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Undergraduate Art History

The Division's relatively intimate size, together with BGSU's commitment to teaching, ensures a close connection between students and faculty, and offers an opportunity for students to profit from close faculty attention. The research specializations of the faculty include the history and theory of: Classical art and archaeology, Renaissance art and visual culture, contemporary art and photography, and the arts and cultures of Africa. With faculty in both Western and non-Western fields, students are offered a revolving curriculum of advanced courses representing every continent with chronological and thematic breadth, and are encouraged toward interdisciplinary study (please see catalog for a compete list of courses available).

Because the art history program at BGSU is housed in the School of Art and is part of its curriculum, the art history major receives constant exposure to the various art processes and has ample opportunity to see art in production. Students can also take advantage of the close proximity to the Toledo Museum of Art, and to numerous other museums in Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Chicago allowing contact with some of the country's finest art collections. Here the art history major may study many excellent examples of art from all periods and cultures, view the museums changing exhibitions, and attend special lectures and symposia.

In addition, our students have full access to library collections (including the Popular Culture Library) and image resources such as ARTstor, OhioLINK, and vast repositories of literature online via Jerome Library's website.

A Bachelor of Arts degree from BGSU prepares individuals for a variety of careers in the arts and humanities, including continued study in art historical masters and doctoral programs. Art History graduate students and alumni have secured teaching and curatorial positions in a variety of two- and four-year colleges and art museums.

Art History students also have the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy at SACI, in Ghana West, Africa, and in Bali, Indonesia.  For students who may be interested in exploring graduate school and a career in art conservation, please see our new "Art Conservation Studies Concentration" document below and take advantage of one of SACI's great strengths.  Please also see the School of Art's "Study Abroad" pages above for more information.

Art Conservation Studies Concentration (pdf)