faculty member describes art in a display case to students gathered around
Study of art in the Allen Memorial Art Museum is part of the art history coursework. Photo credit: Courtesy of Oberlin College
Program Overview

Art History

Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Art

Art history at Oberlin offers students the chance to study art from around the world, including Africa and the Black Atlantic, East Asia, Islamic cultures and the West. Coursework helps develop a student’s historical knowledge, visual sensitivity, and expertise, and hone their ability to write analytically and critically.


Why Study Art History at Oberlin?

Variety of Courses
Special Collections
Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • ARTS 150 - Approaches to Western Art 4 credits
  • ARTS 299 - Methods of Art History 4 credits
  • ARTS 352 - Coffeehouses and Teahouses: A Global History 4 credits
  • ARTS 481 - Architecture, Art, and Literature in Islamic Cultures 4 credits

Art History Faculty

Art history faculty members are both scholars and teachers whose focus is on undergraduate education. Their specialties include Africa and the Black Atlantic, East Asia, Islamic culture, medieval art and history, and contemporary art history.

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Art History News

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‘‘Diving into the Art World’’

June 20, 2019
This episode of An Oberlin Minute spotlights the Practicum in Museum Education winter term, which explores the Allen Memorial Art Museum and familiarizes students with museum education and gallery teaching.