the interests and the needs of students from a variety of majors who want to develop a coherent educational program in a sub-field of Political Science. This minor will provide students with knowledge and analytical tools necessary to understand the election process and political campaigning in the United States. (CAMPELE-MN)

  • Clinical Psychology and Individual Differences

    The minor in Clinical and Individual Differences considers the intellectual, emotional, biological, psychological, social, and behavioral aspects of human functioning in an effort to reduce discomfort and promote adaptation and personal adjustment.

  • Cognitive Science

    Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary study of the mind that incorporates psychological, philosophical, linguistic, biological, and artificial intelligence approaches to how knowledge is acquired, processed, and represented in the mind. (COGNITS-MN)

  • Communication

    The communication minor is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts of communication. The prerequisite course and the four courses in the minor cover each of the following areas: communication theory, communication technology, interpersonal communication, mass communication, and strategic communication. (COMM-MN)

  • Communication Technology

    The minor in Communication Technology provides students with an understanding of the impact of communication technology on society and an introduction to basic skills required for designing websites and other interactive media. (COMTECH-MN)

  • Comparative Politics

    Comparative politics is a subfield of political science that studies the various forms of government found throughout the world. Comparative politics attempts to analyze different governments through understanding the history, geography and people that live under the sovereignty of that government. (COMPPOL-MN)

  • Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies

    The Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies minor is designed to provide undergraduate students with focused knowledge of the nature and causes of juvenile and adult crime among individuals and across communities, the development and administration of criminal law with an emphasis on criminal procedure and capital punishment, and more. (CRIMINO-MN)

  • Developmental Psychology

    Developmental Psychology considers fundamental questions in the field of psychology from the perspective of developmental change, utilizing a cognitive, social, physical, emotional, and moral lens. This minor will provide students with broad exposure to human development across the lifespan, as well as to developmental issues with special populations.

  • Earth Sciences

    With this minor, students will have critical knowledge and hands-on experience to participate successfully in many public, private and international career opportunities such as government research, homeland security, environmental consulting, oil and natural gas exploration & production, international business, precious and industrial mineral exploration, mining, and processing, and more.

  • Economics

    Economics offers an understanding of how the economy operates and provides a basis for informed opinions on many public issues. An undergraduate minor in economics provides good preparation for careers in government, business, organized labor, trade associations, or teaching in the social sciences. (ECON-MN)

  • Forensic Science

    The minor in Forensic Science emphasizes the broad interdisciplinary nature of the field, giving students an understanding of the basic issues and applications with regards to the law. (FORSCI-MN)

  • General Psychology

    The General Psychology Minor is intended to accommodate the interests and the needs of students from a variety of majors who want to develop a basic, foundational perspective in the field of psychology. The minor provides introductory coursework in fundamental psychological issues of behavior, cognition, development, and individual differences.

  • Geographic Information Science

    The curriculum of the GIScience minor is based on that of the GIScience major, which includes a diverse range of courses that can be selected by students to count toward the proposed minor degree. These classes will provide students with extensive experience in mapping, geospatial analysis, geospatial modeling, environmental modeling, and statistical methods. (GIS-MN)

  • Geography

    Geography is a unique discipline that integrates knowledge across the social and natural sciences to provide robust ways of understanding our world. The geography minor is intended to accommodate the interests and the needs of students from a variety of areas who want to develop a coherent educational program from the courses offered. (GEOG-MN)

  • Globalization Studies

    Globalization is the process of countries, through increasing contact, communication and trade, coming closer together to create a single global system in which developments in one part of the world can profoundly affect individuals or communities in other parts of it. (GLOBLST-MN)

  • Health and Society

    The Health and Society minor is designed to expose undergraduate students to sociological theory concerning the operation of the health care industry and social trends in health care phenomena. Coursework focuses on realities of an aging population including the demographics and meaning of death, social factors in disease and illness, and more. (HLTHSOC-MN)

  • Health, Environment, Risk, & Science Communication

    The minor in Health, Environment, Risk, and Science Communication provides students with an understanding of the role of communication in health and health care, science, and the communication of risk. All of these areas deal with the communication of complex information that has implications for people's well-being and safety. (HERSCOM-MN)

  • Human Rights

    The minor in Human Rights focuses on the theory and practice of human rights on both a national and global scale. (HUMNRTS-MN)

  • Inequality and Society

    This minor is designed to provide undergraduate students with a focused sequence of coursework in a sub-field of sociology in which our faculty are exceptionally strong. The minor provides students with a sociological approach to understand societal inequality, and preparation for public sector and research-oriented employment dealing with poverty, family, education, work, and more. (SOCSTRA-MN)

  • International Studies

    The International Studies minor consists of 15 credit hours in one of nine specializations. Six have an area studies focus, while the other three are centered around contemporary world affairs. (INTSTD-MN)

  • Judicial Politics

    The Judicial Politics minor will allow students to gain foundational knowledge in judicial politics and judicial behavior in a nationally-ranked subfield of American Politics. (JUDPOL-MN)

  • Legal Foundations of Society

    This multidisciplinary minor provides students with an exposure to the legal underpinnings of society from a liberal arts perspective. It is intended for students interested in the intersection of legal and social issues. It is not intended as a “pre law” program, but rather, as means of providing a foundational understanding of the ways society constructs and uses its legal systems. (LEGFNTN-MN)

  • Media and Society

    The minor in Media and Society is intended to provide students with an understanding of the impact of media on everyday life. The minor requires completion of one foundational course and at least three additional courses chosen from among electives ranging from the 3000 level to the 4000-level. (MEDIASC-MN)

  • Media Production and Analysis

    The interdisciplinary minor in Media Production and Analysis provides students with an understanding of the societal impact of contemporary media practices and provides opportunities to develop specific media production skills. Students will both analyze and produce media content for distribution through a variety of means. (MEDPROD-MN)

  • Organization and Performance

    The minor in Organization and Performance provides students with knowledge of issues on both an individual and group basis, such as motivation, decision-making, leadership, creativity, and attitude formation, that impact performance on multiple levels.

  • Organizational Communication

    The minor in Organizational Communication provides students with an understanding of the role of communication in organizational contexts. Courses focus on how organizations interact with internal and external constituencies. (ORGLCOM-MN)

  • Political Decision Making

    The minor in Political Decision Making is designed to accommodate the interests and the needs of students from a variety of majors who want to develop a coherent educational program in a sub-field of Political Science. This minor will provide students with the knowledge necessary to understand the methods by which citizens and elites arrive at solutions to political problems. (POLDEC-MN)

  • Political Science

    The general political science minor consists of 15 credit hours and is intended to accommodate the interests and the needs of students from a variety of areas who want to develop a coherent educational program from the courses offered. Students are expected to organize their program to develop a focus on a particular aspect of the political world. (POLSCI-MN)

  • Political Theory

    The Political Theory minor is intended to accommodate the interests and the needs of students from a variety of majors who want to develop a coherent educational program in a sub-field of Political Science. This minor will allow students to gain foundational knowledge in political theory and will help students develop informed attitudes on contemporary political issues. (POLITTH-MN)

  • Psychology

    There are seven minors associated with Psychology. All seven minors are also listed under their individual name.

  • Psychology Research

    The Psychology Research minor is designed to accommodate students with an interest in honing their analytical and quantitative skills. This minor will provide students with knowledge of advanced research methods, psychometrics, and modeling that can be applied to any number of fields, including the social sciences, business, medicine, and law.

  • Social Psychology and Personality

    Social Psychology and Personality is a subfield of psychology that studies how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. This minor will provide students with knowledge about personality theory, attitudes and attitude formation, stereotyping and prejudice, and decision-making.

  • Sociology

    The Sociology minor is designed to provide undergraduate students with a focused sequence of coursework in sociology that builds knowledge of pressing social issues, applies research methods to elucidate real world problems, and utilizes sociological theory to comprehend contemporary society. (SOCIOL-MN)

  • Speech and Hearing Science

    The Undergraduate Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences requires 15 semester hours of course work. Its purpose is to educate and promote the awareness of communication disorders. In addition, students completing a minor in Speech and Hearing Science will have completed many of the prerequisites required to apply for an advanced degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. (SPHHRNU-MN)

  • World Politics

    The World Politics minor is intended to give students foundational knowledge in international relations including the political and economic interactions of the global system and relations between countries and international institutions, in order to prepare them to better understand and to work more effectively in an increasingly globalized environment. (WRLDPOL-MN)

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Our programs in the natural and mathematical sciences are among the country’s best. We offer you unique opportunities to learn from and conduct research with top experts in high-impact areas, from energy and the environment to medicine and data analytics. Exceptional teaching, mentoring and access to leading-edge facilities will prepare you to engage in discoveries that make a difference.

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

    Astronomy and Astrophysics is the study of planets, stars, and galaxies, and the universe as a whole, including how these originate and how they evolve in time. The principal pursuits of the astronomer are to extend our understanding of the physical nature of the universe and to convey this understanding to students and the general public.

  • Biochemistry

    The minor in biochemistry consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work: Biochemistry 5613 (3), 5614 (3), 5615 (3), and 5621 (4) and at least 2 additional hours in biochemistry or a related physical or biological science. (BIOCHEM-MN)

  • Biology

    Students who major in other areas, like engineering and education, who want a deeper understanding of the biological sciences than they would get in the coursework incorporated into their major, pre-professional students who wish to major in a non-science area, business students pursuing careers in biotechnology or pharmaceuticals, students in journalism, etc. will benefit from the biology minor.

  • Chemistry

    The minor in chemistry consists of a minimum of 17 credit hours of course work: Chemistry 2210 (5) and an additional 12 hours of chemistry courses above 2210, with a maximum of 10 credit hours of Chemistry 2310 and 25xx. (CHEM-MN)

  • Computational Science

    The minor in computational science consists of 18 credit hours of course work: A simulation and modeling course, either CSE 1221 or 2221, a numerical methods course, a capstone research or internship using an approved departmental research course designation, one discipline specific computational modeling course and one elective.

  • Computer and Information Science

    The minor in computer and information science (CIS) consists of a minimum of 13 credit hours. The courses are in three categories: Programming Fundamentals, CIS Core, and Technical Electives. Three different tracks, A, B, and C, are available for the fundamentals portion. (CPTRINF-MN)

  • Evolution and Ecology

    The minor in evolution and ecology focuses on the descent and interrelationships of organisms, including plants, animals, and microorganisms. These two disciplines provide an understanding of the pattern of life we see today. (EVOLECO-MN)

  • Mathematics

    Mathematical methods are used today in the social, biological, and physical sciences. A minor program in mathematics is a useful supplement to a major program in many different areas. The Mathematics Department has a list of suggested electives to complement various major programs. (MATH-MN)

  • Microbiology

    The Microbiology minor consists of a minimum of 14 credit hours of microbiology courses. This includes the required foundation course MICRBIOL 4100 (5 hrs), at least two additional courses from the 4100 series (6 hrs) and three hours (3 hrs) of electives. (MICRBIO-MN)

  • Molecular Genetics

    Students can earn the Molecular Genetics Undergraduate Minor by completing the necessary prerequisites and the Molecular Genetics core series of classes. (MOLGEN-MN)

  • Neuroscience

    Neuroscience is a scientific discipline that investigates the organization, development, and function of the nervous system, and its relationship to behavior, cognition, and neurological/neuropsychiatric disorders. (NEURSC-MN)

  • Physics

    Students whose career goals lie in directions other than physics have often expressed interest in physics and a wish for greater exposure that what can be provided in the introductory physics sequence. The physics minor program allows students to gain additional exposure to physics topics such as mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, quantum mechanics, or nanotechnology. (PHYSICS-MN)

  • Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology

    Students can earn the Plant Biology Undergraduate Minor by completing the necessary prerequisites and required courses. Whether under the quarter or semester system, the minor program must be approved by a Plant Biology faculty advisor from the Department of Molecular Genetics. (PCMB-MN)

  • Statistics

    A demonstrated knowledge and working understanding of basic statistical techniques and methods has become a critical element for students in many disciplines including business, engineering, life sciences and social sciences. The undergraduate minor in statistics is designed as a valuable asset to enhance most undergraduate majors and their career opportunities. (STAT-MN)

  • Zoology

    Zoology is the study of animals, from the simplest sponges to the most advanced arthropods, mollusks, and vertebrates. The minor in zoology provides a broad-based introduction to this field. (ZOOLOGY-MN)

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Success in the visual and performing arts requires a stimulating, nurturing environment that celebrates creativity and promotes the exploration of cultures and ideas. We can help you maximize your talents as a working artist, hone your writing skills, sharpen your analytical ability and take a fresh look at ways the arts influenced history and continue to shape lives today.

  • Art

    The MFA program fosters interdisciplinary practices in the visual arts through the framework of its rigorous but flexible curriculum. At Ohio State, students learn to expand and strengthen their individual artistic vision by exploring the full array of creative, intellectual, and material resources available to them at the largest public research university in the United States. (MFA)

  • Art Education

    The MA program in Art Education gives students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be well-informed and reflective practitioners, teachers, and researchers. The program consists of a coherent pattern of courses and other educational experiences, either a research thesis or a final project, and a final oral examination.

  • Art Education, Online

    The Online Master's Degree Program in Art Education at The Ohio State University is the first and premier online art education offering in the United States. The program has served art(s) educators teaching in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, community arts centers, museums, residential facilities, and colleges and universities.

  • Arts Administration, Education and Policy

    The Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy prepares educators, researchers, administrators and policy makers for research and practice in the interdisciplinary field of art education through its integrated, multifaceted programs and collaborations within and outside the university. (MA, PhD)

  • Arts Policy & Administration

    The Arts Policy and Administration Program at The Ohio State University is one of the first in the country to dedicate itself to serious research and advanced training in arts policy and administration. We offer both a Master's degree and a Ph.D. concentration.

  • Dance

    Graduate study in the Department of Dance reflects current national and international trends in dance practice and research while spearheading new areas of investigation. Our two graduate degrees afford opportunities for students to study and conduct research through the synthesis of three major spheres: creative activity, theoretical inquiry and physical practice. (MFA, PhD)

  • Design

    The Design graduate degree program is meant to be broad and multidisciplinary, in contrast to the necessary specialization of our undergraduate programs. Graduate students are encouraged to explore emerging design issues, and to partner with other disciplines to propose innovative solutions. (MFA)

  • History of Art

    Although the Department of History of Art offers both the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees, the MA is awarded in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the PhD. The department does not admit students who wish to work solely toward the master's degree.

  • Music

    Recognized for studies in Music Cognition, the School of Music offers graduate instruction in performance, composition, conducting, music education, theory, and musicology. (MA, MM, SHS, DMA, PhD)

  • Theatre

    Known for its focus on experimentation and new works, Ohio State Theatre offers education and conservatory-style training to artists, scholars and teachers. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), the department offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and its doctoral program is considered to be among the top five in America. (MA, MFA, PhD)

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The humanities are the cultural heart of universities; foundational for careers as writers, entrepreneurs, educators and more. At Ohio State, you have access to one of the country’s largest gatherings of top scholars in their fields and unmatched diversity and depth of programs. For example, we provide language, literature and culture instruction in 30 languages from Arabic to Uzbek.

  • African American and African Studies

    The Master of Arts degree in African American and African Studies prepares students for further studies in discipline-based PhD programs with specialization in any aspect of the Black experience, as well as in professional programs like law and education. (MA, PhD)

  • Classics

    The Department of Classics offers graduate programs anchored in solid knowledge of the relevant languages: Ancient Greek, Latin and/or Modern Greek as each student's particular course of study demands, as well as reading abilities in appropriate modern languages such as French, German, and Italian. (MA, PhD)

  • Comparative Studies

    Graduate work in Comparative Studies is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, addressing complex processes of cultural change, stability, and interaction, with particular attention to the construction of knowledge and the dynamics of power and authority. (MA, PhD)

  • East Asian Languages and Literatures

    The program has a graduate student population that ranges between seventy and eighty students, making the program one of the largest in the continental United States. Graduate students can pursue both the MA and PhD in Chinese or Japanese, focusing on literature, linguistics, or language pedagogy as a field of specialization. (MA, PhD)

  • East Asian Studies

    More than 50 faculty members in 17 disciplines are affiliated with the MA program in East Asian Studies (EAS). The program is administered by the East Asian Studies Center, founded in 1969, which also brings over 200 events with an East Asia focus to campus annually. (MA)

  • English

    The OSU English Department offers an integrated MA/PhD program and an MFA program in Creative Writing, giving graduate students a variety of opportunities to work closely with distinguished scholars and writers. (MA, MFA, PhD)

  • Film Studies

    The Ohio State University Film Studies Program administers the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Film Studies which is available to students enrolled in postgraduate degree programs in another discipline. It does not currently offer an MA or PhD. (GIS)

  • French

    In the Department of French and Italian students explore and gain expertise in French, Francophone and Italian cultures, societies, literatures and languages. (PhD)

  • Germanic Languages and Literatures

    The Graduate Program in German provides students with a thorough and extensive learning experience, both in research and in teaching for a career in Germanic Studies or related professions. Our distinguished faculty is widely published and internationally active in innovative fields of research. We offer one of the nation’s foremost Graduate Teaching Assistant development programs. (MA, PHD)

  • History

    The Department of History is a large and diverse department with over 200 students currently pursuing advanced study in 18 different fields of history. Ranked in the top quartile nationally, the department has approximately 150 graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world to pursue advanced study in 20 different fields of history. (MA, PhD)

  • Italian

    In the Department of French and Italian students explore and gain expertise in French, Francophone and Italian cultures, societies, literatures and languages. (PhD)

  • Latin American Studies

    The MA in Latin American Studies (LAS) is designed for students seeking a broader knowledge of Latin America, or concentrated training in disciplines or topics related to the region. Over 100 affiliated faculty members of 200 Latin American studies and 80 language courses in 34 departments and nine colleges at Ohio State. (MA)

  • Linguistics

    The Ohio State University linguistics program focuses on linguistics as a basic science rather than an applied science. Linguistic phenomena are studied primarily for their own sake and as an aspect of human cognition, rather than being examined for their practical application in fields such as second language education. (PhD)

  • Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

    The MA program in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) offers study in some of the world’s richest languages, literatures, and cultural traditions including Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish, as well as a number of ancient Near Eastern languages, among them Aramaic, Biblical Hebrew, and Ugaritic. (MA, PhD)

  • Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures

    The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures has one of the premier comprehensive graduate programs in the country. It offers MA and PhD programs in two fields: Slavic Literature, Film and Cultural Studies, and Slavic Linguistics. The faculty place strong emphasis on mentoring graduate students in their research, teaching, and professionalization. (MA, PhD)

  • Slavic and East European Studies

    The interdisciplinary MA in Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES), which was founded in 1965. More than 80 faculty members in 24 disciplines are affiliated with the program. As Ohio State is home to one of the nation’s largest Slavic language programs, students may focus on any of 11 languages from the region. (MA)

  • Spanish and Portuguese

    The department offers MA and PhD programs in Iberian and Latin American literatures and cultures and in Hispanic linguistics. It also offers a doctoral concentration in Luso-Brazilian literatures and cultures, and minors in film studies and other exciting fields. (MA, PhD)

  • Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is an interdisciplinary field of research and teaching that places gender and its intersection with sexuality at the center of inquiry. (MA, PhD)

  • Yiddish and Ashkenazic Studies

    Courses in Yiddish language, literature, and culture have been offered at The Ohio State University for some two decades. In this time, Ohio State has grown to be one of the premier institutions of Yiddish research, teaching, and scholarship in the hemisphere.

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The social and behavioral sciences live at the intersection of science and the study of what makes us human. At Ohio State, you will learn from pioneers who successfully blend the two as innovative scholarly approaches. Across our departments, we integrate multiple viewpoints, encourage critical discourse and provide our students with global perspective and competitive edge.

  • Anthropology

    Nationally and internally recognized graduate program in scientific anthropology with strengths in evolution, ecology, and environmental impacts on past and living primates and humans. MA and PhD programs are in Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Biological Anthropology. (MA, PhD)

  • Communication

    The School of Communication offers an MA and PhD in Communication. Graduate studies are in the areas of Communication Technology and Society, Health Communication and Public Opinion. The primary goal is to train individuals to conduct empirical social science research. (MA, PhD)

  • Earth Sciences

    The graduate program examines global and environmental change, geological sciences, earth and planetary dynamics, geodesy, and geospatial sciences. By entering our graduate programs, you will become a part of one of the nation's premier research universities. (MS, PhD)

  • Economics

    Graduate programs are available in Economic Theory, Experimental, and Behavior Economics. Focal areas include macroeconomics, applied microeconomics and econometrics. (PhD)

  • Geodetic Science

    The Division of Geodetic Science, School of Earth Sciences, offers graduate degrees in the following specialized tracks: geodesy, mapping/geographic information science, mathematical geodesy, and geodesy & geodynamics. (MS, PhD)

  • Geography

    Graduate work in Geography Atmospheric Science with specialties in Environment and Society, Atmospheric and Climatic Studies, GIS and Spatial Analysis, Urban and Regional, and Global Studies. The program is a leader in placement of tenure-track faculty in significant positions both in the U.S. and internationally. (MA, PhD)

  • Philosophy

    Ranked in the top 5th of U.S. doctoral programs, the Department of Philosophy is a strong program and offers MA and PhD degrees. (MA, PhD)

  • Political Science

    The department offers graduate minors in Formal Theory, Political Economy, Political Psychology and the Politics of Race, Gender and Ethnicity in the addition to the traditional five major fields. (PhD)

  • Psychology

    One of the few psychology departments in the nation housing brain imaging facilities; the one dedicated fMRI for studies in clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social neuroscience in Ohio. (PhD)

  • Sociology

    Graduate program offers training in Research Methods along with a thorough grounding in four areas: Comparative Social Change; Crime and Community; Gender, Race, Work, and Inequality; and Population, Health and Life Course. Historic Townshend Hall houses The Simon Dinitz Conference Room & Library, The William Form Sociological Research Laboratory, and student instructional and homework labs. (PhD)

  • Speech and Hearing Science

    Graduate programs in Audiology (AuD), Speech-Language Pathology (MA) and Speech and Hearing Science (PhD). Program areas include speech perception, acoustics, psychoacoutics, auditory physiology voice, neurogenic disorders, hearing disorders and child language develoopment and disorders. (MA, AuD, PhD)

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Our programs in the natural and mathematical sciences are among the country’s best. We offer you unique opportunities to learn from and conduct research with top experts in high-impact areas, from energy and the environment to medicine and data analytics. Exceptional teaching, mentoring and access to leading-edge facilities will prepare you to engage in discoveries that make a difference.

  • Astronomy

    The Department of Astronomy offers a superb PhD program for students interested in optical/infrared observational astrophysics and theoretical astrophysics with a strong emphasis is placed on research. Students begin work on research projects as soon as they arrive, and are encouraged to work with several different research advisors during the course of their graduate education. (PhD)

  • Biochemistry

    The department provides excellent training in the classroom and in the research laboratory. Graduate go on to hold positions in the finest universities, companies, and government laboratories. The program offers several degree options that lead to a Master's degree: MS degree in Biochemistry; MS Degree with emphasis in Biotechnology; and a combined BS/MS degree program. (MS, PhD)

  • Biophysics

    Using the tools of physics and related sciences, the program seeks to answer biological questions. For research at the cellular level there are facilities for scanning electron microscopy, microcalorimetry, and for making and using microelectrodes capable of electrical and chemical measurements within a single cell. (PhD)

  • Biostatistics

    The program in Biostatistics is a joint venture between the Department of Statistics and the Division of Biostatistics in the College of Public Health. Students in this program choose between two specializations: a Methodology Specialization and the Public Health Specialization. (PhD)

  • Chemical Physics

    From high-temperature plasmas to studies at near absolute zero, the program is an exciting investigation into extreme science. We also have major facilities for mass spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, and electron paramagnetic resonance. These centers of instrumentation make it easy for us to bring an entire array of techniques to bear on specific research problems. (PhD)

  • Chemistry

    Graduate courses and research programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees in chemistry are offered in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry. (MS, PhD)

  • Environmental Science

    The Environmental Science Graduate Program (ESGP) is a collaborative endeavor at the university and is comprised of faculty from Biological Sciences; Engineering; Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Medicine; Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Veterinary Medicine. (MS, PhD)

  • Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology

    Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) encompasses the study of animals, plants, and microbes in their relationships among themselves and their environments, and in their common ancestry. The graduate program is planned by the student and a member of the EEOB graduate faculty who acts as her/his research advisor so as to meet the student's individual needs and interests. (MS, PhD)

  • Mathematics

    The Department of Mathematics offers programs of study that lead both to PhD and MMS degrees. The graduate curriculum includes courses starting at the preparatory master's level leading up to advanced research topics courses in all major areas of mathematics. Students can pursue a master’s degree in Mathematical Biology or Mathematics for Educators. (MMS, PhD)

  • Microbiology

    Ohio State offers training in virtually every aspect of modern microbiology. Our PhD program in microbiology offers an individualized approach to graduate study in one of the nation's largest teaching and research institutions. You will actively participate in planning your graduate program while working with colleagues from around the world while pursuing your PhD. (PhD)

  • Molecular Genetics

    The graduate program in Molecular Genetics gives graduate students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in molecular biology at one of the premier research institutions in the country. Our faculty use diverse model systems to explore questions of fundamental interest to basic biology and human disease. (PhD)

  • Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

    The graduate program in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) prepares students for careers as research scientists and educators in an academic or industrial environment. MCDB is interdisciplinary in nature and includes the combined talents of more than 130 PhD students and 170 faculty from more than 25 departments in six colleges. (PhD)

  • Neuroscience

    This interdisciplinary training program will provide you with the foundations of neuroscience knowledge through an integrated and wide-ranging curriculum. You will then choose an area of research emphasis and work one-on-one with successful and distinguished faculty. (PhD)

  • Physics

    The Department of Physics has designed the graduate program to give you a solid background in the fundamentals, an understanding of the major fields of current research, and an opportunity for in-depth investigations. Working with your faculty advisor, you can tailor your program to meet your own needs and interests, taking into account your particular goals and undergraduate preparation. (PhD)

  • Statistics

    The Department of Statistics encompasses areas ranging from the development of methodology for data acquisition and analysis to the science of decision making under uncertainty. The emphasis in the department is to maintain innovative excellence in research that is targeted to the development of statistical methodology motivated by providing solutions to real-world problems. (MAS, MS, PhD)

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