Jun 21, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Art History Major (B.A.)


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Major code: BA5149

College of Fine Arts  
School of Art + Design  
Seigfred Hall 528
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4290
Fax: 740.593.0457
http://www.finearts.ohio.edu/art/

Marion Lee, Art History Area Chair, leem2@ohio.edu

Program Overview

The B.A. with a major 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. In the Art History major program, students learn how to articulate and express their ideas about art while developing research and writing skills as tools for communicating about art. Art history students 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, and Great Britain, where they experience art and visual culture in their unique historical and cultural contexts.

Admissions Information

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The undergraduate program prepares students to work in fields related to art history, or undertake graduate work at the master’s level before proceeding on to the Ph.D., which is the terminal degree in art history.

Requirements

Universitywide Graduation Requirements


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

College-Level Requirements for the College of Fine Arts


View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Fine Arts. 

College of Fine Arts (COFA) B.A. Degree Requirements


B.A. Degree and Requirements

General requirements for a B.A. are

  1. a minimum of 120 semester hours;
  2. 57 hours of coursework above the 1999 level;
  3. the equivalent of two years of college-level foreign language;
  4. at least 9 hours each of humanities, social sciences, and 6 hours of natural sciences coursework;
  5. General Education Requirements —Tiers I, II, III; and
  6. all requirements stipulated by the school for the chosen major.

Minors are optional.

B.A. Degree Language Options

B.A.: Students must complete 2120 (or its equivalent). Students taking the Spanish, French, or German placement test and who test into 3110 will have fulfilled their foreign language requirement. The placement exam does not count as college credit. Students who test into 3110 are encouraged to take the course they placed into for college credit. These higher-level courses will count as humanities courses (and A&S 2000-level or higher) as well as towards a minor or major in the field.

Students who have prior knowledge of one of the following foreign languages should contact the academic departments listed below for test-out and placement information:

American Sign Language - Contact person: Becky Brooks - saunderb@ohio.edu - 740.654.6711 - Lancaster Campus

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or Russian - Modern Languages - Gordy Hall 283 - contact: modern.languages@ohio.edu - 740.593.2765

Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Kikuyu, Khmer, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Swahili, Thai, Twi, Vietnamese, Wolof, or Zulu - Linguistics - Gordy Hall 383

Greek or Latin - Classics and World Religions - Contact person: Bill Owens owensb@ohio.edu - Ellis 210

Students who have prior knowledge of a foreign language not offered at Ohio University can opt to take the NYU Foreign 12-Point exam (approximate cost $350) to complete their foreign language requirement: www.scps.nyu.edu/academics/departments/foreign-languages/testing/process.html

International Students

For international students whose first or native language is not English, and who completed high school where the first or native language was the one primarily used for instruction, the foreign language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating competence in English. This must be approved by the assistant dean in the College of Fine Arts, and it generally requires the successful completion of at least one or more courses in English as a foreign language.

You may also satisfy the foreign language requirement by taking a foreign language other than your own first language at Ohio University, or by successfully completing the NYU foreign language exam.

Enrollment in the beginning or intermediate level (under 3000) of your own first language(s) will be considered a noncredit course.

Please contact the Fine Arts Undergraduate Student Affairs office at 740.593.1808 for additional information.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements

Humanities Area Requirement*

The humanities requirement may be met by selecting 9 semester hours, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):

  1. African American Studies: AAS 1060 , 1100 , 1500 , 2100 , 2110 , 2500 , 3100 , 3170 , 3500 , 3520 , 3530 , 3550 , 3560 , 3570  
  2. Academic and Global Communication: AGC 1300  
  3. Art: ART 1100 , 1200 , 1210 , 1220 , 1230 , 1240 , 1600 , 2640 , 3660  
  4. Art History: AH ****
  5. Classical Archaeology: CLAR **** except CLAR 2110 , 2120 , 2130 3650  
  6. Classics in English: CLAS ****
  7. College of Arts and Sciences: CAS 1110 2300 2500  
  8. Communication Studies: COMS 3601 , 3602 , 3603  
  9. Dance: DANC 1010 , 1020 , 1040 , 1050 , 1700 , 2235 , 2700 , 2710 , 3150 , 3550 , 4550 , 4710 , 4711 , 4750  
  10. English: ENG **** except ENG D150 , D160 , 1510 , 1510L 1610 , 4510 , 4520 , 4911 , 4912  
  11. Film: FILM 2010 , 2020 , 2030 , 3400 , 3430 , 4440 , 4710 , 4720  
  12. Fine Arts: FAR 1500  
  13. Foreign language courses other than those used to complete the foreign language requirement and except FR 1199 , 2930  , 4640 , GER 2930 , ITAL 2930 JPN 3410 , RUS 2930 , and SPAN 1199 , 2930   
  14. History: HIST 1210 , 1220 2530 , 2600 2950 , 3111J  , 3140 , 3141 ,  3144 , 3146 , 3147 3148 , 3224 , 3290 , 3291 , 3292 3293  , 3390 , 3501 , 3520 , 3521 3531 , 3532  , 3533 , 3540 , 3541 , 3542 , 3550 3560 , 3562 , 3600 , 3840, 3860 , 3861 , 3864 , 3900 , 4536  
  15. Humanities: HUM 2070 , 2080 , 2170 , 2900  
  16. Interdisciplinary Arts: IART ****
  17. International Literatures in English, International Literature: Linguistics, and International Literature: Modern Languages except ILL 3890  
  18. Jewish Studies: (all), JS 1000 , 2100 , 2900  
  19. Modern Languages: ML 2300 2950  3210J  , 3270J  
  20. Music/Music Literature: MUS 1200  or 1250 1240 , 2240 3210 4210 , 4211 , 4212 , 4213 , 4214 , 4215 , 4216 , 4270  
  21. Philosophy: PHIL **** except PHIL 1200  
  22. Portuguese: PORT 3110 , 3120 3180 3190 , 4110  , 4120  
  23. Theater: THAR 1710 , 1730 , 2130 , 2390 , 2710 , 2711 , 3396 , 3397 , 3398 , 4710  
  24. University Professor: UP 1901 , 1901U , 4901U  (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)
  25. Women’s and Gender Studies: WGSS **** except WGS 3910   
  26. World Religions: CLWR **** except CLWR 4340 4350  

Social Sciences Area Requirement*

The social sciences requirement may be met by a selection of 9 semester hours, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):

  1. African American Studies: AAS 1010 , 1900 , 2020 , 2200 , 2250 , 2540 3400 , 3410 , 3450 , 3460 , 3650 3680 , 3691 4400 , 4820  
  2. Academic and Global Communication: AGC 1300  
  3. Anthropology: ANTH **** except ANTH 2010 , 3460 , 3550 , 3600 4470 , 4480 , 4740 4960 , and those listed as natural sciences below
  4. Business Law: BUSL 2000 , 2550 3400  
  5. Classical Archaeology: CLAR 2110 , 2120 , 2130 3650  
  6. College of Arts and Sciences: CAS 1120 , 1415 , 1425 , 1605 , 2300 2410 , 2411 , 2500 , 2600 , 4410 , 4911  
  7. Economics: ECON ****
  8. Environmental and Plant Biology: PBIO 2170  
  9. Geography: GEOG except those listed under Natural Sciences (see below)
  10. History: HIST except those listed under Humanities (see above)
  11. International Studies: INST ****
  12. International Literature: ILL 3890  
  13. Japanese: JPN 3410   
  14. Law, Justice, and Culture:  LJC 2000 3915 4945  
  15. Linguistics: LING ****
  16. Modern Languages ML 2400  
  17. Political Science: POLS ****
  18. Psychology: PSY **** except PSY 1110 , 2110 , 2111 , 2112 2210 , 3110 , 3230  
  19. Social Work: SW ****
  20. Sociology: SOC ****
  21. University Professor: UP 1901S , 4901S  (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)
  22. Women’s and Gender Studies: WGS 3910  
  23. World Religions: CLWR 4340 , 4350  

Natural Sciences Area Requirement*

The natural sciences requirement may be met by selecting 6 semester hours, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):

  1. Anthropology: ANTH 2010 , 3460 , 3550 , 3600  , 4470 , 4480 , 4740 4960  
  2. Astronomy: ASTR ****
  3. Biological Sciences: BIOL 1010 , BIOS **** except BIOS 1100 , 1110X, 1500  
  4. Chemistry: CHEM **** except CHEM D015 , 1100 , 1150 1151 1152 3005 3006  
  5. College of Arts and Sciences: CAS 1415 , 2405 , 2411 , 2600  
  6. Computer Science: CS 3000 4160    
  7. Environmental and Plant Biology: PBIO **** except PBIO 2170  
  8. Geography: GEOG 1100 , 2060,  2680 , 2710 , 3010 , 3020 , 3031 , 3040 , 3050 , 3150 , 3160 , 3580 , 3650 4035 , 4060 , 4070 , 4080 , 4090 , 4110 , 4130 4170 , 4660 , 4670 , 4712 , 4730 , 4760 4770 4941 4942 4943 4944  
  9. Geological Sciences: GEOL ****
  10. Mathematics: MATH **** except MATH D004, D005 , 1060 1090 , 1101 , 1102 , 1200 , 1300 , 1321 , 1322 , 1500 4100  
  11. Microbiology: MICR ****
  12. Physical Science: PSC ****
  13. Psychology: PSY 2110 , 2111 , 2112 2210 , 3110 , 3230  
  14. Physics: PHYS ****
  15. University Professor: UP 1901N , 4901N  (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)

*These listings must be used as the official guide for the completion of the Arts and Sciences area (distribution) requirements. Exceptions to the hour area distribution 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 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 General Education Requirements  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 1350 POLS 2800  and PSY 2110  .

Level-of-Study Requirement

Hours at the 2000 level or above: Within the total hours applied to the degree, at least 57 semester hours of courses must be above the freshman level (numbered above 1999). 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.

Exceptions are:

  • MATH 1350 , POLS 2800  and PSY 2110  (will fulfill the Tier I quantitative requirement, as well as the natural science area distribution).
  • 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.
 

School of Art + Design Requirements


All majors in the School of Art + Design (B.A. and B.F.A. degrees) require an accumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the major.

Introductory Art History


Complete the following courses: (Art History courses fulfill Tier II requirements.)

World Art


Complete one of the following courses:

Modern Art


Compete one of the following courses:

Methods in Art History


Complete the following course (fulfills Tier III requirement):

Studio Course


Complete one of the following courses (only one will apply toward major hour requirements):

Electives


Complete at least 7 additional courses for a minimum of 21 hours of art history at 3000-4000 level. This can include FAR 4500 . Independent study (AH 4930 ) may not be taken to satisfy this requirement.

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