Jan 20, 2022  
Course Catalog 2021-2022 
    
Course Catalog 2021-2022

What’s New


Items approved for the 2021-2022 academic year are listed below.

Note: Curricular items approved after March 31, 2021, will be published in the 2022-2023 Oberlin College Online Catalog.

Last Updated: October 3, 2021.

Policy Changes / Clarifications


Course Appropriate for New Students Attribute


Courses identified as appropriate for incoming first-years have a CANS (Course Appropriate for New Students) attribute assigned in Banner. Courses tagged as “appropriate for new students” are meant to be accessible to all incoming first-year students when they submit their course preferences in the summer. As such, courses that require placement or prerequisites are not included.

This new attribute will allow incoming first-years to search the Browse Schedule of Classes task in OberView prior to coming to campus in the fall. The information is also displayed in the course description in the catalog.

Course Attribuites for One-on-One Arrangements


Courses that are considered one-on-one arrangements, such as private readings, individual research, and honors courses do not carry the following attributes: Writing, Quantitative and Formal Reasoning, and Cultural Diversity.

Academic Standing GPA Update


For Bachelor of Arts students admitted fall 2021 and later, a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required.

Full-Time and Part-Time Status update


Full-time status for all undergraduate students is 12 credits. The number of credits required for full-time status is distinct from the number of credits required to maintain satisfactory degree progress for the purposes of academic standing. See academic policies on courseloads, underloads, and overloads for information on the number of credits required to meet academic standing requirements and procedures to request approval to register for an underload or overload.

New Administrative Units / Structure


  • Art Department splitting into Art History Department and Studio Art Department

Music Theory and Aural Skills Requirement


All BM students complete a core of music theory and aural skills classes, which includes the following: Music Theory I-II (MUTH 131 and 132), which prepares students to hear, perform, and communicate about multiple aspects of music in diverse repertoires; two additional music theory courses at the 200 level (MUTH 250-299), which include topic- and repertoire-based classes that are chosen in consultation with academic advisors; Aural Skills I-IV (MUTH 101, 102, 201, 202). Students are expected to register for one Music Theory and one Aural Skills course each semester until they have completed the core requirements. 

A music theory placement test score of 80 or higher is a prerequisite for MUTH 131. Students with lower scores must successfully complete MUTH 120 before taking MUTH 131. The placement exam may be taken five times.

Revised Programs


New Course Type


  • Business (BUSI)
  • Learning Lab (LLAB)