Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences

I am so pleased to join the Ohio State faculty as executive dean and vice provost for the College of Arts and Sciences. As a brand-new Buckeye, this is my freshman year at Ohio State. I begin this academic year with a sense of excitement and wonder while settling into my new home at Ohio’s leading public university.

At the center of a robust public institution like Ohio State must be a thriving arts and sciences college like ours — an academic, research and creative powerhouse that is a crucible for collaborative, interdisciplinary exploration. One of the joys of being an arts and sciences dean is the opportunity to surround yourself with the new and unfamiliar, and I am privileged to learn something new every day from our college’s students, faculty and alumni.

My own field of study is government and politics, and I know that the arts and sciences are foundational for any democratic society. One of the things I have long appreciated about the United States is our dual commitment to liberty and equality. While we have sometimes struggled over our history to realize our ideals, there is a deep aspirational belief in our country that the promise of American life includes the ability to develop your talents, pursue your ambitions and contribute to the larger society regardless of where and to whom you were born.

Universities, and particularly public universities like Ohio State, serve as engines of opportunity to help us achieve this vision. Because of this, what Ohio State does matters — and in today’s complex and ever-evolving global landscape, an arts and sciences education matters now more than ever.

Gretchen Ritter
Executive Dean and Vice Provost
Professor of Political Science

By the Numbers

By the Numbers

The College of Arts and Sciences is often called the academic heart of Ohio State. Not just because of its size, but because this is where arts, humanities, and natural, mathematical, social and behavioral sciences can converge in unique and unexpected ways. When we combine different perspectives and expertise, we can better investigate critical problems through creative and scholarly inquiry, engage the public in reciprocal community collaborations, and deliver an exceptional education for Ohio State students.


Commitment to Student Support


Adventures Beyond the Classroom

Adventures Beyond the Classroom

Alyssa Moore

Education shouldn’t have boundaries. In the College of Arts and Sciences, the world is rife with bold and innovative ways to learn, explore, discover and study. Our students study abroad and conduct field work that touches every continent on Earth, opening up new and exciting opportunities for internships, research and service-learning that impacts not just their own community, but the world around them.

This summer, political science major Alyssa Moore immersed herself in historic Italian culture in the education abroad program “The Italian City.” Students explored and learned about some of Italy’s extraordinary cities and how their influences shaped the nation’s cultural identity through its years.

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In every area of the Arts and Sciences, innovative faculty, students and collaborators worldwide are exploring existing and emerging global challenges. The college champions creative scholarship and performance and promotes an environment for students and faculty to inspire, discover and create on campus and beyond.

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Featured Projects and Research

New Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences has launched six new undergraduate majors, all of which incorporate emerging trends and issues into carefully designed, interdisciplinary academic programming. These new programs join the college’s 80+ other majors and 100+ minors.


In preparation for 21st century demands for those working across sectors (including government, industry and nonprofit), this certificate is ideally positioned to prepare participants as thought leaders and sharpen their skills to address emergent issues related to our increasing diversity.

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Sabrina Hersi Issa

Sabrina Hersi Issa ’06

Sabrina Hersi Issa leads Be Bold Media, a global digital agency that works with organizations and campaigns on strategic transformation initiatives, policy innovation and movement-building. She is also the founder of Survivor Fund, a political fund focused on championing the rights of survivors of sexual violence. She graduated with degrees in international studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies.

Kyle Oliver

Capt. Kyle Oliver ’10

Capt. Kyle Oliver, former squad leader for The Ohio State University Marching Band and communication alumnus, was recently selected to fly as a member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team, a performance flight squadron that consists of some of the top pilots in the Air Force. Oliver has flown the F-22 since 2013, and he will soon begin training to fly the F-16. His first airshow as a member of the Thunderbirds is March 2020.

Erwin Raphael

Erwin Raphael ’89

Erwin Raphael, a chemistry alumnus, is the chief operating officer of Genesis Motor America, Hyundai’s luxury vehicle brand. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic direction and management of all Genesis operations in the United States, including sales and marketing. He credits his arts and sciences background with helping him to visualize the entire stream of what has to happen to bring cars to life. 

Patricia Heaton

Patricia Heaton ’80

Patricia Heaton is a three-time Emmy Award-winning actress who is best known for her roles as Frankie in ABC’s critically acclaimed The Middle and Debra Barone in CBS’s Everybody Loves Raymond, as well as the Food Network series Patricia Heaton Parties. She is also a committed philanthropist and friend to many causes at Ohio State and around the world. Heaton graduated with a degree in theatre and was a four-year member of the symphonic choir.


H.C. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein, 2018, all rights reserved

A new public sculpture, Modern Head, was installed at the end of May in the greenspace between Smith and McPherson Laboratories. The grand, 31-foot-tall artwork, made of brushed stainless steel, is an original design by world-renowned artist and Ohio State alumnus Roy Lichtenstein BFA ’46, MFA ’49. It was specially fabricated for the university in memory of the artist, thanks to the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and the Ohio Percent for Art Program. This iconic Lichtenstein design can be seen in four other monumental Modern Head sculptures around the world, both large and small, though the newly created piece for Ohio State is a special posthumous cast, imagined through a collaborative partnership with the artist’s family.


Arts District

Arts District Rendering

New renderings of Ohio State’s planned Arts District highlight a renovated Weigel Hall, home of the School of Music, and a new building for the Department of Theatre and Moving-Image Production major, which originated in the Film Studies Program. Both facilities feature new performance spaces, modern recital halls and high-tech classrooms. The Arts District is part of the long-term vision to open Ohio State’s front door to the heart of the University District at 15th Avenue and High Street. The facilities are expected to open in August 2022.