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.
Upon completion of programs in the School of Art, School of Dance, and School of Theater the B.F.A. degree is granted. 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 120 semester hours with an accumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. The minimum number of semester 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 120 semester hours, including (b) 57 hours of coursework above the 1999 level; (c) the equivalent of two years of college-level foreign language; (d) at least 9 hours each of humanities, social sciences, and 6 hours of 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.
B.A. Degree Language Options
The foreign language requirement has been revised for NEW (incoming freshmen and transfer) students enrolling at OU Summer 2012 and moving forward. Current students may choose the new requirements, if they feel that this is beneficial.
BA: Students must complete 213/2130 (or its equivalent). Students taking the Spanish, French, and German placement test and who test into 341/3410 will have fulfilled their foreign language requirement. The placement exam does not count as college credit. Students who test into 341/3410 are encouraged to take the course they placed into for college credit. These higher-level courses will count as humanities courses (and A&S 200/2000-level or higher) as well as towards a minor or major in the field.
Note: High school courses are no longer reviewed for the foreign language requirement.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org - 740.654.6711 - Lancaster Campus
French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or Russian - Modern Languages - Gordy Hall 283 - Contact person: Heather Young - email@example.com - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org - Ellis 210
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 740.593.1812 for additional information.
Area Distribution Requirements
The humanities requirement may be met by selecting 9 semester hours from at least 3 departments, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):
- African American Studies: AAS 1060 , 1100 , 1500 , 2100 , 2110 , 2500 , 3100 , 3170 , 3500 , 3520 , 3530 , 3550 , 3560 , 3570
- Art: ART 1100 , 1200 , 1210 , 1220 , 1230 , 1240 , 1600 , 2640 , 3660
- Art History: AH
- Classical Archaeology, except CLAR 2110 , 2120 , 2130
- Classics in English
- College of Arts and Sciences: CAS 1110
- Communication Studies: COMS 3601 , 3602 , 3603
- Dance: DANC 1010 , 1020 , 1040 , 1050 , 1700 , 2235 , 2700 , 2710 , 3150 , 3550 , 4550 , 4710 , 4711 , 4750
- English: except ENG D150 , D160 , 1510 , 1610 , 4510 , 4520 , 4911 , 4912
- Film: FILM 2010 , 2020 , 2030 , 3400 , 3430 , 4440 , 4710 , 4720
- Fine Arts: FAR 1500
- Foreign language courses other than those used to complete the foreign language requirement and except FR 1199 , 4640 , JPN 3410 , and SPAN 1199
- History: HIST 1210 , 1220 , 1221 , 2950 , 3140 , 3143 , 3144 , 3146 , 3148 , 3280 , 3290 , 3291 , 3292 , 3390 , 3400 , 3501 , 3531 , 3532 , 3533 , 3540 , 3541 , 3542 , 3543 , 3560 , 3562 , 3600 , 3601 , 3602 , 3650 , 3700 , 3860 , 3861 , 3864 , 3900
- Humanities: HUM 2070 , 2080 , 2170 , 2900
- Interdisciplinary Arts: IART
- International Literatures in English, International Literature: Linguistics, and International Literature: Modern Languages except ILL 3890
- Jewish Studies: (all), JS 1000 , 2100 , 2900
- Modern Languages: ML 2910 , 3210J , 3270J
- Music/Music Literature: MUS 1200 or 1250 , 1240 , 3210 , 4210 , 4211 , 4212 , 4213 , 4214 , 4215 , 4216 , 4270 , 4280
- Philosophy: except PHIL 1200
- Portugese: PORT 4110 , 4120
- Theater: THAR 1390 , 1710 , 1730 , 2130 , 2390 , 2710 , 2711 , 3396 , 3397 , 3398 , 4710
- University Professor: UP 1901 , 1901U , 4901U (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)
- Women’s and Gender Studies: except WGS 3910
- World Religions: except CLWR 4340 , 4350
The social sciences requirement may be met by a selection of 9 semester hours from two or more departments, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):
- African American Studies: AAS 1010 , 1900 , 2020 , 2200 , 2250 , 2540 , 3400 , 3410 , 3450 , 3460 , 3680 , 4400 , 4820
- Anthropology: except ANTH 2010 , 3460 , 3550 , 4470 , 4480 , 4960 , and those listed as natural sciences below
- Business Law:BUSL 2550
- Classical Archaeology: CLAR 2110 , 2120 , 2130
- College of Arts and Sciences: CAS 1120
- Economics: ECON
- Environmental and Plant Biology: PBIO 2170
- Geography: GEOG except those listed under Natural Sciences (see below)
- History: HIST except those listed under Humanities (see above)
- International Studies: INST
- International Literature: ILL 3890
- Japanese: JPN 3410
- Linguistics: LING
- Political Science: POLS
- Psychology: except PSY 1110 , 2110 , 2210 , 3110 , 3230
- Social Work: SW
- Sociology: SOC
- University Professor: UP 1901S , 4901S (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)
- Women’s and Gender Studies: WGS 3910
- World Religions: CLWR 4340 , 4350
The natural sciences requirement may be met by selecting 6 semester hours from at least two departments, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):
- Anthropology: ANTH 2010 , 3460 , 3550 , 4470 , 4480 , 4960
- Astronomy: ASTR
- Biological Sciences: BIOS
- Chemistry: except CHEM D015 , 1100 , 1150
- Computer Science: CS 4160
- Environmental and Plant Biology: except PBIO 2170
- Geography: GEOG 1100 , 2020 , 3010 , 3020 , 3030 , 3040 , 3050 , 3150 , 3160 , 3580 , 4060 , 4070 , 4080 , 4090 , 4110 , 4170 , 4660 , 4670 , 4712
- Geological Sciences: GEOL
- Mathematics: except MATH D005 , 1090 , 1101 , 1102 , 1200 , 1300 , 1321 , 1322 , 4100
- Physical Science: PSC
- Psychology: PSY 2110 , 2210 , 3110 , 3230
- Physics: PHYS
- 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 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 1350 and PSY 2110 .
Hours at the 200 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.
- MATH 1350 , and PSY 2110 (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.