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Art History, BA

The Department of Art and Art History offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, with courses in foundations, art history, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The B.A. degree is designed for students who wish to combine a liberal education with specific studies in art. 

Art history is the examination of our visual past, and along with the sister disciplines of music, theater, and dance, this field teaches us about the nature of human creativity and culture. At Wright State University, we explore the dynamic contexts and motivations for the creation of art and its significance to human cultures across time. Such exploration is interdisciplinary by nature, often linking social and written history, archaeology, critical theory, gender studies, philosophy, and even science and mathematics.

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Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: Fall / Spring
Tuition Fee: $31,414
Location: FairbornOHUnited States


The Art History program at Wright State University focuses on preparing students for a wide range of careers both within and beyond the arts. In addition to the interpretation of artworks, we emphasize the development of research skills, critical analysis, and effective written and oral communication. Art historians are employed by galleries, museums, auction houses, archives, and cultural institutions. They work in visual resource management, historic preservation, appraisal, cultural tourism, and publishing, and are prepared for graduate study in other fields, including education, law, or business.

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  • Non-Western Art
  • Art History : Ancient to Renaissance
  • Art History : Renaissance to Contemporary
  • Studies in Non-Western Art
  • Critical Thinking

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