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 courses, and participates 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.