History of Art (BA)

Art History studies the continuities and changes that characterize human endeavor in the visual arts. It is a constantly expanding discipline whose objects of study include not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture and the decorative arts, drawing and prints, photography and film, and video and performance art. It also entails an examination of the history of the discipline itself, its philosophical and theoretical foundations, and its critical methodologies.

Students and faculty work in a wide array of historical and geographical areas of specialization, from medieval China to contemporary America, and explore the significance of artistic expression from a range of interpretive and theoretical perspectives. The BA in History of Art provides a solid background in the humanities, develops skills in writing and critical thinking, and, above all, enhances one's understanding and appreciation of creative accomplishment. The department is characterized by small class size, close collaboration between faculty and students in research, and an emphasis on critical thinking and close looking. It aims to create a small, liberal-arts environment within the larger university.

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Art history degrees can lead directly to employment in numerous art related fields such as editing and publishing and travel and tourism as well as to work in art galleries, auction houses and numerous other for-profit and not-for-profit arts organizations. Combined with the requisite post-graduate degrees, a BA in art history can also effectively prepare students for careers in law and business administration, architecture and historic preservation, library science and archival work, development, design, teaching and art education.



Each of the faculty members teaching in the Department of the History of Art at OSU is a specialist in a particular area (or areas) of world art, and undergraduates are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of the wide range of courses on offer.

courses you might take:

HISTART 2001: Western Art I: Ancient and Medieval Worlds

Examination of the history of Western Art from the third millennium BCE to the fifteenth century CE.

HISTART 2002: Western Art II: The Renaissance to the Present

Examination of the history of art in Europe and the United States, from 1400 to the present.

HISTART 3521: Renaissance Art in Italy

Art and society in Renaissance Italy.

HISTART 3611: Impressionism, Then and Now

An examination of the emergence and evolution of French impressionism and its impact on subsequent artistic production from the early 20th century to the present.



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