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  Feb 24, 2018
2017-2018 Catalog

Art, B.A. Art History Emphasis, Enhanced Studio Option - 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 wishing to build a stronger studio art foundation should select the Enhanced Studio Option.  The Option is 15 units within the major, 6 lower-division and 9 upper-division.

Art History Emphasis, Enhanced Studio Option: Lower Division Requirements - 24 units

The Art: Art History Emphasis, Enhanced Studio Option requires a minimum of twenty-four (24) units of lower-division coursework.  Eighteen (18) of these units are required; the remaining six (6) units are drawn from lower-division art studio offerings.

Lower Division Required Courses - 18 units

Plus one of the following courses


For declared majors in 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 (if not taken above):

As you select your lower-division art studio courses, be sure to choose the ones that serve as prerequisites for the upper-division courses you wish to take.  Consult with Academic Advising or the Art Program chair or advisor for specific guidance.

Art History Emphasis, Enhanced Studio Option: Upper Division Requirements - 33 units

The Art: Art History Emphasis, Enhanced Studio Option 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 come from upper-division Art Program offerings, 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 (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 two semesters.

Upper Division Elective Courses - 9 units

At least two from among the following courses:

And no more than one from among the following courses:

  • Upper-division art history/interdisciplinary courses not taken above.
  • The following upper-division Art Program electives: ART 360 , ART 480  , ART 492  , ART 494  (with art history faculty).  Note that enrollment in ART 492 and ART 494 is subject to instructor approval.

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 major
  • Nine units of Upper Division Interdisciplinary GE (UDIGE) courses, numbered 330-349 or 430-449. Six units may be within major, three units must be outside 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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