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Buckeye Biography: 150 Years of Ohio State is a Course

Buckeye Biography: 150 Years of Ohio State



Full course description

Course Date:

Aug 19, 2019 - Dec 18, 2020


9 modules


1-2 hrs/week



Course Type:





As part of The Ohio State University's sesquicentennial celebration, we are proud to offer this tailor-made, publicly available version of the popular, History of Ohio State course at no charge. This exciting, non-credit course will be available to anyone who is interested in learning more about the origins of Ohio State traditions, notable turning points in our 150 year history, and the contributions of students, faculty, and staff to Ohio State and the world.


At the end of this course, learners will:

  • Become knowledgeable about higher education and the importance of the university as an institution by learning the historical contexts of issues facing colleges, universities and The Ohio State University, specifically.
  • Become more aware of the physical evolution of the Ohio State campus, the educational philosophy that has shaped it, and its art, traditions and collections.
  • Be inspired to take interest in the present and future of Ohio State by understanding the historical continuum of the University’s development.

Target Audience: General Buckeye enthusiasts; Historians; Faculty and Staff; Athletic fanbase; Prospective students and their parents; Current students; Alumni; Columbus natives and residents

Course is offered by The Ohio State University.

Course Instructors

David Staley

David Staley

Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Humanities Institute and Director of the Center for the Humanities in Practice

David Staley is Interim Director of the Humanities Institute and Director of the Center for the Humanities in Practice (CHiP). Read More.

As an associate professor in the Department of History, he teaches courses in digital history, historical methods, and holds courtesy appointments in the departments of Design. He has taught courses in Design History, Design Futures, and Educational Studies, where he leads the "Forum on the University." Staley's research interests include digital history, the philosophy of history, historical methodology, and the history and future of higher education.

Tamar Chute

Tamar Chute

University Archivist

As Head of Archives, Tamar Chute manages the University Archives, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program, and Ohio Congressional Archives. Read More.

Chute regularly gives presentations on all aspects of university history, including the University’s founding, student traditions and activities, buildings on campus, and Ohio State then-and-now.

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