Degrees and Requirements
The B.A. degree is granted upon completion of programs in the School of Art, School of Dance, School of Music, and School of Theater.
The B.F.A. degree is granted upon completion of programs in the School of Art, School of Dance, and School of Theater.The B.Mus. degree is granted upon completion of programs in the School of Music.All programs of study within the College of Fine Arts are intended to provide students with a strong foundation in the arts and culture, as well as an opportunity for specialized professional training. Every effort is made through careful individual advising and a flexible curriculum to meet the individual needs of each student.If your qualifications are outstanding, certain courses may be waived from the proposed program of study. You may request a review of qualifications for course waivers through your adviser and school director. Waivers sanctioned at the school level are then submitted to the dean’s office for review.Candidates for degree programs in the College of Fine Arts must complete a minimum of 192 quarter hours with an accumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. The minimum number of quarter hours and the accumulative GPA for some degree programs are higher.
B.A. Degree and Requirements
Degree Requirements for Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
General requirements for a B.A. are (a) a minimum of 192 quarter hours, including (b) 90 hours of coursework above the 199 level; (c) the equivalent of two years of college-level foreign language; (d) at least 18 hours each of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences coursework; (e) General Education Requirements —Tiers I, II, III—and (f) all requirements stipulated by the school for the chosen major. Minors are optional.
Policy does not allow an accumulation of more than 72 hours in any one major for a B.A. without a penalty against the total hours to graduate. Any hours earned in excess of the stated maximum for the major will necessitate earning equivalent credit hours over 192.
B.A. Degree Language Options
The foreign language requirement for B.A. degree candidates is the successful completion of a two-year sequence of study of one language from level 111 through level 213.
Two years of high school language are considered the equivalent of one year of college language. According to your preference, however, your two years of college-level study may be a language other than the one studied in high school.
For the B.A.: Zero to one year of high school language must complete two years of one foreign language at the college level. Two to three years of one high school language must complete the intermediate level (i.e., second year) 211–213, of the same language or, if you prefer, two years (111–213) of a language different from the one studied in high school. Four or more years of one high school foreign language must complete level 213 or 341 or higher in the same language. Four years of high school Latin may complete LAT 351 , rather than LAT 213 . LAT 351 is recommended.
Foreign Language Requirement for Transfer Students
The College of Fine Arts requires that all candidates for a B.A. degree successfully complete two years of foreign language at the college level, or the equivalent. The table below explains how transfer credit for foreign language courses is evaluated.
- The B.A. degree requires 24 quarter hours (two years) of one foreign language.
- Students who have completed 16 semester hours of one foreign language, contingent upon the courses being equivalent in content (as determined by the College), will receive credit for 24 quarter hours (two years of instruction) and fulfill their foreign language requirement.
- Students who have completed eight semester hours of one foreign language, contingent upon the courses being equivalent in content (as determined by the College), will receive credit for 12 quarter hours and fulfill one year of their foreign language requirement.
- Students who have completed six semester hours of one foreign language, contingent upon the courses being equivalent in content (as determined by the College), will receive credit for nine quarter hours and need to make up three quarter hours to complete one year of foreign language as required by the degree program.
- The B.A. degree requires 24 quarter hours (two years) of one foreign language.
- Transfer students who have completed 24 quarter hours of one foreign language, contingent upon the courses being equivalent in content (as determined by the College), will receive credit for two years of instruction and fulfill their foreign language requirement.
- Students who have completed 12 quarter hours of one foreign language, contingent upon the courses being equivalent in content (as determined by the College), will fulfill one year of their foreign language requirement.
- Students who have completed nine quarter hours of one foreign language, contingent upon the courses being equivalent in content (as determined by the College), would need to take an additional three quarter hours at Ohio University to fulfill one year of foreign language.
- FURTHER, if you are transferring nine quarter hours of language credits, you must complete your foreign language requirement by doing the following:
- Take the language placement test in Spanish, German, or French, offered by the Department of Modern Languages. For other languages, contact Modern Languages Department to arrange a placement test.
- If your placement score indicates an achievement level comparable to the 113 or 213 level of that language, you must complete either 113 or 213 at Ohio University.
- If your placement score is above 113 or 213 of that language, the College will waive the deficient three credit hours and accept nine credits as equivalent to 12 credits, to fulfill the first or second year series. (Transfer credits maintain their three hour credit value.)
Area Distribution Requirements
Humanities Area Requirement*
The humanities requirement may be met by selecting 12 quarter hours from at least 3 departments, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):
- African American Studies 106 , 110 , 150 , 210 , 211 , 250 , 310 , 317 , 350 , 352 , 353 , 355 , 356 , 357
- College of Arts and Sciences 111 , 112
- Art 110 , 112 , 113 , 114 , 116 , 117 , 118 , 211
- Art History (not studio art majors)
- Classical Archaeology, except 211 , 212 , 213
- Classics and World Religions, except 413 , 432
- Classics in English
- Communication Studies 351 , 352 , 353
- Dance 120A , 120B , 120C , 120D , 171 , 170 , 205 , 270 , 271 , 315A , 351 , 451 , 471 , 472 , 473 , 474 , 476
- English, except 1X*, 150 , 151 , 152 , 153 , 153A , 153B , 451 , 452
- Film 201 , 202 , 203 , 340 , 343 , 444 , 471 , 472 , 473
- Fine Arts 150
- Foreign language courses other than those used to complete the foreign language requirement and except FR 199 , 440 , SPAN 199 , JPN 341 , 369G, 369K, 369L, 469
- History 121 , (122 or 122A ), 123 , 295 , 314A , 314B , 314C , 314D , 314E , 314F , 314G , 328 , 328A , 329A , 329B , 329C , 330 , 331 , 339 , 340 , 350A , 351 , 352 , 353A , 353B , 353C , 354A , 354B , 354C , 356B , 356A , 356C , 356D , 357 , 360A , 360B , 360C , 365 , 370 , 389 , 390A , 390B , 392A
- Interdisciplinary Arts
- Interior Architecture 185 , 288 , 350 , 351 , 352 , 480 ,481 , 482
- International Literatures in English–International Literature: Linguistics and International Literature: Modern Languages
- Modern Languages 250, 321J , 370J
- Music/Music Literature (120 or 125 ), 124 , 150 , 224 , 321 , 322 , 323 , 421A-G, 427 , 428
- Philosophy, except 120
- Theater 130 , 151 , 170 , 213 , 233 , 270 , 271 , 272 , 338 ,338B , 438A ,438B , 473
- University Professor 150–152H, 450–452H (see Course Descriptions for more information)
- Women’s and Gender Studies, except 360
- World Religions, except 413
Social Sciences Area Requirement*
The social sciences requirement may be met by a selection of 12 quarter hours from two or more departments, excluding the major, with at least eight hours in one area, from the following:
- African American Studies 101 , 190 , 202 , 220 , 225 , 254 , 340 , 341 , 345 , 346 , 360 , 368 , 440 , 482
- Anthropology, except 201 , 346 , 355 , 447 , 448 , 492 , 496 , and those listed as natural sciences below
- Business Law 255 , 442 , 475
- Classical Archaeology 211 , 212 , 213
- College of Arts and Sciences 113
- Geography, except those listed under Natural Sciences (see below)
- History, except those listed under Humanities (see above)
- International Studies 103 , 113 , 118 , 121
- Japanese 341
- Political Science
- Psychology, except 120 , 221 , 312 , 314 , 321
- Social Work
- University Professor 150–152S, 450–452S (see Course Desciptions for more information)
- Women’s and Gender Studies 360
Natural Sciences Area Requirement*
The natural sciences requirement may be met by selecting 12 quarter hours from two or more departments, excluding the major, with at least eight hours in one area from the following:
- Anthropology 201 , 346 ,355 , 447 , 448 , 492 , 496
- Biological Sciences, except 217
- Chemistry, except 115
- Computer Science 416
- Environmental and Plant Biology, except 217
- Geography 101 , 202 , 303 , 304 , 302 , 305 , 315 , 316 , 358 , 406 , 407 , 411 , 417 , 418 , 466 , 467 , 476
- Geological Sciences
- Mathematics, except 101 , 102 , 109 , 113 , 115 , 117 , 118 , 120 , 121 , 122 , 320L
- Physical Science
- Psychology 221 , 312 , 314 , 321
- University Professor 150–152N, 450–452N (see Course Descriptions for more information)
Note: Methods courses are not applicable to area requirements.
*These listings must be used as the official guide for the completion of the three area distributions requirement. Exceptions to the 18-hour area distributions will be made only under the most unusual of circumstances and by petition only.Some courses from these categories may also be applied to the University Tier II requirements. However, the three area distributions differ in scope from the six Tier II groupings (Applied Science and Mathematics, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Fine Arts, Humanities and Literature, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences). If you wish to select a course that will apply to both the area distributions and Tier II requirements, take care to choose a course that has been approved for the desired category in both the College and the University listings. (The list of courses approved for Tier II categories appears in the Graduation Requirements - Universitywide section of the catalog.) Courses that can fulfill Tier I quantitative skills, the freshman composition requirements and the Tier III requirement do not apply to the three area distribution requirements, except for MATH 163A , , and PSY 221 .
Hours at the 200 level or above: Within the total hours applied to the degree, at least 90 quarter hours of courses must be above the freshman level (numbered above 199). These courses are listed earlier in this section under humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and include foreign languages, courses from the department major, and courses taught by faculty in the College of Fine Arts or Arts and Sciences intended to meet the junior composition or Tier III requirement.
Single Application of Credit and Exceptions
Excluding the exceptions listed below, no course may satisfy more than one of the three area distribution requirements in foreign language, humanities, social sciences, or the major requirement. For example, a theater major may not apply any courses in theater toward the humanities area distribution requirement. Courses that fulfill freshman General Education Tier I requirements or Tier III will not apply to the three area distribution requirements. Tier III-equivalent courses may fulfill both major and Tier III requirements.
- MATH MATH 163A , , and PSY 221 (will fulfill the Tier I quantitative requirement, as well as the natural science area distribution).
- Courses required for a major, but outside the major department (extradepartmental) will be counted toward the area distribution requirement.
- Courses required for a minor will be counted toward the area distribution requirement.
- Junior-level advanced composition courses offered by departments within the College of Fine Arts or the College of Arts and Sciences apply to the area distribution requirement except when they are required for the major.
Courses required for a second major may be used for the area distribution requirement.