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Big Ten Academic Alliance Online Course Sharing Program

Agreements & Partnerships / Big Ten Academic Alliance Online Course Sharing Program

Beginning in Autumn 2020, the Ohio State University is partnering with the Big Ten Academic Alliance in a new online course sharing initiative designed to enhance the educational opportunities of its students during the COVID-19 crisis. Undergraduate students currently enrolled at a participating Big Ten university can take one online course from another participating Big Ten school as part of their academic experience, with all associated tuition and fees waived.

Participating Universities

  • Indiana University
  • University of Maryland
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick

While no additional tuition or fee charges are associated with the course, students may be required to purchase books, supplies, or other educational materials. Only courses specifically listed as part of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Online Course Sharing Program will be available with no additional tuition or fee charges. Further, only one course per semester may be taken through this program with no additional tuition or fee charges. Students who register for more than one course at a participating institution or for courses at more than one participating institution, will be held responsible for all costs associated with those courses.

Students participating in this program are responsible for following deadlines, procedures, and policies related to enrollment. Please see Registration, Fees & Important Dates and the Policies tab for details. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information about the program.

How to Apply

  1. Review eligible course offerings and select the course you’re interested in.
  2. Verify your eligibility on the Big Ten Academic Alliance Online Course Sharing Application Process page by logging in using your home university credentials.
  3. Once you are logged in, you will be allowed to proceed to the participating institution of your choice to begin the application and registration process.
  4. Submit your completed application to Please note: a signature is required. Be sure to fully complete your application to avoid delays in processing.
  5. Note: Recent high school graduates entering their first term of college after high school are ineligible for participation at Ohio State.

    Spring 2021 Deadlines for New Applicants

    Full Spring Semester and First Session:
    Classes begin: January 11, 2021
    Application Deadline: December 18, 2020

    Second Session:
    Classes begin: March 2, 2021
    Application Deadline: February 5, 2021

Ohio State course descriptions for the Big Ten Academic Alliance Online Course Sharing Program

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Arts and Sciences

Art Education 1600: Art and Music Since 1945
A survey of the visual arts and music in the western world since 1945, based on live and recorded performances and exhibitions.

Chemistry 1100: Chemistry and Society
Terminology, methods, and principles of chemistry; examination of the roles of chemistry in our modern technological society.

Communication 3415: Sports, Mass Media, and Society
Sports communication is a growing area of study within the communication discipline, as scholars recognize the increasingly important role media play in conveying and shaping sports and society. This course will examine the intersection of sports, society, and the media, by exploring historical and current issues in sports that shape our ideas, perspectives, and assumptions about U.S.

Comparative Studies 1100: Introduction to the Humanities: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Explores the role of literature and the arts in constructing, maintaining, and questioning the values and beliefs of diverse cultures and historical periods; topics vary.

Earth Sciences 1108: Gemstones
General introduction to gemstones, including the origin of gems, identification techniques, and the history of important gems. Precious metals are also discussed.

Education and Human Ecology

Consumer Sciences 2910: Consumer Problems and Perspectives
Study of common imperfections in the market which manifest themselves in safety, fairness, quality, information and education concerns for consumers.

Consumer Sciences: Fashion and Retail 2374: 20th Century Fashion and Beyond
Relationship between culture, society and fashion in the 20th century, the influence of historic dress on contemporary fashion, and industry developments leading to mass fashion.

Education Studies: Higher Education and Student Affairs 2570: Team and Organizational Leadership
Overview of the theory and skills necessary for the practice of effective leadership in team and organizational settings. Leadership is explored as an integral component of a student's career and life plan.

Education Studies: Philosophy and History of Education 3410: Philosophy of Education
An introduction to key philosophical issues in education, focusing on the questions: Who should be educated? What should be taught? Who gets to decide?

Education Studies: Philosophy and History of Education 3206: School and Society
Use of concepts and methods of history, philosophy and the social sciences to grasp the interrelationship between society and education.

Human Development and Family Science 2200: Family Development
Dynamics of family interaction over the life cycle; emphasis on developmental, social, and cultural influences on the family experience.

Human Development and Family Science 2400: Human Development Across the Lifespan
Survey of human development across the life span directed toward an applied understanding of the individual and forces that shape development.

Human Nutrition 2210: Science of Human Nutrition
Basic principles of biological science, emphasizing the interaction between nutrients and physiological (including cellular) processes.

Kinesiology: Health and Exercise Science 2990: Movement is Medicine
Study of common imperfections in the market which manifest themselves in safety, fairness, quality, information and education concerns for consumers.

Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Agricultural Communication 2367: Agricultural Issues in Contemporary Society
A survey of the visual arts and music in the western world since 1945, based on live and recorded performances and exhibitions.

Entomology 1350: The Biology of Hope and Belief
The underlying premise of this course is that the human mind and human behaviors have been shaped by the force of natural selection. Some of these behaviors are complex, longstanding and present in every human culture ever studied. This course explores the biological basis for two of them: the human capacity for hope and the human desire to believe in a supernatural deity.

Entomology 2101: Insects and Human Affairs: Pest, Plagues, Poisons and Politics
Insects are a daily fact of life, exerting major influence on human affairs over the course of history. The course analyses the extensive and sometimes uncomfortable relationships between insects and humans, including historical roots of insect/human interactions, impact of insects on development of scientific thought, use of insects as experimental models in drug design and military applications.

Environment and Natural Resources 2100: Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to environmental science, the ecological foundation of environmental systems, the ecological impacts of environmental degradation by humans, and strategies for sustainable management of environment and natural resources.

Environment and Natural Resources 3300: Introduction to Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife
This course is an introduction to the basic elements of forestry, fisheries, and wildlife (FFW) ecology and management for majors in environment and natural resources. This course has also been organized to provide an introduction to non-majors who may not have the opportunity to take further courses in these fields.

Rural Sociology 1500: Introduction to Rural Sociology
Principles of society, major social institutions, and social change; emphasizes social changes in rural life, rural organizations, population, and family living.


Health and Wellness Innovation in Healthcare 2110: Health Athlete (1 credit only)
An overview of four dimensions of personal energy (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual [purpose]) with guidance in developing self-care strategies for each.

John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Public Affairs 2620: Contemporary Issues in Science, Engineering and Technology Policy (Spring Semester)
This course provides a fast-paced introduction to the way Science and Engineering and Public Policy affect each other using examples drawn from contemporary events and analyses.

Social Work

Social Work 1130: Introduction to Social Work
An introduction to the core values, fundamental goals, unique functions and methods of the social work profession.

Social Work 1140: Minority Perspectives
Examination of the structure of human societies, cultures, and institutions from the perspective of oppressed minority populations.