The School of Interdisciplinary Arts is a Ph.D. program that educates scholars and scholar-artists who are grounded in specific disciplines and able to address the arts through the unique lens of interdisciplinarity.
In the dynamic contemporary world, as the boundaries among the arts become increasingly permeable, we recognize the methodological importance of multidisciplinary scholarship to facilitate our critical understanding of the arts. The School plays a vital a role in the university by engaging undergraduates in the interdisciplinary study of the arts through general education courses. Interdisciplinary Arts is committed to promoting the arts in the university, the larger community and the region.
Areas of Inquiry
Interdisciplinary Arts is a consortium of scholars and scholar-artists in the following areas: African Arts and Literatures, Art and Architectural History, Ethnomusicology/Musicology, Film Studies, Performance Studies, Philosophy of Art, and Theater. Each faculty member poses a distinct perspective on the interrelationships, interdependencies and interactions among the arts, critical studies, and history.
Interdisciplinary Arts students at Ohio University undertake a strong education in a primary and secondary discipline. The centerpiece of the program is a series of interdisciplinary, team-taught seminars. Faculty and students come together to investigate intensively a selected topic and/or period from multiple perspectives and disciplines. Students take courses from faculty across the College of Fine Arts, as well as in disciplines outside the fine arts. This training serves as preparation for a variety of professional careers, especially college and university teaching. The program prepares students for scholarly research, while also valuing creative activity in the arts. Funded by assistantships, Interdisciplinary Arts Ph.D. candidates receive valuable teaching experience at the undergraduate level.