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Comparative Studies (BA)

Comparative Studies (BA)


As a Comparative Studies major, you will learn more about the variety of ways people have developed to understand and describe the world, their place within it, and their relationship to others. Understanding cultural similarities and differences is at the heart of the Comparative Studies program. Comparative Studies raises questions that help us understand how culture shapes the lives of individuals and groups.

Areas of Study

  • Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Comparative Ethnic and American Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Folklore
  • Science and Technology Studies

Unlike many Arts and Sciences majors, the Comparative Studies major is interdisciplinary, which means that you will be taking courses in several departments to satisfy the requirements. Once you've chosen an area of concentration, you and your faculty adviser work closely to put together the set of courses that best reflects your particular interests and also satisfies the requirements of that area. As a Comparative Studies major, you will take an active role in planning the program that best accommodates your academic goals.

Why choose comparative studies?

The Ohio State University Department of Comparative Studies is a multidisciplinary community of scholars who study how human societies organize themselves through the production of knowledge, discourses and material practices. The department addresses processes of cultural interaction, with particular attention to the dynamics of knowledge, power, authority and cultural difference.

What can you do with this degree?

Students majoring in comparative studies develop strong skills in analytical and critical thinking and in written and spoken communication. These skills are essential to many positions in both the public and private sector: government; local, national and international service organizations; business and industry; and all levels of education. Comparative studies students also develop their understanding of cultural differences as they attend to the intersections of gender, ethnicity, race and class. In an increasingly diverse nation and interconnected world, employers have come to value this important area of expertise.