ACCAD 3350:  The History of Animation

  • WeFr 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Wexner Center 001 / David Filipi

An overview of the history and theory of animation including origin of animation forms, Hollywood Studio animation, a sample of World Animation and contemporary animation. 

Prereq: Not open to students with credit for ArtsCol 350.


AFAMAST 2285: Afropop: Popular Music and Culture in Contemporary Africa

  • MoWe 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Cockins Hall 218 / Ryan Skinner

This course focuses on the rich variety, aesthetic beauty, and political significance of popular music in modern African cities. By closely attending to the genres, forms, styles, and social life of African popular music, students will encounter the dynamic soundscape of popular culture in Africa today. GE cultures and ideas course and diversity global studies course.


AFAMAST 2288: Bebop to Doowop to Hiphop: The Rhythm and Blues Tradition

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Baker Systems 188 / Staff

Examines the aesthetic and historical evolution of rhythm and blues: black music tradition including bebop, rock and roll, and hiphop, redefining American popular culture post-WWII. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 288 or Music 2288 (288). GE VPA and diversity soc div in the US course. Cross-listed in Music.


AFAMAST 4571:  Black Visual Culture and Popular Media

  • MoWe 3:55PM - 5:15PM / Mendenhall Lab 185 / Staff
  •  TuTh 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Hagerty Hall 045 / Laura -Ashley Taylor

An examination of African Americans in visual culture and the theories of representation in popular media.  Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 571. GE VPA and diversity soc div in the US course.


ARTEDUC 2367.03: Criticizing Television 

  • Online / Staff
  • TuTh 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Derby Hall 049 / Staff
  • Tu 4:30PM - 7:15PM / Jennings Hall 160 / Staff
  • TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Hagerty Hall 259 / Staff
  • WeFr 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Ramseyer Hall 039 / Staff
  • MoWe 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Sullivant Hall 251 / Edward Quinn

A critical analysis of a wide variety of television programs through viewing, discussing, reading, and writing. Prereq: English 1110, and Soph standing. Not open to students with credit for 367.03 or Theatre 2367.03 (367.03). GE writing and comm course: level 2 and diversity soc div in the US course. Cross-listed in Theatre.


ARTEDUC 2550: Introduction to Visual Culture: Seeing and Being Seen 

  • We 1:00PM - 3:50PM / Ramseyer Hall 039 / Clayton Funk

An introduction to issues of representation, spectacle, surveillance, and voyeurism, explored through a range of visual images and sites.  Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 255. GE cultures and ideas and diversity soc div in the US course.


CLASSICS 2205: Sports and Spectacles in the Ancient World

  • MoWeFr 1:50PM - 2:45PM / Baker Systems 140

The history and social role of gymnastic and athletic competition in Greece and Rome. The evolution of their modern revivals. GE cultures and ideas course.


COMM 3440: Mass Communication and Society

  • Online / James Bonus         

This course is designed to promote an understanding of basic mass communication practice.


COMM 3513:  Video Games and the Individual 

  • Th 9:10AM - 11:00AM / Journalism Bldg 360 / Nicholas Matthews    

A broad overview of the effects of video game play on the individual.  Students critique the literature on this topic and design their own study to test video game effects. 


COMPARATIVE STUDIES 2281: American Icons

  • TuTh 3:55PM - 5:15PM / Mendenhall Lab 125 / Jason Payne

Interdisciplinary methods in American studies; emphasis on the plurality of identities in American culture. GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Social Diversity in the US.


COMPARATIVE STUDIES 2322:  Introduction to Latino Studies 

  • ·      WeFr 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Jennings Hall 140

Introduction to Latino studies; history, politics, and cultural production of Latino/a communities in the U.S. and its borderlands. GE Cultures and Ideas and Diversity: Social Diversity in the US. Cross-listed in Spanish 2242.


COMPARATIVE STUDIES 2360:   Introduction to Comparative Cultural Studies

  • WeFr 11:10AM - 12:30PM / University Hall 038 / Franco Barchiesi            

Introduction to interdisciplinary field of cultural studies; emphasis on relation of cultural production to power, knowledge, and authority, globally and locally.  Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv.. GE cultures and ideas course.


COMPARATIVE STUDIES 3686 - Cultural Studies of American Musics

  • TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Mendenhall Lab 115

Investigation of the social, political, and cultural contexts of the development of popular musics in the U.S.  Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. GE VPA and diversity soc div in the US course.


CSFRST 2372: Appearance, Dress, and Cultural Diversity 

  • MoWeFr 1:50PM - 2:45PM / Jennings Hall 155 / Julie Hillery

A cross-cultural study of the diversity and meaning of appearance and dress as manifestations of individual and group behavior, social organizations, and cultural norms.  GE soc sci indivs and groups course.


CSFRST 2374 : Twentieth Century Fashion and Beyond

  • TuTh 2:20PM - 3:40PM / Campbell Hall 200 / Amanda Mutchler
  • Online / Wendy Goldstein

Relationship between culture, society and fashion in the 20th century, the influence of historic dress on contemporary fashion, and industry developments leading to mass fashion. Prereq: English 1110.  GE historical study course.


CSFRST 3474: Fashion Forecasting                                             

  • TuTh 3:55PM - 5:15PM / Townshend Hall 255

Analysis and application of trend forecasting practices in all aspects of the fashion industry.  Prereq: C- or higher in 2370 (CSFsnRtS 270), and 2373 (275). 


DANCE 2152:  Hip Hop II

  • TuTh 7:05PM - 8:35PM / Sullivant Hall 290 / Amy Schmidt

Non-major intermediate/advanced level studio practice of hip hop dance; includes survey of the history, theory, and/or literature of hip hop dance.  Prereq: One Year of 1151 (201.06) or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 8 cr hrs or 4 completions.


DANCE 3401: Dance in Popular Culture                         

  •  Online / Amy Schmidt 

Popular dance in the United States, with an emphasis on how movement constructs identity and community. GE cultures and ideas and diversity soc div in the US course.


ENGLISH 2263: Introduction to Film 

  • MoWe 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Macquigg Lab 264 / Ryan Friedman

Introduction to methods of reading film texts by analyzing cinema as technique, as system, and as cultural product.  Prereq: 1110.01 (110.01) or equiv. GE VPA course.


ENGLISH/ COMPARATIVE STUDIES 2264: Introduction to Popular Culture Studies       

  • WeFr 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Mendenhall Lab 129 / Joanna Toy
  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM 

Introduction to the analysis of popular culture texts. Prereq: 1110.01 (110.01). Not open to students with credit for 264 or CompStd 2264 (264). GE cultures and ideas course.


ENGLISH 2270: Introduction to Folklore

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Baker Systems 198

Folklore theory and methods explored through engagement with primary sources: folktale, legend, jokes, folksong, festival, belief, art. Folklore Minor course.  Prereq: 1110.01. GE cultures and ideas course. Cross-listed in CompStd 2350.


ENGLISH 2463: Introduction to Video Games Analysis 

  • TuTh 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Denney Hall 316
  • TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Denney Hall 316

An introduction to humanities-based methods of analyzing and interpreting video games in terms of form, genre, style, and theory. No background in video game play is necessary. All students will have regular opportunities for hands-on experience with different game types and genres in both the computer-based classroom and the English Department Video Game Lab. Prereq: English 1110. GE VPA course.


ENGLISH 2464: Introduction to Comics Studies

  • TuTh 2:20PM - 3:40PM / Sullivant Hall 205 / Frederick Aldama

Study of sequential comics and graphic narrative and the formal elements of comics, how word and image compete and collaborate in comics to make meaning and how genre is activated and redeployed. Students analyze comics texts, articulate and defend interpretations of meaning and learn about archival research at OSU's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. No background in comics is required. Prereq: 1110. GE VPA course.

ENGLISH 3364: Special Topics in Popular Culture 

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Derby Hall 080 / Elizabeth Hewitt

The Art of Making Money

One definition of popular culture involves a measure of popularity, and we tend to index popularity on whether culture sells. No wonder then so much popular media self-consciously reflects on capitalism and the art of making money. This class will consider portraits of capitalism, financialization, and economic inequality in popular media since the establishment of the Bank of England in 1694 to Brexit in 2020. We will read novels, comics, and non-fiction and we will watch movies, television, and video games. Possible objects of inquiry include: Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Ben Franklin’s Way to Wealth, Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick, Andrew Carnegie’s The Gospel of Wealth, Elizabeth Stuart Phelp’s The Silent Partner, Jacob Riis’s How the Other Half Lives, George Barr Mccutcheon’s Brewster’s Millions, James M. Cain’s Mildred Pierce, Bret Easton Ellis’sAmerican Psycho, Arundhati Roy’s Capitalism: A Ghost Story. Films and television will include Greed, Imitation of Life, The Apartment, Mary Poppins, Wall Street, The Jeffersons, Downton Abbey, Queen of Versailles, and Parasite.   

GEC ARTS AND HUMANITIES CULTURES AND IDEAS COURSE.  Prereq: 1110.01 (110.01) or equiv. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. GE cultures and ideas course.


ENGLISH 3372: Science Fiction and/or Fantasy                                                                    

  • TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Journalism Bldg 375 / Brian McHale

If you regularly read science fiction and watch sf films and consider yourself a knowledgeable fan, or if you only occasionally read or watch sf, or if you never read sf and seldom watch sf films - whichever of these categories you belong to, this course is for you! Its purpose is to give you tools for thinking, speaking and writing about sf. Our primary concern won?t be sf's history, its marketing and readership, or even its ideas - though all of these things will come into the picture, of course. Our main focus, however, will be on how sf is made - its form. We'll explore questions such as, what distinguishes science fiction from other types of fiction, including fantasy? How are science fiction novels (and films) constructed? How do we get from sentences on a page (or shots in a film) to worlds in the imagination? Specific topics will include the future, the alien and world-building. What does it mean to imagine the future? When we try to do so, are we really just imagining versions of the present? What about aliens ? are they really just versions of ourselves, after all, ourselves in a funhouse mirror, or can we imagine something that is genuinely, radically not-us? What is involved in building a world? Why go to the trouble of building one, when there is a well-made and perfectly usable one all around us? Readings: classic sf short stories from The Big Book of Science Fiction, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer (available in print and e-book); screenings of sf films. Assignments: 6 in-class quizzes, 6 brief response papers (2-3 pages each), one longer paper (5-8 pages).  Prereq: 1110. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. GE lit course.

  • WeFr 9:35AM - 10:55AM / University Hall 056 / Thomas Davis

Environmental Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Science Fiction and fantasy often take us to places with weird environments, including future Earths, bizarre dreamscapes, and other planets.  In recent years, sci-fi and fantasy works have begun directly addressing the crises of climate change, the sixth mass extinction, and the uncertain prospects for human life on an altered planet.  This class examines the ways environmental sci-fi/fantasy novels, short fiction, and film narrate planetary change and what that means for human and nonhuman futures.  Students will read from read and view a diverse set of sci-fi/fantasy fiction, ranging from intergalactic epics, Afrofuturism, weird fiction, and the recent subgenre cli-fi.  Students will also get a chance to build their own environmental sci-fi/fantasy worlds.   Texts and films may include: H.G. Wells The Time Machine; Ursula K. Le Guin The Dispossessed; Octavia Butler The Parable of the Sower; Jeff VanderMeer Borne; China Mieville Three Moments of an Explosion (selected stories); Louise Erdrich Future Home of a Living God; Alex DiFrancisco All City; Emmi Itaranta Memory of Water; Omar Al-Akkad American War; Mad Max; Snowpiercer. Prereq: 1110. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. GE lit course.

  • Online / Jesse Schotter

Children's Fantasy Novels
This class will survey some of the most important children's fantasy novelists of the 20th century, from E. Nesbit and C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien up through Lloyd Alexander, Ursula K. LeGuin, J.K. Rowling, Diana Wynne Jones, and N.K. Jemisin.  We will examine how these two genres--fantasy and children's lit--grew up together, and will explore the varying influences on these writers, from myth and folklore to Christianity and Taoism and Existentialism to feminism and critical race theory.

  • WeFr 2:20PM - 3:40PM / Hayes Hall 006 / Staff


ENGLISH 3378: Special Topics in Film and Literature 

  • TuTh 2:20PM - 3:40PM / Denney Hall 209 /  Luke Wilson

Shakespeare and Film      

Literature and Film: Shakespeare's Tragedies on Film.  This course will study four or five tragedies by Shakespeare in conjunction with important film versions.  Possible plays: Hamlet; Othello; Titus Andronicus; King Lear; Romeo and Juliet; Coriolanus.  This course can satisfy various requirements: an upper-level (4000-level) or lower-level (3000-level) course for the English Major and Minor; a course for the Film Studies Minor; a course for the Popular Culture minor; a film course for the Pre-Education Major; and a Cultures and Ideas course for the Arts and Humanities GE. Prereq: 1110. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. GE cultures and ideas course.

  • TuTh 3:55PM - 5:15PM / Sullivant Hall 205 / Frederick Aldama

Film & Comics: Race, Class, Sexuality, and Differently Abled

Have you ever wondered why you love watching superhero movies or reading comics? Why do we pay money to go see something that we know is clearly not real? This course examines the art of film and comics storytelling and, simultaneously, the emotion and cognitive responses that they trigger. We will focus on the contemporary period to see how filmmakers and comic book creators build their storyworlds as well as audience consumption. We will also explore the crosspollination of devices used to give shape to filmic and comic book storytelling modes. We will acquire theoretical concepts and tools to understand better how our set of films and comics are built and how they might make (or not) new our perception, thought, and feeling concerning issues of racism, ableism, misogyny, homophobia, and the like.  We will view and analyze: Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman (2017); Jon Favreau's Iron Man (2008); George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road (2015); Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012); M. Night Shyamalan Unbreakable (2000); Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim (2013); Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later (2002); James Mangold's Logan (2017); Zack Snyder's Justice League (2017); Ryan Coogler's Black Panther (2018); Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok (2017); Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010); Bob Persichetti et al. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018); Jill Thompson's Wonder Woman: The True Amazon (2016); George Miller et al. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015); Bryan Lee O'Malley Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Vol. 1 (2004); Steve Niles's 28 Days Later: Aftermath; Travis Beacham's Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift (2016); Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther & the Crew (2017) Prereq: 1110. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. GE cultures and ideas course.


ENGLISH 4578: Special Topics in Film                     

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Denney Hall 250 / Jared Gardner

Disney (Plus)

This course will study the history of Disney from its founding in 1923 as a small animation studio in a Hollywood dominated by major studios to its emergence in the 21st century as the world's most profitable global media conglomerate. Along with analysis of film, television, and other media texts, the course will engage heavily with film history (including studio and industry history), media history, and popular culture studies from I920s-2020, considering not only Disney's own theatrical output but also the wide range of media that the company has acquired and developed, including Pixar, the Star Wars franchise, and of course the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The launching of the new Disney+ streaming platform will also provide us with an occasion to consider the state (and future) of transmedia storytelling and media circulation in the new age of the horizontally integrated "studio.

  • T WeFr 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Denney Hall 206 / David Brewer


This course will investigate what is perhaps simultaneously the most beloved and the most mocked of all film genres: the musical.  We'll explore the enduring appeal of characters bursting into song and dance when their emotions swell.  And we'll consider why such an inherently ridiculous form should persist, despite all of the changes to both society and the film industry over the past century.  Likely viewings will include 42nd Street, Singin' in the Rain, Oklahoma!, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, West Side Story, The Blues Brothers, The Little Mermaid, Chicago, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Moulin Rouge!, Sweeney Todd, Mamma Mia!, and La La Land. Course requirements include a weekly viewing journal, a few short written exercises, an ethnographic field trip to a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, active participation in our discussions, and a final project whose form can be negotiated.


FILMSTD 2271: Introduction to Film Studies for Majors

  • TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Denney Hall 209 / Ryan Friedman

An introduction to the field of Film Studies based on a survey of the major theories of film analysis, specifically geared for incoming majors. Prereq: English 2263 (263), or HistArt 2901 (260). Not open to students with credit for 2270 (270). GE VPA course.


GERMAN 2251: German Literature and Popular Culture

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Caldwell Lab 133 / Paul Reitter

AU20 topic: Marx in Literature and Film

Study of popular culture forms in relation to the artistic, intellectual, historic, and literary traditions of the German-speaking world. Taught in English.  Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs. GE lit course.



HISTART 2901: Introduction to World Cinema

  • TuTh 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Hagerty Hall 180 / Mark Svede
  • TuTh 5:30PM - 6:50PM / Hitchcock Hall 324 / Staff

Chronological survey of the most influential and recognized film artists and film movements of the world.  GE VPA and diversity global studies course.


MODERN GREEK 2680 - 010   Folklore of Contemporary Greece

  • TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Enarson Classroom Bldg 206 / Georgios Anagnostou

A general survey of socio-cultural trends and issues in modern Greece through close examination of ethnographies and other folk expressions.  Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 268. GE VPA and diversity global studies course.


MUSIC 2252: History of Rock 'n' Roll                           


  • WeFr 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Hughes Hall 100 / Graeme Boone
  • Online / Staff

The history and culture of rock 'n' roll.  GE VPA course.


RELSTDS 3679: Popular Culture and World Religion

  • WeFr 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Ramseyer Hall 110 / Spencer Dew

The representation of religion in visual culture, in the United States and around the world; the ways that religious traditions are represented or misrepresented; the ways religious traditions appropriate popular culture for their own purposes; new forms of religious practice and community that grow directly out of popular culture. Prereq: English 1110. GE VPA course.


RUSSIAN 2335.01: Magnificence, Mayhem, and Mafia: Russian Culture 

  • Online / Staff

Russian culture from its foundations to the 21st century through analysis of literature, film, music, visual arts, beliefs, and customs. Taught in English.  Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 2355, 2335.99, 135, or 235. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course.


RUSSIAN 3460: Modern Russian Experience through Film 

  •  TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Mendenhall Lab 115 / Helena Goscilo
  •  WeFr 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Denney Hall 206 / Staff

Exploration of some of the most revealing hopes and disappointments of Russian people presented in internationally acclaimed Russian films. Taught in English. GE VPA and diversity global studies course.


RUSSIAN 3480: The Russian Spy: Cultures of Surveillance, Secret Agents, & Hacking from the Cold War through Today 

  • TuTh 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Orton Hall 110 / Alisa Lin

This course explores the concept of the spy in the cultural imaginations of both Russia and the West from the early-20th century through the present. Topics will include stereotyping in popular culture, the relationship between fiction and the political imagination, Western (especially American) and Russian views of each other, the Cold War, privacy, security, fear, and war. GE VPA and diversity global studies course.


SLAVIC 2230:  Vampires, Monstrosity, and Evil: From Slavic Myth to Twilight 

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Arps Hall 012 / Daniel Collins
  • WeFr 11:10AM - 12:30PM / McPherson Lab 1035 / David McVey

Changing approaches to evil as embodied in vampires in East European folk belief & European & American pop culture; function of vampire & monster tales in cultural context, including peasant world & West from Enlightenment to now. Taught in English.GE cultures and ideas course, GE diversity global studies course.


SLAVIC 3310: Science Fiction: East vs. West 

  •  TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Page Hall 010 / Helena Goscilo
  •  TuTh 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Denney Hall 238 / Helen Myers

Slavic, American, and British sci-fi on page and screen as reflection of major cultural concerns: progress, utopia, human perfectibility, limits of science and knowledge, gender, identity. Taught in English.  GE VPA and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in WGSSt.


SOCIOL 2300: Sociology of Culture and Popular Culture

  • Online / Staff

Provides a sociological understanding of culture including the influence of culture on inequality and social change and sociological interpretations of popular culture. The course will examine how sociologists define and empirically study culture; theoretical approaches; aspects of culture including media, consumer goods, etc; prevalence of cultural patterns in all societies.



SOCIOL 3302: Technology and Global Society 

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Psychology Bldg 010 / Staff
  • TuTh 2:20PM - 3:40PM / Cunz Hall 140 / Staff
  • WeFr 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Jennings Hall 040 / Staff
  • TuTh 3:55PM - 5:15PM / Townshend Hall 247 / Staff
  • WeFr 9:35AM - 10:55AM / Jennings Hall 040 / Staff

Social aspects of technology, social change, and technological development; underdevelopment and the global economy.


THEATRE 2367.01: Self Images: America on Stage, 1830 to the Present 

  •  TuTh 12:45PM - 2:05PM / Baker Systems 184 / Staff

Exploration of the images of Americans presented on popular stages through written analysis of theatrical and critical texts. Prereq: English 1110, and Soph standing or above. Not open to students with credit for 2367. GE writing and comm course: level 2 and diversity soc div in the US course.


THEATRE 5771.05:  All Singing, All Dancing: The History of Musical Theatre

  • TuTh 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Drake Center 2038 / Karen Mozingo

Advanced study on the history and contemporary practice of the art form of musical theatre including an emphasis on the American Rock Musical.


WGSST 2230: Gender, Sexuality and Race in Popular Culture

  • WeFr 2:20PM - 3:40PM / University Hall 082 / Robert Cremins
  • WeFr 9:35AM - 10:55AM / University Hall 082 / Anne Van
  •  WeFr 11:10AM - 12:30PM / Cockins Hall 232 / Nicole Edgerton
  • WeFr 3:55PM - 5:15PM / University Hall 056 / Saidah Isoke
  • TuTh 3:55PM - 5:15PM / University Hall 082 / Kayley DeLong            

Explores how popular culture generates and articulates our understandings of gender and sexuality and their intersections with race and class.  Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 230. GE VPA course.


WGSST 4527: Studies in Gender and Cinema

  • TuTh 3:55PM - 5:15PM / University Hall 056 / Linda Mizejewski

Gender & the Horror Film
The topic of this course is gender, sexuality, and race in the horror genre. We will focus on the "Frankenstein" tradition, which is the source of the slasher subgenre and also the beginning of the genre?s theme of monstrous reproduction, as seen recently in "Get Out" and "Us." Our approach will equally emphasize social and psycho/sexual theories of horror.