Oberlin Center for Convergence (StudiOC) intentionally brings together the college and conservatory to meet the challenges of our unscripted world. StudiOC theme-based learning communities are multidisciplinary, which allows students to make connections across disciplines and develop rich interactions with their peers and with faculty.
Oberlin Center for Convergence (StudiOC) is both a modern and flexible educational space and a new method for faculty to pursue multidisciplinary collaboration. StudiOC is designed to refine the art of creative and integrative multidisciplinary inquiry in students as a means for them to interpret and address social, cultural, artistic, political, and scientific questions.
Learning communities provide two or three courses from different academic departments. Faculty and students within a learning community work together at key points throughout the semester for multidisciplinary discussion, shared assignments, and programming.
StudiOC learning communities are available to all students. Register for one of the theme-based courses by August 30.
- Students: Liz Clerkin , associate dean for academic advising/registrar
- Faculty: Laura Baudot , director, StudiOC
- Scheduling Contact: Chris Dana , administrative assistant
Prepare for Fall Semester
Fall semester classes begin September 4 for the 2018-19 academic year. Use PRESTO to check your course schedule, your academic records, financial aid award (if any), and other details related to your academic program and academic standing.
Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Learning Communities
StudiOC offers five to six semester-long learning communities each academic year. Learning communities within the college or the conservatory are comprised of three individually instructed courses from different academic departments clustered around a common theme and with shared programming. Learning communities from both divisions feature two individually instructed courses.
Browse the learning communities for fall 2018 and spring 2019 for enrollment requirements.
Plagues, Pandemics, and Society
How do infections become epidemics? How does cultural stigma affect the response to infectious diseases?Browse this cluster
Discover the connections between past and present practices of refuge and sanctuary in Oberlin and the United States.Browse this cluster
Arts of Conflict Resolution
What are the ways arts collaboration and conflict resolution can work together for positive results?Browse this cluster
Arts of Desire
What is desire? How does it work? Why do we look to art to satisfy desires?Browse this cluster
Forms of Justice: Democracy, Historical Memory, and the Legacies of Violence
With a historical memory constructed from violent legacies, explore how democratic societies can seek justice for their past.Browse this cluster
The Science of Aesthetic Experience
What draws human beings to create and appreciate art? What differentiates our capacity for aesthetic appreciation from the abilities to perceive and feel shared by all animals?Browse this cluster
Classes meet in the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center, a highly sustainable, four-story, mixed-use building. StudiOC is on the upper level of the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Admissions building and adjacent to the Hotel at Oberlin.
StudiOC learning communities meet in a modern, flexible and active learning space that features large picture windows, ample classroom space, and a common area. It is part of the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center.
Fourteen faculty and staff members comprise the StudiOC Planning Committee. The group is responsible for reviewing and approving applications for course clusters as proposed by faculty from the college and conservatory. Faculty and other administrators have access to a conference room to review proposals, curriculum, and other related projects.