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Art History

Art History involves the historical interpretation and visual analysis of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other forms of visual art. Art historians view the work of art as an embodiment of the values of its time and place of origin, and are experts on the lives of artists as well as the forms, traditions, and theoretical context of the visual arts. 

Art history students in UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) have the opportunity to complete internships in local museums, to study a foreign language, and to take a variety of liberal arts electives. Art history majors develop research and writing skills as tools for speaking, writing, and thinking about art and design. Courses are offered in many areas with particular strength in modern and contemporary art, art of the United States, Chinese and Japanese art, African-American art, and museum studies. Courses in ancient art and architecture are taught by members of the UC Classics Department. Additional courses in the history of design and architecture are offered in other programs of the College of DAAP.

Degree: B.A. in Art History

Full-time program duration: 4.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
School of Art
DAAP Student Affairs
College of DAAP
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016

Admission Requirements

The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati seeks to attract, enroll and graduate academically talented students of varied and diverse backgrounds. Success in our programs is largely dependent upon sound academic preparation. However, in multidisciplinary programs like those in DAAP, students’ insight and perspective are greatly enhanced by exposure to students from different backgrounds, geographies and co-curricular interests. DAAP has designed an admissions review process and a timetable to support these goals.

Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA.


Freshman applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college-preparatory subjects:

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of math
  • 3 units of science
  • 5 units of electives*

*Elective units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or additional core courses not otherwise required.


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Bachelor of Arts in Art History


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

All programs in the School of Art are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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