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Chuck McWeeny, Dean
Norma J. Humphreys, Assistant Dean
The College of Fine Arts includes the schools of Art, Dance, Film, Interdisciplinary Arts, Music, and Theater. The College offers a broad cultural education in the fine arts, as well as specialized training in a wide range of career fields.
Schools and Programs
The School of Art, located in Seigfred Hall, offers degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art history, ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. It also offers a liberal arts based degree program leading to a Bachelor of Arts. A limited number of exceptional students may be approved to pursue work in Art History through the Honors Tutorial College.
The School of Dance, located in Putnam Hall, offers a single preprofessional degree program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. It also offers a liberal arts-based degree program leading to a Bachelor of Arts. A limited number of exceptional students may be approved to pursue work in dance through the Honors Tutorial College.
The School of Film, located in Lindley Hall, does not offer an undergraduate degree program. You may, however, earn a minor in film, and many undergraduate film courses are available, some of which may be used to fulfill specific degree requirements. A limited number of exceptional students may be approved to pursue work in film through the Honors Tutorial College.
The School of Interdisciplinary Arts, located in Lindley Hall, does not offer an undergraduate degree program. You may, however, earn a minor in interdisciplinary arts, and many undergraduate interdisciplinary arts courses are available, some of which may be used to fulfill specific degree requirements.
The School of Music, located in the Robert Glidden Hall, offers degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Music in music composition, music history and literature, music education, music theory, music therapy, orchestral instruments, organ, piano, piano pedagogy, and voice. It also offers a liberal arts-based degree program leading to a Bachelor of Arts.
The School of Theater, located in Kantner Hall, offers degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in production design and technology, management, playwriting, and theater performance (acting). It also offers a liberal arts-based degree program leading to a Bachelor of Arts. A limited number of exceptional students may be approved to pursue work in theater through the Honors Tutorial College.
If you wish to pursue a second major outside the College of Fine Arts, apply for admission to the college offering the second major. See “Second Bachelor’s Degree” in the Graduation Requirements - Universitywide section of this catalog for specific requirements.
You may wish to pursue two majors within the College of Fine Arts simultaneously, earning a dual major degree. You must be admitted to and complete all requirements for each of the majors.
Minors are available in art, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, music, and theater. The minors are designed for students majoring in other fields who wish, in the course of their formal education, to pursue study in the arts. Specific requirements for each minor can be found in the program information for that minor.
If you wish to declare a minor in the College of Fine Arts, consult with both your major advisor and an advisor within the minor program.
If you are a major in the College of Fine Arts and wish to pursue a minor offered by another school or department within the University, consult that school or department’s section of the catalog.
High school applicants to Ohio University who wish to pursue a degree program in the College of Fine Arts may apply for direct entry into the College. You may enter the School of Art as a general art major. Entry into a degree program in the School of Art requires the successful completion of a portfolio review, which usually occurs during the sophomore year. You may enter the School of Theater as a general theater major. Entry into a degree program in the School of Theater requires the successful completion of an audition/interview/portfolio review, which occurs during spring quarter of the freshman year. You are required to audition if you desire direct entry into programs in the School of Dance or the School of Music. For final acceptance into a major program, you must meet all entrance requirements described under that major.
To transfer from another college or university, you are required to audition, submit a portfolio, or meet the requirements specified by each program in the College of Fine Arts in addition to gaining admission to Ohio University. Write to the director of the particular program in which you are interested for detailed information.
Ohio University students requesting transfer to major programs in the college also are required to meet the above criteria and should consult the appropriate school before applying for transfer.
Scholarships and Awards
A limited number of scholarships and awards of varying amounts are available to majors in the College of Fine Arts. Some awards are renewable; others are granted on a one-time basis, renewable at the discretion of the school involved. Awards are based primarily on talent demonstrated through audition, interview, and/or portfolio submission. In each case, academic performance is considered important. Contact the director of the appropriate school before January 1 to arrange an audition or portfolio submission.
For information about education abroad opportunities, refer to “Office of Education Abroad” in the “Academic Opportunities – Universitywide” section.
The College of Fine Arts maintains a system of academic advising for its majors, with assigned members of the faculty serving as advisors. Maintain ongoing contact with your advisor for assistance with concerns related to academic and career planning. Your advisor will assist you with an appropriate selection of courses each quarter as you prepare your schedule. It is especially important that you work closely with your advisor to maintain the proper sequence of courses in your major. Deviations from the normal course requirements, including waivers and/or substitutions, must be approved in writing by your advisor and the Dean’s Office. In some cases additional approval by a faculty committee is required.
Although your advisor will be helpful in assisting you with the preparation of your schedule, it is your responsibility to make certain that all graduation requirements are met.
Students who are placed on academic probation during their first year are required to complete an Academic Success workshop. The 90-minute workshop aims to help students improve their academic performance and return to good academic standing. Information about the workshop is sent to students’ local addresses and University e-mail accounts. Students should also arrange to meet with their assigned academic advisor to get further help on ways to improve their academic situation.
Degrees and Requirements
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree is granted upon completion of programs in the School of Art, the School of Dance, and the School of Theater. The School of Music grants the Bachelor of Music (B. Mus.) degree.
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 of your advisor a review of qualifications for course waiver. In some cases, additional approval by a faculty committee is required.
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 accumulative GPA for some degree programs is 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 Arts and Sciences 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 department for the chosen major. Minors are optional.
A minimum of 192 quarter hours of credit is required for a B.A. degree. 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 (2 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 (2 years of instruction) and fulfill their foreign language requirement.
- Students who have completed 8 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 would fulfill one year of their foreign language requirement.
- Students who have completed 6 semester hours of one foreign language, contingent upon the courses being equivalent in content (as determined by the College), will receive credit for 9 quarter hours and need to make up 3 quarter hours to complete one year of foreign language as required by the degree program.
- The B.A. degree requires 24 quarter hours (2 years) of one foreign language.
- Transfer students who have completed 24 quarter hours of one foreign language will receive credit, contingent upon the courses being equivalent in content (as determined by the College), for 2 years of instruction and would 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 9 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 3 quarter hours at Ohio University to fulfill one year of foreign language.
- FURTHER, if you are transferring 9 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 3 credit hours and accept 9 credits as equivalent to 12 credits, to fulfill the first or second year series. (Transfer credits maintain their 3 hour credit value.)
Area Distribution Requirements
Humanities Area Requirement*
The humanities requirement may be met by selecting 18 quarter hours from two or more departments, excluding the major, with at least 8 hours in one area, from the following:
- African American Studies 106, 110, 150, 210, 211, 250, 310, 317, 350, 352, 353, 355, 356
- Art History
- Classical Archaeology except 211, 212, 213
- Classics in English
- Communication Studies 351, 352, 353
- Dance 170, 351, 352, 353, 370, 471, 472, 473
- English except 150, 151, 152, 153, 153A, 153B, 451, 452
- Foreign language courses other than those used to complete the foreign language requirement and except JPN 341
- History 121, 122, 123, 314A-G, 328, 328A, 329A–C, 330, 331, 350A, 351, 352, 353A–C, 354A–B, 354B, 356A–C, 357, 360A–B, 370, 389
- Humanities 107, 108, 109, 117, 307, 308, 309
- Interdisciplinary Arts
- International Literatures in English– International Literature: Linguistics and International Literature: Modern Languages
- Modern Languages 370J
- Music / Music Literature 120, 124,125, 150, 321-3, 427, 428
- Philosophy except 120
- Theater 150, 270, 271, 272
- University Professor 150–152H, 450–452H
- Women’s Studies except 360
- World Religions
Social Sciences Area Requirement*
The social sciences requirement may be met by a selection of 18 quarter hours from two or more departments, excluding the major, with at least 8 hours in one area, from the following:
- African American Studies 101, 202, 220, 225, 254, 340, 341, 345, 346, 360, 368, 440, 482
- Anthropology except 201, 346, 355, 447, 448, 492, 496
- Business Law 255, 442, and 475
- Classical Archaeology 211, 212, 213
- 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, 226, 312, 314, 321
- Social Work
- University Professor 150–152S, 450–452S
- Women’s Studies 360
Natural Sciences Area Requirement*
The natural sciences requirement may be met by selecting 18 quarter hours from two or more departments, excluding the major, with at least 8 hours in one area, from the following:
- Anthropology 201, 346, 355, 447, 448, 492, 496
- Biological Sciences except 217
- Chemistry except 115
- Computer Science except 120, 135, 190, 220, 350
- Environmental and Plant Biology except 217
- Geography 101, 202, 302, 303, 304, 305, 315, 316, 358, 406, 407, 411, 417, 418, 476
- Geological Sciences
- Mathematics except 101, 102, 109, 113, 115, 117, 118, 120, 121, 122, 320, 320L
- Physical Sciences
- Psychology 221, 226, 312, 314
- University Professor 150–152N, 450–452N
Note: Methods courses are not applicable to area requirements.
* These listings must be used as the official guide for the completion of the area (distribution) requirements. Exceptions to the 18-hour area distribution requirements 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 categories differ in scope from the five Tier II groupings (Applied Science and Technology, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Cross-Cultural Perspectives). If you wish to select a course that will apply to both the area 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.) Most courses that can fulfill Tier I quantitative skills and freshman composition requirements and the Tier III requirement do not apply to the area distribution requirements. Exceptions include MATH 163A, 163B, 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 area 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 requirement. Courses that fulfill freshman General Education Tier I requirements or Tier III will not apply to the distribution area requirement.
- MATH 163A, 163B, and PSY 221 (will fulfill the Tier I quantitative requirement, as well as the natural science area).
- Courses required for a major, but outside the major department (extradepartmental) will be counted toward the area requirements.
- Courses required for a minor will be counted toward the area requirements.
- Junior-level advanced composition courses offered by departments within the College of Fine Arts or the College of Arts and Sciences apply to the distribution area requirements except when they are required for the major.
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