Dance 3401: Dance in Popular Culture: Embodying American Identities, Ideas and Cultures

Popular dance in the United States, with an emphasis on how movement constructs identity and community. 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. Online course, no dance experience required.

GE: Cultures and Ideas
GE: Social Diversity in the United States

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DESIGN 2750: Design History

A history of design as affected by technology, science, and cultural world view.

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Theatre 3221: Stage Management

This course will expose students to the craft of theatrical stage management with an emphasis on the stage manager's role in leading the collaborative process. Students will learn how to perform basic responsibilities and procedures from pre to post production as well as learn how to develop and strengthen interpersonal skills for effective leadership.

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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.

DESIGN 3105: Exploring Design Thinking

An overview of concepts, processes and modes of identifying problems and proposing effective solutions from a design-oriented perspective.

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.

ARTEDUC 2550: Introduction to Visual Culture: Seeing and Being Seen

An introduction to issues of representation, spectacle, surveillance, and voyeurism, explored through a range of visual images and sites.

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MUSIC 3349: The Beatles in 20th Century Music

In this course, we will study and listen to the Beatles' music not just as songs, but as windows to an array of 20th-century art music and popular traditions. We will read about their many influences, and listen for ourselves to those many other kinds of music that impressed and moved them—and then hear how their own songs transformed those earlier musics.

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SLAVIC 2230: Vampires, Monstrosity, and Evil: From Slavic Myth to Twilight

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Changing approaches to evil as embodied in vampires in East European folk belief and European and American pop culture; function of vampire and monster tales in cultural context, including peasant world and West from Enlightenment to now. Taught in English. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 130. GE cultures and ideas course, GE diversity global studies course.

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Classics 3100: What Are You Afraid Of? Ghost Stories from Antiquity to Right Now

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In this course, we’ll start by reading ancient tales of ghosts and make our way forward to ghost stories and films from the 21st century, asking what makes all of them work—that is, why do they frighten us? And: has what frightens us always remained the same or does it change, depending on the society that invents a particular story? Requirements: regular attendance and participation in discussions; quizzes; short writing assignments.

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SXLTYST 5620: Sexuality and Violence

This course explore the relationship between myths about sexuality, and acts of violence that may be personal, cultural, or institutional. It seeks to imagine possibilities for anti-violence advocacy, thinking both in practical terms of what can be done in our immediate communities, and also by imagining future possibilities beyond acts of violence that currently occur. Instead of a regular textbook, this course uses cutting edge journal articles, podcasts from local experts, and creative texts, all thanks to an Affordable Learning Grant.

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. 

MEDREN 2618: Travel and Exploration

Intercultural contact between Europe (Spain, Portugal and other nations) and the 'New Worlds' is explored through early modern narratives of travel, conquest, shipwrecks, and captivity.

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TURK 3350: Contemporary Issues in Turkey

Ongoing civil war with the Kurds... massive Syrian migration... censorship of journalists and academics... a failed coup attempt... a rapidly declining economy... What is going on in Turkey today, and what impacts do these events have on the world? This course will help us evaluate and contextualize current events in and related to Turkey as they have been shaped by local and global dynamics. We will follow the news from Turkey as events unfold in real time, and ground our understanding in deep historical and geographic analyses. Along with academic texts, we will make use of social media, film, music, and hands on experiences. Students may pursue a final project shaped by their own interests.

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COMPSTD 5189S: Ohio Field School

Introduction to ethnographic field methods (participant-observation, writing field notes, photography, interviewing), archiving and public humanities. An introduction to fieldwork is followed by a field experience. Over spring break, students will work in teams on service learning projects with community partners in Scioto County, Ohio.

CLLC 2301.1S & 2301.02 - Global Citizen Summer Camp

In the two credit Spring course, Ohio State students will learn the theories, skills and techniques involved in teaching foreign languages and cultures to middle school children. We will work together to create lesson plans for one two-hour full-immersion language class, one one-hour interactive culture presentation taught in English, and one international game that you will teach in the summer camp, which will take place June 3-7, 2019.

English 2367.07S: Literacy Narratives of Black Columbus Immigrants

Students in this course will engage in collecting and analyzing the literacy narratives of Columbus’ black immigrant populations and black second-generation Americans. Students will explore the intersection of literacy with immigration, multiculturalism, English language learning and United States immigration politics.

Italian 3052: Mediterranean Voyages: Migration and Travel

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This class, taught in English, examines the movements of migrants and tourists in the Mediterranean. Through novels and films, we will explore the troubling contrasts between cruise ships and refugee boats. How do vacationers and displaced persons move in different ways through the same Mediterranean space?

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History 3465: American Jewish History

This course studies American Jewish history from the 1600s until today. Interested in the the meanings and characteristics of modern American Jewish identities, we will study the interaction between America’s ever-growing Jewish population and the political, social, and cultural environment in which Jews found themselves. We will rely on a wide variety of historical texts, primary sources, films, and works of fiction to shape our conclusions; our sources will include an 1860s cookbook, a late 19th century memoir, letters Jewish soldiers sent to their local synagogues during World War II, 1960s protest literature, and clips from a contemporary depiction of American Jewish life, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

FRENCH 1801: Masterpieces of the French Speaking World: "Sartre, Coffee, and Cigarettes,"

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French existentialism was an attitude that defined an era. For the first time in history, an obscure philosophical movement based on the ethics of personal choice led to a revolution in youth culture starting in the cafés and nightclubs of Paris and spreading throughout the world. This course will examine not only the exciting literary and philosophical works that founded the movement, but also the cultural revolution it inspired.

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GERMAN 2256: Fan Fiction: From Homer to Harry Potter

Readers of Harry Potter write sequels, prequels, and spinoffs online every day. But fan fiction is far from new. In this course, we’ll investigate the surprising history of this literary form. Beginning in classical antiquity and ending with Rowling, we'll analyze works of fan fiction and the debate they inspires.

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French 3301: Discovering Second Language Acquisition

Do you like languages? This course introduces students to the exciting field of second language acquisition, and is ideal for those who wish to reflect on their own language learning experience, for those who desire to teach languages, and anyone who simply has an interest in languages. Taught in English.

Philosophy 2342: Environmental Ethics

This course surveys major ethical issues concerning our treatment of, and reliance on, the natural environment. Questions include: Is climate change a justice issue? Is sustainable development achievable? What constitutes human well-being? What do we owe future generations? What is the moral status of non-human animals, plants, and ecosystems?

WGSST 3101: Food and Gender

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If you are what you eat, then is food a means for understanding gender and sexuality? We will explore such topics as vegetarianism, diets, pleasure, farming, hunger, fat studies, boycotts, eating disorders, and culinary heritage with the lens of intersectional feminism. This class is literally food for thought.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

ANTHRO 3334: Zombies: The Anthropology of the Undead

Life is divided between the living, the dead and the undead (zombies). Using films, readings and “becoming a zombie” for in-class competition, we explore the meaning, popularity and cultural importance of zombies in social life and why they are so often associated with cannibalism, disease and witchcraft.

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COMM 3402: Crime and the News Media

Study of the nature of news coverage of crime and the criminal justice system, and the implications for individuals, social groups, and society.

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.

INTSTDS 2250: Russia: From Communism to Capitalism

Learn about Vladimir Putin's Russia, how it compares to its predecessor, the Soviet Union, and where its immediate future lies. The course will focus on the Soviet political model, the meaning of the Soviet experience, the collapse of the Communist system, the Cold War and current U.S.-Russian relations.

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SOC 2309: Law and Society

This class introduces students to the study of law from a sociological perspective. We first discuss perspectives on how the US Constitution can be interpreted. We then examine whether laws have an impact on society. Finally, we review ways in which society influences lawmaking and law enforcement.

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GEOG 3702: Life and Death Geographies: Global Population Dynamics

Course introduces issues in Population Geography, including study of the basic components of population size/growth and distribution along with the basics of the mathematics of population change; and examines what population growth/decline/stagnation trends are occurring, where they are happening, who is being affected, and why such transformations are taking place.

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PSYCH 3331: Abnormal Psychology

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

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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ECON 2001.01: Principles of Microeconomics

Introduction to economic theory: supply and demand for goods, services, and factor inputs; market structure; international trade, the distribution of income.


Fear, terrorism, pain, extremism, and ignorance. A psychological approach to the anxiety of loss of life, limb, liberty, and more. What is it to be safe? What do we gain, and what must we give up?

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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 

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PHYSICS 1107.01: Physics by Inquiry: Circuits, Light and Optics, and Astronomy

Investigation of the properties of electricity and circuits, light, optics with applications to real-world phenomena such as astronomy using the inquiry technique. Intended for non-science majors.

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EARTHSC 1151: Natural Hazards

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Occurrence and causes of earthquakes, volcanoes, and related hazards, and impact on climate, society, and history.

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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.

MATH1116: Excursions in Mathematics

Critical thinking and problem solving, with relevant topics met in everyday life. Appropriate for non-science majors

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.

Physics 1104: World of Energy

Physics 1104 is a GE course that gives non-science majors information on sustainable practices for our planet: what effect does our energy use have on the environment? How can we reduce the effects of climate change? Should we continue to use nuclear energy? We explore these ideas and more with hands-on activities.

MICRBIO 3704: HIV: from microbiology to macrohistory

This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of HIV/AIDS, tracing the evolution of the virus at both the molecular level and within its global historical context. This course is team-taught by a virologist and a historian. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for History 3704. Cross-listed in History.

MOLGEN 4591S: DNA Finger Printing Workshops in Columbus Public Schools

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A service-learning course in which Ohio State undergraduates present molecular biology workshops in Columbus Public Schools. Ohio State students act as mentors to assist high school student with protocols that analyze DNA samples to complete a forensic analysis of a fictional “crime scene”, while providing peer mentoring regarding college and careers.

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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

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