Bachelor of Art in Art History

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History 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. Students are encouraged to gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge of the field through an internship. 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. 


At the time of admission to the University, no special permission or application is required to declare the Art History major. For students transferring from other institutions, a minimum of 12 units in residence is required.

For juniors or seniors who have declared in another major, but wish to change their major to Art History see the read the change of major/add minor in art section below.

Lower-division art courses taken at community colleges may satisfy some of the requirements for the major program. Advanced courses taken at accredited colleges

Students should meet with a faculty advisor at least once a semester to remain on track for a timely graduation. Faculty advising is available during fall and spring semesters with limited advising during the summer and winter. Students can meet with an advisor prior to entering the University. Visit our Advising page for detailed information.