The Honors Tutorial program in Art History balances a commitment to breadth and rigor with an opportunity for self-disciplined and highly motivated students to explore fundamental and cutting-edge issues creatively. It is a four-year program during which time students are expected to take a tutorial course each term, along with language, collateral studies and upper-division art history courses. This enables students 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.
Tutorials during the first two years have fixed content. The tutorials in the first year cover general knowledge of art history but through a more intense and in-depth experience than would otherwise be available to students. Second year tutorials focus on each of the fields of Art History covered by art history professors. This will expose students to a wide variety of art historical research on topics throughout history and across the globe.
In the third year, one tutorial concentrating on methodologies is required. Students then decide on a topic for the thesis and begin research through a review of the literature on the topic. This is followed by a proposal for the thesis in an area of specialization that will become the focus of the students' tutorial courses in the remainder of the the third year and throughout the fourth.
Tutorials and courses in the fourth year will enable students to pursue areas within their specialization in depth. Students will focus their tutorials to develop and write a thesis based on original research.
Applicants are selected on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. A high school rank in the upper 10%, high scores on standardized tests (a minimum of 30 on the ACT or 1300 on the SAT), and a personal interview with the Director of Studies of the Art History Program of Study are all required for entry as a freshman. This is a four-year program, but we will consider the applications of Ohio University freshmen.
Tutorials: A total of 12 tutorials are required. Students who are enrolled in AH 197T, 198T, and 199T are expected to also attend the art history survey in addition to their tutorial work. These students are not required to enroll in the art history survey or attend the Friday sections.
- Three tutorials that are general surveys of art history with one of these being non-western art history (AH 197T; AH 198T; AH 199T)
- Four topic specific tutorials (AH 297T- Western Topic Tutorial; AH 298T - Non-western Topic Tutorial; AH 299T - Theory Tutorial; AH 397T - Methods Tutorial [which consists of AH 560 plus tutorial])
- Five Thesis related tutorials (AH 398T; AH399T; AH 497T; AH 498T; AH 499T)
Art History Courses : 9 Art History upper-division courses.
- 2 each of western art history, non-western history, and theory. These courses are to be selected from the distribution area list compiled by the Art History deparment.
- The remaining three courses are 300/400 level AH electives to be chosen in consultation with the student's thesis advisor. Taken during the fourth year, these courses are meant to inform the thesis project.
Language Courses : Two years of foreign language courses in two different languages
Collateral (Supplemental) Courses : Art 283 Digital Photography, one studio art course, Anthropology 372 Cultures of the World, Communication Studies 215, Argumentative Analysis and Advocacy, and English 280 Expository Writing and Research Paper. 10 additional collateral Studies Courses are selected from approved lists provided by the Director of Studies. One freshman HTC seminar (HTC 250B), one Freshman composition course, and one 300-level writing course are also required.
Thesis:Senior Thesis completed in topic area approved by the Art History committee.
AH 197T: Western AH Survey Tutorial
AH 198T: Western AH Survey Tutorial
AH 199T: Non-Western AH Survey Tutorial
AH 297T: Western Topic Tutorial
AH 298T: Non-Western Topic Tutorial
AH 299T: Theory Tutorial
AH 397T: Methods Tutorial (AH 560+ Tutorial)
AH 398T: Literature Review in Chosen Topic
AH 399T: Research Design, Proposal Writing
AH 497T: Thesis Research and Writing
AH 498T: Thesis Research and Writing
AH 499T: Thesis Research and Writing
Dr. Jennie Klein
Department of Art History
436 Seigfred Hall