History of art is a constantly evolving discipline devoted to the study of visual arts throughout history and across the globe.
Courses at the 2000 and 3000 levels introduce students to the major monuments of world art and the fundamental principles of art historical investigation and interpretation. In more advanced courses (4000 level and above) students develop a deeper understanding of selected movements of world art and of art historical theory and methodology. Instructional emphasis at this level is focused less on the acquisition of factual knowledge than on the development of analytic and interpretive skills through sustained exercises in critical reading, original research, and oral and written argumentation.
The History of Art program from The Ohio State University will achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Introduce GE students, potential majors and newly declared majors to the basic ideas and major monuments of world art.
- Help students develop a basic understanding of art historical methodology and historiography.
- Help students develop a full understanding of the major artistic movements, artists and works of art within the specific historical eras and/or geographical regions.
- Develop within advanced students an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical foundations of the discipline.
Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history of art may expect to find employment in a wide variety of cultural and arts organizations, such as publishing firms, art galleries, libraries and museums.
Many graduates also use their skills in critical writing, thinking and research to enter fields such as non-profit management, education, journalism and marketing.
Many specialized professions in art history—most notably museum curators and university professors—require advanced degrees. Graduates of the history of art program are regularly accepted into some of the most prestigious graduate programs in the country.
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Ohio State’s professional counseling staff specializes in personal development and academic growth. In addition, Ohio State’s career and job placement offices around campus offer help in career planning and, as students move closer to graduation, resume writing, writing application letters and job placement. These offices can help students match interests and strengths with a promising career. Ohio State recognizes that students’ needs for career support services vary and offers special services for disabled students, veterans, minority students and international students.
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The History of Art major requires 39 credit hours (13 courses) in art history. The core curriculum is composed of four courses (12 credit hours):
- a writing seminar (HA4001)
- a course in art historical theory and methodology (HA4010)
- a senior capstone research seminar (HA4016)
- either a course in artistic materials and techniques (HA4005) or a studio course taken in the Department of Art.
In addition to these core courses, nine additional courses are required. Students must take at least two courses in each of the following three areas of study (with at least 4 courses at the 4000-level or above):
- Mediterranean/European Art before 1700
- Modern Art of Europe and the United States after 1700
- Global Art (Asia, Africa, and Central and South America).
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Successful completion of university preparatory courses
- High school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA
- Standardized test score (ACT or SAT); Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for ACT or SAT scores
- Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community
- Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement(e.g., co-curricular activities, work experiences or military service)
- Status as a first-generation university student
- High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors
International36430 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 36430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
National33502 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 33502 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
In-State11508 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 11508 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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