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.
We encourage counselors and newly-admitted students to consider reviewing and submitting applications for the Arts and Sciences Honors Program, Learning Communities and PASS for opportunities to start building peer communities as the fall semester approaches.
Please see below for more information from some individual departments.
Department of Philosophy
The Ohio State Philosophy and Critical Thinking (PACT) Summer Camp is a perfect introduction to the exciting world of philosophical thought. This weeklong summer learning program for high school students is organized and led by the Department of Philosophy at The Ohio State University. It's designed to introduce students to philosophy through learning experiences that are rigorous, engaging, and fun including: a poster project, two formal debates, a trip to the Cartoon Library, a movie screening, a scavenger hunt, and guest lectures by several OSU philosophers. Our 2020 Camp Focus: Freedom & Flourishing
Sessions (Both are identical)
Session I: June 8-12, 2020
Session II: June 15-19, 2020
For more information, and to apply, please visit: philosophy.osu.edu/summer-camp/application
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 Geography
The Department of Geography offers six majors and three minors for students to choose from.
The Physical Geography and Climatic Studies specialization both focus on the processes and patterns linking the Earth’s surface with the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. Both of these specializations provide students with a strong background in geographic information science, cartography and satellite image analysis.
Students in the Climatic Studies program will receive additional technical knowledge in climatology, meteorology and severe weather forecasting, while students in the Physical Geography program will study areas such as biogeography, hydrology, land cover change and global climate change. Students are prepared for careers in climatology, risk analysis, environmental management and consulting and agribusiness.
The Environment and Society specialization provides students with an understanding of the reciprocal relationships between social and environmental processes. Environmental geographers are concerned with how human beings use the earth and how humans impact the environments in which they live. Our curriculum covers topics such as global climate change, environmental management, social justice, ecological system management, conservation and environmental regulation. Students will acquire critical thinking skills, a solid foundation in mathematics and the physical sciences, graphic communication skills, and the ability to design, interpret and implement their research. Possible careers include environmental analyst, policymaker or planner in natural resources and environmental policy, transportation, energy, water, or hazardous waste, environmental law attorney, or a professional in firms specializing in forestry, mining, engineering, architecture or surveying.
The Urban, Regional, and Global Studies specialization provides students with an understanding of the spatial differentiation and organization of political, social, cultural, and economic activity. In this program, students tackle real-world problems and issues such as the globalization of production and finance, technological change, urban planning and the built environment, transnational social movement politics and social conflict and war. This degree program provides students with the flexibility to choose courses that align most closely with their academic interests, with course offerings in cultural geography, economic geography and social and urban geography. Graduates of this program are ready for careers as economic analysts, urban research analysts, urban development or city planners, public policy analysts or market researchers.
The Geographic Information Systems program is a Bachelor of Science degree that provides students with the tools, methods, and software necessary for managing and analyzing geographic information. Students will become skilled in a variety of computer technologies through coursework in surveying and measurements, technical mathematics, statistics, remote sensing and graphics. Knowledge of GIS and spatial analysis is crucial in today’s interconnected and global society. Students will be prepared for careers in fields such as emergency management and other city services, business location and retail analysis, transportation and logistics modeling, software development, solutions engineering and natural resource management.
The Atmospheric Sciences program focuses on exploring systems that determine our weather and climate. Students learn about the interactions between the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere that often lead to severe storms, droughts, floods and global climate change. Upon completion of their degree, students are prepared to serve as operational and broadcast meteorologists and research scientists in the private and public sectors.
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