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 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 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:

  • September 28 - October 2, 2020 (Online activities only) 
  • February 12-13, 2021 (Tentative in-person, subject to change to online activities only February 8-12, 2021)

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

Department of French and Italian

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

The Ohio State University's high school counselor website offers a number of helpful tools, including a way to find your territory manager or check the application status of a student. Visit hscounselors.osu.edu for more information.

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