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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2014-15 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2014-15 [Archived Catalog]

Art History Major (B.A. in Art History) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

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Major Code BA1935

Honors Tutorial College
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723
Fax: 740.593.9521

Jennie Klein,director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

The Honors Tutorial College (HTC) program in art history balances a commitment to breadth and rigor with an opportunity for self-disciplined and highly motivated students to explore current and fundamental issues creatively. In this four-year program, the student is expected to take one tutorial course each semester, language courses, collateral studies, and upper-division art history courses. This enables the student to acquire the full range of skills necessary to successfully continue in graduate study. Students will have excellent opportunities for intensive study with the art historians in the School of Art + Design.

Students will receive a degree of Bachelor of Arts from the Honors Tutorial College. To earn a bachelor’s degree in the Honors Tutorial College, a student must fulfill all the academic requirements of the program of study, maintain a 3.5 GPA (grade point average) in the courses that are required by the program of study, and have at least a 3.5 overall GPA.


Tutorials during the first three years have fixed content, with the goal of exposing the Honors Tutorial College student to many different methodologies and approaches. The first year of tutorials for HTC art history are designed to complement the art history survey course AH 2110, AH 2120, and AH 2130 (Non Western Art History) which all HTC students are required to audit in addition to participating in their tutorial. These tutorials are AH 2970T and 2980T. The second and third year tutorials are based on specialized content offered by School of Art + Design faculty members in both art and art history. Students will register for either the AH or ART prefix depending on their course of study. These small, individualized tutorial seminars foster community, which is important for the School of Art + Design, and permit the students to work closely with one another. There are also individualized meetings scheduled with the tutor and the director of study as well. The final year is devoted to the thesis/project, with the student working closely with 1-2 thesis advisors or a thesis advisor and director of study as they conceive and write their thesis.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Applicants are selected on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. A high school rank in the upper 10%, high scores on standardized tests (a minimum of 30 on the ACT or 1300 on the SAT), and a personal interview with the director of studies of the art history program are all required for entry as a freshman. This is a four-year program, but we will consider the applications of Ohio University freshmen.

Change of Program Policy

First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the art history B.A. tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The priority deadline for application is December 1st.

External Transfer Admission

First-year students at another institution may apply to transfer into the art history B.A. tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The priority deadline for application is December 1st.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates of the HTC program in art history will be well prepared for graduate study. Following completion of the B.A., they will have the academic background necessary to enter rigorous M.A. degree programs. The Ph.D. is the terminal degree in art history.



HTC Grade Requirements

Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one First-Year Composition course (1E) and one Junior Composition course (1J).

HTC Seminar

Complete the following course:

Honors Tutorials

Complete the following tutorials:

Art History Survey Tutorials

Complete the following tutorials (AH 2970T surveys World Art; AH 2980T surveys Western Art):

Art History Topic Tutorials

Complete the following topic tutorials (AH 2971T covers World Art; AH 2981T covers Western Art; AH 3970T covers Theory; and AH 3980T covers Methods):

Art History Thesis-Related Tutorials

Complete the following thesis-related tutorials:

HTC Thesis Requirement

 Approval of a completed thesis or professional project by the advisor, director of studies, and Dean of the College.

Art History

Western Art


Complete one of the following courses:


Complete one of the following courses:

World Art

Complete one of the following courses:


Complete five 3000/4000-level Art History elective courses (must be approved by thesis advisor, taken in 4th year of study, and related to the thesis project). Courses used to fulfill the Theory, Western Art and World Art requirements can not be used as electives.

Foreign Language

Complete 2 two-year sequences through 2120 in two different languages or equivalent. Equivalent credit can be Advanced Placement or college transfer credit. Students who have prior knowledge of Spanish, French, or German must take the placement test before enrolling in these classes. (The placement exam does not count as college credit.) If you test into the 3000-level or above in one or more languages, the foreign language requirement is considered fulfilled for one or both languages.

Collateral Courses

Complete the following Studio Art course:

Complete one of the following Studio Art courses:

Complete nine additional courses:

Courses are to be selected from a list provided by advisor.

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