We've got some ideas for you! Check out this bulletin board of some of the cool and unique courses available in the College of Arts and Sciences during spring 2019.
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
A history of design as affected by technology, science, and cultural world view.
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.Learn more
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.
An overview of concepts, processes and modes of identifying problems and proposing effective solutions from a design-oriented perspective.
A study of the artists, the artworks, and art worlds from diverse ethnic cultures in North America.
An introduction to issues of representation, spectacle, surveillance, and voyeurism, explored through a range of visual images and sites.
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn more
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.
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.
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.
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?Learn More
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 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.Learn more
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.Learn More
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.
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?
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.Learn more
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
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.Learn more
Occurrence and causes of earthquakes, volcanoes, and related hazards, and impact on climate, society, and history.Learn more
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.
Critical thinking and problem solving, with relevant topics met in everyday life. Appropriate for non-science majors
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 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.
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.
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.Learn more
Plant structure and function; growth and development; diversity, reproduction, and evolution of lower and flowering plants; people, the biosphere, and plant diversityLearn More