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The study of the history of art promotes visual and cultural literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students may major or minor in Art History at ODU, and it is part of the curricula of studio art, art education, and graphic design as well. After a survey of world art from ancient to contemporary, students may select areas of interest as they build their skills in research and writing, but are encouraged to sample broadly from course offerings. Advanced majors may pursue internships at museums and other cultural venues, conduct independent research with faculty guidance, and write an original thesis as a culmination of their studies.
ODU’s Art History majors have presented at national conferences and entered prestigious master’s and doctoral programs
The Art History Program offers scholarships and study abroad opportunities
Art History majors participate in the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, in which students can share their original research in a professional format
The Student Art History Association supports extracurricular activities including discussions, field trips and guest lectures.
ODU and Norfolk are rich in cultural resources, including the Barry Art Museum on ODU’s campus, the Hermitage and Chrysler museums in Norfolk and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach.
This course is a survey of High Renaissance Art in Italy |roughly 1473 to 1520), focusing primarily on the recognized major artists or masters of the High Renaissance: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. Prerequisites: ARTH 211 or permission of the instructor. Pre- or corequisites: ARTH 212 or permission of the instructor.
A study of selected topics in art history to be specified in the class schedule each semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisites: ARTH 211, ARTH 212, or permission of the instructor.
An introduction to the architecture, sculpture, calligraphy, pottery, ink painting, miniature painting, and gardens of India, China, and Japan. Emphasis will be placed on the connections among the cultures: Buddhism and pilgrimage, the importance of the scholar painters, the role of trade routes and the emergence of native writing. Cross-listed with ASIA 360. Prerequisite: ARTH 121A or ARTH 203 or ARTH 210 or ARTH 230 or ARTH 212 or permission of instructor.
Students entering the Minor program in Art History should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
A student who chooses to complete a minor in art history must receive the approval of the chief departmental advisor and the art history program director. ARTH 150 and ARTH 203, ARTH 210 or ARTH 230 are prerequisite courses for the minor and are not included in the calculation of the grade point average for the minor. A reading knowledge of French, German, Italian or Spanish is strongly advised. The requirement for the minor for BA and BS students comprises 12 hours selected from ARTH 300- and 400-level courses.
For completion of the minor a student must have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and no grade lower than a C in all courses specified as a requirement for the minor exclusive of prerequisite courses. Transfer students must complete a minimum of six hours in ARTH 300- and 400-level courses through courses offered by Old Dominion University.
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