New Programs and Majors

Staying ahead: We don’t just offer the tried and true; we find ways to incorporate emerging trends and issues into thoughtful academic programming that serves the needs of our students and larger communities.

New Programs

The U.S. and European World War II Academic Study Tour Program

Beginning spring 2013, the Department of History’s new five-course WWII study-tour program puts Ohio State in the vanguard of such programs nationally. Never before has the use of World War II battlefields as history teaching tools been delivered on such a comprehensive scale: a semester-long, four-course program, followed by a three-week, on site-course in Europe. Upper-level history courses, a course on French-American cultural relationships, and a mini language/international travel course provide in-depth preparation for the three-week study tour of battle sites, cemeteries, memorials, monuments, and museums in London, Normandy, Paris, and Berlin. This intensive, cross-disciplinary exploration of the war is designed to give students a new perspective on today’s world and prepare them to be better citizens and leaders. Program students will be chosen this autumn; non-history majors receive a minor in history.

Archeological Field School in Italy

The Department of Anthropology and the University of Pisa established the Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri (Lucca, Italy). Experts from Ohio State and the University of Pisa in archaeological and bioarchaeological field methods will train students. Because of its religious and historical importance, this site is particularly interesting. It will allow students of archaeology and anthropology to reconstruct the biocultural complexity in the region surrounding Lucca in the Middle Ages and shed light on monastic subsistence, interregional trade, and pilgrimage dynamics.

Students participate in an archeological dig.

Students outside an ancient monastery.

New Majors


The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Medicine initiated a new neuroscience major, involving faculty from psychology, biology, genetics, chemistry/biochemistry, statistics, computer science, engineering, and mathematics. Undergraduates will be taught by top experts and be able to work in one of 68 neuroscience research labs doing ground-breaking work on brain imaging, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, drug addiction, Parkinson’s disease, brain cancer, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and sensory processing.

Social Sciences Air Transportation

The College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with Ohio State’s Center for Aviation Studies, created the social sciences air transportation major. Core studies of this new bachelor of arts program are offered by the Department of Geography: economic and social geography, transportation security, climatology, cartography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and geography of transportation. Required aviation courses include fundamentals of aviation, aviation communication practices, advanced aircraft performance, aviation-specific policies and regulations, aviation human factors and safety, and the management of aviation and air transportation systems.

Religious Studies

Religion is a major force shaping cultural, political, and ethical debates around the world. This new major in the Department of Comparative Studies provides students an opportunity to examine worldwide religions from a variety of theoretical and comparative perspectives. Students have the opportunity to study religion through the lens of literary studies, ethnography, historiography, social analysis, and cultural comparison. Religious studies majors benefit from the expertise found in a variety of areas, such as classics, history, history of art, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies.

Environmental Public Health

The School of Earth Sciences and Ohio State’s College of Public Health have created the new Environmental Public Health Major. The new Bachelor of Science degree will focus predominately, but not exclusively, on domestic environmental public health issues. Graduates of the program with interdisciplinary specialization in Environmental Public Health will be prepared to apply principles of mathematics, chemistry, and biology to applied science of environmental public health; summarize major sources, hazardous agents, conditions, and other exposure factors that contribute to environmentally-related human diseases; describe how the quality of environmental media (air, water, soil, food) is adversely affected by contamination from chemical, biological, and physical agents; and apply theory to environmental public health issues.

Public Health Sociology

The Department of Sociology, in partnership with Ohio State’s College of Public Health, offer a new public health sociology major. Students will focus on the prevention of human illness and injury, promotion of healthy behaviors, and interventions to control identified problems. Courses will allow students to identify, present and discuss contemporary public health issues, identify factors that contribute to existing and emerging problems, and address applicable public health approaches.