The Ohio State University at Marion

Areas of Study


History Major Areas of Study at Ohio State Marion:

Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy This constellation focuses on human conflict as an engine of historical change. Courses examine the shifting balance between conflict and stability, both inter-nationally and domestically, with topics ranging from mob violence, banditry, and terrorism; through slavery and genocide; to wars within and between states.

For more information contact:
Dr. James Genova,, or Shellie Shirk,

Power, Culture, and the State
This constellation offers students the opportunity to think broadly about how power has been exercised in the historical past, both in the formal realm of the state and the informal realm of culture. We offer courses across the history curriculum and sponsor seminars and occasional lectures that help us think through these issues in a wide range of contexts in time and space.

For more information contact:
Dr. James Genova, or Shellie Shirk,

The History Minor to Enrich Your Academic Experience
Academic minors can enhance professional employment opportunities and provide students with an additional area of focus. The minor in history at The Ohio State University requires 12 credit hours. Student majoring in History are not eligible to complete the History minor.

Outside the Classroom Programs of Interest for History Majors:

Norman Thomas Lecture held annually each spring at the Ohio State Marion campus

Since 1972, The Norman Thomas Memorial Lecture has been delivered annually at the Marion Campus of The Ohio State University. Lecturers are chosen from a wide variety of fields; historians, labor leaders, educators, editors, and authors have spoken during the series. All lecturers invited to speak have demonstrated concerns similar to those for which Norman Thomas lived—peace, social justice, rational discourse, and the expansion of democracy.

The Harding Symposium held annually in July at the Ohio State Marion campus

The Warren G. Harding Symposium is an academic, social, and cultural exploration of the life and times of America's 29th president. The Symposium presents in-depth analysis and research by authors, historians, researchers and experts on the Harding Era and related areas of interest. 2010 was the inaugural year for the symposium. Themes for the symposium have included civil rights, scandals of the U.S. Presidency, the 1920's U.S. Presidential campaign, discovery of western territory, understanding the death of a President, and First Ladies.

Students interested in Internships and Career Services at Ohio State Marion should contact Jane Arnold, Career Services Coordinator, 124 Maynard Hall, 740-725-6061

The humanities encourage us to think creatively. They teach us to reason about being human and to ask questions about our world. The humanities develop informed and critical citizens. Without the humanities, democracy could not flourish.
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