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Art History courses are now listed as a separate discipline. These courses still fulfill all general education, degree, and transfer eligibility. New numbering and identification (ARHI) system for art history courses are as below:

ARHI 101
Art Appreciation
Formerly ART 10

ARHI 110
History of Western Art I: Prehistory through the Middle Ages
Formerly Art 1A

ARHI 120
History of Western Art II: Renaissance through Romanticism
Formerly Art 1B

ARHI 130
History of Western Art III: Modern through Contemporary
Formerly Art 1C

ARHI 132
History of Women in Art
Formerly Art 1E

ARHI 134
History and Aesthetics of Photography
Formerly Art 11
Also known as PHOT 10

ARHI 140
History of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and Oceania
Formerly Art 1G

ARHI 150
History of Asian Art
Formerly Art 1D

ARHI 155
History of Islamic Arts
Formerly Art 1F

Art History for Transfer

AA-T Degree

Art History is a program that provides students with an understanding of the history of visual arts and architecture. The program curriculum introduces students to the different art historical methodologies that shape the study of art of the past and present. Students examine art objects stylistically and contextually while highlighting a relationship between the object and the cultural values and beliefs of its creators. Students also explore the role of the artist, the patrons and the audience of art throughout history. The courses emphasize the fundamentals of visual analysis resulting in critical thinking and writing, as well as visual literacy.

The Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Art History. Students completing the Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer degree and meeting the CSU minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0, including:

  • completion of the major requirements with grades of C or better; and
  • certified completion of either the California State University General Education Breadth pattern, or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum.

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Art History

A.A. Degree

Learn about the styles, themes, and creators of the art that influences culture today. Our A.A. program in Art History will give you an understanding of the history of visual arts and architecture. You will learn the progress and development of the different historical art styles that shape the study of arts in the past and present. Learn to interpret the meanings of various works and gain insight into the cultural values and beliefs of their creators. This program will prepare you for transfer to a university, while enhancing your writing and critical thinking skills.

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