The College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State is unique in its wide offering of interdisciplinary academic programs, allowing students to be creative in combining their specific interests across academic areas to design and meet their own vision for the future.

We encourage counselors and prospective students to use our explore tool to research the 80+ major and 100+ minor programs offered within the College of Arts and Sciences and our future students webpage to explore opportunities outside of the classroom such as education abroad, service learning, research and internship opportunities.

In addition to traditional academic programs, we’ve also developed new certificate programs with initial offerings in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Translation and Interpretation.

We encourage counselors and newly-admitted students to consider reviewing and submitting applications for Learning Communities and PASS for opportunities to start building peer communities.

Please see below for more information from some individual departments.

Department of Art

The Department of Art is broad-based, both discipline intensive and boundary pushing, a modern laboratory in which to create and explore art and ideas. We strive to be at the forefront of developments in contemporary aesthetic thought and practice.

The department serves as a place where students and faculty can experiment with material and content and where a diverse audience can take part in our exhibitions, public lectures and educational programming. Our programs have a fierce commitment to purposeful connection that firmly aligns with the university mission of education, research and service.

We teach undergraduate and graduate students to develop as autonomous artists through seven emphasis areas: Art & Technology, Ceramics, Glass, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

  • To apply, select Art as your major on your undergraduate application. If you are admitted, you will be enrolled directly into the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program. Students in the BFA program are required to undergo a formal portfolio review, (typically in their 4th semester). This would be a presentation of work produced in Art foundation/core classes and lower level classes within the student’s emphasis area of choice.
  • Until we can resume physical tours of our facilities, prospective students are encouraged to schedule a Zoom meeting to learn more about our undergraduate program. Contact art@osu.edu to schedule a virtual meeting.
  • For more information, visit the Department of Art website at art.osu.edu.

Department of Dance

The Department of Dance is now offering live virtual department visits to meet with students individually and give them and their guests a program overview, Q&A session and a guided virtual tour of its facilities. Students can schedule a virtual department visit here.

Acceptance into the BFA in Dance program requires an application to The Ohio State University Undergraduate Admissions (Columbus campus) AND the Department of Dance Audition. We encourage all auditionees to prepare and submit both applications, though the two decisions operate on independent timelines and processes that coordinate efforts. We do not pre-screen auditionees — we look forward to seeing all auditionees at our audition events! Please note: it may be that you do not receive an admissions decision until AFTER the audition, so we recommend you audition in-person or by video as soon as possible.

2020-2021 Audition Dates:

  • January 2, 2021: last day to submit dance audition application
  • January 11, 2021: last day to submit audition videos (instructions sent after audition application submitted)
  • January 25-29, 2021: both the required and strongly recommended online audition activities scheduled throughout the week
  • February 1: last day to submit university admission application
  • Early February: audition decisions sent

For more information on the audition process, please visit the Department of Dance website.

Center for Ethnic Studies

The Center for Ethnic Studies (CES) brings together three units for collaboration and cooperation in research, programming, teaching and student support: Latina/o StudiesAsian American Studies, and American Indian Studies. Historically, these academic programs came into being in higher education as the result of civil rights movements that advocated not only for equality for these groups throughout society, but also for a wider societal understanding of the complex histories, experiences, literatures, arts and cultures of these diverse populations. We offer undergraduate minors in all three programs.

CES continues in this tradition by working to expand what all of us can know about the nexus of racial, ethnic, cultural, gender and sexual difference through research and teaching. As interdisciplinary programs, we include faculty and students from many fields and colleges at Ohio State. In addition to research and teaching, our faculty and students are involved in community education and outreach efforts as well as collaborative projects in humanities and performance research, forging new pathways in higher education.

Department of French and Italian

The Department of French and Italian (FRIT) offers five undergraduate majors, two minors, and a combined BA/MA program. At FRIT, you will gain much more than proficiency in a second language. Our majors and minors help you discover the appreciation of other cultures, teach you to think critically and help you develop intercultural competency. Our goal is to guide our students to understand the skills that they develop at FRIT so that they can express to future employers what they have to offer as multilingual, culturally and interculturally competent job candidates. You will work towards your degrees with classes, one-on-one interaction with faculty, education abroad experiences, conversation groups and clubs and scholarly events. Learn more here: frit.osu.edu/ug/prospective.

The new French and Francophone Studies major (pending final Ohio Department of Education approval in Autumn 2020) allows students to gain expertise in the French language and in a number of the cultures in which it is spoken. This major should be especially appealing to students who would like to attain more language proficiency than a French minor can provide but who would like to count up to three courses for this major toward a second major and/or GE requirements; want to explore French and Francophone Studies in a highly interdisciplinary manner, through courses taught in departments such as history, history of art, international studies and political science, among others; are deeply interested in French and Francophone Studies but who may find the number of advanced-level language courses required for the French major daunting; and semi-native and native French speakers, for whom many of our language courses are too elementary and who would therefore like a wider range of course options. 

Department of Linguistics

The Summer Linguistic Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS) is a week-long summer camp, run virtually in 2021, for high school and pre-college students organized by the Department of Linguistics at Ohio State. SLIYS introduces students with an interest in foreign languages to the scientific study of language. Participants will explore how language works on many levels as well as gain insight into the ways in which individual languages are similar to and different from each other. Contact Dr. Julia McGory (mcgory.1@osu.edu) for more information. Also, read more about the camp at linguistics.osu.edu/undergrad/sliys

School of Music

Studying music at Ohio State means that you will have remarkable opportunities to grow as a person, performer and student. The School of Music is a small, tight-knit community set within one of the largest research universities in the country, and offers today’s students, faculty and guest artists an innovative place for making exceptional music, stimulating artistic growth, exploring educational methodology and conducting groundbreaking research. 

Academic admission to the university is separate from the School of Music application and audition process.

  • High school seniors should first apply to the university by visiting The Ohio State University Undergraduate Admissions website.
  • Students interested in applying for the Bachelor of Science in Music degree (Computer Sciences, Sonic Arts or Media and Enterprise tracks), should visit BS in Music – How to Apply.

As part of the application process, students will be asked to select an audition date:

  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020
  • Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021
  • Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021

*Students who apply to the university by the November 15 early action deadline are strongly encouraged to choose the December 5 audition date so that their university admissions decision is not delayed. 

Please view our website for more information on how to apply to the School of Music specifically.

Department of Speech and Hearing Science

The Department of Speech and Hearing Science provides students the foundational knowledge in the study of normal and disordered functioning of the auditory system, speech mechanism and language processing.

What do speech-language pathologists do?
Speech-language pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication and swallowing disorders.

What do audiologists do?
Audiologists work to prevent, identify, diagnose and treat hearing, balance and other auditory disorders.

Students at Ohio State interact with world-class faculty who study differences and disorders in speech, language and hearing associated with autism, cleft palate, traumatic brain injury, stroke, aging, noise-exposure, chemotherapy, second language acquisition, cochlear implants and dialectical variation.

What is the job outlook for speech-language pathology and audiology?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for speech-language pathology and audiology is expected to grow by 27% and 16%, respectively, over the next 10 years.

For more information, please visit: sphs.osu.edu/undergrad

Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSST) offers an undergraduate major and an undergraduate minor.

The undergraduate major prepares students to use an intersectional lens to critique and analyze social, cultural, political, economic and scientific assumptions and practices that produce and maintain relations of inequality. WGSS students understand the ways in which people in all their diversity are affected by society, culture and its institutions and can then affect social change. A WGSS education prepares students to make an impact both in their careers and communities. 

The undergraduate minor complements most, if not all, programs at Ohio State such as African American and African studies, art, music, biology, business, communication, education, English, engineering, history, international studies, nursing/allied med, political science, public affairs, psychology and social work.

INTRODUCTORY COURSE

Gender, Sex and Power

Courses in WGSS value and center experiences of those at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and other aspects of identity. Incoming students can engage in these experiences beginning with WGSST 1110: Gender, Sex and Power. This course is designed to introduce students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to the interdisciplinary field of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. This course draws on a variety of literatures to analyze gender, race, sexuality, and other dimensions of identity; explores critical issues of gender, sex and power; and places the study of U.S. women and gender roles in broader transnational context.

NEW SERVICE-LEARNING COURSES

Reproductive Justice

This new course is a service-learning course where students explore the politics of reproduction and the “pro-life” and “pro-choice” dichotomy. To put what they learn to practice, students in the course have the opportunity to work with organizations that focus on reproductive health, policies, activism and legal contexts.

Assignments for students typically involve reflecting on their experiences with the service-learning and involvement with the organization. As a final project, the first students to take the course put the book together by documenting handwritten statements from both first-time and long-time patients about why they came to Planned Parenthood.

Feminist Perspectives of Incarceration in the U.S.

First taught in Spring 2019 by Professor Mary Thomas, students in this service-learning course participate in an “inside-out” prison education program in which on-campus students and incarcerated students learn together inside the facility. The class focuses on historical and ongoing incarceration of people who are poor, of color or gender non-confirming. 

At the end of the semester, the first class presented their final projects to faculty, college staff and facility staff. Presentations ranged from research on drug addiction treatment versus incarceration to language used in descriptions of incarcerated people to poetry and storytelling about life experiences leading up to incarceration.

BLACK HISTORY AND CURRENT EVENTS

As a field in the humanities, WGSST looks at historical and current events from different angles, as well as how our identities and specific social movements affect them. We have seen many calls for social change in 2020, some of which echo historical movements from years prior. Professor Treva Lindsey specializes in African-American women’s history, Black feminism and Black popular culture. This past summer, she discussed Black history and the Black Lives Matter movement in a PBS documentary interview and an article for Time

Unladylike2020: Mary Church Terrell (PBS special)
Black Women Have Consistently Been Trailblazers for Social Change. Why Are They Often Relegated to the Margins? (Time)

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