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Six new majors pave way for students to be competitive in their careers and pursuit of advanced study

These majors are an essential part of the college’s mission to equip our students to follow any path and to be adaptable and ready for the always-changing global landscape. Interdisciplinary, innovative and incorporating emerging trends and areas of study, these majors ensure our students will be engaged thinkers and doers, ready for the next steps of their academic, professional and personal journeys. To view more about these new programs as well as the college’s other 80+ majors and 100+ minors, visit the College of Arts and Sciences website.

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Integrated Major in Math and English (BS)

The Integrated Major in Math and English (IMME) is a unique and innovative program that combines the knowledge, precision and analytical skills acquired through the Department of Mathematics with the reading, writing, composition methods and information processing taught in the Department of English.

The major offers four math-focused concentrations: actuarial/finance, applied mathematics, math education and theoretical mathematics.

Students who graduate from the IMME program will be equipped to pursue graduate studies in areas such as law, medicine, business and education, as well as careers in banking, insurance, marketing, nonprofit management and other fields that require both mathematical awareness and strong communication skills.

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Philosophy, politics and economics iconPhilosophy, Politics and Economics (BA)

The Departments of Philosophy, Political Science and Economics have teamed up, along with the Center for Ethics and Human Values and Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability, to offer a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), which will train students to think across traditional boundaries. The PPE major includes training in all three core disciplines, enabling students to study the forces and institutions that shape the modern world from more than one perspective.

Students also pursue one of four concentrations within the major (choice and behavior; global cooperation and conflict; justice and moral reasoning; or law, policy and governance). This integrative, yet focused approach will prepare students for careers in law, public policy, public service, business, education and journalism, just to name a few.

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Statistics iconStatistics (BS)

Previously only available as a minor, the new statistics major encompasses coursework in the Department of Statistics and Department of Mathematics, preparing students to understand the design, collection, assessment and curation of data and how to apply these concepts to formal statistical models. Statistics is one of the fastest growing professions in the nation, and students in Ohio State’s program will develop computational and numerical skills that are applicable in fields such as business, agriculture, education, science and engineering, finance, medicine and the social sciences.

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Medical anthropology iconMedical Anthropology (BA, BS)

Students can earn either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science through the new Medical Anthropology major, offered by the Department of Anthropology. The program draws upon biological and sociocultural anthropology to understand human health and well-being, taking into consideration human evolutionary history as well as the cultural, economic and political contexts of individual and societal health.

Students pursuing this major will develop the skills to tackle some of the most pressing national and global health challenges and go on to pursue graduate education and/ or careers in medicine, nursing, social work, public health, health policy and other social sciences with a health focus.

Visit anthropology.osu.edu.

Sociology iconSociology (BS)

Joining an elite group of only four other Big Ten universities offering a Bachelor of Science in sociology, this new course of study positions Ohio State as a leader in this rigorous, research-focused major. While a BA in sociology is already offered, the BS option is more intensive and rigorous in its methodological training, as well as more research-focused. Tapping into the deep well of faculty expertise and robust resources at Ohio State and in the College of Arts and Sciences, the degree will allow students to become well-versed in both the substantive and methodological foundations necessary to leverage data, research and curiosity to investigate the world.

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Italian studies iconItalian Studies (BA)

While the Italian Studies major requires nine hours of courses taught in Italian, the program is not necessarily for students who are interested in advanced language proficiency. Instead it provides comprehensive understanding of Italian literature, history, society and culture to enhance students’ understanding of global diversity. Housed in the Department of French and Italian, it offers a selection of courses from classics, English, history, history of art, medieval and renaissance studies, and music, as well as the Knowlton School of Architecture. The overlap of course requirements with classics, English, history and history of art facilitates double majoring.

Visit frit.osu.edu.