Social and Behavioral Sciences

PSYCH 3331: Abnormal Psychology

Examination of current theories and empirical findings regarding the major forms of psychopathology and treatment.

SOC 3200: Sociology of Immigration

We are in midst of a transformative and oftentimes contentious period with respect to immigration. Come join the discussion as we learn why we currently live in “the age of migration” and what it means for the U.S. and the world.

POLISCI 2150: Voters and Elections

Study of US elections, focusing on voter attitudes, group behavior and political participation.

SPHHRNG 3340: Introduction to the Art and Science of Sound

The goal of this course is to foster an understanding of the principles, theories, and methodology of acoustics. The student will become familiar with the concepts underlying the generation and transmission of sound waves traveling through air, and an understanding of the technology used to measure, record and reproduce sound.

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ANTHROP 3623: Environmental Anthropology

With case studies from Amazonia to the Arctic, this course will look at how human cultures both manage and respond to different environmental conditions through their social organization, subsistence practices, technologies, and religion.

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ANTHROP 3211: Introduction to Forensic Science

This team-taught interdisciplinary course will give students an introduction to the major concepts, issues and techniques used in forensic science. Scheduled lectures include: the crime scene, lab techniques, blood and DNA, bugs, pathology, drugs, fingerprints, fire, engineering, ballistics and the law.

SOC 2211: Corrections: An Inside-Out course

This experiential-based learning course is composed of various approaches and interdisciplinary modes of inquiry into U.S. models of corrections, including classical debates and contemporary issues. The program brings college students and incarcerated individuals together in a classroom setting to develop a partnership between institutions of higher learning and prison systems nationally.

PoliSci 4130: Law & Politics

This class examines the intersection of law, politics, and political science. We will look at a variety of current legal controversies — from voter ID laws and voting technology to campaign finance regulations and partisan gerrymandering — that shape the way that elections and politics work.

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Neuro 3050: Structure and Function of the Nervous System

Basic principles of the anatomical and neurophysiological organization of the nervous system. 

SOC 3410: Criminology

Theories of delinquency, crime and criminal careers; scientific aspects of crime measurement.  

INTSTDS 4535: International Economic Development

This course provides an introduction to issues surrounding economic and social development. Topics include defining “development," the relationship between development and economic growth, and impediments to development and how they can be addressed.

GEOG 2200: Mapping Our World

Introduction to the power of maps, covering spatial representation, visual literacy, and geographic information technology in a global society.

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PoliSci 3780: Data Literacy and Data Visualization

Data literacy is an essential foundation for many careers, but students are often deterred by a steep learning curve in math. This course uses data visualization and exploratory data analysis to ease students into the world of data literacy.

INTSTDS 2800: Introduction to Peace Studies

The meanings of peace and peacelessness in today's world, varied approaches to peace, contributions of many disciplines and professionals, and the significance of peoples' movements.

SPHHRNG 3350: Language Communication Across the Life Span

Exploration of the development of communication skills throughout the life span and the consequences of communication disorders for individuals, their families, and their communities.

PSYCH 3624: Primate Cognition

This course explores the mind and behavior of non-human primates. It will cover topics such as tool use, communication, and culture. Guiding questions include: How do non-human primates think about and understand the world? In what ways does their thinking resemble or differ from human cognition?

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COMM 2331: Strategic Communication Principles

The role of strategic communication in business, including basic principles of integrated marketing, theory, and ethical standards.


Introduction to the field of positive psychology. Topics include positive affect, subjective well-being, optimism, psychological strengths, emotional intelligence, compassion, humor, and spirituality.


Dance 3402: Dance in Global Contexts

Surveys dance forms from around the globe, offering insights into the religious, social, and political functions of dances in their historical and contemporary practices.

GE: Cultures and Ideas GE: Global Studies

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Theatre 3921: InterACT – Creation of Outreach Theatre

A studio-based, ensemble-centric service-learning course that focuses each semester on a different social justice issue. This ensemble works together to devise and develop a new piece of theatre that speaks to the challenges facing a particular campus community or group, presenting a kind of "theatrical laboratory" to audiences at Ohio State."

ART 4201: New Media Robotics

Approaches to new media; electronic and digital control of objects, projections and sound in interactive installations, performances and exhibitions.

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HISTART 2001: Western Art I: Ancient and Medieval Worlds

This course explores the history of Western art and architecture from ancient Mesopotamia through the medieval Europe, including investigations of Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages. From tombs to temples, castles to cathedrals, our core faculty members reveal the fundamental role that artworks have played in shaping Western culture.

DANCE 3401: Dance in Popular Culture

What are the dances that have captured the attention and imagination of the American public over the last century on the stage, the club, and the screen? We will look at who dances, how they move, and how movement constructs identity through styles such as ballroom, Broadway, Hip-Hop, YouTube, television and video gaming.

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School of Music Ensembles

The School of Music invites all university students to participate in its ensembles. Some have open enrollment (no audition required) and variable credit options. Bands, orchestras, jazz and choirs, for both the experienced performer and the hobbyist.

ART 3201: Holography

Students will explore laser holography as a tool in art and science. Students learn the basic techniques of 3D image making, create and display holograms and construct a diode laser. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will understand the basic concepts and techniques of holography.

Music 3364: Musical Citizenship: Activism, Advocacy and Engagement in Sound

Musical Citizenship explores the varied relationship between music and politics in the world today. The course invites students to carefully examine the essential role music plays in the political lives of local organizations, communities and states in a variety of cultures and societies.

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Course introduces students to a broad range of art education opportunities, related literature, observational experiences, and guest lectures on educational practices in our society



Introduction to music in non-Western cultures and societies and to the concepts, vocabulary, and methodology for dealing with this music.

DESIGN 3505: Typographic Design

Introduction to basic two- and three-dimensional practices in visual communication design; emphasis on typographic design and systematic method and research techniques.

HISTART 5910: History of Documentary Cinema

We will explore how documentary films exploit a variety of “reality effects.” Along the way, we will consider why the promise of documentary truth is always subject to uncertainty. Rather than accept this phenomenon as a limitation, we will explore how artists embrace the “perpetual doubt” documentary inspires.

ART 2524: Painting I

Introductory painting emphasizing fundamentals and their utilization as a basis for individual development; student initially works from still life; subsequent projects increase in complexity.

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ARTEDUC 2367.03: Criticizing Television

The department's most popular GE course, a second-writing that also fulfills social diversity requirements, students are introduced to a full range of critical analysis skills related to television. Developing strong writing skills and analytical thought are important components to this course's overall goals.

ART 2555: Photography I - Digital Camera

Introduces photographic theory, practice, and aesthetics with image production, commercial lab prints and critiques. Student provides digital camera, minimum 6 mp, with full manual controls and exposure compensation available.

GE: Visual and Performing Arts

ART 4401: Computer Animation

Students in this course learn and practice 3D animation and modeling with the completion of a 2 min 3d animation and a 3-8 min animation/artwork. Animation and cinematography is the main focus and Cinema 4D and Adobe Aftereffects along with sound editing software will allow compositing and full production.

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DESIGN 3105: Design Concepts

A studio-based introduction to the design process; creative problem-solving process emphasizes divergent thinking skills through observation, abstraction, evaluation and communication. 

Theatre 2000: Technical Production Practicum

Join one of our production studios and experience the behind-the-scenes creation of our theatre season. Each discipline has its own course including Scenery, Costumes, Lighting and Sound. All students will be specifically trained for any task they perform and no experience is necessary.

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DANCE 1151: Hip Hop I

Non-major introduction to studio practice of hip hop dance; includes survey of the history, theory, and/or literature of hip hop dance.

HISTART 2005: History of Latin American Art: Prehispanic and Early Modern

This course explores the art and architecture of Latin America, from the ancient civilizations of the Maya and Inca to the colonial period of Spanish and Portuguese rule. In media such as painting, sculpture, featherwork, and textiles, we will explore the shifting cultural and political landscape of the region, and the role played by artworks in the encounters between these different cultures.

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CLASSICS 2204: Medicine in the Ancient World

An introduction to the theory and practice of medicine in ancient Greece and Rome. 

FILMSTD 4880: Screenwriting and the Business of Cinema

This course examines screenwriting as both a literary art form and a challenging profession.

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LING 3502: ConLangs: The Linguistics of Constructed Languages

Constructed languages (like Esperanto and Klingon) may seem frivolous but have a long intellectual history. In the process of creating our own languages, we study the mechanics of language, how languages relate to the cultures that they come from, and the diversity and possibility of both natural and constructed languages.

AFAMAST 2300: Issues in the Contemporary Black World

This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues affecting people of African descent. Topics discussed might include: race and political economy; structural racism in the US; the carceral state; migration and immigration; inter-racial and ethnic relations; intersectional identity and social justice.

English 3372: Science Fiction &/or Fantasy

What is science fiction good for? Thrills and spectacle, of course!; but it is also a powerful tool for thinking about our world and imagining alternative ones. Above all, science fiction takes us inside the process of building worlds from scratch.

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COMPSTD 3686: Cultural Studies in American Popular Musics

This course focuses on understanding 20th and 21st century popular music in the U.S. Students will learn skills of critical listening and thinking that allow them to trace musical influences across historical periods and musical genres, and to discuss the social and political grounds of musical pleasure.

French 1101.51: Beginning French I Individualized

Introduction to French; development of listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Taught in French.

QUECHUA 5501.01: Beginning Quechua I

This course will be comprehensive, integrating culture and language from the southern Quechua family spoken in Bolivia and Peru. Textbooks written by our instructor and a hands-on teaching approach support a dynamic learning environment.

ITALIAN 2051: From Hell to the Moon: Tales of Travel in Medieval and Renaissance Travel

This course examines how travel shaped Italian identity in the Middle Ages and Renaissance through both eyewitness accounts of real exploration (Marco Polo’s travels) and fictional voyages to Hell (Dante’s Inferno) and the moon (Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso) to offer a new perspective on our own mobile, multicultural world.

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PHIL 2465: Death and the Meaning of Life

One day, you will die; your achievements will be forgotten. So is your existence meaningless, if there’s no afterlife? Some think so. Others argue that life can be meaningful in spite of death. Some even claim that death is necessary for a meaningful life.

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Italian 2053: Italian Cinema

This course looks at films and serial television by several important Italian directors and touches upon major movements in Italian screen history, including Neorealism, commedia all’italiana, political cinema, the spaghetti western, mafia movies, the film noir and quality television.

Polish 1101: Elementary Polish 1

No prerequisite. This course is for students who want to acquire the linguistic skills necessary for communication in everyday situations and that would constitute a solid base for further study of the Polish language.

Hebrew 4101: Israeli Humor and Comedy

Watching different skits, from החמישיה הקאמרית, דודו טופז, ארץ נהדרת and more, we will learn about the Israeli culture while reviewing grammar forms, increasing vocabulary and improve the fluency in spoken and written Hebrew.

Swahili 1101: Elementary Swahili I

Hamjambo? Learn the Swahili language and expand your world! Fulfill your GE language requirement by learning the language, culture, traditions, and the customs of Swahili speaking peoples.

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How do cultural worlds respond to moments of political distress? How can music, art and lifestyles model other ways of living and thinking? This class pursues these two questions by investigating three distinct subcultures: punk, riot grrrl and black metal.

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Chinese 2231: Traditional Chinese Culture

Chinese institutions, philosophical trends, religion, literature and visual and performing arts prior to the 20th century.

English 2282: Introduction to Queer Studies: Queer & Trans Micro-Politics of the Everyday

This seminar explores queer and trans politics from the emergence of counter-cultural protest, critique and community building in the late 1960s to the networked and embedded practices, relationships and identities of the first decades of the twenty-first century.

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German 2254: Grimms' Fairy Tales and their Afterlives

In this course, we will be trying to understand the meaning and the enduring appeal of one of Germany’s greatest successes in the realm of cultural exportation—a book whose circulation figures are exceeded in Western culture only by those of the Bible, namely, Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Taught in English.

AFAMAST 3083: Civil Rights and Black Power Movements

Examines the origins, evolution and outcomes of the African American freedom struggle, focusing on the Civil Rights and Black Power movements.

Jewish 2201: Introduction to Jewish Culture, Though and Practice

"What does "being Jewish" mean? How have Jewish identities changed from the Hebrew Bible to the 21st century? From the Bible to YouTube from the Holocaust to the Borsht Belt this course will explore on wide-ranging topics in Jewish culture thought and practice.

SPANISH 2389: Spanish in the US: Language as Social Action

Spanish in the US teaches students to understand and analyze discourses surrounding language and ethnicity in the media today. We focus on connecting theoretical tools to social patterns, with a strong emphasis on current media and culture.  

WGSST 4510: American Women's Movements

An interdisciplinary analysis of the American women's movements, including historical, literary, sociological and theoretical perspectives.

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WGSST 4845: Gender, Sexuality and Science

Examination of relations between gender and science; topics include gendering of "science" and "nature," biological theories of sexual inequality, feminist critiques of science and technology.

Sanskrit 5902: Introduction to Sanskrit

This class is an introduction to the Sanskrit language, with an emphasis on grammar, vocabulary and the writing system. By the end of the semester, students will have much of the knowledge necessary for basic reading of authentic Sanskrit texts, such as the Bhagavadgīta.

TURK 2241: Turkish Culture

An introduction to Turkish history, culture, politics and society. Themes include art and architecture, music and dance, film, literature and language, food, religion, gender and minorities. 

English 2280: The English Bible: So Much Better Than the Movie!

The Bible remains one of the best-selling books of all time — as important to the lives of individuals as to world history. Unfortunately, it can also be difficult to read and follow. English-2280 is a how-to manual and starter course for anyone who wants some help getting into the Bible.

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Romanian 1101: Elementary Romanian I

Introduction to Romanian; development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in cultural context. Closed to native speakers of this language.

ENGLISH 2367.01s: Literacy Narratives of Black Columbus Visual Artists

This course will focus on the literacy narratives of Black visual artists in Columbus. We will learn from these artists’ literate lives and explore literacy’s relationship to their art. As a writer in this course, you will engage your perceptions of literacy through community-based research, expository writing and oral presentation.

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HISTORY 3245: The Age of Reformation

Oct. 31, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of The 95 Theses, which launched the Reformation era in Europe, one of the most fascinating periods in the history of Christianity. This course focuses on the teachings and practices of the Lutheran, Anabaptist, Calvinist, Anglican and Catholic reformers.

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

MATH 2568: Linear Algebra

Matrix algebra, vector spaces and linear maps, bases and dimension, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, applications.

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Physics 1106.01: Properties of Matter, Heat and Temperature, and Forces and Motion

Investigation of the properties of matter, motion, and thermodynamics using the inquiry technique with emphasis on forming arguments based on quantitative analysis of experimental data and proportional reasoning. 

PHYSICS 1250: Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves

Calculus-based introduction to classical physics: Newton's laws, fluids, thermodynamics, waves; for students in physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

ASTRO 2291: Basic Astrophysics & Planetary Astronomy

Motions and physical nature of objects in the solar system; electromagnetic radiation, telescopes, & astronomical detectors.

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MOLGEN 3300: General Plant Biology

Plant structure and function; growth and development; diversity, reproduction, and evolution of lower and flowering plants; people, the biosphere, and plant diversity.

Physics 1103: The World of Energy: Forces, Electricity, Magnetism, Machines

An examination of the physical concepts related to energy, including force, electricity, magnetism, and motors. Uses the hands-on discovery mode of instruction. Intended for non-science majors.

GE: Natural Science

EARTHSCI 2206: Principles of Oceanography

Introduction to the four major areas of oceanography: physical, chemical, biological and geological. Examples from every day life and the news are incorporated into the course.

STAT 1450: Introduction to the Practice of Statistics

This course uses relevant examples and technology to teach introductory statistics. Topics range from data summaries like means and medians through hypothesis testing with p-values and two-sample comparisons.  The course may be taken in person or online and satisfies the Data Analysis GE requirement.

Astro 1144: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

Structure, motions, and evolution of stars, interstellar material, galaxies, and the universe as a whole. 

EEOB 2250: Dynamics of Dinosaurs

A review of current information on dinosaur biology, emphasizing scientific approaches to reconstructing dinosaurs as living, dynamic animals.

EARTH SCI 1122: Earth Through Time

Students learn the about the origin and evolution of Earth, the significance of key events in the history of Earth science, especially pertaining to the development of plate tectonic theory.

BIO 1105: Human Biology in Cinema

Human Biology in Cinema will show that mainstream films with a core biological theme can be entertaining AND educational and that having some basic biological insights will enhance your comprehension and appreciation of these films. Lectures and discussions will cover basic principles in biology that will help elucidate the content of each film.

GE: Natural Science 

CHEM 1100: Chemistry and Society

Terminology, methods and principles of chemistry; examination of the roles of chemistry in our modern technological society.

GE: Natural Science

EEOB 3498: Undergraduate Research in Behavioral Ecology

This course aims to provide opportunities for undergraduates to conduct supervised independent laboratory research in behavioral ecology. Experiments will be conducted with living organisms. Statistical analyses and a programming language will also be taught. There will be a research symposium at the end of the semester to present experimental findings.

MOLGEN 4703: Human Genetics

The sequencing of the human genome provided an avalanche of information about how genes influence our health. This course provides a foundation in human genetics including Mendelian and non-Mendelian phenotypes, complex traits, and the interplay between genes and the environment. Genetic testing, genetic therapy and ethical issues are also discussed.

BIO 1350: Biology of Hope and Belief

Examines the evolutionary significance of hope and near universal desire to believe in a supernatural deity from multiple perspectives and details the neurochemistry of both phenomena.

BIO 1113: Energy Transfer and Development

Exploration of biology and biological principles; evolution and the origin of life, cellular structure and function, bioenergetics and genetics.

GE: Natural Science


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