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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 [Archived Catalog]

Art History Major (B.A.)

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Major code: BA5149

In the art history program, students learn how to articulate and express their ideas about art and develop research and writing skills as tools for communicating about art. Art history majors research art and visual culture in depth and may pursue graduate study in art history or related fields. Many students complete internships at galleries and museums throughout the country. To reflect the breadth and variety of art and visual culture, the art history program offers a diverse, comprehensive curriculum in the history of world cultures. Students from across the University have opportunities to participate in summer Fine Arts Study Abroad programs in Italy, Great Britain, and Mexico, where they experience art and visual culture in their unique historical and cultural contexts.

The B.A. in Art History provides both a strong foundation and advanced courses in art history and visual culture, as well as a variety of liberal arts electives and the study of a foreign language. Students are expected to discuss their programs of study, including electives, with assigned faculty advisors. After graduation, art history majors enter graduate study, seek employment in museums, or work in related fields.

Students must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in all major courses to remain in the program.

A minimum of 192 quarter hours of credit is required for the B.A. degree.  Policy does not allow an accumulation of more than 72 hours in any one major for a B.A.  Any hours earned in excess of the stated maximum for the major will necessitate earning equivalent credit hours over 192.  Please check the Student Information page on the School of Art Web site for current requirements and other useful information.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Arts and Sciences Requirements for Fine Arts

200-Level Courses

Complete 90 hours of Arts and Sciences coursework at or above the 200 level.

Foreign Language Requirement

Complete the equivalent of two years of college-level foreign language.


Complete 12 hours of Arts and Sciences humanities coursework from three different areas, excluding the major.

Social Sciences

Complete 12 hours of Arts and Sciences social sciences coursework from two or more areas, with at least eight hours in one area.

Natural Sciences

Complete 12 hours of Arts and Sciences natural sciences coursework from two or more areas, with at least eight hours in one area.

Program Requirements

In addition to General Education and Arts and Sciences area requirements, the art history major includes:

At least one course from each of the following distribution categories

The following courses do not count toward this requirement

One of the following studio courses

A two-year sequence in a single foreign lanugage is also required.

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