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
Prepare for Fall Semester
Fall semester classes begin August 28 for the 2017-18 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 2017/Spring 2018 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 2017 and spring 2018 for enrollment requirements.
Sports, Culture, and Society
An introduction to the academic study of sports, culture, and society using Oberlin as a chief resource.Browse this cluster
Matters of Fact, Matters of Fiction
No fake news here. Discover how representations of our world can be both matters of fact and matters of fiction.Browse this cluster
Arts and the Overlooked: The Activism of Access
What becomes of the humanity of people living with daily barriers? To whom do they speak and who will listen?
No Art, No Voice? Marginalized Cultures and the Arts of Survival
Examine how expressive culture sustains marginalized indigenous, and (formerly) migrant communities.Browse this cluster
Graphic Accounts: Telling Through Pictures
Words over pictures? Discover how drawing is used as a practice for gaining knowledge and as a vehicle for artistic expression.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.