Art History, B.A.



Art History Major - Requirements

1. Major requirements (57-58 units)

Lower-Division Requirements
ART 13, 14, 37; ARTH 10, 11; World Language (3-4 units)

Upper-Division Requirements
ART 101, 112, 116; ARTH 180

  • European Art:
    Select two: ARTH 120, 122, 124, 126
    Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, Italian Baroque, Northern Baroque
  • World Art:
    Select two: ARTH 160, 170, 173, 175
    Africa, Native North America, Pre-Columbian Mexico, Pre-Columbian Andes
  • Modern/Contemporary Art
    Select two: ARTH 131, 132, 136
    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.


    The faculty of the department offer diverse, skilled, and professional approaches to art and design education. The methods of teaching reflect distinctive yet complementary ways and means of introducing their disciplines while guiding students through the program with a sense of dedication and commitment to the education of artists, designers, and scholars.

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    Art History, B.A.

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    The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design is a professional program providing directed studies and is designed for students seeking in-depth preparation for specialized educational and career goals.

    The curriculum explores the many aspects of graphic design, including the physical, cognitive, social, and cultural human factors. It will also explore theories, principles, and practice in relation to typography, illustration, computer graphics, Web design, motion graphics, history of graphic design, and creative critical visual thinking skills that are applicable to professional practice and to meet entrance requirements to graduate school.

    What You Can Earn

    Graphic Design Specialist
    $49,215 (in our region)

    Technical Illustrator
    $53,122 (in our region)


    Web Designer
    $64,353 (in our region)

    Estimations calculated at as of December 2012

    Interesting Classes You Might Take

    • Graphic Concept Development
    • Digital Illustration
    • Professional Practices
    • Packaging Design
    • Motion Graphics

    What You Can Learn

    • Theories and applications of graphic design
    • Advanced concepts and techniques in graphic design, illustration and interactive multimedia
    • To become a professional designer in the field

    About the College

    The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

    College Contact Information

    College of Arts & Humanities
    Office of the Dean
    2380 E. Keats MS/MB99
    Fresno CA 93740-8024

    Phone: (559) 278-3056
    FAX: (559) 278-6758

    Where We Are Located

    We are located in the west wing of the Music Building in Room 186.

    Department Contact Information

    Phone: (559) 278-2516
    FAX: (559) 278-4706

    Mailing Address:

    Department of Art and Design
    California State University, Fresno
    5225 North Backer Avenue M/S 65
    Fresno, California 93740-8001

    Where We are Located:

    Conley Art Building, Room 105