Mar 20, 2018  
2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, B.A. Art History Emphasis - 120 units

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Summary of Units:

Lower Division Major Requirements 24
Upper Division Major Requirements 33
Additional General Education  and other Graduation Requirements   63
Total Units 120

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art

Art majors are required to select an emphasis of study in Art Studio or Art History.  Students selecting the emphasis in Art History may, if they wish, additionally choose the Digital Art History Option or the enhanced Studio Option.

Art History Emphasis: Lower Division Requirements - 24 units

The Art: Art History Emphasis requires a minimum of twenty-four (24) units of lower-division coursework.  Eighteen (18) of these units are required; the remaining six (6) units may come from a combination of Art Program offerings and courses taken outside the program, as described below. 

Lower Division Required Courses - 18 units


For declared majors in Art: Art History Emphasis only: ART 201 through 212 require ART 108 plus one other 100-level studio course; any other prerequisites waived.

Lower Division Elective Courses - 6 units

Choose two from among the following courses:

You are encouraged to enroll in courses that will best support your individual educational goals.  Consult with Academic Advising, with the Art Program chair or advisor, or with any of the Art History faculty for guidance and advice.

Courses from programs other than Art may have prerequisites; consult the course catalog and/or Academic Advising before enrolling in courses outside the Art Program.

Art History Emphasis: Upper Division Requirements - 33 units

The Art: Art History Emphasis requires a minimum of thirty-three (33) units of upper-division coursework.  Three (3) units are provided by the required upper-division methods course.  Eighteen (18) of these units must be taken from within those courses designated as art history/interdisciplinary units.  An additional three (3) units are provided by the capstone experience.  The remaining nine (9) units may come from a combination of Art Program offerings and courses taken outside the program, as described below. 

Upper-Division Methods Course - 3 units

To ensure preparation for upper-division coursework, you are urged to take ART 300 not later than your junior year (first year at CI for transfer students).

Art History-Interdisciplinary Art Courses - 18 units

You are encouraged to enroll in a variety of art history and interdisciplinary courses addressing multiple time periods, artistic developments, and theoretical issues. Art Majors in the Art History emphasis may also focus on a particular area of interest.

Select at least one and no more than three courses from each of the following groups, (for a total of six courses (18 units):

Note: the special topics course ART 480  - Advanced Issues in Art History, Theory and Criticism, may be substituted for a course in one of the areas below depending on topic and subject to approval of the Art Program chair.

Capstone - 3 units

The Art: Art History Emphasis requires a capstone experience. In order to make the most of this integrative learning experience, you are urged to take Capstone in one of your final semesters.

Upper Division Elective Courses - 9 units

Choose the remaining units in the major from among the following courses:

  • Upper-division art history/interdisciplinary courses not taken above.
  • Upper-division art studio courses for which you have satisfied the prerequisites (typically, the 300- and 400-level successors to the 200-level course taken as part of lower division coursework).
  • The following upper-division Art Program electives: ART 360  , ART 471  , ART 480  , ART 489  , ART 490  , ART 492 , ART 494  .  Note that enrollment in ART 492 and ART 494 is subject to instructor approval.
  • No more than two of the following upper-division language courses: SPAN 301 , SPAN 302 , SPAN 304  , SPAN 320 , SPAN 450  .  Students who have completed a full year of college-level, upper-division study of a foreign language not offered at CI may petition for up to six (6) units of upper-division major credit.
  • No more than two additional upper-division courses taken outside of the Art Program. These courses should be chosen in consultation with Art History faculty and must be approved by the Art Program chair or advisor.

Additional General Education and other Graduation Requirements -63 units

To graduate, students must complete 120 units minimum (40 units must be upper division) including all General Education  (GE) and Graduation Requirements  .  The following areas must be included:

  • Additional lower division A-E GE requirements not met within the major
  • Nine units of Upper Division Interdisciplinary GE (UDIGE), courses numbered 330-349 or 430-449. Six units may be within the major, 3 units must be outside the major (C or better grades)
  • Multicultural Requirement (C or better grade)
  • Language Requirement (C or better grade)
  • American Institutions Requirement
  • Free electives as needed to meet minimum units for graduation


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