Design 3104: Introduction to Game Design

Introduces students to the principles of game design and provides opportunities for them to be put into practice using analog materials and methods. Students explore what motivates play, risk-taking, reward systems and the visual design of games for serious applications and leisure. Create, test, and play your own games.

Dance 1101: Contemporary I

Non-major introduction to studio practice of contemporary movement forms; includes survey of the history, theory, and/or literature of contemporary movement forms. This is an elective, studio movement course designed for students with little to no experience. Most instruction is in-class with small outside assignments. Come to the first day of class ready to move in comfortable, modest, moveable clothing. Your instructor will give you additional information for dress at that time. Additional levels and dance styles are available.

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ART 5115: Studio Lighting

Introduction to photography lighting equipment, principles, and techniques as applied to constructed/directed photography done predominantly in the studio environment.

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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.

THEATRE 5751: Performance and Culture in Cuba

This course explores culture in Cuba, past and present, with emphasis on the performing and visual arts. We consider the important historical, economic, and political contexts that inform Cuban arts today.

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Design 2700: Introduction to Design Practice

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of what design is, who designers are, what designers do, and why using the design process is a valuable and different way to approach the way you work. It is intended to provide useful insights to students who intend to become designers while helping others understand what they can expect if and when they choose to engage with designers.

Dance 2176: Bartenieff Fundamentals

Bartenieff Fundamentals taught by certified practitioner (CMA) for non-majors; includes survey of the history, theory, and/or literature of Bartenieff Fundamentals.

THEATRE 3000: Production Run Crew Practicum

Hands-on involvement in the production of live theatre; participation leading to a more thorough understanding of theatre and in particular theatre design and technology.

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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 4000.xx: Production Practicum

Get credit for making live performance! The Department of Theatre offers credit to students performing in and working on its mainstage productions.

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ARTEDUC 2520: Digital Artmaking

Introductory study of digital artmaking through interpreting contemporary artists, constructing a language of art critique, and producing images using graphic design software.

GE: Visual and Performing Arts

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HISTART 2101: Introduction to African Art and Archaeology

The Art and Archaeology of Africa with emphasis on the historic cultures of Rock Art (8,000 B.C.), Egypt (3,000 B.C.), Nok (900 B.C.), Igbo-Ukwu (695 A.D.), Ife (1200 A.D.), and Benin (1400-1900 A.D.). 

MUSIC 3348: Music on the Move in a Globalized World

Survey of globalization's effects on musical cultures around the world; explores both the role of diasporic migration and the use of recording and broadcasting technology.  

ART 2555: Photography 1

Introduction to Photography is an introductory photography class exploring photographic practice, aesthetics, history, and theory. This course will emphasize seeing, thinking, and creating with a critical and curious mind/eye in order to understand the construction and manipulation of photographic meaning and form.

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This course examines the art of Latin America from about 1500 BC to 1821, surveying both prehispanic civilizations as well as the era of Spanish and Portuguese rule from first encounters in 1492 to the wars of independence in the early nineteenth century. Artifacts will be studied both for how they reflect the aesthetic ideals of different peoples from different cultures and backgrounds (indigenous American, European, African) in the past, as well as for how they illuminate social, political, and economic themes in the cultures they were made for.

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Art 5202: Mold making

Advanced studies in the design, fabrication, and uses of models and molds. Utilizing plaster casting, rubber, and other alternative mold making material to explore the process of prototyping and generating multiples.

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Music 5636.01: Introduction to Electronic Music Synthesis

This course explores the technical and aesthetic basics of sound design, sampling, sequencing, and sound processing. We will listen to and create musique concrète and acousmatic music, as well as creating sound in contexts such as video, dance, virtual reality, etc. (Must be a graduate student or an upper division undergraduate student. Previous experience with music is not necessarily a prerequisite, although general computer literacy is.)

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ARTEDUC 2367.01: Visual Culture: Investigating Diversity & Social Justice

A study of the artists, the artworks, and art worlds from diverse ethnic cultures in North America.


ENGLISH 3361: Narrative and Medicine

This course is built on the principle that narrative competence increases medical competence. We will test the validity of this principle by taking up questions such as these: How can narrative provide insight into illness, medical treatment, doctor-patient relationships and other aspects of health and medicine? How does the effort to capture the experience of illness influence storytelling?

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History 3005: The United States Constitution and Society to 1877

This courses deals with Americas first three constitutional systems: the British one of which the Thirteen Colonies were a part from 1607 to 1776; the first U.S. system under the Articles of Confederation; and the second U.S. system that last from 1788 through the end of the Civil War era. The course will consist partly of lectures and partly of Socratic style discussion.

ENGLISH 3378: Special Topics in Film & Literature—Film & Comics

Have you ever wondered why you love watching movies or reading comics? This course examines the art of film and comics and, simultaneously, the emotional responses that they elicit. How do filmmakers and comics artists evoke suspense, humor, fear? What role do you play in all this alchemy?

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JEWSHST 2242: Culture of Contemporary Israel

An introduction to the culture of modern Israel: historical roots, socio-political institutions and developments, and literary and artistic creations reflecting the realities of contemporary Israeli society.  

History 2800H: Introduction to the Discipline of History

This is the honors version of the gateway to the history major course. It introduces students to history as a discipline and a major at Ohio State. The emphasis is on close reading of (and writing about) assigned texts that explain how doing history has changed over time. 

ENGLISH 3364: Special Topics in Popular Culture—True Crime

This course will study the long and varied tradition of true crime narratives, including confessions, novels, comics, ballads, memoirs, radio and film. Beginning with tales of witches and sexual vandals that so captivated their seventeenth-century audiences, to Victorian serial murderers like Jack the Ripper, to modern celebrity crimes and criminals, we will ask why writers and readers so often turn to blood, violence and malfeasance as the stuff of entertainment.

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ENGLISH 3150: Career Preparation for Humanities Majors

Who are you? What do you want? What might your life look like? Explore these questions and more in a unique and empowering class created specifically for humanities majors. Together, we will map post-graduate career options, discuss strategies for managing a job/internship search and create cover letters, resumes and portfolios.


NEW 3-days-a-week Italian course with online homework, audiovisual aids, authentic material and conversations with native speakers.

MEDREN 2510: Court of Charlemagne

Barbarian invasions, Dark Age church history, Charlemagne's campaigns to rebuild the Empire and thwart Muslim incursions, and the epics that relive it all.  

PORT 2330: Contemporary Brazilian Culture

Through books, magazine articles, film, comics, paintings, photographs, and music, this course provides an interdisciplinary and critical examination of the Brazilian culture. The course is designed for students who plan to learn (or expand their knowledge) about Brazil, its cultural history, geography, natural resources, and its people.

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Linguistics 3603: Language Across Cultures

This course examines the relationships between language and culture in different societies and sheds light on cross-cultural similarities and differences. Topics include: (1) how language differences among members of a society reflect social differences among them, (2) the role language plays in social behavior, (3) the ways in which language reflects social organization and individual social relationships, (4) the relationship between language and such aspects of culture as kinship relations, folk classifications of nature, and interpretation of the world, and (5) the relationship between language structure and perceptual and cognitive categories.

QUECHA 5501.01: Quechua I

The elementary and intermediate Quechua language courses are of special interest to students who want to learn about the Quechua language, culture, and society in the Andes, who are pursuing the interdisciplinary minor in Andean and Amazonian Studies, or studying or working in areas such as Spanish, Portuguese, history, anthropology, geography, the arts, international studies, political science and many other disciplines.

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MEDREN 2666: Magic and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

A study of the history of witchcraft and magic from 400 to 1700 C.E. within sociological, religious, and intellectual contexts.

Italian 2053: Italian Cinema: Sex and Politics

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. #osuitalianfilm

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FRENCH 2801: Classics of French Cinema

This course functions as an introduction to the study of French cinema from early sound cinema to the present.

ENGLISH 3331: Thinking Theoretically — It’s the End of the World as We Know It

In this course, students will be introduced to theoretical work on the Anthropocene—a new geologic epoch characterized by the catastrophic effect of human action on the Earth’s ecosystems. We will consider Anthropocene cultural objects from the seventeenth century to the present, asking how art itself ‘thinks theoretically,’ and which genres and forms of human making may work as a means of conceptualizing the end of human existence.

WGSST 2215: Reading Women Writers

Study of women writers' strategies for articulating experiences and using literature as a lens for social reality and catalyst for social and political change.  

Linguistics 3502: Klingon, Elvish, Dothraki: The Linguistics of Constructed Languages

Constructed languages like Klingon, Elvish, and Dothraki may seem like the province of Comic-Con goers, but they have a long and varied intellectual history. Constructed languages required a deep understanding of both the mechanics of language and how languages relate to the cultures that they come from. This course examines the linguistic complexity of constructed languages. 

PHILOS 1100: Introduction to Philosophy

Does God exist? Can we know anything about the world outside our minds? Are our minds just part of the physical world? Do we have free will? What makes a life meaningful? Does humanity have any significance in the grand scheme of things? We will attempt to answer these questions.

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COMPSTD 3603: Love in World Literature

Representations of love in world literature; emphasis on mythological, psychological, and ideological aspects of selected representations in different cultures and time periods.  

Linguistics 3901: Language Evolution and Change

This course surveys different kinds of language evolution and change, their causes and the methods linguists use to analyze language change and to model the relationships between and among dialects and languages. Special emphasis is put on the role of linguistic variation and of external influences (e.g. social context, writing systems, contact with other speakers, contact with other cultures, self- and group-imposed ideologies and attitudes, etc.) in the historical development of languages and in bringing about linguistic differentiation and diversity. Counteracting forces of convergence through contact and of standardization are examined as well.

TURK 2241: Introduction to Turkish Culture

A survey of Turkish culture through brief forays into history, geography, language, literature, visual and performing arts, food, sports, fashion, media, religion, politics and society. These forays will provide opportunities for deeper explorations of issues of contemporary relevance and central importance to the study of Turkey.

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PHILOS 2465: Death and the Meaning of Life

Some people worry that without an afterlife, our lives are hopelessly meaningless. Others claim that achievement, happiness, altruism, or valuable projects can give meaning to our lives. Some even contend that death makes life meaningful. The course will explore these and other theories about death and the meaning of life.

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Linguistics 3801: Codes and Codebreaking

This course introduces old and new technologies for code making and code breaking, and it shows how good and bad choices in how codes are used can affect whether they succeed or fail. Students will learn what codes are, how they work and how they are used. The topics discussed will include code breaking, digital signatures, quantum cryptography and the decipherment of ancient languages.

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ENGLISH 5191: Promotional Media Internship

This innovative internship opportunity offers students hands-on experience creating timely, relevant and compelling short-form promotional media — videos, podcasts and more — for the Department of English. Students will work closely with their supervisor and key communications personnel to develop projects and set priorities and deadlines. Media skills are not a prerequisite; students will learn all skills necessary for the class.

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ENGLISH 2277: Introduction to Disability Studies

Foundational concepts and issues in disability studies; introduction to the sociopolitical models of disability.

ENGLISH 4560: Special Topics in Poetry—The Experience of Poems

Dylan Thomas once said that poetry was what made his toenails twinkle, Carl Sandburg that a poem was an echo asking a shadow dancer to be a partner and Marianne Moore that poems were imaginary gardens with real toads in them. What are poems, really? How do they work? How should we read them? This course will focus on short, lyric poems in English from the middle ages to the present, exploring the different things poems do, the different forms they take and sounds they make. We will also try talking about and writing our own poems.

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HISTORY 2710: History of the Car

The car has shaped the world we live in today. Ideas of capitalism, technology, and consumerism are inherently linked to its creation and expansion in modern society. This course will examine the development of the car in the 20th century, first in the United States and then how its global expansion has come to define global society today.

NELC 3205: Women in the Muslim Middle East

This class explores the position of women in the Middle East, both past and present; analyzes women’s cultural, social, political, and economic roles in a variety of countries within the context of Islam; locates the voices of Muslim women and how they perceive their roles in society and the world.

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French 1801: Masterpieces of French Literature- The French Mediterranean: Sea, Sex, and Sun

This course will explore France’s geographical, historical, political, and cultural ties to the Mediterranean Sea in the modern era through film, literature, and popular culture. What place does the Mediterranean hold in the French imaginary?

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

EEOB 2210: Ohio Plants

A lecture and field course in identifying common Ohio plants; emphasis on taxonomic principles, use of keys and manuals, and field recognition of plants; includes some Saturday field trips.

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STAT 1350: Elementary Statistics

This is a statistical literacy course designed to help students become thoughtful and critical consumers of statistics in everyday life. Students will learn about how data is produced, organized, and summarized. They will also learn about how samples of data can be used to make inferences about populations. Online sections are offered for students studying in the US.

GE: Quantitative and Logical Skills

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.

EARTHSC 1105: Geology of the National Parks

Geologic processes, materials, and history revealed in geologic settings of the National Parks.

EEOB 2410: Biological Invasions: The Ecology and Evolution of Species Introductions

Invasion ecology is the study of introduced species and the factors that sometimes lead to their population explosions and negative ecological impacts in the new region. We will make explicit connections between concepts in ecology and evolutionary biology, topics specific to invasion ecology, and details surrounding particular invasive species.

EARTHSCI 4798: Environmental Sustainability in Costa Rica

This program (which includes lectures in the US and in Costa Rica) will explore the complex relationship between the use and conservation of natural resources and economic development in Costa Rica, in particular the role of protected areas in ensuring the country's environmental sustainability. Visits to a number of locations will provide hands-on knowledge to assess different conservation and economic development practices and establish the effectiveness of protected areas in promoting environmental sustainability in face of accelerated development.

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Physics 1110: The Physics of Sports

This course examines the physics behind athletics. A wide variety of sports and topics are covered, including the forces exerted in a football tackle, the aerodynamics of a curve ball, and the power of a tennis serve. 

EEOB 5210: Spider Biology

An in-depth review of spider biology including anatomy, identification, behavior, and ecology. Emphasis on field and laboratory work and individual research project. Residential week-long intensive course at Ohio State's F.T. Stone Laboratory field station on Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie.

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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.

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

EARTHSC 1911: Climate Change: Mechanisms, Impacts, and Mitigation

Examination of the basic science of climate change, of the ability to make accurate predictions of future climate, and of the implications for global sustainability by combining perspectives from the physical sciences, the biological sciences, and historical study.  

Social and Behavioral Sciences

GEOG 1900: Extreme Weather and Climate

The primary objective is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the atmosphere and the processes that govern its behavior. Themes include global energy balance, atmospheric circulation, precipitation processes, weather systems, severe weather events such as tornadoes and hurricanes, and anthropogenic global warming.

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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 4127: Governing Urban America

In this course, students will watch HBO's "The Wire" and complete readings that address the key themes of the show. In particular, we will focus on: (1) the major problems facing urban communities; (2) the economic, social and political forces that have shaped their development; (3) the structure and role of government in addressing urban problems; and (4) the major participants and stakeholders in city politics.

Econ 4831: Sports Analytics and Economic Analysis

Students in this course will learn how to use economics and statistics to analyze choices by players and coaches on the field, and team owners and personnel off the field. These techniques can be used to evaluate productivity, revenue streams, and to address both private market and public policy decisions.

ANTH 5684: Summer Field School in Archeaology

Practical experience in archaeological fieldwork including site survey, excavation, surveying and mapping, preservation, and other related methods and techniques of data recovery. 

Comm 3225: Photojournalism

This course will broaden students' understanding of photojournalism in society. Students will learn how to control the camera's exposure to produce newsworthy images and documentary stories before going on photo assignments. It's an assignment-based course where students will improve their visual narrative skills.

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INTSTDS 3850: Introduction to Globalization

Analysis of globalization in its various aspects, economic, political, environmental and technological, as well as of its extent and desirability.  

POLISCI 1165: Introduction to Political Science

This is a class about politics and power. The idea is to look at the origin and use of power across the domain of political science. We focus on formal and informal power in the US (elections, inequality, crime), abroad (authoritarianism, democracy), or between countries (wars, economic competition, the global environment).

Psychology 5832: Lifespan Sociomoral Development

What is morality? Can we speak validly of moral development, or is morality relative to the particular values and virtues emphasized in particular cultures? What is the role of parenting? Does moral development, including moments of moral insight, inspiration, and transformation, reflect a deeper reality? We explore these questions in a seminar format.

Comm 3403: Sports Media

This class explores sports media as a career, utilizing journalism skills like interviewing, reporting, writing, blogging, working with coaches and athletic directors, staging and covering press conferences, statistics, etc. We also focus on issues related to sports coverage, including race and gender, hero worship and the ethics of what sports journalists do and why they do it.

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POLISCI 4597.02H: Illicit Markets and Organized Crime

Despite efforts by states to prevent trade in certain goods, illicit markets thrive in a variety of contexts. To make sense of the prevalence of such markets, as well as their impacts on important social, political, and economic issues, this course provides an overview of the development and organization of domestic and transnational markets for illegal goods. This course examines social scientific and popular work on the development of markets for various illegal goods, as well as the ways in which black market trafficking of humans, natural resources, drugs, weapons, and protection affect outcomes such as order, violence, welfare, and development.

Econ 3900.01S: The Other Side of the Border: Immigration Economics

Econ 3900.01 is a study abroad service learning course that takes place in spring. The application deadline is October 1. We apply economic concepts to immigration. Travel occurs over spring break to Tijuana, Mexico where we work with a community development organization.

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ANTH8891: Ethnography in the Anthropocene

This course is an open experiment in both reading and writing ethnography that attempts to make sense of the Anthropocene–the new geological epoch shaped by the human presence on the planet.

SPHHRNG 2230: Introduction to Communication and Its Disorders

Survey of the topics, methodologies, and applications of speech and hearing science in normal and aberrant communication; lectures and readings.

SPHHRNG 3330: Language Acquisition

Introduction to language acquisition in normal children.

POLISCI 4553: Game Theory for Political Scientists

This course aims to give students an entry-level understanding of the basic concepts of game theory, and how these concepts have been applied to the study of political phenomena. The institutions we will be examining within this course are legislatures, legislative committees, courts, and treaties, among others. Among the topics to be studied within these "institutional laboratories" are strategic voting, coalition formation, agenda setting, bargaining, and the provision of public goods. We will not use calculus or any fancy probability other than the notion of conditional probability.

PSYCH 2311: Psychology of Motivation

A survey of major approaches to motivation and the study of important concepts in motivation, with emphasis on everyday applications.