Study of art in the Allen Memorial Art Museum is part of the art history coursework. Photo credit: Courtesy of Oberlin College
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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.

Program Director

Erik Inglis

Professor of Medieval Art History
Department Affiliation

Jamie Jacobs

Program Coordinator 440-775-8181

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 356 - Monks, Miracles, and Magic: Buddhist Art in East Asia 4 credits
  • ARTS 387 - Architecture, Media, and Production 4 credits

Art History News

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Turning a Passion Into a Career

October 23, 2017
Nolan Boomer ’16 cultivated a passion for book arts, curatorial practices, and architectural history, giving him the tools to pursue a self-curated career in the arts.

The Art of Library Work

April 12, 2017
Anna Feuer ’14 currently works as the senior acquisitions assistant in the Technical Services department at the Art Institute of Chicago, the largest art museum in the country.

Creating Space to Curate

March 29, 2017
Exhibition Initiative, Oberlin’s student-run curatorial organization, gives students from all disciplines the opportunity to curate art exhibitions featuring work created by their peers.