Art History, B.A.


Department of Art, Design, and Art History

Art History Major Requirements

1. Major requirements (57-58 units)

Lower-Division Requirements
ART 13, ART 14, ART 16, ARTH 10, ARTH 11, ARTH 12; World Language (3-4 units)

Upper-Division Requirements
ARTH 180: Methods and Theories of Art History

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

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. 

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. 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, 12 (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 198I, 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 B.A. in Art History is designed to provide students with the social history of art, 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 art-historical topics around the world (Renaissance and Baroque Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asian Art, Native American and African 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

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

Where We are Located:
Conley Art Building, Room 105