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Art History Major (B.A. in Art History) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

Program Overview

The Honors Tutorial College (HTC) program in art history balances a commitment to breadth and rigor with an opportunity for self-disciplined and highly motivated students to explore current and fundamental issues creatively. In this four-year program, the student is expected to take one tutorial course each semester, language courses, collateral studies, and upper-division art history courses. This enables the student to acquire the full range of skills necessary to successfully continue in graduate study. Students will have excellent opportunities for intensive study with the art historians in the School of Art + Design. Students will also have the opportunity during the sophomore or junior year to apply for the Museum Studies Certificate Program offered through the College of Fine Arts.

Students will receive a degree of Bachelor of Arts from the Honors Tutorial College. To earn a bachelor's degree in the Honors Tutorial College, a student must fulfill all the academic requirements of the program of study, maintain a 3.5 GPA (grade point average) in the courses that are required by the program of study, and have at least a 3.5 overall GPA.


Tutorials for the first year are based on the art history survey classes AH 2110 and AH 2130. HTC Art History students will cover the material in those courses in addition to exploring themes and issues in the visual arts that reflect their specific interests. The second and third year tutorials are based on the student's individual interests and should be designed with the idea of working towards the HTC thesis. The tutorial during the spring year of the junior year should be done with the thesis advisor and should be geared towards putting together a proposal and a bibliography for the thesis. The final year is devoted to the thesis project, with the student working closely with her or his thesis advisor and DOS.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Applicants are selected on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. Applicants typically are required to submit additional essays, and an interview with the director of studies is required for admission. More information, including materials and deadlines, is available at This is a four-year program, but we will consider the applications of Ohio University freshmen and sophomore students. The deadline for transfer applications is November 15th.

Change of Program Policy

First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the art history B.A. tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. 

External Transfer Admission

First- and second-year students at another institution may apply to transfer into the art history B.A. tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. 

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates of the HTC program in art history will be well prepared for graduate study. Following completion of the B.A., they will have the academic background necessary to enter rigorous M.A. degree programs in museum studies, art history, and art management. The Ph.D. is the terminal degree in art history.

Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic Catalog

Program Details

Bachelor of Arts


Administrative Contact

Jennie Klein, director of studies/contact person