BA in Art History

Units required for Major: 48

Program Description

The Art History BA provides a full range of courses in Western and non-Western art, criticism, and visual culture from pre-history to the present and from many perspectives. Lecture/discussion classes, seminars, independent studies, fieldwork, and studio courses produce college-level visual literacy, global perspectives, art historical skills, and understanding of curatorial and art-making practices. Students focus on one of four areas of interest: Early Modern European Art, Asian Art, Art of the Americas, or Modern and Contemporary Art. The art history degree affords a broad education as well as practical preparation for a range of vocations and advanced professional studies. Students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in Art History after finishing the Bachelor of Arts will benefit from the close supervision of a mentor-professor who helps prepare them for graduate studies.

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 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 a foreign language relevant to their art historical interests through the second semester intermediate level (2B).

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Core Courses (18 Units)
ART 1CGlobal Modern and Contemporary Art 13
ART 20ABeginning Drawing 13
Select one lower division course from Photography or Art Studio in a medium other than drawing.3
Select one of the following:3
Art, Religions, and Power before 1400 1
Art in the Western World: From Renaissance to Baroque 1
Select two of the following:6
Traditional Asian Art 1
Modern and Contemporary Asian Art 1
European Visual Traditions 1
Art of the Americas 1
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 from one group to form 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 1
Art of China and Japan 1
Art of Korea
Group 3
Origins of American Indian Art
US and Caribbean Art: Race and Representation 1
Latin American and Latino Art History 1
California Architecture and Urban History
Public Art in the Americas 1, 3
Group 4 4
19th Century Art
Modern Art
Contemporary Art
Modern Architecture
Photography, Inception to Mid-Century
Photography, a Social History
Upper Division Electives (3 Units) 5
Select one elective within the Art Department - a regularly scheduled upper-division art history course or an independent study, internship, or supervisory course.3
Art History Seminar (3 Units) 6
Select one of the following:3
Topics in Early Modern Art
Topics in Asian Art
Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art
Senior Seminar (3 Units)
ART 192BSenior Seminar in Art History 63
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 B51
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 Course C 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