B.A. in Art History

The B.A. in Art History is designed to provide students with the communication skills, research techniques, and methods of critical inquiry that have become a vital part of contemporary life. Course offerings cover a wide range of topics in World Art and Western Art, encouraging students to become responsible citizens through an understanding of the aesthetic, cultural and ethical choices inherent in human development. Students successfully completing the B.A. in Art History are eligible to compete for admission to M.A. and Ph.D. programs and for entry-level positions in the art world and related fields.

What Can I Do With My Major In Art History

Museum and Gallery Curator, Administrator, Professional Tour Guide, Art Conservator, Art Consultant, Art Development Worker, Art Law Enforcement Officer, Art and Estate Appraiser, Auction Worker, Artist Manager, Exhibit Installation Contractor, Exhibition Manager, Art Events Planner and Organizer, Heritage Preservation Officer, Heritage Site Guide, Cultural
Resources Manager, Media Executive, Designer, Researcher, College Professor, Educator, Writer, Journalist, Archivist

Art History Major - Requirements

1. Major requirements (57-58 units)

Lower-Division Requirements
ART 131437ARTH 1011; World Language (3-4 units)

Upper-Division Requirements
ART 101112116ARTH 180

  • European Art:
    Select two: ARTH 120122124126
    Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, Italian Baroque, Northern Baroque
  • World Art:
    Select two: ARTH 160170173175
    Africa, Native North America, Pre-Columbian Mexico, Pre-Columbian Andes
  • Modern/Contemporary Art
    Select two: ARTH 131132136
    Nineteenth-Century Modern Art, Twentieth-Century Modern Art, Contemporary

Upper-Division Art History electives
Select three additional 100-level Art History courses (9 units)

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units) 
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies) 
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor.

5. Total (120 units)*

*G.E. and MI courses can be double counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. This total indicates that courses in G.E. Breadth C1 and G.E. Breadth E1 may be applied to the art major. These courses include ARTH 10, 11; ART 20, 40, 50 (G.E. C1); and/or ART 13 (G.E. E1). Consult the department chair or faculty adviser for additional details.

Advising Notes

  1. CR/NC grading is only permitted in ART 198, Internship.
  2. General Education and elective units may be used toward a double major or minor (see double major or departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.

Courses 

ARTH 10. The Ancient Medieval Worlds

An introductory survey of the arts of the ancient and medieval worlds, beginning with the Palelitihic and including Near Eastern, Egyptian, and European (Aegean, Greek, Roman, medieval) traditions through the mid-14th century. G.E. Breadth C1.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: C1

ARTH 11. The Early Modern World

An introductory survey of Western art from the Renaissance through the 18th century, including Mannerism, Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassicism from the mid-14th century to the end of the 18th century. G.E. Breadth C1.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: C1

ARTH 109T. Topics in Art History

Specific areas in art history not normally covered in the regular course offering. Possible topical areas include Arts of the South Pacific, Buddhism, Chinese Painting, Happenings, History of Modern Art through Film, Museums and Monuments of Europe, Fountains of Baroque Rome, Popes and Patrons of Renaissance Europe, 17th Century Holland, and the Rise of the Secular in Art.

Units: 1-3

ARTH 109T. Arts of the Colonial Andes

This course aims to survey the visual arts and architectural history of the Viceroyalty of Peru from circa 1532 to 1820, within the context of the historical, religious, political, and social changes that transformed the Andean region and the rest of South America during the Spanish colonial rule. (Offered Fall 2019)

Units: 3

ARTH 109T. Arts of South Asia

An exploration of styles, chronologies, influences, and social roles of artworks in relation to specific landscapes histories, cultures and societies in South Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh as their cultures and arts closely intertwined. A variety of arts such as stone and bronze sculptures rock-cut shrines temples, palaces tombs, monuments, mural paintings, textiles, and jewelries, since the prehistoric period will be examined. (Offered Fall 2019)

Units: 3

ARTH 109T. Museum Studies

The course investigates historical, theoretical and practical issues of Museum Studies considering the history of museums, and the museum's main activities of collecting, exhibiting, and educating. Although the course looks specifically at art museums, the basic principles apply to other types of museums such as history, science and nature. The first part of the course focuses on the history of the museum investigating its social, cultural, and political role from its origin to the present day. The student gains insight into the museum's organizational structure and various museum careers. The second part of the course provides an understanding of museum collections and exhibitions. The discussions focus on the importance of the object, the building and managing of collections and the curating of exhibitions. The final part of the course considers the museum's educational programs in the context of its audiences and various interpretative methods. The course also includes a field trip looking behind the scenes of a local museum.

Units: 3

ARTH 120. Italian Renaissance

Artistic revival of classical antiquity in Italy between 1300-1550.

Units: 3

ARTH 122. Northern Renaissance

Painting and sculpture from the Netherlands, France, and Germany between 1300-1550.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ARTH 124. Italian Baroque

Baroque art from its conception in Rome to its dispersal throughout Italy from 1600-1750.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ARTH 126. Northern Baroque

Diffusion of Italian Baroque art to the Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany, and Austria between 1600-1750.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ARTH 131. Nineteenth Century Modern Art

A more developed critical look at modern art in its relationship to the needs of the social political context of the 19th century.

Units: 3

ARTH 132. Twentieth Century Modern Art

A more developed critical look at modern art in its relationship to the needs of the social political context of the 20th century, up to the mid-1950s.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ARTH 136. Contemporary Art

A comprehensive survey of contemporary art focusing on the issue of postmodernism from the mid-1950s onward.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ARTH 160. Africa

Sculpture, painting, architecture, festivals, and personal adornment of sub-Saharan Africa.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ARTH 170. Native North American

Arts of the indigenous North American cultures from the Arctic to the American Southwest.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ARTH 173. Pre-Columbian Mexico

Art of the Olmec through the Aztec cultures.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ARTH 175. Pre-Columbian Andes

Art of the Chavin through the Inca cultures.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ARTH 180. Methods and Theories of Art History

Prerequisites: ARTH 10 and ARTH 11. It is strongly recommended that students complete at least 2 upper-division (100-level) Art History courses before enrolling in ARTH 180. Methods and theories of art historical research and interpretation.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ARTH 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement - Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring