Giving in Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences provides students with exceptional opportunities to engage in innovative discovery and creative activities, guided by world-class faculty, in some of the most remarkable programs and learning spaces in the nation. We don’t just offer the tried and true; we find ways to incorporate emerging trends and issues into thoughtful academic programming.

Today’s graduates will spend their careers in a global environment that demands the ability to be nimble and responsive.

The Arts and Sciences is in the position, with your support, to provide the ideal education to take on such a future.

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Here are a few highlights of those new majors, people and programs, and spaces and places that set our students on the path to success ­—

New Majors

Data Analytics

The interdisciplinary data analytics major, one of the first of its kind in the country, is designed to address a growing need for data analytics professionals. The Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering are partnering to deliver the core courses in computer sciences, mathematics and statistics. A degree in data analytics will open the door to nearly limitless career opportunities; name any major industry — banking, insurance, healthcare, retail, oil and gas, logistics — and there you’ll find analytics opportunities. 


The neuroscience major, a joint venture between Arts and Sciences and Medicine, is now the fastest growing major at Ohio State. Students in the major have unparalleled access to more than 80 nationally and internationally recognized scientists who are producing groundbreaking work on brain imaging, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, drug addiction, Parkinson’s disease, brain cancer and more.

World Politics

The world politics major prepares students to live and work in a globalized environment in which international events influence domestic politics, and vice versa, with increasing intensity. The major’s four areas of specialization: foreign policy and security; political economy and development; political institutions and processes in countries outside the United States; and international political theory, open the doors to a variety of high-demand careers in fields such as intelligence and national security, international business, finance and global investments and humanitarian initiatives.

People and Programs

Endowed Chairs and Professorships

Endowments can establish an enduring legacy and build lasting relationships with faculty and staff by supporting their efforts to attain or maintain national eminence in teaching, research and service; and transform the student experience in ways that have lasting effects far into the future.

Skyler Cranmer, Carter Phillips and Sue Henry Associate Professor of Political Science

“Their gift has given me the freedom to do political science, not within a narrow disciplinary boundary, but to follow the most interesting, the most relevant and the hardest problems.“

Donald G. Dunn and Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History

Thanks to the Dunns’ gift, Professor Bruno Cabanes is bringing more than 15 years of scholarly work on the transition from war to peace in the 20th century to Ohio State students.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad provides the opportunity to experience first-hand a variety of viewpoints, cultures and languages outside of the United States. With more than 100 study abroad programs in 40+ countries, Arts and Sciences students are going beyond traditional classrooms and laboratories to enhance their global perspective and understanding of the world they live in. These experiences translate directly to career preparedness — students who participate in study abroad programs are two-times as likely to find a job within six months of graduation; receive 25 percent higher starting salaries; and 90 percent are accepted by 1st or 2nd choice graduate schools.

Department of History's World War II Study Tour Program

The WWII study-tour program, launched in 2013, is the country’s first such comprehensive program. This powerful interdisciplinary academic/study abroad program provides an in-depth look at ways the war helped shape contemporary issues. Students from across campus, who compete for the 20 places in the program, receive a life-changing experience and a strong foundation for future leadership roles — in their professions, communities and in the world. Spring semester’s intensive war-related history and culture courses prepare students for a three-week European tour of sites in London, Normandy, Paris and Berlin, where they record their experiences in blog posts and photos. Students receive assistance for tour expenses, much of it provided by the generosity of our alumni and friends.

Ohio State Marching Band

For 140 years, the 228-piece “Pride of the Buckeyes” has been one of the few college all-brass-and-percussion bands in the country, and its Script Ohio is considered by many to be the most memorable tradition in college band history. On the field, the marching band’s incredible animated halftime shows have been the subject of countless news reports around the world and viral videos that have been viewed by millions.

Spaces and Places

The Arts District

A vibrant arts district is taking shape near 15th Avenue and High Street, placing the arts at the university’s front door, forming the north anchor of Columbus’ arts corridor, which stretches from campus to downtown. The School of Music has begun a campaign to enhance facilities that includes rehearsal spaces and a recital hall; the 2014 transformation of Sullivant Hall brought together the Department of Dance; the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD); and the new Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise.