The Arts and Sciences at Ohio State is all about connections, discovery, inclusiveness, collaboration and diversity. Prospective or current student, parent, faculty, staff, alum; on campus, in Columbus or far beyond, you will find all of the above — and more — here. I invite you to see for yourself. Explore our Majors; Research and Arts & Culture programs; learn more about the college; check out our events; the latest news and who is making it: profiles of students and faculty and meet ASC Experts in the Media. Enjoy our stories, images and follow me on Twitter or check out my blog!
- David Manderscheid, Executive Dean and Vice Provost
38 Departments and Schools
20+ Centers and Institutes
2,000 Faculty and Staff
$284 million Budget
$88 million Research Expenditures
$295 million Endowment
19 Endowed Professorships
21 Endowed Chairs
200,000+ Living Alumni
Arts and Sciences faculty performs at the highest levels in teaching, research and service — the three tenets of the great land-grant institutions.
38 Guggenheim Fellows
16 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Members
1 MacArthur Fellow
1 National Medal of Sciences
1 National Medal of Arts
1 American Academy of Arts and Letters Fellow
9 National Academy of Sciences Member
2 Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Dr. A.H Heineken Prize Recipients
35 NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) Award winners
2 Department of Energy Early Career Awards
Ann Hamilton, professor of art, was presented with the 2014 National Medal of Arts by President Obama at the White House. She is internationally recognized for large-scale, multimedia installations.
“I am both humbled and proud to be part of this recognition of the arts, and the work of culture we are all engaged in making together.”
Clark Spencer Larsen, professor and chair of Anthropology, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Larsen has dedicated his career and scholarship to deepening our understanding of the human condition.
“We are collectively motivated by the fact that we enjoy what we do — teaching great students, engaging in our multifaceted research programs and assisting Ohio State.”
At Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences, knowledge is not the means to an end. It’s the start of whatever comes next. You’d never guess you’re at one of the nation’s largest research universities; it’s like a small liberal arts college, tucked into a leading public university.
Incoming 2016-17 Academic Profile:
Average ACT: 29
Average SAT: 1,263
Top 10% of their high school class: 61.5%
Top 25% of their high school class: 94%
Our students are consistently recognized, nationally and internationally, for their excellence in research and scholarship and are recipients of awards such as the Goldwater, Beinecke, Churchill and Rhodes.
Each year, our distinguished graduate students are selected for honors including the prestigious Fulbright-Hays, Fulbright, NSF Predoctoral Fellowship and Schweitzer Award.
Nima Dahir (BA, economics and mathematics, 2016) was named a 2015 Beinecke Scholar – Ohio State’s fifth. The Beinecke Scholarship is awarded to 20 students nationwide and supports graduate studies. Her sister, Ilhan Dahir (BA, political science, English, 2015), was named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar. She is Ohio State’s sixth Rhodes Scholar and the College of Arts and Science’s third. One of the oldest and best-known academic awards, the Rhodes Scholarship covers all expenses associated with two or three years of study at the University of Oxford.
Henry Tran (chemistry and mathematics) and Alexis Crockett (neuroscience and psychology) are 2016 Churchill Scholars. This is the first time that two Ohio State students have received the honor in the same year. Both will begin graduate studies at the University of Cambridge.
In every area of the Arts and Sciences, our pioneering faculty, students and collaborators worldwide are exploring existing and emerging global challenges. Their game-changing discoveries profoundly affect our lives and is funded by all major federal and state granting agencies, with additional support from business and industry.
Zhong-Lin Lu, professor of psychology; director of the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging, is one of a handful of research scientists across the U.S. selected to share a $13.1 million award as part of NSF’s support for integrative, fundamental brain research and the BRAIN initiative.
“The goal of this grant is to predict individual cognitive performance in novel, real-world situations based on observed behavioral and neuroimaging data — a new approach that could revolutionize the field of cognitive neuroscience.”
Abraham Badu-Tawiah, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, developed an inexpensive prototype test strip for diagnosing diseases, including cancer and malaria, to save lives in rural Africa and Southeast Asia where malaria kills hundreds of thousands every year.
“We want to empower people. If you care at all about your health and you have reason to worry about a condition, then you don’t want to wait until you get sick to go to the hospital. You could test yourself as often as you want.”
The College of Arts and Sciences champions scholarship, creative activity and performance, and promotes an environment for students and faculty to inspire, discover and create on campus and beyond.
To facilitate this, we are intensifying ties with local, national and international arts organizations and, over the next two decades, $200 million will be invested in a vibrant Arts District at High Street and 15th Avenue, the university’s front door.
Two graduate students studying at the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design are working with physicians at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to create a Virtual Reality 3D-animated game for use by pediatric patients to alleviate pain and offer distraction during tedious treatments.
A team of students and alumni from the Department of Design won first place in the undergraduate track of the Fisher College of Business 2014 Business Plan Competition, for their project, Juiceboxx. They developed a protective case for a MacBook charger that features a clean, simple aesthetic with a unique design that guides the cord into exiting the power supply with a gentle curve, significantly reducing areas of high stress.
Our students study abroad and conduct field work on every continent, have access to internship experiences at any scale, contribute to leading-edge research and scholarship, and participate in service-learning that makes a difference in our communities.
With more than 100 study-abroad and field-work programs on every continent, our students have unparalleled opportunities to explore, expand and specialize their academic journeys.
Students engage in leading-edge research, supported by world-class scholars, researchers and scientists. Working alongside faculty at the cusp of groundbreaking discovery, they develop the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for graduate school and beyond.
Internships & Service Learning
Located in a major metropolitan area, we have access to extensive internship and service-learning opportunities in Columbus and beyond.
Graduate student Omarthan Clarke was born in Jamaica and raised in the U.S. He reconnected with the arts and culture of Jamaica through a study-abroad experience with the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy.
“I want to establish a nonprofit, international public arts and academic institution in both Jamaica and the U.S. that fuses creativity with entrepreneurship.”
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building (CBEC)
Urban Arts Space
Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging (CCBBI)
Department of Anthropology
Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS)
Department of Dance
Department of Psychology
The Ohio State campus is located near downtown Columbus, acting as a catalyst for the cultural and entrepreneurial vitality the city is known for. You'll find urban cool next to historic neighborhoods, groundbreaking artists and technology entrepreneurs, innovative startups and global enterprises.
It's no surprise that Forbes magazine recently ranked Columbus #1 on its list of Opportunity Cities.