DISCO-Affiliated Academic Programs

African American & African Studies

The Department of African American and African Studies offers both an undergraduate major and minor as well as graduate degrees at the Master of Arts and Ph.D. level, providing students with a thorough and unique opportunity to study the transnational Black experience. The Department works to strengthen ties between the University and the African American and African communities in Columbus through these academic programs, a series of regular programming and activities, and its Community Extension Center. It aims to provide a variety of interdisciplinary thinking about the role of "race" in human behavior and relations within a global context, about how "race" interacts with class, gender and nation, and about the critical relationship between theory and practice.

American Indian Studies

The American Indian Studies program offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor program, collaborates with other university programs and departments to develop AIS programming, and works with both the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Multicultural Center to promote awareness of Native issues on campus and to promote the recruitment and retention of Native students.

Asian American Studies

The Asian American Studies program offers an undergraduate minor program which aims to allow students to focus on the histories, cultures, and communities of peoples of Asian descent in the United States. The program draws from a variety of disciplines and departments including history, literary studies, sociology, political science, anthropology, and the arts in helping students to grapple with questions about immigration and racialization, ethnic and cultural identity formation, gender and sexuality, war and imperialism, transnational social linkages, and cross-cultural expressive practices.

Comparative Ethnic & American Studies

The focus in Comparative Ethnic and American Studies (CEAS) is one of several options for undergraduate students enrolled as majors in the Department of Comparative Studies. The program engages interdisciplinary and comparative understandings of ethnicity and race in the Americas, focusing heavily on “comparison” in the analysis of processes of racialization in relation to gender, sexuality, and class as they have shaped ethnic American experiences, cultural production, and citizenship. Students are able to pursue focused study of specific ethnic cultures, arts, and communities within changing national, transnational, and global contexts, where “American” is understood broadly, embracing hemispheric, indigenous, transnational, displaced and migratory perspectives.

Disability Studies

The Disability Studies program allows undergraduates to pursue an interdisciplinary minor and graduate students to pursue a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS). The Program examines the nature, meaning, and consequences of disability in global culture from an integrated social, political, and cultural model, aiming to develop understandings of how disability intersects with gender, race, class, age, and sexuality.

Latino/a Studies

The Latino/a Studies programs offers both a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS) and an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor. Students in both programs elect one of three focuses - Social Issues, History, or Culture, Literature and Arts – in exploring the social, cultural, and historical realities facing Latinos/as residing in the United States as well as how such realities interface with those of Central and Latin America and the Hispanophone Caribbean.

Sexuality Studies

The Sexuality Studies program at OSU offers both an interdisciplinary minor and major (B.A.) for undergraduates as well as an Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS). Students are able to explore the historical, political, biological, cultural, sociological, educational, legal, health, aesthetic, and psychological contexts of human sexuality. The program pays particular attention to processes and practices of normalization in different cultures and times through which certain sexual behaviors, expressions, or identities are esteemed and others devalued. It also investigates the ways in which sexuality is shaped by other social differences such as race, gender, class, dis/ability, religion, nationality, and ethnicity.

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies offers graduate degrees at the Master of Arts and Ph.D. levels, as well as both a major and minor for undergraduates. All of the Department’s programs work to generate and transmit knowledge about women's lives and relationships to culture and society by coordinating programs of instruction, research, and service in the interdisciplinary field of women's studies, seeking to make visible the experiences and contributions of women and the complex social arrangements that depend on assumptions about and definitions of gender in a vast range of historical and social locations.