In the Perspectives categories, students engage learning and critical thinking across a broad spectrum of academic areas: the biological and physical sciences, literature and the arts, the social sciences, and the humanities, among others. Each Perspectives category offers many course options, so this is a place where students can really shape their own OSU education and follow their true interests. See the Bacc Core Playlists for some ideas of ways to mold the Bacc Core to individual needs and interests.
Synthesis courses teach students to address contemporary issues using a multi-disciplinary approach, thus engaging the world’s problems with the complexity they require. Synthesis courses are upper division and are best taken after students complete their Skills and Perspectives courses.
- Courses in Contemporary Global Issues enable students to study how social, economic, political, environmental, and other issues and problems originating in one part of the world may have far-reaching ramifications in other locations. Students in CGI courses employ both global and multidisciplinary perspectives to the study of global issues.
- Courses in Science, Technology, and Society engage students in a multi-disciplinary study of the interaction of science and technology with society. Students gain understanding of the political and economic dimensions of scientific or technological change, the nature of the scientific enterprise, and the complexity of major revolutions in science and technology.
Difference, Power, and Discrimination
Through courses in Difference, Power, and Discrimination, students gain understanding of how the unequal distribution of social, economic, and political power in the United States and in other countries is sustained through a variety of individual beliefs and institutional practices. Students explore the complexity of structures, systems, and ideologies that sustain discrimination and the unequal distribution of power and resources in US society in order to enhance democratic participation from the OSU campus to American society and beyond.
Writing Intensive Courses (WIC)
In order to have a successful professional future, students must learn to write clearly and convincingly as members of the field or fields in which they have chosen to major. Writing Intensive courses, which are taken in the major or as designated by the major, introduce students to the genres, purposes, audiences, content, and conventions of writing in the major. Through inquiry-based writing in the discipline, students gain understanding and knowledge of disciplinary methods, evidence, concepts, and forms of communication. Students are encouraged to complete Writing I and Writing II requirements before enrolling in their WIC course during the junior or senior year.