Explore Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
In the College of Arts & Sciences…It’s What We Do
We study ancient Rome and Greece for insight on the human condition...the ancient philosophers to learn about law and love, good and evil in today’s society.
And also because the mythological gods, heroes and monsters of the past will star in tomorrow’s video games.
We probe light from ancient stars just now reaching Earth, bringing the past with it. We search for gold—and the answer to how it was formed—in light from the merger of two neutron stars. And like a medieval sorcerer, we wonder how we could produce heavy elements like gold here on Earth?
Natural explorers, we read novelist Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth and imagine ourselves translating the secret code (ancient runes) into Latin “Descende audax viator” to learn what we must do: “Descend bold traveler….”
Yeah. We go places in the College of Arts & Sciences. It's what we do.
- Will you drive a single-molecule Bobcat nano-wagon on the world’s tiniest race track?
- Will you study Buffy the Vampire Slayer or vampire bats in Ecuador?
- Will you count slimy hellbenders in local streams? Or go fishing in fishing in Antarctica to study climate change?
- Will you chase storms in Tornado alley? Or pursue justice with the Ohio Innocence Project?
- Will you go to Italy to talk to the Chef’s Table star about restoring the Sicilian almond tree?
- Will you help protect rare species in the nearby Wayne National Forest? Or grow sustainable meals in the OHIO Student Farm?
- Will you rub elbows with foreign affairs leaders at West Point?
- Will you explore the Earth’s mantle by hiking into the hills of eastern Kentucky?
- Will you follow your dream all the way to medical school?
- Will you study abroad in Rome, travel to Pompeii to see where Pliny the Elder tried—but failed—to rescue refugees from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius?
Why? Why? Why? You can ask that question as often as you want. In the College of Arts & Sciences, we ask why in the lab, in the field, even in the accelerator….
- What did the dinosaur with a heart-shaped tail say about its relatives?
- Those aren’t just helicopters? How many red maple seeds will become trees?
- Those pesky beetles. Are they friends or foes?
- Why did the mustard seedling grow up?
- Six was enough? Why did the snail kick evolution into high gear?
- Why use poetry to talk about being “In Country?” Ask the tank veteran.
- Red tide in Florida? Green tide in Lake Erie?
- Why use AI to classify galaxy images?
- Why does it matter what order the pages are in, asks the storyteller?
- After the volcano, why did the fish recover, but not the bugs?
- Why does staph bacteria cause disease? Still working on it.
Do you rush head-long at the problem or take a nerdy approach to solving the mystery? In the College of Arts & Sciences, you’ll also find Leonardo- and Raph-like approaches to life’s issues. It’s what we do.
- What superpower do English majors share?
- Why are Americans afraid of Dragons? Ask the LARPers.
- Have we been looking for tornadoes in all the wrong places?
- Like atomic force origami? Can we unravel how graphene nano-ribbons do the twist?
- Honey, they shrunk the doctor? Can plasmonic nanoparticles fry cancer cells?
- How can a rabbit help build better hearing aids?
- Can you make your case to the mock trial judges?
- Can a video game help kids with ADHD learn?
- Light ‘em up? How to handle a midge fly on sludge?
- What’s the role of tau protein in the Alzheimer’s disease? Ask the fruit fly.
In the College of Arts & Sciences, this is what we do. Get ready!
In the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University, students explore yesterday, today and tomorrow--preparing for successful lives through a 21st century liberal arts education. Individualized career coaching helps shape their journeys.