Art History, B.A.



Art History Major - Requirements

1. Major requirements (57-58 units)

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

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

  • Renaissance and Baroque Art:
    Select two: ARTH 120, 122, 124, 126, 127, 128
    Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, Southern Baroque, Northern Baroque, Arts of Colonial Mexico, Arts of the Colonial Andes
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
    Select two: ARTH 131, 132, 136
    Nineteenth-Century Modern Art, Twentieth-Century Modern Art, Contemporary
  • Asian Art
    Select two: ARTH 140, 141, 142, 143
    Arts of Southeast Asia, Arts of East Asia, Arts of South Asia, Kingdoms of Monsoon Asia
  • Native American and African Art
    Select two: ARTH 160, 170, 173, 175
    Africa, Native North America, Pre-Columbian Mexico, Pre-Columbian Andes

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, 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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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