BA in Art (Art History)

Units required for Major: 48
Total units required for BA: 120

Program Description

The Department of Art at Sacramento State introduces students to the expressive world of the visual arts. A wide variety of approaches based on both Western and Non-Western cultures are integrated into courses that are oriented toward creativity, imagination, and critical thinking. Students are able to explore art through courses in art education, art history, ceramics, metalsmithing/jewelry, new media art, painting, print making, and interdisciplinary sculpture.

The Art History curriculum provides a range of courses in Western and non-Western art, criticism, and visual culture from pre-history to the present and from many perspectives, both formal and contextual. These courses produce visual literacy, multicultural awareness, art historical skills, and an understanding of art-making practices. Studio Art experiences develop the creative and artistic skills necessary for mastery of established styles and for exploration of new ones. They also reward students with an introduction to a lifetime appreciation of the arts. Courses in Art Education provide students with the knowledge and tools necessary to thrive as teachers in both K-12 and community settings. The Art Education program includes instruction in artistic perception; creative expression; historical and cultural foundations in art; aesthetic valuing; connections, relationships, and applications in art; visual art and education theories; and visual culture art education.

Courses, programs, and exhibitions sponsored by the Art Department serve to engage students in the visual arts within a liberal arts context and to promote appreciation of the fine arts in the general student population. Fieldwork experiences can be arranged with the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, and other public and private art institutions and galleries in the Capital region. Opportunities to study art and art history abroad are available through the Office of International Programs and Global Engagement at Sacramento State and the California State University International Program. University credit can be obtained for a semester to a year of study at college and international centers in Britain, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

California State University, Sacramento is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Minimum Grade Requirement

All lower division art history requirements and demonstrated writing proficiency as prescribed by California State University, Sacramento must be completed prior to enrollment in upper division courses. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses applied to the Art History concentration. Art History students are required to meet the Sacramento State Foreign Language Requirement by completing the second semester (1B) of a college-level foreign language course with a grade of C- or better (or equivalent foreign language study, as described in the current University catalog). Students who plan to pursue further graduate study in art history are encouraged to learn French, German, or another foreign language through the second semester intermediate level (2B).

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Core Courses (18 Units)
ART 1AArt in the Western World: From Stone Age to End of Middle Ages 13
ART 1BArt in the Western World: From Renaissance to Baroque 13
ART 1CGlobal Modern and Contemporary Art3
Select one of the following:3
Traditional Asian Art
Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
Native American Art
ART 20ABeginning Drawing 13
Select one lower division course from Photography or Art Studio in a medium other than drawing.3
Required Upper Division Core Courses (21 Units)
HIST 100Introduction to Historical Skills 23
Select one from each of the following four groups plus two additional courses toward a specialization:18
Group 1
Art of the Ancient Mediterranean
Medieval Art
Renaissance Art
Baroque and Rococo Art
Group 2
Asian Art and Mythology
Art of India and Southeast Asia
Art of China and Japan
Art of Korea
Group 3
Origins of American Indian Art
US and Caribbean Art: Race and Representation
Latin American and Latino Art History
California Architecture and Urban History
Group 4
Photography, Inception to Mid-Century
19th Century Art
Modern Art
Contemporary Art
Modern Architecture
Photography, a Social History
Upper Division Electives (3 Units)
Select one elective within the Art Department - a regularly scheduled art history course, or any one of the following independent study and supervisory courses: 33
Directed Research in Art History 4
Fieldwork 4
Special Problems 4
Art History Seminar (3 Units)
Select one of the following: 53
Topics in Early Modern Art
Topics in Asian Art
Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art
Experimental Offerings in Art 5
Senior Seminar (3 Units)
ART 192BSenior Seminar in Art History 73
Total Units48

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (6 Units)
C1 - Arts 20
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course 20
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (12 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Total Units43

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI)3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (12 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 26