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A student docent leads a tour in the Allen Memorial Art Museum as part of the art history program. Photo credit: Scott Shaw
Program Overview

Art History

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

Art history at Oberlin offers majors the chance to study art from around the world, including Africa and the Black Atlantic, East Asia, Islamic cultures and the West. Coursework will broaden an art history major’s historical knowledge, visual sensitivity, and expertise, and hone their ability to write analytically and critically.

Why Study Art History at Oberlin?

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Variety of Courses
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Special Collections
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Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • ARTS 150 - Approaches to Western Art 4 credits
  • ARTS 299 - Methods of Art History 4 credits
  • ARTS 353 - Paintings, Portraits, and Prints: Arabic and Persian Book Arts 4 credits
  • ARTS 471 - Accessibility & Disability in Contemporary Art 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.