Art History (AA-T Degree A0330)

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

The academic discipline of Art History involves the study of visual objects as both works of art and as artifacts of the historical and cultural contexts in which they were created. The Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer (AA-T) will provide the student with a solid foundation in both European and non–European art and visual culture from the periods of pre–history through modern. The degree program requires students to critically analyze visual objects from a variety of perspectives, utilizing various modes of analysis.

To earn an Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements. A “P” (Pass) grade is also an acceptable grade for courses in the major if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Core Courses
AHIS 4History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Gothic3
or AHIS 4H History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Gothic - Honors
AHIS 5History of Western Art: Renaissance Through Modern3
or AHIS 5H History of Western Art: Renaissance Through Modern - Honors
ARTD 15ADrawing: Beginning3
List A
Choose one from the following:3
History of Asian Art and Architecture
History of African, Oceanic, and Native American Art
History of African, Oceanic, and Native American Art - Honors
History of Precolumbian Art and Architecture
History of Precolumbian Art and Architecture - Honors
World Art and Visual Culture
List B
Choose one from the following:3
Basic Studio Arts
Drawing: Life
Design: Two-Dimensional
Art, Artists, and Society
Design: Three-Dimensional
Ceramics: Beginning I
Sculpture: Beginning
Basic Digital and Film Photography
List C
Choose one from the following or any one course not selected from List A or B:3
History of Women and Gender in Art
History of Women and Gender in Art - Honors
History of Modern Art
History of Modern Art - Honors
Global Contemporary Visual Culture
History of Medieval Art and Architecture
A History of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Rome: The Ancient City
Culture and Art of Pompeii
Total Units for Major18
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
Total Units 60

Art History Website 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critically analyze visual objects as works of art.
  • Students completing a course in "Area C: Arts" will be able to analyze modes of artistic expression.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critically analyze visual objects as artifacts of visual culture from a variety of perspectives, utilizing various modes of analysis.
  • Student completing an assignment will be able to identify the influence of culture on human expression.

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
ARTD 15A Drawing: Beginning 3 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
CSU SELF CSU GE E Lifelong n SelfDev cr 3 3
 Units10
Spring Term 1
CSU MATH CSU GE B4 Mathematics Crse 3 3-4
 Units3-4
Summer Term 1
CSU ELECT CSU Trnsf Course (Elective) 3 1-5
 Units1-5
Fall Term 2
CSU CRTTH CSU Area A-3 Crit Thnkg Course 3 3-4
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
CSU SCNC1 CSU GE B1 Physical Sc Crse 3 3-5
 Units9-12
Winter Term 2
CSU ETHS CSU GE Area F Ethnic Studies 3 3
 Units3
Spring Term 2
CSU HUM CSU GE C2 Humanities Crse 3 3-4
CSU AMIST CSU GE American Institutions 3 3
CSU SCNC2 CSU GE B2 Life Sc Crse 3 3-5
CSU LAB CSU GE B3 Phy/Life Sc Lab Crse 1 1-2
 Units10-14
 Total Units36-48
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