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Art, Architecture + Art History

Art History

About Art History
Art History Degree Requirements for Majors
Art History Degree Requirements for Minors

Art History

Courses in art history examine art and visual culture in their contexts: probing the intertwining of form, content, and meaning; and investigating the theoretical lenses that have been enlisted to discern the import of art, architecture, and material culture. Art History majors choose one of three subdisciplines: Art History (general); Art Administration; Public Art and Architectural Culture.

General Art History

The program in art history examines art and visual culture in their contexts: probing the intertwining of form, content, and meaning; and investigating the theoretical lenses that have been enlisted to discern the import of art, architecture, and material culture.

Certificate in Art Administration

An art history emphasis is allied with studies in business and administration, in preparatin for positions in art-related business and institutions. Prerequisites are as in the major.

Public Art and Architectural Culture

This program encourages students to address contemporary social/cultural circumstances in the light of historically grounded sense of visual expression and material culture. Courses in the history and theory of art, architecture, and the city will be augmented by studies in other fields appropriate to each student's interests. Public Art and Architectural Culture is conceived for students who intend to move into fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and historic preservation or public arts programs, and who will work toward creative strategies of intervention.

Degree Requirements for Art History Majors

Lower-Division

  • two visual arts courses - 101, 103, 104, 108, 160
  • two of the following art history courses - 101, 133, 134, 135, 138, 140 (ARCH 121 can be substituted for ARTH 135; students considering the public art and architectural culture emphasis are encouraged to take ARTH 135 or ARCH 121.)
  • students considering the Public Art and Architectural Culture emphasis are encouraged to take ARTH 135

Art History (General)

  • 28 upper-division units in Art History
  • ARTH 395 Methods in Art History, ARTH 495 Senior Thesis is required for graduation.

Certificate in Art Administration

  • An Art History emphasis is allied with studies in business and administration, in preparation for positions in art-related businesses and institutions.
  • Prerequisites are as in the major.
    1. Art components: ARTH 334, 339, 340, 395, 495, 498 and four other upper-division art history courses. ARTH 395 Methods in Art History is required for graduation.
    2. Management components: Business minor, or the following courses: ACCT 201, ENGL 304W, COMM 103, ITMG 100, POLS 125 or 340, SOCI 110. ECON 101 is recommended.

Public Art and Architectural Culture

  • This program encourages students to address contemporary social/cultural circumstances in the light of an historically grounded sense of visual expression and material culture. Courses in the history and theory of art, architecture and the city will be augmented by studies in other fields appropriate to each student’s interests. Public art and architectural culture is conceived for students who intend to move into fields such as architecture, architectural history and historic preservation or public arts programs, and who will work toward creative strategies of urban intervention. Prerequisites are as in the major.
  • Students should complete 28 upper-division units in art history, including ARTH 395 Methods in Art History and ARTH 495 Senior Thesis.
  • At least six of these courses should be selected from the following: ARTH 330, 331, 334, 338, 339, 342, 343, 345, 354, 355, 356, 382, 393
  • (ARCH 321 can be substituted for ARTH 338; ARCH 322 can be substituted for ARTH 342; ARCH 323 can be substituted for ARTH 343).

Degree Requirements for Art History Minors

  • two of the following art history courses - 133, 134, 135, 138
  • 9 upper-division art history units
  • one additional upper- or lower-division Art History or Visual Arts course