Undergraduate Program

The School of Art offers a fine arts and art history curriculum in a liberal arts context with diverse and vital programs for the study of the visual arts in Northern California. Its programs foster development of specialized skills, encourage personal creative direction, and promote understanding of the history and cultural traditions that shape artistic expression.

Professor discussing art work with undergraduate student.

B.A. Major in Art

The Bachelor of Arts in Art program consists of a core and the choice of a concentration studio art or a dual concentration of art history and studio art. (For students wishing to focus solely on art history, we also offer a B.A. major in Art History - see below.) All courses are designed to provide a broad experiential and conceptual orientation to visual art practice and art history. Advanced courses focus on perceptual skills, conceptual practices, creative expression and critical thinking. Attention is given to traditions and heritage of the discipline, contemporary issues and forms, imaginative problem solving, and written English proficiency within the discipline

B.A. Major in Art History

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History gives gives students the opportunity to learn about the visual cultures of the past and present around the globe. The 36 unit degree offers a series of increasingly focused courses—200 level survey courses, more specialized 300 and 400 level lecture courses, 500 level Advanced Topics and the 600 level senior capstone seminar—in which students learn how to analyze and interpret visual art within diverse historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. The program takes advantage of the Bay Area's rich cultural resources, galleries, and museums. The art history major prepares students for many kinds of careers, including administrative or curatorial positions in museums, galleries, and auction houses, writing editorial positions, or for graduate school in art history, museum/curatorial studies, or conservation.

Minor in Art

The 24-unit minor in art is offered for students who wish to pursue a secondary interest in art on a structured basis. Students may elect to complete a minor in art if it is possible to complete the minor and current major within 120 units.

Minor in Art History

The Minor in Art History gives students the opportunity to learn about the visual cultures of the past and present around the globe. The 18-unit degree offers a series of increasingly focused courses in which students learn how to analyze and interpret visual art within diverse historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. The program takes advantage of the Bay Area's rich cultural resources, galleries, and museums. It provides students with skills and knowledge that will complement many other disciplines and major fields of study within the University.

Minor in Museum Studies

The museum studies minor is rigorous, interdisciplinary and pre-professional in nature. Coursework emphasizes acquiring knowledge in museum practice and theory to understand the public service role of museums and to apply this knowledge to support the work of museums in creating exhibits, educating the public and caring for collections, through collaborative efforts.

Changing Major/Adding Minor

See the Change of Major/Add Minor page for information.

CSET Waiver in Art

Students who wish to pursue teaching art in elementary or secondary schools as a career are advised to major in Art with a concentration in Studio Art.  The Studio Art concentration is aligned with the Subject Matter Waiver Program in Art, which provides a waiver for the CSET exam in Art and prepares students to enter the Single Subject Credential Program in Art. Students are also encouraged to minor in Education and/or take courses in Education as part of complementary studies, in particular E ED 450: Art and Learning. Students who are considering teaching art, should see an Education adviser before planning the major. Specific courses and competency assessment are required for admission to the credential program in this area. See the Graduate College of Education website for more information about the credential program and the CSET Waiver in Art. To complete a CSET Waiver in Art, please contact  contact Gwen Allen or Susan Belau, who are subject matter advisors in Art.