Jun 13, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [Archived Catalog]

Art History Major (B.A.)

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

Charles Buchanan, Art History Division Coordinator/contact person

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.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other universitywide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – Universitywide  page.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Fine Arts

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

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:

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):


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.