B.A. in Art History

B.A. 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. 

Please see the Art History B.A. advising sheet under the Advising section of the School of Art Website for required coursework.

Full degree requirements for the B.A. in Art History can be found in the SFSU Bulletin.


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 page for information.

Transfer students

Lower-division art courses taken at community colleges may satisfy some of the requirements for the major program. Advanced courses taken at accredited colleges and universities may also be considered for transfer. 


Students should meet with a faculty adviser 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 adviser prior to entering the University. Visit our advising page for detailed information.


Please see the Change of Major page for detailed information.