Check out this bulletin board of some courses available in Autumn 2017.
Surveys dance forms from around the globe, offering insights into the religious, social, and political functions of dances in their historical and contemporary practices.Learn More
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."
Approaches to new media; electronic and digital control of objects, projections and sound in interactive installations, performances and exhibitions.Learn More
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.
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.Learn More
Elements of music and musical notation; analytical concepts and terminology; fundamentals of counterpoint and melody; extensive practice through written drill and creative projects.
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.
Provides fundamental applied music instruction on a specific instrument for non-majors and minors. Students may study with the faculty professor of that instrument or the graduate teaching assistant.Learn More
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.
Introduction to basic two- and three-dimensional practices in visual communication design; emphasis on typographic design and systematic method and research techniques.
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.
Introductory painting emphasizing fundamentals and their utilization as a basis for individual development; student initially works from still life; subsequent projects increase in complexity.Learn more
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.
Introduces photographic theory, practice, and aesthetics with image production, commercial lab prints and critiques.
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.Learn More
A studio-based introduction to the design process; creative problem-solving process emphasizes divergent thinking skills through observation, abstraction, evaluation and communication.
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.Learn More
Non-major introduction to studio practice of hip hop dance; includes survey of the history, theory, and/or literature of hip hop dance.
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.Learn More
An introduction to the theory and practice of medicine in ancient Greece and Rome.
This course examines screenwriting as both a literary art form and a challenging profession.Learn More
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.
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.
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.Learn More
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.
Introduction to French; development of listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Taught in French.
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.
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Chinese institutions, philosophical trends, religion, literature and visual and performing arts prior to the 20th century.
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.Learn More
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.
Examines the origins, evolution and outcomes of the African American freedom struggle, focusing on the Civil Rights and Black Power movements.
"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 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.
An interdisciplinary analysis of the American women's movements, including historical, literary, sociological and theoretical perspectives.Learn More
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn More
Introduction to Romanian; development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in cultural context. Closed to native speakers of this language.
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.Learn More
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.
Matrix algebra, vector spaces and linear maps, bases and dimension, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, applications.Add this course
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.
Calculus-based introduction to classical physics: Newton's laws, fluids, thermodynamics, waves; for students in physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering.
Motions and physical nature of objects in the solar system; electromagnetic radiation, telescopes, & astronomical detectors.Add this course
Plant structure and function; growth and development; diversity, reproduction, and evolution of lower and flowering plants; people, the biosphere, and plant diversity.
This course explores the principles of physics in the context of energy use. It features hands-on activities and practical examples from everyday life to help you use energy safely and wisely. The course goal is to help prepare you to make rational, informed decisions regarding energy policy, the environment, and your own place in the changing World of Energy.
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.
This course uses relevant examples and technology to teach introductory statistics topics. The course may be taken in-person, or, online. Topics range from those means & medians thru hypothesis testing, p-values, and two-sample techniques.
Structure, motions, and evolution of stars, interstellar material, galaxies, and the universe as a whole.
A review of current information on dinosaur biology, emphasizing scientific approaches to reconstructing dinosaurs as living, dynamic animals.
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.
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.
This course explores significant social, political, economic and ethical issues involving chemistry. Topics include climate change, recycling plastics, GMOs, fracking, alternative energy and forensics.
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.
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.
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.
Exploration of biology and biological principles; evolution and the origin of life, cellular structure and function, bioenergetics and genetics.