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Art History, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Dayton, OH, United States
Throughout history, humans have been exploring ideas and expressing their thoughts and feelings by producing art. By studying art history, you will explore the past by examining art and architecture as manifestations of human creativity and as forms of historical documentation. You’ll learn how art embodies and controls cultural, economic, gender, political, religious and social dynamics.
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  • Our faculty, staff and students are committed to the belief that visual culture matters in society and we value the importance of making, displaying, critiquing, and contextualizing the visual arts as academic activities in a university setting. To that end, our faculty teach the perceptual, practical, and critical skill necessary for the creation and understanding of art and design in a variety of media and contexts.
  • As an art history major, you will become familiar with major works both in the Western and non-Western traditions and learn to appreciate the fundamental and varied roles the visual arts play in the lives of human beings.
  • Courses are taught by successful faculty in the College Park Center, which houses state-of-the-art classrooms. You will also have access to the University’s Roesch Library, which houses a collection of art history books and digital resource databases such as ARTstor. The Department of Art and Design Gallery 249, several other gallery spaces on campus and various arts organizations in the Dayton area regularly present exhibits of interest and offer internships to art history majors.
  • In order to prepare you for work in our global society, you will also complete a language requirement. You may satisfy the requirement by taking a proficiency examination, completing an intermediate-level language course or participating in an approved education abroad experience.
  • The Art History program resides within the Department of Art and Design and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • VAH 101. Introduction to the Visual Arts. 3 Hours
  • VAH 129. Foundations in Art History. 3 Hours
  • VAH 310. History of Art and Activism. 3 Hours
  • VAH 320. Latin American Art. 3 Hours
  • VAH 350. Western Architecture. 3 Hours
  • VAH 360. Art History & Feminism. 3 Hours
  • VAH 370. Nineteenth Century Art I. 3 Hours
  • VAH 382. History of Photography I. 3 Hours
  • VAH 383. History of Graphic Desing. 3 Hours
  • VAH 450. Italian Renaissance Art. 3 Hours
  • VAH 460. Baroque Art. 3 Hours
  • VAH 470. Nineteenth Century Art I. 3 Hours
  • VAH 471. Nineteenth Century Art II. 3 Hours

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

International students applying for first-year or transfer admission to the University of Dayton must submit the following documents:

  • Application, including the essay. International students may complete either the Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship or the Common Application. There is no application fee.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • Official copy of secondary transcripts (in language of original issue) of all previously attended secondary schools, including dates of attendance, all subjects studied, grades earned and marks achieved on examinations; any transcripts not issued in English should be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • TOEFL score (or equivalent).
  • F-1 and J-1 students must provide a letter of financial support and a bank statement showing sufficient funds to cover the first year of study.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39090 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39090 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dayton

  • 880 - 1360 USD/month
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