College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences offers a rich and balanced curriculum in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. We welcome young passionate intellectuals who are eager to help make the local community and the world a better place.
A young Nepali girl sees a photo for herself for the first time thanks to Ottoni-Wilhelm, right.
Having found a passion for activism and women’s issues when she was in middle school, sophomore Sophie Ottoni-Wilhelm hopes to share that focus with her Oberlin peers through an on-campus chapter of the New Community Project, a small nonprofit for which she serves on the board.
Sophomore art history major Emma Kimmel is one of many student docents at the AMAM who teach Oberlin schoolchildren about the museum's collection.
Thanks to a two-decades-old docent program, local schoolchildren can explore the treasures of the AMAM with the help and guidance of Oberlin students.
Members of the Comics Collective talk with Alison Bechdel '81, right.
Inspired to organize after taking a class on graphic narratives, the students behind the Oberlin Comics Collective offer their peers a community in which they can practice drawing, get their work published in zines and online, or share their favorite comics.
(From left) Shauna Godfrey, Ty Diringer, and Peterson Njamunge
The leaders of Kenya Reads, a literacy initiative that established the first-ever community library in an impoverished district in central Kenya, have been awarded more than $20,000 in combined grants to sustain their work.
Tracy Chevalier '84
Oberlin’s 2013 Commencement/Reunion Weekend activities will be May 24 to May 27. The 176th Commencement exercises will take place on Monday, May 27, on Tappan Square. This year’s Commencement speaker is novelist Tracy Chevalier ’84, author of the bestselling book Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999) and the just released The Last Runaway (2013). She also will receive an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. The Baccalaureate speaker is Tarunjit Singh Butalia, current Secretary General of the World Sikh Council-America Region and the Moderator of Religions for Peace-USA.
What can $30, 20 carabiners, and 10 days do for social change? A group of like-minded students hope it will challenge their peers to learn about a complex global issue—human trafficking—and flex their entrepreneurial muscles by implementing small for-profit ventures.
On April 26, the Senior Symposium, an annual celebration of the academic and artistic accomplishments of members of the graduating class, will take place in the Science Center from 1 to 5 p.m. For the past four years, the symposium has been held at the end of spring semester to showcase seniors’ scholarly achievements.
The country’s top economists, including several generations of alumni, will come together for two days of presentations and discussions on April 26 and 27. The event will mark three milestones — the 100th anniversary of the economics major at Oberlin, the 70th anniversary of the graduation of Albert Rees ’43, and the 50th year of Professor Hirschel Kasper’s teaching at Oberlin.
A student studies in Mudd Library.
Each year, Oberlin students win highly competitive grants and fellowships from leading foundations to pursue career aspirations, explore challenging new endeavors, and to aid in their tuition and research efforts. The awards represent Oberlin’s commitment to rigorous academics and support for qualified candidates. This year’s contingent of award winners includes graduating seniors, upperclassmen, and several alumni. The following list will be updated as announcements are released.
Sonja Boos, visiting assistant professor of German, center, is one of many professors who teaches courses in the Languages Across the Curriculum realm.
In cross-disciplinary courses, professors are using knowledge of foreign languages to take students’ learning of history, politics, and culture to a deeper level.
Assistant Professor of Art History Sarah Hamill has been awarded a 2013 Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. Hamill will co-author a study of the role of photography in shaping modern conceptions of art and history.
Faculty pianist Peter Takács and guest cellist Robert deMaine present a series of two concerts embodying Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano. The concerts take place on April 14 and May 5, and are free; no tickets are required.