The College of Arts and Sciences is Ohio State's laboratory for discovery and creativity. By bringing together ideas and disciplines to create bold, new connections, we empower people and their potential, envision the unimagined, advance innovations and solve unrelenting problems at a scale few others can match.

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Programs of Excellence

Programs of Excellence

The Ohio State College of Arts and Sciences is a nationally recognized leader in many fields:

  • U.S. News and World Report provides an overall top-25 ranking for 14 of our graduate programs and specialty areas
  • U.S. News Best Global Universities ranks 3 of our academic areas in the nation’s top 25
  • Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects ranks 6 of our programs in the nation’s top 25

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With more than 80 majors and 100 minors, the College of Arts and Sciences is the academic heart of the university. The Arts and Sciences provides extraordinary opportunities to collaborate across disciplines, blending creativity and analysis to truly be at the forefront of thought. The breadth and depth of knowledge in the college gives students and researchers the critical thinking and adaptability essential for a lifetime of success. Discover all of our major and minors.

Featured academic programs

Medical Anthropology

Medical anthropology is a subfield of anthropology that draws on biological and sociocultural anthropology to understand human health and well-being. What makes medical anthropology unique is that it considers how human evolutionary history combines with people’s current cultural, economic and political context to shape their health. Medical anthropologists work in universities, hospitals and clinics, in public health and for national and international health agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on health.

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Data Analytics

The Data analytics major is one of the first of its kind for a major research institution in the nation. Data analytics applies fundamental scientific principles to analyze large, complex data sets. This rapidly growing field needs practitioners with expertise that cuts across core disciplines of computer science, mathematics and statistics, and highly developed critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills. It is a uniquely interdisciplinary major with academic partnerships rarely found in other majors. The major is co-directed by the Department of Statistics and the College of Engineering's Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

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Moving-Image Production

Students in the moving-image production major study the increasingly interdisciplinary professional field of moving-image production and develop a deep understanding of film production in the areas of animation, documentary, experimental and narrative cinema. The program emphasizes specialized studio practice, the development of critical storytelling skills and proficiency in visual literacy.

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Arts Management

The arts management major allows students to study the issues, problems and policy interventions impacting contemporary arts and cultural industries, develop business and managerial skills for professional decision-making in arts and cultural organizations and practice creative and critical thinking, opportunity recognition and entrepreneurship in arts and cultural environments. Students will understand the professional role and responsibilities of successful creative individuals in contemporary society. The Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy faculty are leaders in the arts, arts policy and administration and their alumni work all over the world in arts-related careers.

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World-Class Artists, Scientists and Scholars

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With 126 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellows, 26 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members, 9 members of the National Academy of Sciences and 40 Guggenheim Fellows, our faculty are consistently recognized as experts in their fields.

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Research & Creative Inquiry

Across the College of Arts and Sciences and across the globe, we have faculty and students committed to novel, exciting research that can change the planet and confront modern challenges. Whether you want to analyze galaxies and particles from the deepest reaches of space or work up-close and personal with the tiniest bacteria, our college has a place for you to be inspired and inspire others. 

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we harness our creativity in our research. We change the way people stream audio online. We use our cameras to capture current events and showcase how the world is changing around us. Or, in our newly renamed Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts, we produce, direct, and perform in work that can reach the world.

The arts: bold, innovative and exciting

The arts: bold, innovative and exciting

Our arts facilities are continuing to grow at Ohio State. In the new Arts District, the Buckeye community will have stunning, state-of-the-art performance spaces right on campus. The Arts District, which will include a new home for the School of Music as well as a new building for the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts, will bring creative thinkers and doers closer together.

Check out the new Arts District and read about a historic $17 million gift from the Timashev Family that is making a new music building possible. Plus, see how our college is finding ways to celebrate the arts even during challenging times.

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Educational Support

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Throughout their education in the College of Arts and Sciences, every student goes on their own unique journey, discovering new passions, gaining new experiences and growing inside and outside of the classroom. Our academic advisors support students at every step of the way, helping ensure each student finds and succeeds in the right path for themself.

Certificate programs within the Arts and Sciences enable students and working professionals to enhance their educational foundation and strengthen their career readiness. Choose from our certificates in diversity, equity and inclusion; health communication; translation and interpretation; hydrogeology and many more to elevate your existing expertise.

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Workforce Development

The Arts and Sciences community generates solutions and advancements to tackle some of the world’s most pressing and complex issues. Our faculty and staff are on the cutting edge of research and innovation: organizing community response to COVID-19, preparing student artists for their careers in the industry and co-founding companies at the forefront of "smart" particle technology.

Our students grow into educated citizens, compassionate community members, critical thinkers and creative problem solvers. An essential component of this is providing workforce development and extensive networking, mentorship and career readiness programs to give students the tools needed to be successful in the modern and future workforce.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The College of Arts and Sciences is a diverse community of students and scholars reflecting our world's medley of ideas, beliefs, backgrounds and cultures, and nurturing an inclusive, equitable environment for all is one of our core values.

We also prepare our students to enter their careers as thought leaders to address emerging issues in these arenas.

We are all Arts and Sciences Buckeyes, but the myriad ways in which we differ make us stronger. Our intellectual and disciplinary frames, racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities and identifications, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, disabilities, ages, faiths, cultural and social contexts, learning styles, talents and challenges all make up who have been, who we are and who we strive to be.

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A Global Network

As an alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences, you're a member of an extraordinary network of creators, performers, scientists, artists and thinkers who are consistently enacting positive change in the world around them.

A political science, women's, gender and sexuality studies and international relations triple-major whose work in the intersection of human rights and tech is bettering BIPOC communities. A geography alumnus who is navigating an Ohio county through the COVID-19 crisis. A social and behavioral sciences major's commitment to open opportunities for underrepresented populations as the city Chicago's first chief diversity officer.

ALUMNI: Stay Connected

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Let us know what you're doing and how the Arts and Sciences helped get you there. Get involved with our community to encourage and uplift the next generation of Buckeyes.