Contributing Units

Arts Administration, Education and Policy | ClassicsComparative Studies | Educational Studies | English | History | Human Development and Family Science | Kinesiology: Sport Industry, Sport Management | Psychology | Social Work | Sociology | Teaching and Learning | Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Arts Administration, Education and Policy

The Department of Art Education’s undergraduate and graduate programs prepare future educators, researchers, and leaders in the areas of art education and arts policy and administration.  Graduate students have opportunities to specialize in museum education, material culture studies, arts management, American Indian studies, disability studies, and gender and sexuality studies or to choose from a range of other specializations.


The Department of Classics is devoted to the study of the languages, literature, and cultures of Greece and Rome, focusing on Antiquity but including all periods from the Bronze Age to Modern Greece. This study is important, as the origins of western and much Near Eastern literature, philosophy, art, religion, and social forms lay in the ancient world, making Greece and Rome vital contributors to ongoing discussions of "who we are" in a broader sense. The aim of our scholarship and teaching, however, is not only to document origins but to question the relationship between texts and social practices in both antiquity and modern times as well as to challenge current assumptions. The cultures of Greece and Rome provide us with provocative standpoints from which to understand our own very different world of rapid social and technological change. Conversely, we also recognize that our ways of looking at antiquity are evolving in response to the changes in the world around us. 

Comparative Studies

The Department of Comparative Studies promotes interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research and teaching in the arts and sciences. The Department of Comparative Studies encourages critical reflection about culture that crosses boundaries of discipline, nation, and language. We attend to the construction of knowledge and the dynamics of power and authority in a range of historical discourses and practices: social, religious, literary, aesthetic, technological, scientific, political, and material.

Educational Studies

The Educational Studies department has a distinguished tradition of pursuing scholarship and offering graduate programs in academic fields that contribute to the formation of sound policy and effective leadership for educational institutions in all settings and levels. Educational Studies faculty incorporate expertise from a broad range of disciplines across the social sciences, humanities, and cognate disciplines. The units within this department that offer courses used for the Sexuality Studies Program include Counselor Education, Cultural Foundations of Education, and Higher Education and Student Affairs.


The English Department of The Ohio State University offers a varied and comprehensive curriculum in literature, rhetoric, composition, folklore, language study, critical theory, film, and creative writing. The strength of the department rests not only on its regular full-time faculty members, many of whom have won University-wide teaching awards in recent years, but also on its undergraduate students whose interests and gifts are as varied as the curriculum itself.


The Department of History is a large and diverse department with over 200 students currently pursuing advanced graduate study in 18 different fields of history. Chronologically we encompass almost every age of civilization, and geographically we span nearly all regions of the globe. We offer, in addition, degrees in the thematic fields of women's history, military history, diplomatic/international history, world history, and the history of business.

Human Development and Family Science

The Department of Human Development and Family Science is concerned with the study of human development across the lifespan, the dynamics of marital and family relationships, and the conditions in the family, community, and society which enhance, support, or impede individual development and family life. Many factors make an HDFS major very valuable, such as a growing elderly population, a stable high divorce rate, and more dual income families which has led to more children being in child care.

Kinesiology: Sport Industry, Sport Management 

The Kinesiology program's goal is to educate professionals, scholars, and society in the value of sport, physical activity, physical education, management, and science. Particular focus is placed on obesity prevention, health and wellness throughout the life cycle, physical education in schools, the cultural and historical context of sport, the business of athletics, and promoting regular participation in physical activity initiatives and educational programs in order to ensure lifelong health.


Our department is noted for a long history of excellence in research, teaching, and service. With approximately 50 faculty, 150 graduate students, and 1400 undergraduate majors, we are one of the largest departments at Ohio State. We are also one of the top ranked psychology departments in the country providing extensive course offerings and research opportunities in eight program areas. Faculty in the department work in diverse areas of human and animal cognition, emotion, and behavior and engage in many interdisciplinary research activities.

Social Work

Through its BSSW, MSW, and Ph.D. degree programs, the college of Social Work enables students to experience and explore the knowledge, values, and skills required for professional social work practice and research.


The Department of Sociology is an intellectual community of 33 active and distinguished faculty, over 100 graduate students in-training as the next generation of scholars and educators, and nearly 1200 undergraduate majors, all supported by 13 able and dedicated staff members. Our department is proud of its commitment to excellence in scholarship and instruction, which is reflected by our ranking as a top-20 department nationwide.

Teaching and Learning

The School of Teaching and Learning offers exemplary programs for those beginning a teaching career, those who seek to deepen their research-based knowledge to inform their teaching, and those looking to become a researcher/scholar.

Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Women's Studies in an interdisciplinary field of research and teaching that places gender at the center of inquiry. It raises many questions about gender as a socially and culturally constructed phenomenon that affects our personal lives, artistic expression, social relationships, and even the ways we think about ourselves and the world. Women's Studies considers the ways class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age shape women's and men's experience, and is one of the fastest growing fields of inquiry to emerge in higher education in the past thirty years.