large open classroom setting with professor working with 5 students.
Students taking courses in StudiOC have discussions and do coursework in a modern and spacious learning environment. Photo credit: Brad Feinknopf

Oberlin Center for Convergence (StudiOC) brings together the college and conservatory to address the complex, seemingly intractable challenges of our era. StudiOC theme-based learning communities are multidisciplinary, which allows students to make connections across disciplines and develop meaningful interactions with their peers and with faculty.

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.

StudiOC contacts:

  • 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 3 for the 2019-20 academic year. Use Banner Self Service accessible through OberView to check your course schedule, your academic records, financial aid award (if any), and other details related to your academic program and academic standing.

Browse 2019/2020 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.

Review the learning community that interests you for enrollment requirements.

Learning Communities


Premier Location

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 Facilities

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.

conference room for StudiOC
Conference room for faculty who are part of the StudiOC Learning Communities Photo credit: Jennifer Manna

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.